Thursday, 26 March 2015

Unlocking Your Past - Cleveland FHS Family History Day

A quick heads up for an event in 2 weeks time that I am looking forward to immensely, not least because it will actually be the first time ever that I will be speaking to a family history society south of the border (excluding the SoG based in London!) - and also because it just happens to be in my favourite part of England (Yorkshire!). The following are the details and programme for the family history day being organised by Cleveland Family History Society ( at Scotch Corner on Saturday April 11th:

Spring Family History Day 2015
Scotch Corner Holiday Inn, Saturday 11 April 2015
Venue: Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner, Richmond DL10 6NR, North Yorkshire, Junction A1M/A66

Cleveland, North Yorkshire & South Durham Family History Society invite beginners and experienced family historians to their 16th Family History Day.

We will have specialists on hand to give assistance together with bookstands and displays.

Ben Sanderson is Head of Press, Social Media and Internal Communications at the British Library Boston Spa.

The presentation A Treasure Trove for Historians Ben will be giving will provide some background information on the history of the British Library and its collections, then goes into some detail about what people can do at the Boston Spa reading room, with some practical information on registration and ordering. Ben also delves into some of the online resources on the British Library website which are available as soon as you open your laptop.

Chris Paton was formerly a Television Producer & Director of History Programmes and now works as a Professional Genealogist running the Scotlands Greatest Story Research Service. Chris is a published author of several books and also a regular contributor to genealogy magazines such as Your Family Tree, Family History Monthly, Family Tree Magazine, Your Family History and many more publications.

Tracing your Irish Family History on the Internet is his first talk and Chris will guide you through the many exciting developments now allowing us an opportunity to reclaim our ancestral past. The second subject Chris will talk about is Scottish Marriage, where a quick trip over the border offered a good opportunity for English folk to get married under Scots Law after 1753, without parental permission and all the other restrictions that Hardwicke introduced to stop irregular marriage, which actually remained legal in Scotland up to 1939 hence Gretna Green etc.


9.45 – 10.30 Registration & Coffee

10.30 – 12.00 Ben Sanderson : “A Treasure Trove for Historians - Using the British Library at Boston Spa”

12.00 – 1.00 Buffet Lunch

1.00 – 2.30 Chris Paton  “Tracing your Irish Family History on the Internet”

2.30 – 3.00 Coffee Break

3.00 – 4.30 Chris Paton  “Scottish Marriage: Instantly Buckled for Life”

There is ample car parking close to the main reception entrance.
For those requiring accommodation please contact Scotch Corner Hotel Reception.
If you require accommodation please contact Holiday Inn Reception: Tel: 01748 850900

Talks including lunch and refreshments £15:00 per person.

The booking form for the event is available at the bottom of this page:

Hopefully see you there!

(With thanks to Cleveland FHS)


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