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Exploring Your Ancestor’s Parish Church and Churchyard


Celia Heritage will take you on a trip round the parish church and churchyard, helping you to learn, observe and appreciate many different aspects of the sacred place which was the centre of our ancestors' lives in so many different ways for so many centuries. 

She will also take a look at the types of graves you can expect your ancestors to have been buried in, taking a look underground in both the churchyard and the church itself -- and finally she will show you just how gravestones can go missing.


About the speaker: A history graduate of King’s College London, professional genealogist Celia Heritage is a popular and respected lecturer in family history, regularly presenting at family history conferences both in the UK and abroad. Passionate about history since childhood, Celia gained a distinction in the Higher Certificate in Genealogy before becoming a tutor at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. In 2008 she established her own research company, Celia Heritage Family History, before joining Ancestry ProGenealogists as a Research Manager in 2018.

Celia is the author of several books including the newly- published “Cemeteries & Graveyards – A guide for Local & Family Historians”, ‘‘Tracing Your Ancestors Through Death Records' and ‘Researching and Locating your Ancestors’. A native of Kent, England, but with strong roots in Westmorland and Warwickshire, she has a great love of the countryside, parish churches, and exploring history on the ground.

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