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Adding social context into your family history research

Family History
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 60 mins
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

Discover a new perspective on history beyond politics, wars, and famous figures. While history often revolves around the victorious and influential, it's important to remember that most of our ancestors never made it into the history books. Social history, on the other hand, focuses on the lives of ordinary people, offering a unique lens through which to understand the past.

Join us as we delve into the daily lives of our ancestors, uncovering how they lived, worked, and enjoyed their leisure time. While we may never have a complete picture of any individual ancestor, we can piece together their stories like a fascinating puzzle, finding fragments of information here and there. By examining their diaries, journals, and other available records, we can gain insights into specific moments of their lives.

By incorporating census data, birth, death, and marriage certificates, we can establish approximately ten key anchor points in our ancestors' lives. However, to truly understand their experiences, it's crucial to contextualize them within a specific time period and geographical location. This session aims to help you achieve that by exploring local, national, and global events that had significant social and historical impacts. By enriching your ancestors' micro history with broader historical narratives, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for their lives and the world they inhabited.

Join us for an engaging session on adding social history to your family history research. Discover how the stories of ordinary individuals intertwine with larger historical events, and learn valuable techniques for writing compelling narratives about your ancestors. Don't miss this opportunity to bring your family history to life!

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Dr Penny Walters

Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 35 years, currently teaching Masters’ Business studies at Bath Spa University, England, and previously Psychology and Ethics. Penny's interest in genealogy started after having her first baby and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted. Penny has six mixed race children, who have all enjoyed discovering their roots through DNA ethnicity results. Penny lectures internationally in-person, writes articles, and is sought after for a wide range of webinar topics. Penny has authored the books: 'Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy' (2019) and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ (2020), available on Amazon in paperback or on kindle www.searchmypast.co.uk

Preparing for the Event

For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).

We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!

Resources

Adding social context into your family history research has supplementary learning materials provided by the event host. Once you book an event, you will get access to these resources.

More Information

What if I can’t make the event?

If a recording’s available for the event, you can still register for it and we will send you an email with a link to a recording shortly after it ends.

Will my camera be on and will I be visible to the other people?

Your camera and microphone does not need to be on for you to enjoy the event. The choice about whether to do this is completely yours.

How do I watch the live event?

Rest Less events are hosted on Zoom, a computer application that allows you to attend online events just by clicking a link. For detailed instructions, please go to our "FAQ" page, which you can find a link to in the nav bar at the top of the page.

How do I sign-up for and access the recording? (Recorded events only)

Book the event as normal (as if you are attending live). After the event ends you will automatically receive a post-event email with a link to the recording, as long as the event was recorded. You do not need to do anything else and there is no separate booking process for recordings only. Please note it can take up to 24 hours for Zoom to process recordings.

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