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Events: September 2019

Family History for Beginners

Thursday evenings, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on 12, 19 and 26 September 2019
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.

This event has started; we are no longer taking bookings.


Family History for Beginners

Friday mornings, from 10.00am to 12 noon on 13, 20 and 27 September 2019
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.

This event has started; we are no longer taking bookings.


Third Thursday Talk: 'An Introduction to Archive Conservation'
by Lindsey Gibson and Zoe Ross, conservators
Thursday 19 September 2019, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£0.00

Learn about archive conservation processes and bring your own treasured records for free conservation advice.

Our archive conservators will provide a brief overview of the causes of damage and deterioration of archives, and the conservation methods employed at the record office.

This event is free (donations welcome on the day).

Advance booking essential.


Branching Out: Illegitimacy, Divorce and Adoption

Monday 23 September 2019, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£10.00

Our ancestors lived in a world with very different laws around marriage and family. Children born out of wedlock faced a lifetime of stigma and couples whose marriage had broken down were often unable to separate without heavy legal costs, if at all.

This talk looks at the social climate of the time, what records survive and how we can use them to find out more.


Branching Out: Illegitimacy, Divorce and Adoption

Thursday 26 September 2019, from 10.00am to 12 noon
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£10.00

Our ancestors lived in a world with very different laws around marriage and family. Children born out of wedlock faced a lifetime of stigma and couples whose marriage had broken down were often unable to separate without heavy legal costs, if at all.

This talk looks at the social climate of the time, what records survive and how we can use them to find out more.

Events: October 2019

Branching Out: Emigration and Immigration

Thursday 17 October 2019, from 10.00am to 12 noon
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£10.00

Many of us have ancestors who left England for foreign climes or arrived here from elsewhere. But how do we find out more?

This talk looks at general patterns of emigration and immigration, what records survive and how we can use them to find out more.


Branching Out: Emigration and Immigration

Thursday 17 October 2019, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£10.00

Many of us have ancestors who left England for foreign climes or arrived here from elsewhere. But how do we find out more?

This talk looks at general patterns of emigration and immigration, what records survive and how we can use them to find out more.

Events: November 2019

Third Thursday Talk: 'Wonders of the River Wear' - meticulously mapped in 1819, on fire in 1845
by Gill Parkes, archivist
Thursday 21 November 2019, from 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UL
£0.00

This talk will focus on two very different but fascinating aspects of the River Wear's history in the late Georgian and early Victorian period.

We will start by celebrating the 200th anniversary of seven stunning River Wear maps produced by the surveyor Francis Giles (1787-1847), working under the direction of famous civil engineer John Rennie. Find out why the maps were made, admire the colours and cartographic detail, and discover why they have been forgotten for so long.

Then hear about a natural phenomenon that drew huge crowds to Durham's Framwellgate Bridge each evening in the summer of 1845.

This event is free (donations welcome on the day).

Advance booking essential.


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