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One-Place Studies - Tracing the History of a Community - Digital Download

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The people, the streets, the churches, the workplaces, the shops and the public buildings there are so many aspects to explore in a village to uncover its fascinating history. The village detective, Kirsty Gray, documents the sources available to trace the history of villages, with particular reference to her own one-place studies in southern England, and how genealogical/historical records can be used to build up a comprehensive picture of a community from the 18th to the 21st century.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on February 4, 2015. 1 hour 41 minutes, plus 2 pages of handouts.

Viewers' comments:
  • Absolutely superb!. Well presented, great source web sites, and what a creative subject.
  • Absolutely the best info, a must watch again and again...
  • Another fantastic webinar tonight, now to start the One place study! :D
  • Enjoyed Kirsty Gray - again. I like her enthusiastic and no-nonsense approach to getting it done. Thanks.
  • Excellent ideas on how to do a community study. I've heard of one name studies and house histories but this takes it one step further. It makes good sense since you must use geography and history to do sound genealogy research.
  • Excellent information that I can really use. This was a great way to spend a snowy afternoon. Thanks!
  • Excellent presentation with lots of ideas to stretch our research to more than names and dates!
  • Have always been interested in One place studies as I do family history/ Lots of great hints in her webinar.
  • I especially enjoy finding out how to put the information given in the Webinar into the Legacy Program! this is great, for sure!! Your educationing us how to use Legacy is so amazing!!!! These small snippets of info are most helpoful!
  • I learned such important ways of searching that I haven't used in the past - so helpful! And she was a brilliant presenter - humourous, quick, detailed, good slides showing what she's talking about... Fabulous. Thank you once more.
  • It was more interesting than I thought it would be. Figured a one-place study would be tedious or too time-consuming, but can see benefits now.
  • Kristy's awesome! So much information and food for thought. I have a lot of work to do in investigating my England ancestors. I look forward to her next webinar. Thank you so much for making these wonderful webinars so affordable!! I love Legacy Webinars!!!
  • Learned a lot, can't wait to check out the places mentioned. Also thanks to Geoff for the "after party" I am learning a lot.
  • Lots of new links to explore - wonderful new info. Thanks to all! Loved the links included in the handout and in the chat log!
  • Loved the webinar. Also LOVED the after party. You can do so much with Legacy! I love it!
  • Really enjoyed Kirsty's presentation. Her accent is delightful, and she is so happy! I also enjoyed the after-party. Legacy is so flexible. I had not thought of using it for tax lists.
  • This was a very thorough and well-done presentation with an enormous font of information. Kirsty is a superb presenter and is excellent at maintaining her train of thought. She's animated, interesting and a real credit to all genealogy students! Thank you so much for giving us this most informative and useful topic.
  • Very well organized and presented. I especially enjoyed learning all the new links I will need to further research my English and Wales ancestors.
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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