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Branching Out: Learning How to Research Your Family Tree

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  • DURATION 4 x 60 mins
  • CAN I WATCH LATER? Yes! Sign-up and we'll email you a recording
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.7 out of 5 Average rating

I’ve advocated Mirthy right from day 1... you feel part of this community!

Anna
, reviewed on 04 Jan 2022

Fun, educational & relaxing!

Debbie
, reviewed on 28 Feb 2022

I’m glad I found you. I said this to my wife - without Mirthy, my life would be far less richer than it is now.

Martin
, reviewed on 06 Feb 2022

Event Description

This course is designed to guide you through some of the main genealogy websites to help you become a more proficient and successful researcher. It will help you navigate the countless online records available and give you tips on overcoming transcription errors – the scourge of the online researcher!

It is an interactive course so you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your own research.


First session - 7th July

Civil Registration

Learn how to access birth, death and marriage certificates, what period they cover and what information they contain.


Second session -14th July

Census Returns: Learn where to find census returns and what information each census will give you as you take your family tree back to 1841.


Third session - 21st July

Parish Records: Learn where to access these documents which are the key to tracing your family back to the 1700s.


Fourth session - 28th July

Wills: Learn how to find these fascinating documents and how they can help you fill in some gaps in your family tree. Be prepared for some big surprises!


In order to really get the most from this course, it would be well worth having a live subscription to Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.co.uk/) and/or Find My Past (https://www.findmypast.co.uk/) for the duration. If you do not already have a subscription, you can get a month’s subscription at the start of this four week course.

For more information about this course, click here for the introductory handout.

  • Duration: 4 x 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
Ben Nicholls

Meet the Host, Ben

Ben Nicholls has been researching his own family history since 2001. His paternal grandfather was a shadowy figure who died long before his birth and his journey into his family’s past started with his grandfather’s birth certificate. Ben has gone on to learn about the lives of thousands of his relatives throughout the centuries and connected with many living cousins across the world. He is an established public speaker and has written three novels based on family history.

Preparing for the Event

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We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!

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