Have you ever wondered who your ancestors were and what they got up to?
Be inspired and pick up some practical advice from Gloucestershire’s family historians.
We’ve uncovered some remarkable stories ranging from connections with JRR Tolkien, through tragic local deaths, to an ancestor who signed the American Declaration of Independence and happened to be a bit of a rogue too!
If you’d like to discover more, there are plenty of people to help you locally – with Gloucestershire Family History Society and Gloucestershire Archives, both based at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub near the rugby club in Gloucester.
Or you could get started at home by using one of the family history websites, such as Ancestry
We’re grateful to Patron Andrew Pitt for suggesting and supporting a series of family history films.
DR NICK BARRATT
A Focus on Family History
Dr Nick Barratt, historian, genealogist and broadcaster draws on his experience with the popular TV programme, ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ to look at the future of family history. He concludes by providing tips on getting started with your own family history
Gloucestershire’s family historians
(a series of short films ranging from 2 to 9 minutes)
Introduction to family history with Clive Andrews
Stonemasons at Gloucester Cathedral with Elaine Schollar
Researching the Smiths and England’s oldest farmers with Barbara Osborne
Button Gwinnett and the American Declaration of Independence with Liz Jack
Early family history publications with Gareth Swain
JRR Tolkien with Sue Woodward
Tragic accidents with Elaine Schollar
Gloucester Cemetery, Tredworth Road with Andy Sysum
Police ancestors with Barbara Osborne
Police collar numbers with Sue Webb
Richard Gwinnett the dramatist Liz Jack
Unusual sources for family history with Rose Hewlett
Family tree to die for with Barbara Osborne
Gloucestershire’s memorial inscriptions (grave stones) with Andy Sysum
Titanic with Sue Woodward
Gloucestershire’s war memorials with Andy Sysum
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