DOCUMENTS IN DEPTH series

This series is aimed at family historians who are more used to the internet than to archival research.  They will have some experience but  need to delve a little deeper and understand about the documents they need to use both in archives and online.

PARISH REGISTERS

An in-depth look into context, online and offline sources, the use of indexes and transcripts and their problems and can incorporate a problem- solving session if required.  It also covers marriage licences and the documentation generated by an application for one to the ecclesiastical courts.

THE CENSUS AND OTHER HEADCOUNTS

A staple of family and local history research this covers the usual 1841-1911 censuses with mention of the earlier censuses such as 1821 and 1831 which have survived.  It includes a look at the 1939 National Register and at other name rich sources and census substitutes

WILLS AND PROBATE – Before and after 1858

Finding wills before 1858 can be tricky.  This explains about the National Probate Calendar and obtaining post 1858 will copies and then proceeds to the ecclesiastical will system before 1858 and how to find where to look for wills and how to obtain copies.  It also incorporates the records of teh Prerogative Courts of Canterbury and York.

QUARTER SESSIONS RECORDS

Quarter Sessions records are not just about criminals but are also sources for civil cases and parish administrative matters as well as bastardy, settlement and militia records.  Using them is not always straightforward and this talk explains about the various documents you can expect to find and where to look for them.

POOR LAW RECORDS

One of the mainstays of tracing someone who has gone off the radar are the settlement documents created by the administration of the Poor Law.  This talk explains the concept and law of Settlement, and about parish apprentices, assisted migration and the roles of the parish and the Board of Guardians in the lives of our ancestors

LAND AND TAX RECORDS

Taxation was a fact of life and has left many records behind which are of use to the family history researcher.  From land taxes and tithes to window, hair powder or servant taxes this talk explains how to find and use the documentation in your research.

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