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The latest news and information from the Achievements team.

  1. New Director of Education appointed at The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

    Our sister organisation is pleased to announce the appointment of Les Mitchinson as the Institute’s Director of Education.   Les will initially assume the role on a part-time basis with immediate effect. Les is a graduate of the Institute having gained the Higher Certificate in 2008 and the Diploma in Genealogy (DipGen) in 2009.   Les has also been a member of the IHGS Education Board since 2012 and a Course Tutor since 2010. Les is also the owner of LMentary Family History and Education, and has a portfolio of professional development courses ranging from beginner through to Diploma in Genealogy.   A number of LMentary students have successfully attained the IHGS Higher Certificate and IHGS Diploma in Genealogy awards.   We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Les.

  2. Wills and How to Read Them

    Places are available on the day course “Wills and How to Read them”, run by our sister organisation the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. The course will show you how wills can help you research your family, how to find them and their associated documents and practical advice on how to interpret the handwriting. It is taking place on Saturday 26th November. Click for more details 

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  3. Planning next year’s genealogical diary?

    As the nights draw in, and the temperature (finally) drops, it might be that thoughts start turning to genealogical events taking place next year.  Why not look into the courses run by our sister organisation the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies?  It might be that you have thought about taking professional genealogical practice further, in which case our day course entitled “The Professional Approach” might be for you.  Alternatively, the course “Report Writing” might be of interest, running on 27th February.

    For a full list of the courses running next year, click here to find out more.

  4. Family history day course “The Parish and the Manor”

    It is not too late to enroll on our sister organisation The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies’ day course, “The Parish and the Manor”.  It is running this Saturday 1st October from 10.30 to 4.30, and is held at our headquarters in Canterbury.

    Topics which will be covered include parish records, being churchwardens records, vestry minutes and records of the poor, as well as those documents compiled by the manor and the manorial courts.  This course is a must for any family historian seeking to extend their knowledge of the subject, and find out what records are available and where they can be accessed.

    Further information, including how to book, can be found here.

  5. Want to find out more on manorial records?

    Our sister organisation the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies is running a course to further knowledge about the “Parish and the Manor”, on 1st October 2016.  This will be a full day course, based at our headquarters in Canterbury.  The focus will be on sources associated with the parish, such as churchwardens accounts and records of the poor, as well as manorial records.

    Further information, including price and timings, can be found here.

  6. Family history and heraldry

    Don’t miss out on the day course run Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies on heraldry, being held at our headquarters in Canterbury on 20th February.

    If you are new to heraldry, or would like to find out more about how heraldic research can help with genealogy then this course is for you.  Click here to find out more.

  7. Heraldry day course 20th February

    The IHGS day course on Heraldry, on Saturday 20th February, is confirmed as running.  Places are filling up, so to avoid disappointment book your place now.

    This course aims to show that the records of heraldry can be of great use to family historians, and is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with some experience. Practical guidance will be given on how to understand heraldry and how to identify coats of arms.

    Further information, and booking details, can be found here.

  8. Interested in heraldry?

    Are you interested in heraldry and would like to find out how it can help with your own family history research?  Our sister organisation the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies is running a day course on heraldry on Saturday 20th February 2016.

    To find out more, and for cost and booking details, click here.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to visit Canterbury, why not contact our research team to see how we can help you investigate the heraldic aspects of your family history.  Click here to contact us for advice and a free quote.

  9. Thinking of becoming a professional genealogist?

    If you have thought about becoming a professional genealogist, but have questions about the practicalities, or simply want to talk to others in a similar situation, or to those who work as genealogists, then you may be interested in a course run by our sister company, the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies.

    The Professional Approach is a one day course being held at our headquarters in Canterbury on Saturday 5th March 2016.  Further information, including cost and how to book, can be found here.

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