Lessons to help trace family history
8:45am Friday 7th September 2012 in News
AMATEUR historians can delve into their past in a series of local and family history workshops.
Historian Peter Parks will run the three half-day sessions at Bolton Museum .
The first workshop will be held from 10am to 1pm tomorrow and focuses on census returns.
People can learn how the census was taken and how to use the records for their own research.
Parish registers will be examined during the second session, which will be held from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, October 6.
They can be used for family history research before 1837 and are also used by local historians looking at demographic and health studies.
The final session, from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, November 10, will look at pre-1834 Poor Law records.
They included almost everyone in the country between 1600 and 1834, as more than 80 per cent of the population needed help at some stage in their lives.
The workshops are all free to attend and light refreshments will be provided.
Places must be booked in advance by calling Bolton History Centre on 01204 332185.