American Research for British Researchers: County and State Records
The Vital Records Act of 1836 made compulsory the registration of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales. In the US, there is no such national registration. Vital records are recorded in each individual state, and often at the county level. In some cases, county or community records predate those kept by the state.
American research often involves the creative use of extant records such as national census returns, used in conjunction with county-level courthouse records to assemble a family's genealogy. Studying a Yorkshire family which crossed the ocean in 1873, Dr David McDonald compares some of the available records which exist in the UK and in the US.
You can join David for a Questions session at the end of the talk.
Dr McDonald is the president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, past President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and former Director of the (American) National Genealogical Society. With more than 40 years' research experience, he has lectured throughout the US at genealogical conferences and institutes, teaching research methodology, religious records, and on the American Midwest.
Saturday 5 December 16.00 - 17.00 UK time
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On 4 December an email invitation will be sent to all who have booked which includes a password
Sat 5 Dec 2020