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Remembrance Weekend Freebies 2023

FREEBIES for Remembrance Weekend FindMyPast - free access 10am Thu 9th to 10am Mon 13th. Not 1921 Census. - free access to Military records until Monday Note: Will need to either register or log-in with previous account details. The websites might be a little slow due to extra demand.

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.

RootsTech 2022

FamilySearch Announcing RootsTech 2022 Here are the key announcements! Next year's RootsTech will take place March 3–5, 2022. RootsTech 2022 will be entirely virtual and FREE. While we won't be seeing each other at RootsTech London 2021, we look forward to seeing you online at RootsTech 2022. Call for content (presentations and exhibitors) is opening […]

Society Private Facebook Group

The Society is trialling a private group on Facebook, to see if it can help disseminate communications and enable members to post about family history questions or experiences. If you already have a Facebook account, and wish to try the group out, search for “Harrogate and District Family History Society” and request membership of the […]