Categories for Monthly Talks

My Almost Yorkshire Family

Listen to last night's fascinating talk by Natasha Houseman on her deeply embedded roots. Natasha has made a copy of her slides available here

How to use FamilySearch to Discover Your Ancestors?

David is a member H&DFHS and a volunteer at the FamilySearch Centre in Harrogate. He has been a user of FamilySearch and its predecessors since 1967. His talk covered how website can provide useful clues and hints when researching your family history. In addition, here is a set of hints and tips you may […]

How to Date Old Photographs

Stephen follows a timeline of photographic history and how it can relate to your own research. He looked at examples where looking at details can help put a photo into a time, place or context. If anyone wants a little help with their own photos if a decent scan can be sent to Stephen with […]

Tracing Your WW1 Military Relatives

Phil took us through worked examples of how best to use National Archives and other research materials to construct the detail of the service careers of our relatives during the First World War. The talk did not take us down ‘the usual paths’, but covered many sources not usually explored by speakers on this topic.

Introduction to Medieval Genealogy

Talk given by Gillian Waters on 20th September providing an introduction to Medieval Genealogy. You might be able to discover what you ancestors were doing in the Middle Ages .

Sons of The Soil

Every family has them, ancestors who worked on the land. How can we find out more about them, the farms where they worked and the lives that they led? In this talk given by Janet Few, she covers a range of sources, many of them under-used, which will help to shed light on the working […]

Time & Place: Trade Directories and Gazettes

Gill Blanchard covers how to use Trade Directories and Gazetteers to find people, track movements and discover the owners of land. Additionally, learn how to use these sources to develop research skills and learn more about the areas our ancestors lived in.