The course is aimed at beginners and will explain the process of researching your family tree and how to find and use essential records such as birth, marriage and death indexes, certificates, and census records. You will learn how to use the Find My Past website effectively, and how to access records in archives and libraries that haven’t yet been made available online. Each week, you will get to look at original documents from the Archives.
Course start date: Thursday 19th January 2017Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Sheffield City Archives, 52 Shoreham Street, S1 4SP
Cost: £60 (for 6 weeks)
To book a place contact Sheffield Archives (0114 203 9395) or Sheffield Local Studies Library (0114 273 4753) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu 19th Jan
Getting started - organising your family trees.
Useful websites for family history.
Civil Registration – births, marriages and deaths.
Thu 26th Jan
The census and what it can tell us about our ancestors.
Useful resources for accessing the census.
Thu 2nd Feb
Detailed look at Parish records, why they were kept and how to access them.
Religious denominations, the differences in the records.
Thu 9th Feb
Records relating to the deceased ancestor:
Churchyard or cemetery?
Causes of Victorian deaths
Did they leave a will?
Thu 16th Feb
Social welfare and health records.
Records relating to the Poor Law – workhouses, poor relief, bastardy orders, settlement certificates, Sheffield Scattered Homes.
Records relating to health – hospitals and asylums.
Thu 23rd Feb
Understanding where your ancestor lived.
What was the area like?
How to use the following resources to identify the location of your ancestor’s home:
This session will take place at Sheffield Local Studies Library (Central Library).