England Lecture Topics

Finding Your English Ancestors: The Big Four — This lecture examines available indexes, how to access and interpret the four primary records groups for English research: civil registration, census, church records and probate. These are the primary records you need when searching for anyone from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.

Finding Your Ancestors in England and Wales – This is a good overview of procedures to follow in performing English and Welsh research. Lots of examples illustrate the wide variety of records that can be utilized in the research process.

Finding Your 17th Century Ancestors in England – Identify the best genealogical resources, original and published, to use for 17th Century research in England, and how to jump the gap created by England’s Civil War.

Finding Your 18th Century Ancestors in England – Identify the best genealogical resources, original and published, to use for 18th Century research in England. Learn how to overcome the problems created by large movements of population in some parts of the country created by the industrial revolution.

Finding Your 19th Century Ancestors in England – Identify the best genealogical resources, original and published, to use for 19th Century research in England. Learn which resources to use to overcome specific genealogical problems and how to cope with the large increase in population that occurred in the 19th Century.

Finding your 20th Century Connections in England – Doing modern 20th Century research in England eliminates many of the records typically used by genealogists. Learn what records are readily available to document the modern relatives and to find research connections.

English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret – Learn how to access, use and correctly interpret the information found in the christening, marriage and burial registers of the English parish church. See examples of the problems to watch for and the clues given for further research. Learn what to do when your ancestor is not found.

Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest – The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest.  This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers.

England’s Quarter Sessions Records – The Quarter Sessions began in the 14th and did not end till late in the 20th century. These courts served both a judicial and an administrative function within the counties and created a vast store house of records. Learn how to access published and original records. Learn about your ancestors in all levels of society, justices of the peace, criminals, badgers, ale house keepers, parish officers and more.

Finding Your Ancestors in the British Military – Learn about the organization of the British military and procedures for tracing officers and enlisted men. See examples of the wealth of genealogical information the records contain and how to access that information.

Tips and tools for doing Urban Research in England – When researching in any major urban area it is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of people present. See examples and learn about the tools and resources that are available for research in urban areas in England. Learn which resources are appropriate for a particular time in history.

Making Sense of the English Census – Learn the how to perform searches in and utilize the information contained in the 1841-1901 English census returns. See the value of and how to access the growing number of indexes. See the value of pre-1841 census lists.

English Civil Registration: Tips for Use and Problem Solving – Learn the process by which English vital records (birth, marriage and death) are created and collected. See examples of the information they contain and the problems they can create. Learn how to access the national indexes and economically obtain certificates.

Tips and Tools for Navigating the English Probate System – Learn how the English probate system works and what records it contains. Learn tips and tools for procedures which will simplify the search process, whether the ancestor’s location in England is known or unknown.

English Marriage Practices and Records – This presentation will examine how marriage practices change with time, due to customs and law. Marriage by banns and by license created records rich in family information. The lecture will include examples of these records and will teach participants how to use them to find a missing marriage. Participants will learn the different types of irregular and clandestine marriages and the effect on your research.

English Death Practices and Records – This presentation will examine how death and burial practices change with time, due to customs, health requirements and law. The lecture includes examples of the many types of records created at the time of death and afterwards.