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Dig up your roots this autumn at Hampshire Record Office

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Who do you think you are? Celebrities have been finding out during the recent TV series and now Hampshire residents have the chance to receive help from Hampshire County Council in tracing their family trees.

From September to December the Council's Hampshire Archives and Local Studies Service is running evening and daytime workshops at Hampshire Record Office in Winchester, on how to start genealogical research and get the best from the available sources.

The workshops are designed for absolute beginners and those researchers who have made a start, perhaps using internet resources, but now want to add depth to their research by exploring original material.

Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, said: "Researching family history is fascinating and can lead to some amazing discoveries. It is not as hard as some people may think and these workshops are an excellent opportunity for people who have always wanted to give it a go, as our staff will be on hand to guide people through the extensive resources on offer from our Hampshire Record Office."

The workshops will be held on:

Tuesdays: 24 September, 22 October, 26 November, from 6-8pm

Thursdays: 5 September, 10 October, 7 November, 5 December, 2-4pm

The evening sessions will begin with a talk on Hampshire Archives and Local Studies and the most useful sources the service offers for family historians including parish registers, censuses and wills. It will be followed by a tour of the reception and archive search room demonstrating the layout and how the system works. There will also be a chance to make a start with your family tree using sources available in the search room with staff on hand to answer any questions. Bring along any family history information you already have, and you may be able to track down relevant records on the night.

The afternoon workshops will be based around a presentation and examples of useful documents. The search room is open until 7pm on Thursdays so after these workshops people can put their knowledge into practice and make a start on their own research.

As well as records for the county of Hampshire, Hampshire Record Office also has several sources covering England and Wales including an index to births, marriages and deaths, the National Probate index and a national index to the 1881 census. It also has subscriptions to Ancestry and Findmypast, family history websites with access to national and international sources.

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