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Researching 17th Century Ancestors


The Society of Genealogists is proud to present a course aimed at taking your research back in to the 1600s. Away from the pressures of life for two hours, you can focus on how to find your earlier ancestors and flesh out your family’s history. You will spend time with other people in the class that share your interests and are as keen as you are to learn new skills. Most of us enjoy meeting and learning from expert genealogists and we find others’ ancestry almost as fascinating as our own.

What will the course cover?

  • The Commonwealth Gap
  • Civil Wars
  • Migration to the Americas
  • Parish Registers and Records
  • Heraldic Visitations
  • Grammar Schools and Universities
  • London Guilds and Livery Companies
  • Civil war petitions
  • Widowhood and bereavement in the 17th Century
  • Taxation
  • Old Poor Law
  • Sources for English Civil War soldiers
  • Court records and Quarter Sessions
  • Nonconformity
  • 17th Century Probate

Included in the price of this course is a guaranteed place on Ian Mortimer’s special talk on Restoration England. 

Using case studies, document workshops and small group discussions alongside lectures you will learn about England in the 17th Century the sources available to research your ancestors in this period, and what their life would have been like. View the full programme

Every Saturday morning 10:30am to 1pm, for 5 weeks from 05 November to 03 December 2022 on Zoom.  Plus a guaranteed place at Ian Mortimer’s talk on Restoration England at 2pm on 10 December 2022. All sessions will be recorded and available to those who have pre-booked for a period of 2 weeks after each session. 

Full cost £120.00, but as a membership benefit, SoG members pay £96.00. Course bookings accepted until 12 November. To find out more about event  and membership benefits, visit our membership page.

New to Zoom and would like to attend an online talk but not sure how? Do contact us if you would like to arrange a free taster session.

With tutors: Else Churchill, Andrew Hopper and Ian Mortimer.

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