Improve your experience. We are very sorry but this website does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend using a different browser that is supported such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Getting the most from Certificates and other Documents


We all use documents as the building blocks for our research. Although they were created for specific purposes - such as civil registration - we can gain more information from them by “reading between the lines”.

In this talk, Doreen Hopwood explains what you can discover. She shows us a range of documents from the 17th to the 20th centuries and shows us how to use the information to take our research further. Doreen also discusses possible alternatives for missing documents.

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 was took part in “Who Do You Think You Are?” last year.

Press enter to see more results