The Society runs workshops to help members with their research, they have already proved popular. All workshops are held on a Wednesday between 10.30 and 12.30 at the Society Library & Resource Centre, Summerhouse Drive, Joydens Wood.
These are the workshops that are planned:
|49||Writing Family Histories
This lead-discussion group will not tell you how to write or even how to write up your family history but will help you to think widely about communicating your research to your chosen audience. Pauline is not an expert at family history research but enjoys words, attends a creative writing group and edits this Journal. It would be helpful to bring a simple family tree of three generations or more, hand sketched is fine, and a timeline of events from the life of one of your ancestors.
|Pauline Heathcote||18 November 2015|
|50||Basic DNA - A changing world of Family History
The DNA workshop will discuss the basics of DNA and how it is a tool for confirming and providing suggestions for further document research. DNA testing is not a replacement for the paper research merely a tool to help confirm patterns of descent of one’s ancestors. This workshop will not deal in depth with DNA but give an overview of how it passes from one generation to another. It will discuss the tests available and what the results mean. It will show and discuss the Haplogroup migrations from Africa to Europe in general terms only.
|David Cufley||20 January 2016|
|51||Less Obvious Sources - NEW WORKSHOP
Reviewing records such as Tithe, Quarter Sessions, Burgess Rolls, Burials in Woollen, - sources that reveal more details about individuals and their lives"
|Jean Stirk||17th February 2016|
|52||Reading C18th Writing - NEW WORKSHOP
A guide to the interpretation of a variety of documents, written in both formal and personal styles including :- a sailors letter home; a page from a diary; a page from a parish register and an apprenticeship indenture.
|Mari Alderman||16th March 2016|
These are the workshops that have been run so far. If you would like any of these to be re-run please let us know.
|Subject / Topic||Leader|
|Basic DNA||David Cufley|
|Beginning Your Family History||Janet Rose|
|Breaking down the brickwall||Library Team|
|The British Home Front in World War One||Mike Brown|
|Creep, Push and Pull||Jean Stirk|
|Databases, An introduction to... (using Microsoft Access)||Dr Allan Stapleton|
|Drawing charts and trees by hand as a research tool||David Cufley|
|Early Census [Pre 1841 Census] & Census-like Lists||Jean Stirk|
|Excel, mentoring session||David Cufley|
|Family Historian Genealogical Software program - further facilities and uses||Brian Eaton|
|Family Historian Software (advanced) Computer help||Brian Eaton|
|Family Tree Maker, An overview and getting started on...||Dr Allan Stapleton|
|Home Children Immigration to Canada||Walter Eves|
|Insurance and Friendly Society records. Types and Sources of records||Cliff Scottow|
|Land Tax and the 1910 survey||Christine Hills|
|Latin for Parish Registers||Mari Alderman|
|Mac course for new users||Dr Allan Stapleton|
|Mapping family distributions and movements||David Cufley|
|Maps and Surveys for family History||Christine Hills|
|Occupational Records, Insights into….||Jean Stirk|
|Parish Chest (two part workshop)||Christine Hills|
|PC File Management (Housekeeping)||Dr Allan Stapleton|
|Reading old documents||Jean Stirk|
|Record keeping for Family Historians||David Cufley|
|Records of Occupations||Jean Stirk|
|Researching your WW1 Ancestor and his/her part in the Conflict||Barry Langridge|
|Scanning photographs and documents for Insertion into other programs||David Cufley|
|Searching the Internet||Dr Allan Stapleton|
|Spreadsheets for Family History, An Introduction to.. (Using Microsoft EXCEL)||Dr Allan Stapleton|
|Thinking outside the box - Mind Maps and other methods||David Cufley|
|Licensed Thames Watermen and Lightermen||Rob Cottrell|
|Wills and Inventories, Pre 1858..||Christine Hills|
|Wills, Probate and Administrations||Christine Hills|
|In the Name of God Amen - Understanding Wills||Christine Hills|
|WORD use with table, pictures and graphs||David Cufley|
The cost is a £5 donation per workshop, which includes refreshments.
Numbers are limited to 10 members per workshop. Booking can be done by email, please email your details with the workshop title you'd like to attend, to , or ask either David Turner or David Cufley for a form; or contact Janet Rose on 01322-384836.
You'll need to book a place in advance, they're not open to members who just turn up at the library. If you cannot get on the list we're taking names for reserves just in case anyone drops out. Another workshop will be organised if there is enough demand.
Workshop topics: suggestions for subjects are needed. What are the challenges facing you in your research? Do the subjects listed interest you? Mentors are needed: Do you have an expertise in some aspect of Family History research that you could share with a small group of members in the library setting? Or would you like to join a 'Mentoring' group?