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Following the Money: Financial Records for Family Historians


This talk follows the money in records other than Wills, looking at what can be learnt about our ancestors in areas as varied as churchwardens' accounts, bastardy bonds, household budgets and insurance documents. New forms of record-keeping prompted new forms of dishonesty.  

Two types of record lead us back towards Wills: disputes about inheritance often came before Chancery and other courts, revealing details of people's lives which would otherwise have remained hidden.  We will also see how the Death Duty Registers, although not easy to use, can simplify and supplement the information found in Wills. 


About the speaker:  Dr Gwyneth Wilkie has been a member of SoG for over 20 years and has volunteered in various roles from stuffing leaflets into plastic bags before shows to helping on the advice line for seven years. Her main interests are civil registration, fraud and nonconformity.  

 She lectures regularly for the Society of Genealogists as well as other organisations and is a dedicated member of the society’s events team.

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