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The England of the 17th Century

The England of the 17th Century

A set of four 90-minute evening classes.

Genealogist Else Churchill, of the Society of Genealogists, leads this four-week online course that explores English roots prior to 1700. Else provides practical research strategies, an overview of essential and lesser-known resources, and illustrative case studies to take you further. The course looks at developments from Universities and academic research that enables new discoveries to be made in this period.

Session 1: Wed, 3 February - Introduces the Commonwealth Gap and Civil Wars; the records of the State and State Papers; 17th century migrants to the Americas.

Session 2: Wed, 10 February - Covers the parish and the church; nonconformity; the local gentry and the community; heraldic visitations; grammar schools and universities; towns and cities, including the London Guilds and Livery Companies and the Freemen of the City; tax payers.

Session 3: Wed, 17 February - Covers the church courts; marriage licences; and other business records. Also introduces wills and other probate records.

Session 4: Wed, 24 February - Covers the Old Poor Law; Quarter Sessions Records and 17th century petitions; English Civil War soldiers; other courts.
Wednesday 3, 10, 17 and 24 February 18.00 - 19.30 UK time. All 4 sessions will be recorded and will be made available to those who book a place, for up to two weeks after the event. Cost for all 4 sessions: £75.00; Members’ discount: £60.00.

On 2 February an email invitation will be sent to all who have booked which includes a password and link to the sessions - remember to check your spam folder!
Virtual Class here  
Zoom evening classes
Wed 3 Feb, Wed 10 Feb, Wed 17 Feb, Wed 24 Feb
Contact telephone: 020 7553 3290 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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