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Events: January 2021

ONLINE Third Thursday Talk: Trouble at the Gates - the Trials and Tribulations of Tollgate Keepers
by David Butler, archivist
Thursday 21 January 2021, from 10.30am to 11.30am
£0.00

A snug cottage, rent-free, no rates to pay, with a garden and easy access to a main road. A desirable residence, and with a regular weekly pay-packet on top. What could be a better offer for a nineteenth-century worker in need of a job? Unfortunately, although the residence might have been acceptable, the job had its problems.

This event is free (donations welcome, by optional payment link).
Advance booking essential.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE Tracing your Ancestors at Durham County Record Office: Parish Registers

Tuesday 26 January 2021, from 10.00am to 11.00am
£5.00

The third of a three-part family history course aimed at beginners or those wanting to refresh themselves on the basics. Attend all three sessions for a thorough introduction or pick the one(s) you feel will be most useful.

This session looks at parish registers, the Church of England records of baptisms, marriages and burials going back, in some cases, to the 1530s. Find out what information they contain, how they change over time and how to access them.

Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE Tracing your Ancestors at Durham County Record Office: Parish Registers

Tuesday 26 January 2021, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
£5.00

The third of a three-part family history course aimed at beginners or those wanting to refresh themselves on the basics. Attend all three sessions for a thorough introduction or pick the one(s) you feel will be most useful.

This session looks at parish registers, the Church of England records of baptisms, marriages and burials going back, in some cases, to the 1530s. Find out what information they contain, how they change over time and how to access them.

Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE 'Never Again, Never': The 113th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment & the liberation of Belsen, April - May 1945
by Steve Shannon, military researcher
Wednesday 27 January 2021 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
£0.00

A talk for Holocaust Memorial Day.

The concentration camp at Belsen is infamous, but less well known is the involvement of a County Durham artillery regiment. This talk explores the stories of those gunners and their unforgettable experiences in the closing days of the Second World War, as discovered through records in the Durham Light Infantry Archive, held by Durham County Record Office.

This is a free Teams live event (donations welcome, by optional payment link).
Advance booking essential.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.

Advisory: this talk is unsuitable for children below 11 years of age.


ONLINE Branching Out: Irish Ancestors

Thursday 28 January 2021, from 10.00am to 11.00am
£5.00

Aimed at those who have completed our beginners course or who are already familiar with the basics of family history.

Tracing Irish Ancestors is often held to be impossible because many important records no longer survive. But there are other records that do still exist and may be of use. Uncover the background to Irish emigration and culture to better understand why families moved and what life was like for them both in Ireland and in their new homes.

Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE Branching Out: Irish Ancestors

Thursday 28 January 2021, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
£5.00

Aimed at those who have completed our beginners course or who are already familiar with the basics of family history.

Tracing Irish Ancestors is often held to be impossible because many important records no longer survive. But there are other records that do still exist and may be of use. Uncover the background to Irish emigration and culture to better understand why families moved and what life was like for them both in Ireland and in their new homes.

Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


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