Fledgling family historians are being offered a final chance to take part in the current series of family history training days.
These last sessions, run by North Yorkshire’s County Records Office, would be ideal for anyone inspired by the new series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ and looking to extend their family history research in the coming months.
Next Steps in Family History, on Saturday 6th October, is designed for people who already have some basic experience of using census and civil registration records, and who are ready to explore other record sources. An experienced family history tutor and a professional archivist will teach people how to look at parish registers. They will also teach how to access these registers online along with modern and ecclesiastical wills and other record sources.
The Family History Skills Day, on Saturday 1st December, is aimed at those who wish to extend their family history know-how. Led by an experienced tutor, with contributions from professional archivists, this day includes getting the best from the internet; approaches to Latin; steps in palaeography (old handwriting), family tree recording software and conservation of personal archives.
County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for the County Record Office said:
This is a chance that should not be missed for the growing numbers of people who want to research their family’s history. Our training days are very popular and prove invaluable to those taking their first steps in family history research as well as those with more experience who wish to hone their skills a little more.
Sessions are held at the County Record Office on Malpas Road in Northallerton. Each session costs £30, including light refreshments throughout the day, and a buffet lunch. Early booking is recommended as places are limited, to book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01609 777585