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Events: September 2018

Durham at War Conference 2018: 'Lest We Forget'

Saturday 29 September 2018, 10am - 4pm (refreshments on arrival from 9am)
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£5.00

This year the Durham at War team invites members of the public to join our volunteers at the third and final Durham at War conference, marking another successful year for our HLF-supported First World War project 'Durham at War'.

With the 1914-18 centenary soon drawing to a close, we are offering a lively programme of talks, displays, film previews and our very own Poppy Bake Off competition to highlight County Durham's special contribution to the nationwide commemorations over the past four years.

Speakers include one of the UK's most exciting military historians, Andy Robertshaw, who was historical adviser to Steven Spielberg on the blockbuster film 'War Horse'. Andy's conference talk is titled 'Unexpected Victory: How did the Great War really end?'

Authors, historians, archaeologists and volunteers will share their research into the identification of bodies recently recovered from a battlefield of 100 years ago, medical provision during the Battle of the Somme, women at war and new techniques for uncovering First World War archaeology.

There is a small charge to cover refreshments and buffet lunch on the day.

Events: October 2018

Family History for Beginners

Monday evenings, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on 1, 8, 15 October 2018
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£30.00

Back by popular demand, this three week course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for budding genealogists looking for some help getting started on your family tree.

The course covers the basics of family history, including civil registration, the census and parish registers. As well as looking at examples of each (drawn from our collections), there will be interactive activities to help participants understand how to use them for family history and opportunities for friendly advice from the tutor.


Family History for Beginners

Friday mornings, from 10.00am to 12 noon on 5, 12, 19 October 2018
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£30.00

Back by popular demand, this three week course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for budding genealogists looking for some help getting started on your family tree.

The course covers the basics of family history, including civil registration, the census and parish registers. As well as looking at examples of each (drawn from our collections), there will be interactive activities to help participants understand how to use them for family history and opportunities for friendly advice from the tutor.


Branching Out: Parish records (other than registers)

Tuesday 16 October 2018, from 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£10.00

Parish churches kept much more than registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. Find out how poor relief records, churchwardens, accounts and other records can provide clues about your ancestors.

This is one of our regular Branching Out sessions, presented by an archivist. If you are familiar with the family history basics, Branching Out sessions give you the opportunity to explore specific archive collections and topics in more depth.

The session consists of a talk approximately an hour long, followed by roughly an hour of browsing time, during which you can use the microfilm and computers, browse the library and explore the Record Office in a structured and supportive environment.


Branching Out: Parish records (other than registers)

Thursday 18 October 2018, from 10.00am - 12 noon
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£10.00

Parish churches kept much more than registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. Find out how poor relief records, churchwardens, accounts and other records can provide clues about your ancestors.

This is one of our regular Branching Out sessions, presented by an archivist. If you are familiar with the family history basics, Branching Out sessions give you the opportunity to explore specific archive collections and topics in more depth.

The session consists of a talk approximately an hour long, followed by roughly an hour of browsing time, during which you can use the microfilm and computers, browse the library and explore the Record Office in a structured and supportive environment.

Events: November 2018

Family History for Beginners

Thursday mornings, from 10am to 12noon - 1, 8, 15 November
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£30.00

Back by popular demand, this three week course is led by one of our archivists and is perfect for budding genealogists looking for some help getting started on your family tree.

The course covers the basics of family history, including civil registration, the census and parish registers. As well as looking at examples of each (drawn from our collections), there will be interactive activities to help participants understand how to use them for family history and opportunities for friendly advice from the tutor.


Third Thursday Talk: 'No Longer the Enemy'

Thursday 15 November 2018, 6.30pm - 8pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£5.00

David Inch will describe a fascinating HLF project dealing with the untold story of German children who visited the UK in the years immediately after the end of the Second World War.

The visits aimed to give undernourished, poorly clothed and badly accommodated children respite from the severe conditions they were living in at home.

This talk will outline the research carried out so far and still in progress, revealing an encouraging story of kindness and compassion, and its particular links with County Durham.

Advance booking essential.


Branching Out: Second World War Military Ancestors

Monday 26 November 2018, from 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£10.00

Find out how to begin searching for Second World War veterans and how our records, including electoral rolls and the Durham Light Infantry Collection, can help. We will also look at how to find service records and the 1939 Register and what you can learn from them.

This is one of our regular Branching Out sessions, presented by an archivist. If you are familiar with the family history basics, Branching Out sessions give you the opportunity to explore specific archive collections and topics in more depth.

The session consists of a talk approximately an hour long, followed by roughly an hour of browsing time, during which you can use the microfilm and computers, browse the library and explore the Record Office in a structured and supportive environment.


Branching Out: Second World War Military Ancestors

Thursday 29 November 2018, from 10.00am - 12 noon
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£10.00

Find out how to begin searching for Second World War veterans and how our records, including electoral rolls and the Durham Light Infantry Collection, can help. We will also look at how to find service records and the 1939 Register and what you can learn from them.

This is one of our regular Branching Out sessions, presented by an archivist. If you are familiar with the family history basics, Branching Out sessions give you the opportunity to explore specific archive collections and topics in more depth.

The session consists of a talk approximately an hour long, followed by roughly an hour of browsing time, during which you can use the microfilm and computers, browse the library and explore the Record Office in a structured and supportive environment.


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