About Me

I have been lecturing in family history for over twenty years and thought I would start this blog mainly about my lecturres For some time now but have been worried that others might see it as self promotion. Well there was always going to be a bit of that…. but after all if I don’t blow my own trumpet who will!!! Below you will find a few of my lectures, all can be found from the menu above. Click on Read More to learn about me and some of my lecturing history.

The Poor Laws before the 1834 New Poor Law Act

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poor Law

The English Poor Laws were a system of poor relief which existed in England and Wales that developed out of…

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Apprenticeships before 1850 in the City, Town & Parish

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Shoemaker

Every society has to have arrangements in place to ensure that the skills needed in particular trades and professions are…

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Outside the Church: Nonconformist Records

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Dr William's Library

The largest groups of nonconformists in England and Wales were Baptists, Congregationalists and Methodists. Numerically smaller were many groups including…

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Of this Parish: Using Church & Parish Records

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Kedington parish chest

The village/parish was a self contained community. Moral supervision was in the hands of the parish priest with the elected…

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Sea, Sand & Sail: Employment of the Sea

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Historic Merchant Ship

England has a coastline of some 2,748 miles with no place more than 75 miles from the sea. It is…

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