My Ancestor was a Leather Worker - A Half-day Course on 29 September

Many of us find ancestors that worked with leather: tanners, curriers, shoemakers, saddlers, leather bottle makers and bookbinders to mention a few. Some trades were highly skilled and others were performed by the labouring classes. The leather trade had its height in the mid 1800s. In this half-day course, Ian Waller looks at the variety of records available and the conditions in which they worked...

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Adoption: Research, Psychology and Ethics - A Half-day Course on 29 September

This half-day course covers two topics.

Session 1 How to Trace Adopted Family Members and Living Relatives, with Eric Probert, FSG

This talk will initially consider the clues for and reasons leading to adoptions and their extent before examining the nature and location of available records and the organisations, including Children's Homes, that created them. We then explore the location of adoption files and current adoption agencies before explaining how to find birth parents and adopted children including the process of adoption certificate application. Examples will be shown and sources of further information highlighted.

Session 2 Ethical dilemmas in adoption research, with Dr Penny Walters

This session describes some of the ethical dilemmas that can arise from adoptee research...

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