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Events: August 2021

ONLINE Third Thursday Talk: 'The Hoppers of Iveston'
by Catherine Meades
Thursday 19 August 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 session hosted on Zoom (donations welcome, by optional payment link). It replaces the talk originally scheduled on Thursday 15 July.
Advance booking essential.
Your booking confirmation email will contain instructions how to join this event online.

Events: September 2021

ONLINE Family History Course: Civil Registration
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Wednesday 15 September 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 first session looks at civil registration, the system of birth, marriage and death certificates that started in 1837. Find out how they can help you construct a family tree and how to search for and obtain copies.

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


ONLINE Family History Course: Civil Registration
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Wednesday 15 September 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 first session looks at civil registration, the system of birth, marriage and death certificates that started in 1837. Find out how they can help you construct a family tree and how to search for and obtain copies.

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


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.


ONLINE Family History Course: The Census
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Wednesday 22 September 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 second session looks at the census. Find out how to access the census and how to understand the returns themselves, with advice on uncovering ancestors who may be missing or hard to find.

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


ONLINE Family History Course: The Census
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Wednesday 22 September 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 second session looks at the census. Find out how to access the census and how to understand the returns themselves, with advice on uncovering ancestors who may be missing or hard to find.

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 29 September 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 29 September 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.


ONLINE Branching Out: Courts and Criminal Records
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 30 September 2021, from 10.00am to 11.00am
£5.00

Law enforcement and the punishment of crime has changed greatly over the last 200 years, generating a range of records that you can use to find out more about your ancestors' lives and crimes.

The scope and variety of these records can make them seem confusing, but they don't have to be. We will look at some of the most useful sources, both held at the Record Office and elsewhere, as well exploring what life was like for those who fell foul of the law.

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


ONLINE Branching Out: Courts and Criminal Records
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 30 September 2021, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
£5.00

Law enforcement and the punishment of crime has changed greatly over the last 200 years, generating a range of records that you can use to find out more about your ancestors' lives and crimes.

The scope and variety of these records can make them seem confusing, but they don't have to be. We will look at some of the most useful sources, both held at the Record Office and elsewhere, as well exploring what life was like for those who fell foul of the law.

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

Events: October 2021

ONLINE Branching Out: Title Deeds
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 14 October 2021, from 10.00am to 11.00am
£5.00

Title deeds are often overlooked as a family history source, but can be immensely useful. Deeds in our collections record property transactions from as early as 1122, containing information about the people involved as well as the property they were buying or selling.

Though sometimes long and complicated, they are also very formulaic and it is often possible to pick out key information with relative ease. We will look at where to find title deeds, how to begin understanding them and uncover more about how land was bought and sold in the past.

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


ONLINE Branching Out: Title Deeds
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 14 October 2021, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
£5.00

Title deeds are often overlooked as a family history source, but can be immensely useful. Deeds in our collections record property transactions from as early as 1122, containing information about the people involved as well as the property they were buying or selling.

Though sometimes long and complicated, they are also very formulaic and it is often possible to pick out key information with relative ease. We will look at where to find title deeds, how to begin understanding them and uncover more about how land was bought and sold in the past.

This session is hosted on Zoom.
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.


ONLINE Branching Out: Divorce
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 25 November 2021, from 10.00am to 11.00am
£5.00

Laws around marriage and divorce were very different in the past. Understanding how can help to explain anomalies you may find when researching your family tree, as well as throw light on how your ancestors lived.

We will also look at the surviving records and where to find them, including what is available online.

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


ONLINE Branching Out: Divorce
by Dawn Layland, archivist
Thursday 25 November 2021, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
£5.00

Laws around marriage and divorce were very different in the past. Understanding how can help to explain anomalies you may find when researching your family tree, as well as throw light on how your ancestors lived.

We will also look at the surviving records and where to find them, including what is available online.

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


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