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Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales - Digital Download

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With increased digitization of genealogical records in England and Wales, documents relating to your ancestors are far more readily available but how are the records structured? Where are they located? And what information can be gleaned from these primary sources? Taking you through the basics by examining record groups including censuses, civil registration, parish registers and probate, Kirsty Gray highlights the online and offline resources available to today’s genealogist researching in the last four centuries in England and Wales.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on September 23, 2015. 1 hour 41 minutes, plus 4 pages of handouts.

Comments from Kirsty's last webinar:
  • Always learn so much from your webinars. Thanks so much for all that you do in bringing great topics and speakers.
  • Always love Kirsty's webinars - so informative, even for a seasoned researcher like me!
  • Another packed filled webinar that will need to be revisited to capture all the great information and suggestions. Well done.
  • Enjoyed this webinar. Looking forward to using some of the info to find the family of British ancestors who emigrated to New Zealand in the mid to late 1800s. Will be watching the recorded session again to pick up some of the links I missed writing down.
  • Even though I've done a lot of English research, I still learned things. Thanks.
  • Excellent -- Kirsty is great, so knowledgeable and a master presenter!
  • Excellent presentation by Kristy Gray. Lots to think about now! Great after webinar party also!
  • Excellent speaker! Going to dive in across the pond now. Thanks for the after webinar info too!
  • First time attending one of yours. it was wonderful. Definitely will attend more.
  • Good introduction to the basics of English and Welsh research with good cautions and examples. Entertaining presentation style.
  • Great knowledge of the records available beyond what you usually see.
  • Great webinar, as usual. The tips in her syllabus are excellent will apply to any search.
  • Happily less mystified about doing research for England and Wales-- will watch again to solidify this in my brain.
  • Kirsty is quick but fun and she always covers a lot of ground!
  • Lots of great info in this webinar Geoff! The 'After Webinar Party' with the tips about how to use Legacy relating to the research we just heard about was very informative and mind opening. Thanks so much, thoroughly enjoyed it!!
  • Love the After Party info too. Learning how to put the Q in the date came just in time; I was about to edit the ones I had!
  • Not being able to go to Great Britain to research, this was very helpful. Encourages me I might find some of my 'branches'. Thank you.
  • ONe of the best webinars I have seen!
  • one of the best webinars of any site--thanks Kirst and Legacy--outstanding
  • Really appreciated learning about the Free BMD website and how to use if effectively
  • She covered a small number of subjects, but covered them fairly thoroughly. I liked that. Also, I have to say--her personality, her giggle, and her accent made her incredibly fun to listen to and be with.
  • Very helpful for a beginner. She's clear, shows the website so it's obvious where she is searching (I love that).
  • Very interesting and informative. Great presenter - very knowledgeable. Hope Kristy will give more webinars on UK records .....soon!
  • Wow! What a lot to digest and use! Now to just do it! Thanks!
About the author:
Kirsty is a professional genealogist and Heir Hunter who runs her own research company Family Wise Limited ( As a freelance author, she has published articles in family, local and social history magazines and handbooks across the globe. She has been researching the story of her paternal West Country family for many years and, having realised in the late 1990s that her eccentric hobby was called a one-name study, joined the Guild of One-Name Studies (registering the Sillifant surname) and soon became Secretary and then in 2010, the Chairman. In 2011, Kirsty took over from Penny Christensen as Director of English Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, updating previous courses and expanding the provision for online genealogical research courses about English records. Having published Tracing Your West Country Ancestors in 2013, Kirsty is now working on Tracing Your Industrial Ancestors with Pen and Sword Books and is a founder member and Chair of the Society for One-Place Studies, a new international society for family and local historians. Although a relative youngster in the field of genealogy, Kirsty has been involved in family history for almost two decades and has lectured on various stages from local to international. Having traded in her day job as a teacher to follow her passion, Kirsty is widely sought after as a family history tutor, lecturer and motivational speaker in the UK.

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