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Date & Time

Sunday 25 February 2024
Gates open at 9.30am with a prompt start at 10.00am. Finish at 4.00pm.

Tutor Dr Alan White


£25 per person. Maximum of 10 people. Book early to avoid disappointment.


Copped Hall Ground Floor. Suitable for wheelchair users. Wheelchair users wishing to attend should contact the Box Office so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Delegates should bring their own packed lunch, although Tea and Coffee will be available.


Have you ever wondered where your grandparents, or great-grandparents, lived? Or what they did? Or why your parents never talked about them? If you have asked yourself these questions, but don’t know where to start to get the answers, this Study Day is for those who are at the start of their family history research and aimed at complete novices.

Dr Alan White will assume that you are a complete novice and, in the morning session, will guide you through the first steps for creating a family tree using the built-in functionality of the website. Having done that, we will spend some time looking at what other resources Ancestry offers to free users and how to interpret them. N.B. You will not have to pay a subscription fee to set up your family tree but there are limitations with a free Ancestry account.

In the second session after lunch, we will look at a range of free on-line resources that are available to help you continue your family history journey.

You will need to bring with you:

  1. A working laptop that can connect to wi-fi. Please remember to bring the power cable.
  2. As a minimum, birth/death (where relevant) dates and locations for you, your parents and your paternal and maternal grandparents. Any other information you have (e.g. date and place of marriage, maiden names, occupations etc) will be a bonus. If you have similar information concerning additional generations of your family, please bring that as well.
  3. You may wish to bring a pad and pen to take notes. There will be handouts so you will not need to write down, for example, webpage addresses.

It is designed to be interactive with time for you to work on creating your family tree and to ask questions. There will be at least two people in the room facilitating the session.

A gentle word of warning: When conducting family history research it is not uncommon to discover “skeletons in the closet”.

N.B. If you or your extended family have an historic link with Copped Hall, or the Copped Hall estate, please indicate this when you book a place and give

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