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Learn how to research family tree through free online session

Published November 16, 2020 2.31pm


People eager to delve into the past and find out more about how to research their family tree can do so through a free online session taking place this month.

Durham County Record Office is currently unable to run its usual family history courses due to coronavirus but is offering free online taster sessions, aimed at people who've thought about tracing their ancestors but are wondering what would be involved or where to get started.

How to access resources 

The event will highlight some of the sources that family historians use and show how archives held at the Record Office can help in their search. 

There will be two sessions taking place on Tuesday 17 November, with one held from 10am to 11am and another from 6pm to 7pm.

Organisers are advising advance booking as there are limited places available.

Take the first steps towards your family tree 

Cllr Joy Allen, Cabinet member for transformation, culture and tourism, said: "These sessions are a great way to take the first steps into looking into your family tree in a helpful, welcoming environment.

"Record Office staff are highly skilled when it comes to assisting people in finding out more about who their ancestors were and what happened during their lives. I'd encourage anyone interested to book their place to avoid disappointment."

To book a place, visit the  Durham County Record Office: Online shop.

The booking confirmation email contains instructions on how to join the online event.

The Record Office plans to run more detailed introductory sessions on tracing family history in the New Year.

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