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Family History Workshops

Family History Online

  • Two courses dates: Saturday 2 February and Saturday 27 April, 10am - 12.30pm.
  • A workshop devoted to tips and techniques for exploring your family history using the many and varied sources available online. In addition to learning more about the large commercial websites such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past, we will also include information on using the Family Search website and hopefully introduce you to many wonderful free websites. We will also touch on how to share your information online and keep it secure.
  • £15, includes refreshments.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Researching Your Irish Family History

  • Saturday 16 March, 10am - 12.30pm.
  • A talk devoted to exploring sources and resources for Irish family history. During the morning we will cover most aspects of Irish genealogical research, including the recent publication of online Irish records, and there will be a Q&A session along with plenty of opportunities for discussion. There will also be a bibliography and list of useful websites to take away. This is expanded from a talk given at the Celtic Family History day in March 2016.
  • £12.50, includes refreshments.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) History Month: History II - Peace, Reconciliation and Activism

Free display in foyer from Wednesday 6 - Thursday 28 February

(during normal opening hours)

  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) History Month takes place every year in February and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. This is an opportunity to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Surrey and elsewhere.
  • The national theme for 2019 is 'History II: Peace, Reconciliation, and Activism' marking the 100th anniversary of the official end of the First World War. Our display looks at homosexuality during the First and Second World Wars and features Surrey's famous LGBT men and women who supported the war effort at home and abroad, including Dame Ethel Smyth, Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney, JR Ackerley, Robert Graves, Harry Daley, Noel Coward, Dirk Bogarde, Alan Turing, Terence Rattigan, and EM Forster.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND

Keeping it in the Family: a Four Week Course Reading and Interpreting Legal Records of Inheritance for Genealogy

Thursdays (10am - 12.30pm): 21 March, 28 March, 4 April, 11 April

  • With special reference to the handwriting of examples from before 1800, this course introduces the use of title deeds, wills and manorial records for family history.
  • Week 1 - 21 March
    Discusses marriage settlements, deeds of arrangement between families to provide for the couple during their lives and for the inheritance of their heirs. We look at a deed and introduce some techniques of palaeography.
  • Week 2 - 28 March
    Discusses wills and where to find them, with a detailed look at reading one in 16th century Secretary Hand.
  • Weeks 3 and 4 - 4 and 11 April
    Discuss manorial records, which document inheritance by tenants even where they may have been too poor to make a will. We look at some 18th century examples and introduce how to extract and interpret information from court rolls.
  • £60 - booked as a complete 4 week course.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

Six Week Family History Course

Fridays (10am - 1pm): 22 March, 29 March, 5 April, 12 April, 26 April, 3 May

  • Run by professional genealogists and archivists this 6 week course will cover all you need to know to enhance your research as well as providing many tips of the trade.
  • £80 – booked as a complete 6 week course.
  • Full course structure (PDF).
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place on the course online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.

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