Events and dates for your diary
EAST Dissent and NonConformity 14 August
DISS METHODIST CHURCH, NORFOLK bit.ly/disssimon 01603 763718 Simon Pawley speaks to Norfolk Family History Society about researching ancestors who may not have been a part of the established church. Members £1, non-members £2.
LONDON Understanding and Using the 1939 Register 1 August
SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS, CLERKENWELL bit.ly/using1939 0207 553 3290 The 1939 Register offers up a snapshot of the lives of approximately 40 million people in England and Wales just after the beginning of the Second World War. In this lecture John Hanson will explain how family historians can make the most of online access to this incredibly useful census substitute. £8 – booking required.
MIDLANDS Visit to Dudley Archives 21 August
ST PETER’S CHURCH HALL, PEDMORE bit.ly/dudleytrip email@example.com Midland Ancestors’ Stourbridge Group is heading off on a bespoke tour of Dudley Archives, which will be led by head archivist Richard Lewis. Local history material will be accessible. Around £4 – booking essential.
NORTHERN IRELAND The Great Watershed – Belfast Before and After the First World War 6 August
PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF NORTHERN IRELAND, BELFAST
bit.ly/greatwatershed Roger Dixon, librarian at National Museums Northern Ireland for over 30 years, will look at the impact of the First World War on the economy and society of Belfast. Free – booking required.
NORTH-WEST Bring a Family Heirloom 1 August MARSHSIDE ROAD METHODIST CHURCH, SOUTHPORT bit.ly/family-heirloom progsec@nmfhssouthport. co.uk North Meols (Southport) Family History Society is inviting members and non-members to come and share their family heirlooms. Free. What Did He Die Of? Exploring Causes of Death After 1837 9 August
UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, BRAMHALL bit.ly/exploringcauses firstname.lastname@example.org Sylvia Dillon will cover unusual terms on death certificates, deaths that went to a coroner, death certificates during war, and other ways to establish cause of death. £2 including tea/coffee.
SCOTLAND Getting Started with the Moving Image Archive 14 August
KELVIN HALL, GLASGOW bit.ly/movingarchive
0845 366 4629 The National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive has been collecting and preserving films since 1976. This workshop aims to introduce you to the archive and share expert advice on searching the catalogue. Free.
SOUTH-EAST Barking Up the Wrong Tree 10 August
ST ANDREW’S UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, CANTERBURY
bit.ly/andrewstree John Titford discusses how easy it is to make wrong assumptions when working with genealogical sources. Free for members, £2 for non-members.
Parish Registers Online 14 August BOURNE END COMMUNITY CENTRE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
email@example.com Parish registers are the most important resource for family history until the launch of civil registration in 1837. In this talk Peter Christian will survey the resources available on free and commercial websites, and explain how to find out if the registers for a parish are online. £2 for members, £4 for non-members.
SOUTH-WEST Run the Blockade: the Career of James Alexander Duguid, a Devon Sea Captain 10 August KINGSKERSWELL COMMUNITY CENTRE, NEWTON ABBOT
01626 367794 The life and career of the English captain who was the scourge of the US Navy’s Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the course of the American Civil War. Free.
Trip to Bletchley Park 11 August
DOWNEND, BRISTOL bit.ly/bletchleytrip firstname.lastname@example.org The Bristol and Avon Family History Society is going on a day trip to the home of the Second World War codebreakers. £35 per person for travel and admission to Bletchley. Booking essential.