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Tracing Ancestors in Britain

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Program Description

Tracing Five Centuries of Ancestors in Britain Embark on a journey to unearth the captivating stories of your British ancestors spanning five centuries! This presentation is not just a glimpse into the past but a hands-on guide, teaching you the art of unravelling your familial history. Navigate through the Twentieth Century to the distant echoes of the Sixteenth Century and beyond, as we equip you with the skills to conduct thorough research on your own lineage. Discover the wealth of government documents, such as taxes, and learn how to decipher the narratives hidden within church records across each century. Join us as we demystify the process of accessing and integrating these invaluable documents into your evolving family tree. Through practical guidance, explore the nuances of researching with government and church records, maps and more, gaining insights into your ancestors' lives. SCHEDULE: Monday, May 6 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM This presentation will take place online. You will receive a link to the class by email 24 hours before the presentation begins. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Elizabeth Briggs spends time on family research, teaching genealogy and genealogical research for the government. Elizabeth has volunteered at the Hudson's Bay Company Archives where she developed a database for almost ten thousand Servants' Contracts from 1776-1926. Elizabeth has written or co-authored a number of books to help people research their family history. Some of these include: Biographical Resources at the Hudson's Bay Company Archives, Volumes One and Two, Before Modern Medicine: Diseases and Yesterday's Remedies, and, York Factory Medical Journals, 1846-1849. Elizabeth has been an invited speaker to Smithers, B.C., the Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar, Orkney Family History Society, Scotland and Manitoba Genealogical Society. She has been Genealogist in Residence at the Millennium Library. Elizabeth has been a regular presenter at Winnipeg Libraries, Creative Retirement and the Brandon Genealogical Seminars. Elizabeth is a past president of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.


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