Ancestry Holiday    -   Who Do You Think You Are ?

April 21st - 26th  2013

This holiday is intended to show you how to build up your
family history.  It is suitable for anyone from complete beginners through to those who have already started but need more guidance.

The holiday will consist of two parts :

Presentations that will discuss the various sources of material, how to access them and how to interpret them, as well as information on the recording of family trees. Presentations will be based on United Kingdom ancestries, although information will be given regarding where to search if you find ancestors that lived abroad.

Your own research will be done using computers at the hotel, under the guidance of the two presenters.  Access to the computers is available at all times during the holiday and will be offered on a shared basis, although if you have your own laptop please do bring it with you.

*  "1912 to today"
This is a difficult area to research due to data protection laws and confidentiality.  This presentation will centre on searching public documents such as Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Telephone Directories, Voters’ Lists and Company House Records.  Church Records are sometimes available in this period as well as records from the two World wars.  Also covered will be general matters such as recording family trees, reading old documents, errors on official documents and the transcriptions of them.

*  "1837 to 1911"
This is the period of the National Censuses -  the use of them together with the Birth Marriage and Death Registration Indexes will be discussed.  There are also a host of other documents to be found –War Records, Directories, Poll Books, Probate Records, Court Documents.  Church Records become more important and the searching of them will also be covered.

*  "Pre 1837"
Before the Censuses but there are still official documents to find and search – Wills and Probates, Court Records, Registers of Apprenticeships and Church Records, Poor Law, Window Tax, Bastardy Bonds.  It is the period of newspapers and many of these are now available for inspection by computer, as are scanned copies of many old books which give genealogical information.
Also discussed will be Family Coats of Arms and how they can help or hinder genealogical research and the unreliability of the published family trees of this era.

*   Pre-holiday   Attendees will be encouraged to submit to the presenters all the details they know about their parents and grandparents, such as dates of birth, place of birth, where they lived, occupations (this information will remain confidential).  This data will enable the presenters to look into the ancestry of attendees prior to the holiday so that the presentations can be personally tailored to their individual needs and where necessary to help point them in the right direction for their researches.

*  Talk
Speaker and subject to be announced

*   Preston Records Office
A private visit to Preston Register Office, where we will be shown ‘backstage’, a rare privilege as the general public are not usually allowed this access. The visit is after the holiday and attendees will travel to Preston on Friday morning in their own transport and from there travel on home. It will be possible for those without suitable transport to be taken to the Register Office and then to a local railway station.

*   Post-Holiday  
Each attendee will be provided with a memory stick to save their discoveries and take home with them (or the information can be printed and posted). The presenters will also give attendees a reasonable amount of mentoring free of charge if they need help with their own further research into their ancestry.

*  Biography
Dr Tam Llewellyn-Edwards, PhD is a professional genealogist, who has traced his own family line back as far as you are prepared to believe. He has been doing this work for over 50 years. His line back to 1086 has been accepted by the National Library Of Wales, and was presented in their exhibition in commemoration of the 900th anniversary of the Domesday Book.
He undertakes private research for clients and gives talks and training on genealogy and family history.

Mary Llewellyn, BA (Hon)
is an amateur genealogist.  She became interested in genealogy after losing track of her siblings, and has since traced her ancestry back to the 15th century.

Prices are per person for the 5 nights and include full Cumbrian breakfast, morning coffee,  3-course dinner and VAT @ 20 %. 
Non-participating partners are welcome at a reduction of £30 on the above prices. A deposit of £150 per person is required for the holiday.  This is non-refundable unless the room is subsequently re let; cancellation insurance is available.

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