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Anointed: Given names in history

Most family historians never explore the given names of our ancestors, yet these names can provide information about our ancestors’ families and the society they lived within. This seminar provides insights into the meanings of given names and the historical patterns of naming.  

-    30/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation

Tagged: Surnames in the making

Most family historians think little about the surnames they are tracing even though most of us would have gathered information about the origin of our own surnames. Yet many of their ancestors’ surnames came into existence 800 years ago and provide information about their lives at that particular time. This seminar provides a fascinating exploration of the history and origins of British surnames.  

- 30/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation

Genes Reunited: Family trees and historic records

Genes Reunited was created on Guy Fawkes Day in 2002. It was the first British website set up to connect people searching the same family lines and in 2010 was ranked the #1 family website based on market share of visits among all UK sites. Since its acquisition by brightsolid in 2009 various historic records from the findmypast collection have been added - now it includes the complete 1841-1911 census collection, BDM records, Military records, passenger lists, and recently 35 million parish records.

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