Tracing your European Ancestors - East and West

Session 1
Julie Goucher delivers a broad overview enabling research in Europe. A continent spanning more than 30 countries that has been subjected to wars, political unrest and border changes. Europe is a continent with different languages, cultures and religions, all of which play a part in family history research.

We look at the obstacles and pitfalls a researcher may encounter. Julie identifies the major historical events – those that have had a marked effect on family history, especially the impact of the world wars and regional conflicts, border changes and movements of populations. We also explore the concept of researching European surnames and how that might link into European DNA projects.

Session 2
Julie explores key resources, some well-known and others less so for researching European ancestry. They enable researchers to explore ancestral and family history sites. They are also great resources for embracing the cultural, social, economic and political lives of our European ancestors.

Learn how to research them in the historical context of the time – your people in their place in their time. Understand that it is vital to successful European research and enables you to bring your ancestors to life so that they become more than just names.

At the end of the two sessions there will be an opportunity for attendees, if they wish, to develop a broad work plan for going forward.
This half-day workshop runs from 11.00 to 15.30 UK time. The cost is £30.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, a discounted price of £24.00 is available. On 14 October an email invitation will be sent to all who have booked which includes a password and link to the talk - remember to check your spam folder! Please ensure you use the same user name that you used at booking, to login to the talk on the day.
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Thu 15 Oct 2020
Contact telephone: 02075533290 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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