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My Ancestor Came from Essex


Do you have people on your family tree from Essex? It is an area rich in history: battles with the Danes before 1000 AD, Chelmsford gaining a Royal Charter for a market in 1215, the port of Tilbury where Elizabeth I apparently gave her famous speech in 1588, Depeche Mode and Alison Moyet and Clinton Cards whose first shop was in Loughton.  

Gill Blanchard aims to help you discover the main Essex resources online, in local archives and elsewhere. Learn which records can be used for family history and also for local history research. Gill covers the well-known places and some hidden gems.  


About the speaker: Gill Blanchard holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and was awarded a second MA in Biography and Creative Non Fiction by the University of East Anglia. 

She has been conducting family, house and local history research on a full time professional basis since 1992, setting up her own research company, Past Search, in 1997.

Gill is a full member of Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA). Gill began her research career by working at Norfolk Record Office for six years. She is currently working on her PhD in Biography.

She is the author of several research guides, biographies and local histories, including ‘Tracing Your Ancestors: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk’ published by Pen and Sword publishers.

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