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2016 Spring Seminar: “From Whence They Came”
Paul Milner’s seminar is a unique opportunity to learn directly from a highly respected, professional genealogist and international lecturer without leaving Dallas. Both Society members and the general public are invited to register and attend. NOTE: Discounted registration rate thru Sunday, February 21st!
Paul will deliver four one-hour lectures. Two deal with emigration to the US and Canada from Ireland and Scotland. Each will situate emigrations within unique historical contexts and identify available records for family history research. A third lecture discusses available records related to 17th and 18th century English research, jumping the gap caused by the English Civil War (1642–1651) and the problems of migration resulting from the industrial revolution.
While the seminar’s particular geographic focus (Ireland, Scotland, and England) may seem afield from your particular family history research interests, the emphasis on the relationship between historical context and available records will resonate with many experienced researchers. Many of us can attest that research methods learned for one geographic area were useful in informing methods used in other areas.
The fourth lecture explores key research tools available at The National Archives of the United Kingdom.
The National Archives
The National Archives is located west of London at Kew. It is the official public archive of the government of the United Kingdom, with records covering over 1,000 years of history. The Archives’ “collection is one of the largest in the world, containing over 11 million historical government and public records” (1).
Obviously, one thousand years of history from a British perspective includes more than the records of countries currently comprising the UK (i.e., England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). There are, for example, records related to Ireland, over which England established rule in the late 12th century and, in 1801, established the constitutional entity of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. This entity existed until 1922, when the Anglo-Irish Treaty established the Irish Free State.
Due the sheer size and scope of its collection, The National Archives is challenging to investigate effectively. What records of importance to family history researchers are hidden to the more casual researcher? Paul Milner will provide direction on the effective use of the research tools, indexes, and catalogs available on the Archives’ website.
So, whether you’re planning a research trip to The National Archives or researching remotely, you are most welcome to join the Dallas Genealogy Society at its 2016 Spring Seminar featuring Paul Milner.
|From Whence They Came|
|Date:||Saturday, March 12, 2016|
|Registration:||9:30 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Program:||10:00 AM – 4:30 PM|
|Location||1st floor Auditorium, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
|Cost:||$45 Members – $55 Others – by February 21, 2016
$55 Members – $65 Others – after February 21, 2016
|Lunch:||$12 – if ordered by March 9, 2016|
|Parking:||$1.50 – in the Dallas Public Library Garage|
(1) The National Archives – What We Do. Accessed February 13, 2016 at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/our-role/what-we-do/.