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9 January to 13 March 2023 – Monday evenings, 6-7:30pm
Take a deep dive in to resources and techniques for researching ancestors who lived in the twentieth century. Many records in this period are still closed and inaccessible for privacy reasons. Have you found ancestors on the recently released 1921 census, or do you have DNA matches you wish to place into your family tree? Take this online course to learn more about the lives of your parents and grandparents’. Expert tutors will show you how what records are available and how to get the most from them.
What is included?
What lessons are included?
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Cost £200.00/£160.00 SoG members. Not an SoG member? Join now and benefit from members rates, access to our experts and our archive. For full benefits see here.
A reading list is included in the price of the course. Each class will include discussion and the chance to ask questions. Bring along your research queries. You will have access to the recording of each talk for two weeks.
Each class will be recorded and available to students for two weeks. Bookings accepted on this course until 22 January.
Antony Marr. A professional genealogist and owner of Chalfont Research. He completed the Post Graduate level certificate in ‘Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies’ with the University of Strathclyde and holds a Certificate in Education. Antony previously worked in the police service, and later as a Deputy Registrar in Buckinghamshire, dealing with all aspects of the registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages. He was previously the chairman of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives.
Cynthia Brown. A social historian who has conducted extensive research into her own family history. She is active in the field of oral history as a trustee of the Oral History Society, one of its Accredited Trainers, and co-author with Mary Stewart of the oral history and family history guidance on the Oral History Society website.
Eilir Daniels. Eilir founded the research service, Your Welsh Ancestors, almost 15 years ago. Her degree involved studying how industrialisation affected different aspects of society from the eighteenth century onwards, and this academic background now serves as a firm foundation for her research work. Eilir carries out work for individuals, solicitors as well as for radio and TV programmes, including regular research for the BBC's flagship Who Do You Think You Are? series, as well as for various S4C and BBC Radio Cymru/Wales programmes. Eilir is also a Pharos Tutors instructor and teaches its regular course, as well as their new Tracing Living Relatives course. She is a Full Member of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives).
Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society Genealogists in London and a has over 30 years of experience as a genealogist. Formerly a professional genealogical librarian and researcher, Else has worked for the SoG since 1994. She is the Society’s subject lead, working across the organisation and runs the publishing programme.
Emma Jolly. A graduate of IHGS and is a member of the professional research body, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA). She is a regular contributor to family history publications. Emma has written five books dedicated to different aspects of genealogical research, including My Ancestor was a Woman at War, published by the Society of Genealogists. She is also editor of the Society’s newsletter and website stories.
John Hanson. John has written extensively on family history subjects and has been a lecturer and teacher in family history for over twenty-five years, particularly on computers in genealogy and the census. He served on the executive committee of the Guild of One-Names studies for several years and also as a trustee and served on many committees at the Society of Genealogists. He is currently the research director of the Halsted Trust and is a Fellow of SoG.
Mary Stewart. Lead Curator of Oral History and Director of the oral history fieldwork charity National Life Stories. She studied her family history for her MA degree and her current research is on the relationship between family history and oral history. Mary is a Trustee of the Oral History Society, a member of the British Library/Oral History Society Training Liaison Group, and a founder member of the Historians Collaborate network.
Melissa McGreechan, Assistant Archivist, TfL Corporate Archives Assistant Archivist responsible for access and user services at Transport for London. Her remit includes managing the search room, enquiry service, our volunteer programme, and our publicity and outreach activities.She has over 15 years’ experience gained working for TfL, Cambridgeshire Archives and the London Ambulance Service. Melissa has spent much of her career building volunteer communities to support core activities; making use of the diverse skill sets on offer to find new ways to add value, explore different perspectives, and break down barriers to access.
Melissa Prior. Melissa is the Outreach and Widening Participation Officer at the Modern Records Centre and works in collaboration with the library and other departments in the university, developing resources, designing exhibitions and running outreach activities for students, school children and other archive researchers.
Simon Fowler. Simon is an experienced family history teacher, writer and researcher. He worked for The National Archives on and off for over thirty years. Today he is a professional researcher mainly on family history and military topics. He is the author of Tracing Your Army Ancestors and Tracing Your First World War Ancestors, published by Pen & Sword. He has written regularly for genealogy magazines and has authored over two dozen books. Simon teaches at Dundee University, Pharos Tutors and regularly lectures for the Society of Genealogists.
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