A Report of Genes Reunited competition winner ‘Spend a day with a Genealogist’, at SoG

On Tuesday 21 October 2014 I met Mr Bruce, winner of Genes Reunited's  'win a day with a genealogist' competition, who had come down especially from Co. Durham, despite Hurricane Gonzalo. We started in a coffee shop near the Society of Genealogists. He had brought with him notes about his recent ancestry he had been given by his relatives and from a family bible. I showed him how to draw these up as proper drop-line family trees, and in doing so we agreed what gaps needed filling and agreed to focus on the Bruces, who were from Co. Durham. We then went round the corner to the Society of Genealogists, who had very kindly agreed to allow Mr Bruce in free of charge as my guest. Society of Genealogists. 

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How Our Ancestors Died - A Half-day Course on 1 November

In this presentation you will learn about some of the diseases and incidents that caused our ancestors' deaths, and why they are so different from those that affect us in the modern world. You will hear how doctors in the past struggled to understand and treat disease, and the aspects of life in the past that increased the likelihood of an early death. 

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