The topic can be discussed and agreed in advance, however suggested presentations include:
1) Getting Started in Family History:
Television programmes such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are?‘, ‘Heir Hunters‘ and ‘Long Lost Families‘ have encouraged an increasing number of people to trace their ancestry. Easier internet access and an increasing number of online records have made researching family history easier. But how do you actually start?
This presentation looks at the most common questions family historians get asked, such as: the difference between genealogy and family history, Why do it? Is it expensive and how to get started? Have you found out anything interesting?
2) Parish Registers: History, Gaps and Usage:
This presentation will include a brief history of how parish registers in England and Wales came into being and the way they have changed over the centuries. It will also look at some of the reasons you will encounter gaps in some registers, what they were originally used for, and how to access them online.
3) Census Returns: Fact and Fiction:
Why Census Returns are not as reliable as you may think. This presentation looks at the decennial census returns from 1841 to 1911. Information about the 1939 Register is also included.
4) Life of the early Victorian Deaf and Dumb:
This presentation is based on my dissertation that researched the lives of those ‘born’ deaf in the 1840’s. This covered their education, family life and the employment.
Although most of the actual research covered East Yorkshire and many of the people researched attended the Yorkshire Institute for the Deaf and Dumb in Doncaster, generalities can be drawn for most of the country.
Articles regarding this research have recently been published in the Deaf History magazine (December 2015) and the Your Family History magazine (March 2016).
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“Anne certainly knows what she is talking about”
“you think you know all there is in relationship to parish registers, but you are wrong. I thought it might be all full of dates and no story but Anne certainly knows what she is talking about, and she put the talk over very well. I would certainly recommend this talk or any of her others“
June Staniforth, Doncaster & District Family History Society.