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Parish Registers for Family History


Start date: 6th Oct 2021

Time: 14:00 - 15:30

Cost: £48

Day: Wednesday

Duration: 5 weeks

Tutor: Jackie Depelle

Course code: AU21049

This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate students.

Note:  the course will run on the following dates:

6th and 13th October 2021 and the 3, 10 and 17 November 2021

Taking your family tree back beyond 1837 isn't always easy as there are fewer records available and the cross-referencing evidence is limited. The main resource for tracing people in this earlier period is Church material in particular Parish Registers which are the best known records once kept in the Parish Chest. Our course will expand your knowledge of sources and skills to extend family history research back beyond the introduction of Civil Registration and Census records. We will sample and experience a variety of Parish Registers, understand where to look for them and develop your ability to read them!

Key objectives:

To understand the three essential sources which are the key stepping stones needed to develop a family tree with relevant dates


Develop a thorough understanding of the pre-1837 Parish Register systems to record Baptisms, Marriages and Burials


Appreciate where Parish Registers are deposited, use Research Guides and find if they are online


Use maps and place descriptions to highlight the location of Churches with which family members may have been associated


Gain confidence in reading old handwriting through sampling Parish Chest material


This course will be held on zoom.

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Jackie Depelle

Jackie Depelle is a specialist Family History tutor, enthusiastically guiding and motivating family history research for over twenty years. A regular speaker at major shows and events across the United Kingdom, Jackie supports voluntary organisations through her role as Chairman of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies and co-organising seminars for the Guild of One Name Studies. She also runs research workshops for Universities, museums and country houses.

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