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Lectures on Genealogy, Heraldry and Family and Social History

Colin Chapman will be pleased to travel to any location to lecture on the following topics to a wide variety of audiences. Each lecture can be presented at an advanced, intermediate or beginner level, as required, to meet the needs of the listeners.

 [All lectures are illustrated with overhead projector transparencies or PowerPoint]


Tracing Your British Ancestors – English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Manx, Channel Islanders

The Procedures and Language of Probate – Wills, Testaments, Inventories etc.

Ecclesiastical Courts – Sin, Sex and Probate

Marriage Laws, Records and Customs – Was Your Ancestor Really Married?

Genealogy in Early British Censuses – 1086 to 1841

The Workhouse and Poorhouse – 700 years of Old & New Poor Laws

Family History from Education Records – Schools, Universities, Reformatories

Manor Court Rolls and Genealogical Research – Eleventh to Twentieth Centuries

Family History in Old Newspapers & Periodicals – Expected and Unexpected Sources

Migration: Internal, Immigration and Emigration – Tracking That Elusive Ancestor

Tracing a Naval Ancestor – Using Primary and Secondary Sources

Was Your Ancestor a Criminal ? – An Examination of 18th and 19th Century Crime

With Whom Did Your Ancestors Meet? – They Didn’t Live in a Vacuum

                    Civil Registration History and Pitfalls – Can You Trust the Certificates ?

Heraldry CAN be Understood – And Enjoyed by Us All!

Your Ancestors, Population and Birth Control – Contraception Delicately Delineated

Following Alex Haley's Roots to Gambia –  A Genealogical Travelogue

Christmases Past – Some Festive Customs and Traditions