family history

  • Audio contentA pedigree sketched in a court case (catalogue reference KB 27/224)

    Webinar: An introduction to medieval and early modern sources for family historians

    Medieval and early modern records can be very informative, although they are often harder to locate than those for more recent periods. This webinar provides an overview of sources in The National Archives and elsewhere. Nick Barratt is head of […]

  • Audio contentFour generations of the Page family (Southampton)

    News from FamilySearch

    Sharon Hintze brings you up with the latest developments on FamilySearch, the world’s largest genealogical organisation. It is rapidly evolving, with new features and collections, and partnerships with commercial organisations arising almost weekly. Sharon is Director of the London Family […]

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    Scandals in the family

    This talk explores the deeds and misdeeds of one family, using documents in The National Archives and elsewhere. The tale involves deception, divorce, and the deliberate destruction of official records. Although the main narrative concerns one man, Captain George Boynton, […]

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    Immigrant Ancestors Project: indexed collections from The National Archives

    Family history majors at Brigham Young University intern at various repositories of European countries and obtain copies of emigration registers, passport applications, and other records that contain hometown information for each emigrant. These records are indexed in the Immigrant Ancestors […]

  • Audio contentWhite Star Line poster, 1884 (catalogue ref: COPY 1/66 (187))

    There and back again: going away doesn’t mean staying away

    It is easy to think of emigration as a one-way process, but not everyone who went to live in another country stayed there permanently. As more and more records are indexed online, you may find family members in unexpected places, […]

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    Brick walls and lost ancestors

    Even the luckiest of family historians will come up against brick walls from time to time. This talk shows that everyone left a paper trail and that it’s almost always possible to find it. It introduces a number of strategies […]

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    Tracing merchant seamen, 1857-1918

    A frustrating aspect of researching merchant navy ancestors is the ‘black hole’ between 1857 and 1918 when there are no records for individual seamen. This podcast looks at what records there are for this period, how to access them and […]

  • Audio contentFlag for the Governor General of Canada, 1870, cat. ref. CO 325/54

    Finding your family in Canada

    Researching in Canada is vastly different than researching in the UK. Records are especially different in areas originally settled by the French. This talk gives an overview of record keeping in Canada, how the records are organised, and where to […]

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    How a chisel, a mule, a shipping container and a cloud contribute to family history

    A thought-provoking journey through thousands of years of development of family history record keeping and record preservation. Not all technology over the millennia has changed and, surprisingly, the future is not entirely digital. You’ll see your own family history research […]

  • Audio contentCensus 1911 (Red Schedule front), cat. ref. RG 27/8

    Preparing the 1911 census for digitisation

    The National Archives held a one day conference at Kew on Saturday 1 October 2011. The conference brought together an audience wanting to know more about the census, from genealogists to local and social historians. The conference looked at all […]

  • Audio contentBunhill Fields burial ground, City Road, London, burials 1741-1747, cat. ref. RG 4/3980

    English burial and cemetery records online and on film

    This talk gives an overview of online sources for English burial and cemetery records, including which of the major London cemeteries have online records. Both free and pay-for-view websites, and all parts of the country are covered, though is not […]

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    The 1911 Census: a vision of England

    The 1911 census was the 12th national census of the United Kingdom, and in many ways it represented a watershed in the history of census taking in this country – it was the first to use technology and was by […]

  • Audio contentHong Kong colonial cemetery, Image courtesy of Christine Thomas

    The Hong Kong colonial cemetery

    The National Archives provides a treasure trove of material for discovering more about our colonial ancestors. This talk focuses on the former British Colony of Hong Kong – a thriving trading centre and home to merchants, the military and members […]

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    Dr Williams’ Library: an early birth registry

    Dr Williams’ Library in London is an essential resource for people who are researching the history of protestant nonconformity in England and Wales. But the library has also given its name to an important collection of registers and certificates which […]

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    What can you learn from a DNA test?

    Chris Pomeroy, of the Pomeroy DNA Project, reviews the history of DNA testing and explains how it can be used by family historians, as well as discussing the experiences of leading family history projects that are using DNA testing to […]

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