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Lesser known London records

Ancestry.com has done an excellent job of providing us with digitised records for our London ancestors. However there are a number of lesser know records that can also be very helpful. A case study will show what these records are and how to use them.

The English Poor Laws

There are few genealogists who have not found paupers among their ancestors. This talk will give you an introduction to the English Poor Laws (Old and New). As well, it will look at some of the documents useful for researching the poor.

Milestones in Australian history of relevance to family historians

Many family historians have a poor knowledge of general history, yet historical milestones often resulted in new series of records being produced or changed the nature of those already in production. This seminar provides a guide to events that changed record-keeping.

- 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation

Which family did my ancestor come from?

As we trace our ancestors, we sometimes find that there were a few people with the same name who were born around the same time as our ancestor. Or we may find that different publications list our ancestor with different parents. This seminar provides strategies for solving these problems, using the claims made about the parentage of bushranger Captain Thunderbolt as an example of how to solve these problems. 

– 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation

How to become a skilled historical detective

As a genealogist, historian and author, Carol Baxter had to learn strategies for determining historical truth – in particular, when she discovered that most of the works previously written about her “popular history” subjects were riddled with errors. She needed to be able to prove truth or mistruth in a manner that would withstand strident critical examination. This seminar teaches you strategies for determining truth, strategies that you can apply not only to your own family history research, but to help you separate fact from myth in daily life.  

In the Workhouse

English Poor Law changed in 1834 with the establishment of the Poor Law Union and the dreaded Workhouse.  This presentation explores life in the workhouse and the changes to poor relief.

Friendly Societies and family history

Friendly societies were mutual aid organisations designed to help people protect themselves against hardship. Subsidised health care was only one of the services offered by Friendly Societies to our ancestors and the Friendly Societies played an integral part in many of our ancestors’ daily educational and social world.

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