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Lives of our Ancestors: Recent and Long-standing Local History Sources


Dr Gill Draper explains the work of the British Association for Local History. It specialises in listing resources and indexes and in keeping them up-to-date.

Many family historians want to explore local history to find out more about the lives of their forebears in such areas as: schooling; poverty and wealth; church and chapel; housing; or specific cities, towns and villages. Many resources with hundreds of personal names and details are now available in print and on free websites.

In this talk, Gill tells us about the British Association for Local History, which keeps up-to-date listings. It’s a valuable resource, especially as new indexes of names, places and occupations become available.

About the speaker: Dr Gill Draper works for the British Association for Local History as its Events and Development Officer, and often speak on its behalf at family history events and history conferences. She researches and publishes on the history of Kent and Sussex between 800AD and 1870, both for academic and general readerships.

She has taught local and landscape history for 14 years at the universities of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church both to mature students and to undergraduates and postgraduates of conventional age. Gill carries out research for archaeological companies and Historic England, formerly English Heritage.


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