This series of classes will look at resources and techniques for researching ancestors in what is called the long 18th Century from c 1690-1837. Students are expected to have used genealogical sources such as parish records and be reasonably familiar with major genealogy websites such as FamilySearch, Ancestry FindmyPast and archive catalogues. In addition to looking at documents, sources and resources for the period we will explore genealogical techniques of help in this period such as family reconstruction; baptism and marriage search strategies. The FAN (family, Association and Network) method.
Students enrolled in this course will additionally receive a special online talk for the SoG by Ian Mortimer author of a Time Travellers Guide to Regency Britain.
About the tutor: 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 now leads on external liaison, representation and communications; the Society's education and publishing programmes as well as being the Society's subject specialist.
About our special guest speaker: Dr Ian Mortimer is the author of twelve history books, two volumes of historical documents, four novels, three other books, and numerous articles on the history of England between the tenth and twentieth centuries. In total, his books have sold more than a million copies and been translated into fifteen languages. He is best known, however, as the author of the four Time Traveller's Guides - to Medieval England, Elizabethan England, Restoration Britain and Regency Britain.
As well as a historian, he is a qualified archivist and has two doctorates from the University of Exeter. His PhD was on the subject of 'Medical assistance to the dying in provincial southern England, c. 1570-1720'. Between 1991 and 2003 he worked for Devon Record Office, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts and the universities of Exeter and Reading. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.