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Two history courses will help people discover their family's past

Published January 17, 2020 10.30am


Make your new year's resolution to learn more about your family history, with the help of two archive courses.

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Durham County Record Office is inviting people to find out more about their ancestry, as it opens up the collection through archivist-led, friendly sessions.

The Family History course offers an introduction to our archive collections and will direct attendees on the best ways to research.

Dawn Layland, education and outreach archivist at Durham County Record Office said: "When starting your journey into your family tree, it can be hard to know where to start and what to look for. This session offers a friendly, helpful environment and a great place to begin.

"It is exciting to see people make new discoveries, and to get to grips with how best to use our archives for something that can be a really personal piece of research."

Each Family History course runs over three weekly sessions. 

Dates include Friday 24 January, 31 January, 7 February from 10am to 12 noon, and Thursday 30 January, 6 February, 13 February from 6pm to 8pm. The course costs £30.

For those who already have a grasp of the basics, the record office brings back its Branching Out talks, designed for people who want to take their research to the next level. Each talk focuses on a special area of family history.

For the first of the series in 2020, archivists will look at the records available for studying ancestors who were Catholic, Methodist, Quaker or other denominations that did not come under the Church of England, as well as uncovering what life was like for those who didn't conform to the Established Church.

Attendees are also able to make use of research facilities following the talk, with the support of an archivist.

The talk will run twice, on Tuesday 21 January, 6pm to 8pm, and Thursday 23 January, from 10am to 12pm. Tickets must be booked in advance and are priced at £10 per person.

Visit Durham County Record Office to book.

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