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Events: April 2021

ONLINE Family History Course: Parish Registers
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Wednesday 28 April 2021, from 10.00am to 11.00am
£5.00

This online family history course is aimed at people who've thought about tracing their ancestors, but are wondering what would be involved or where to get started.

The course consists of three talks, on Civil Registration, the Census and Parish Registers, all bookable individually. We will explore some of the sources that family historians use and show how archives held at the Record Office can help in your search.

The third 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.

This session is hosted on Zoom.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE Family History Course: Parish Registers
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Wednesday 28 April 2021, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
£5.00

This online family history course is aimed at people who've thought about tracing their ancestors, but are wondering what would be involved or where to get started.

The course consists of three talks, on Civil Registration, the Census and Parish Registers, all bookable individually. We will explore some of the sources that family historians use and show how archives held at the Record Office can help in your search.

The third 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.

This session is hosted on Zoom.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.

Events: May 2021

ONLINE Branching Out: Local History for Family Historians
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 13 May 2021, from 10.00am to 11.00am
£5.00

Part of our Branching Out programme, this Local History Month Special is aimed at family historians who are comfortable with the basics.

Local history sources, such as maps, reminiscences and trade directories, are not often used for family history, but they can shed light on our ancestors' lives and the world they inhabited.

Find out how to locate and use these sources.

The session is hosted on Zoom.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE Branching Out: Local History for Family Historians
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 13 May 2021, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
£5.00

Part of our Branching Out programme, this Local History Month Special is aimed at family historians who are comfortable with the basics.

Local history sources, such as maps, reminiscences and trade directories, are not often used for family history, but they can shed light on our ancestors' lives and the world they inhabited.

Find out how to locate and use these sources.

The session is hosted on Zoom.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.


ONLINE Third Thursday Talk: 'What can I tell you?' - the value of diaries in archives
by Victoria Oxberry, archivist
Thursday 20 May 2021, from 10.30am to 11.30am
£0.00

Diaries give us a unique perspective on anything and everything, from the mundane to the world changing, and they are a valuable historical resource.

This talk will look at the idea of diary writing and why people do it, give examples from Durham County Record Office's collections, and explain why it is important that we keep collecting them.

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.

Events: June 2021

ONLINE Snippets from the Archives: Investigating County Durham in the Past
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Tuesday 1 June 2021, from 2.00pm to 2.30pm
£0.00

How has Durham changed over time? How do we know? Discover children working in mines, photos that show massive changes in Durham City and maps that explain and illustrate the development of villages and towns.

We will be making light jars using tissue paper, following the theme of light and candles. Imagine the life of an eight year-old boy who was given a candle to help him work underground in a coal mine over 175 years ago. You will need:
Glass jar
Tissue paper
Glue (normal PVA children's glue is fine)
Scissors
Tea light

This free half-hour session is aimed at Key Stage 2 (7-11 year old) children, though younger children could join in.

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


ONLINE Snippets from the Archives: Investigating County Durham in the Past
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 3 June 2021, from 10.00am to 10.30am
£0.00

How has Durham changed over time? How do we know? Discover children working in mines, photos that show massive changes in Durham City and maps that explain and illustrate the development of villages and towns.

We will be making light jars using tissue paper, following the theme of light and candles. Imagine the life of an eight year-old boy who was given a candle to help him work underground in a coal mine over 175 years ago. You will need:
Glass jar
Tissue paper
Glue (normal PVA children's glue is fine)
Scissors
Tea light

This free half-hour session is aimed at Key Stage 2 (7-11 year old) children, though younger children could join in.

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

Events: July 2021

ONLINE Third Thursday Talk: 'The Hoppers of Iveston'
by Catherine Meades
Thursday 15 July 2021, from 10.30am to 11.30am
£0.00

This is the story of the Hopper family of Iveston, based on research triggered by the discovery of some early land documents in the records of the Consett Iron Company.

The Hoppers were in Iveston from at least the reign of Elizabeth I, through the Commonwealth period and until at least 1754 and the reign of George II of the House of Hanover - a very turbulent period of history.

Many members of the Hopper family were Quakers, part of one of the earliest Quaker communities in the country, and one of them, Benjamin Hopper, was one of the early settlers in Pennsylvania, USA.

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.

Events: September 2021

ONLINE Third Thursday Talk: 'Crime in 1860s Durham City: An Analysis of Durham City Police records'
by John Sheen, local historian
Thursday 16 September 2021, from 10.30am to 11.30am
£0.00

The records of people committed to the lockup by Durham City Police in the 1850s and 1860s have survived to some extent and are held in the Durham County Record Office.

They have scarcely been opened in over 160 years. Now transcribed into a spreadsheet the data can be manipulated and reveals some interesting facts regarding criminality in the City at that time.

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.

Events: November 2021

ONLINE Third Thursday Talk: 'Mary Farrow, 1893-1918 - teacher, survivor of war, victim of Spanish flu'
by Gillian Hunt, local historian
Thursday 18 November 2021, from 10.30am to 11.30am
£0.00

A restored white marble cross in the churchyard of St Mary's Churchyard, Gainford, marks the resting place of Mary Farrow (nee Lister) of Hartlepool.

Her story is one of local history, social history, courage, romance and final tragedy in the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic. We'll go from Hartlepool to Gainford via Durham University, trainee teachers in First World War Oxford, an eye-witness account of the Hartlepool bombardment and an emotional conclusion to the research project on Remembrance Sunday 2018.

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.


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