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Migration within the UK


Our ancestors were a lot more migratory than we think. In this talk, Doreen Hopwood looks at how people and families moved both short and long distances across Britain.

Doreen explores the factors that influenced their decisions to move. She considers the effects that migration had on individuals, on their families, and on their communities, looking at their new places of settlement and at the areas they left behind.

To help us identify our ancestors’ movements, Doreen covers various patterns and the mechanics of migration. She also introduces sources that can help us to trace our migratory ancestors.


About the speaker: Doreen Hopwood was the genealogist for the City of Birmingham for over 20 years and have been carrying out family history research since the 1970s.  She has enjoyed teaching family, social and community history at all levels from absolute beginners to postgraduate and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham. 

She has been a genealogical “agony aunt” by answering reader’s questions for genealogical periodicals and is a regular speaker for the Society of Genealogists.

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