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  1. 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.

  2. Can manorial records extend your family tree?

    There will always be a point in genealogical research, where the parish registers run out, and every possible avenue has been considered.  But it might be that manorial records exist which can help trace the earliest generations of the family tree.

    Within any parish there could be one or more manors, and the records created by the courts held there deal with the day-to-day life of the manor.  As such, it might be that proof can be found that the surnames being traced were present in the manor one or more generations before the earliest parish registers show.

    As well as court records, manorial documents could include customs, surveys and maps to help build up a picture of village life of our ancestors.  So if you think you have got as far as you can with your family history, why not contact us to see whether manorial records could help you extend your line.

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