Understanding Civil Registration: A Registrar’s View - A One-hour Lecture on 12 May

As researchers we look at certificates of Birth, Marriage and Death every day – but do we always interpret them correctly ?  This course, with a former registrar,  will look at the complex rules surrounding the registration of these vital events, including declarations, corrections and re-registrations . Using examples it will try to dispel  some myths and misunderstandings and show how understanding the process can help decipher complex families and find those elusive missing ancestors.

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Births Marriages and Deaths at Sea - a One-hour Lecture on 11 May

Ancestors who were born, married or died at sea can appear to be elusive and difficult to track down. This is not surprising considering the complexity of the legislation covering these events. But there are records available. Many remain as primary source material only; however, an increasing number are being digitised and indexed and so more readily available for research.

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Records of the Poor - A Half-day Course on 7 May

This session will provide you with a detailed knowledge in relation to locating and analysing records of poverty and the Poor Laws (mainly in England and Wales in the 19th century). Starting with how to find the records, Kirsty will then guide you through the records available and their use in your ancestral research, with case studies to illustrate how the records can be drawn together to develop 'the bigger picture' either on an individual, familial or community level.

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