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The latest news and information from the Achievements team.

  1. Day courses in Genealogy

    Our sister organisation, the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, has just released its 2018 programme of family history study days.  These include everything from how to draw a pedigree, how to research military ancestors, or if you fancy getting stuck in even more, a weekend course on “Taking your family history further”.

    Further information on dates and booking details can be found here.

  2. Missing in the census?

    Have you ever not found a person or family in a census?  No matter how hard you search, sometimes a family simply is not recorded.  It could be that the census simply doesn’t survive, and there are known issues with several census years.  It could also be that a name has been transcribed incorrectly in the indexes.  But sometimes it could be that they simply are not there.  Men could be working away from home, in the military, or away at sea.

    Today we found in the 1861 census at Astley in Lancashire a “family consisting of 3 persons gone off in boat”!  It would have been helpful to future genealogists if neighbours or the census enumerator had named the family . . . .

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