Advanced Course in Family History

Tutor: Ken Nisbet

Six Thursdays (27th May to 1st July 2021), 7pm to 9pm BST (UK)
Online via Zoom
Cost: £46 (£42 concession: OAP, disabled etc.)
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1.  Researching English Family History

Looking at English birth, marriage and death records, how to access them and what information they may show, and the alternatives to the statutory records.  Accessing and using pre-statutory Church records; and the importance of the Hardwicke Marriage Act (1753).  Census returns 1841–1911 and the 1939 register.  How to access and use Probate Records for England and Wales.


2.  Researching Emigration and Migration records

Looking at internal migration within the UK and migration to the UK, and what records are available   How to access and use migration and shipping records, and overseas records for those who migrated from the UK, for both temporary and permanent migration.


3.  Researching Irish Family History – by Jill Williams

Jill will look at the records that are available online for your Irish family-history research, and how not everything was destroyed by fire, and how to interpret and use these records.


4.  Researching your Criminal Ancestors – also covers Transportation

What records are available to research those of our relatives who broke the law – Court and Jail records; how the courts used banishment and transportation as a form of sentence.  How to access transportation records and court records – based on examining the records for members of the tutor’s own family who were transported.


5.  Researching the Poor and using Poor Law Records

What is the definition of "poor", and how to identify them?  The deserving and undeserving poor.  Using Kirk Session Records and the records created by the 1843 Scottish Poor Law Act and other sources.


6.  Researching British Soldiers of the Great War using offline and online records.

A detailed examination of the records that are available for researching both those individuals who died during active service and those who survived their service – and how to put these records together to create a record, even when the main service records do not survive.


Ken Nisbet has been involved in family-history research for over 40 years and is currently Secretary of the Scottish Genealogy Society and the Scottish Association of Family History Societies.  He has been a member of the Scotland's People Family History Centre User Group since its inception.  He is the resident expert on Scottish Ancestral Records Podcasts, and does talks to many of Scotland's Family History Societies.  Through the Scottish Genealogy Society, he has had published a Roll of Honour for Nairnshire 1914–1921, and a History of the 2nd Battalion 78th Foot 1804–1816.  He has extensively researched his own family history, which covers all parts of Scotland.  He has also researched family members who emigrated to Australia (voluntarily or involuntarily), Canada, South Africa, the USA and many other countries.