Last chance for family history days

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Fledgling family historians are being offered a last chance to take part in a series of training days by the county council.

These sessions, run by North Yorkshire County Council’s Records Office, is aimed at those inspired by the new series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ and looking to extend their family history research in the coming months.

Next Steps in Family History, on Saturday October 6, is designed for people who already have some basic experience of using census and civil registration records, and who are ready to explore other record sources.

An experienced family history tutor and a professional archivist will teach people how to look at parish registers, how to access registers online along with modern and ecclesiastical wills and other record sources.

The Family History Skills Day, on December 1, is aimed at those looking to extend their know-how. Led by an experienced tutor with professional archivists, this day includes getting the best from the internet; approaches to Latin; steps in palaeography, family tree recording software and conservation of personal archives.

County Coun Chris Metcalfe said: “This is a chance that should not be missed for the growing numbers of people who want to research their family’s history.

“Our training days are very popular and prove invaluable to those taking their first steps as well as those with more experience who wish to hone their skills a little more.”

Sessions are held in Northallerton, costing £30, including light refreshments and a buffet lunch.

To book email archives@northyorks.gov.uk or call 01609 777585.