Local family history courses

When I was at the Warwick Record Office last week I checked which of the courses in the latest Outlook leaflet still have places:

First of all the course this Saturday on Family Tree Maker is full and has a waiting list

The Way We Used to Live SATURDAY 28th JANUARY  9.15 to 12.15 Cost £12
So far I am the only one booked on this course so I would appreciate more to ensure that it runs.  It costs £12 and is run by Christine Hodgetts to “examine what the wills and inventories of our predecessors reveal about their everyday lives, relationships and expectations.  This practical session will also give experience in finding and reading wills”

I ‘m attending this course because practice in reading wills and inventories is always useful and I would like to know more about the context in which to place wills etc.  Also inventories are often difficult to read because I know little about the actual items mentioned and Christine is very good at interpreting these.

Findmypast.co.uk  SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 9.15 to 12.15 Cost £12
Had 5 places left when I checked.  It is a “hands-on” course with Jennifer Cranfield to provide “an in-depth look at the findmypast.co.uk website.”

The Counting House SATURDAY 18th FEBRUARY 9.15.to 12.15  Cost £12
Had 9 places left.  I would have booked for this but can’t make it.
It is about the tax returns available to us and how to get the most out of them,  “The study of taxes can lead us to a vast array of information about society in the past, casting light on personal wealth, houses and property.”

Archives Online  TUESDAY 21st FEBRUARY 10am to 11am FREE
How to use the online catalogue at the WRO had 6 spaces

Ancestry.co.uk SATURDAY 3rd MARCH 9.15 to 12.15 Cost £12
Another hands-on course by Jennifer Cranfield this time on the Ancestry website  had 6 spaces

To the Manor Born TUESDAY  6th MARCH  10 am to 1pm Cost £12
“The manor played a central part in the lives of most of our ancestors.  This workshop will look at how our ancestors lived and trace a few of thier houses and family histories.  Attendees will also get the chance ot study original records.”  I have booked for this course and so far am the only one so I hope more will book soon.

Behind the Scenes at the Record Office: Spotlight on Family History SATURDAY 31st MARCH  2.30pm to 3.15 pm  Cost £3.00 (subsidised by the Churches Conservation Conservation Trust see their free exhibition in Leamington Library from 28th Feb to 23rd March 2012 “And Thereby Hangs a Tale: the truth about William Shakespeare’s wedding?”

This is an informal tour behind the scenes at the Record Office and gives a chance to view original documents to do with family history inlcuding baptism, marriage and burial registers.

Family History:War Memorial  SATURDAY 14th APRIL 9.15 to 12.15 Cost £12
Had 9 places available.
“What can a war memorial tell you about your village or your ancestry?  This interactive session with family historian Jennifer Cranfield takes a look at online and other sources to discover how to trace people who appear on war memorials”

Archives Online THURSDAY 26th APRIL 10 am to 11 am FREE
Had 9 places left – as before 21st Feb

Opening Up the Parish Chest SATURDAY 28th APRIL  9.15 to 12.15 Cost £12
Had 9 places left
This is a course about the other documents kept in the parish chest along with the parish registers which tell us about social conditions, property, the upkeep of churches and other buildings.  “This session will look at how these records can help to expand our understanding of past societies”

There is also a discovery session on family history at the WRO on Sat 21st April at 2pm called
How Do We Know……About our Family History.
“Come and find out how to begin researching your family tree with one of our archivists, using the local and national sources available at the County Record Office, including parish registers, census records and online sites.

TO BOOK tel 01926 738959 (WRO Reception)

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