Workshops & Courses

At present I am not running any regular family history courses or workshops – although if circumstances allow I will be doing so again in early 2017.

I am, still available however, for one-off bookings by Family history groups, local history groups, U3A groups etc. The range of talks/workshops on offer are as follows:

Most of the topics below can be offered as a 1 hour illustrated presentation; 2 hours (presentation + activity) or a half-day/3 hour workshop including extended presentation + activity).  In addition individual advice slots (15 mins per person) can be added if required.

Sessions suitable for Beginners or as general interest talks:

Introduction to Family History Research

Civil Registration – Births, Marriages & Deaths 1837 onward

Coroners’ Inquest Records (1 hour only)

Introduction to House History

Parish Registers – Baptisms, Marriages and Burials

Making Sense of the Census

Middlemore Child Migration Homes

Tracing occupations in the City of a Thousand Trades

Wills and Probate Records for family historians


Sessions suitable for those with some experience (assumes knowledge of civil registration, parish registers & census records):

Ancestry: Getting the most out of (IT Suite needed for this + participants need personal membership of Ancestry)

Archival Research – an introduction (1 hour only)

Coroners’ Inquest Records (1 hour only)

Death and Burial Records

Directories & Electoral Registers

Introduction to House History

Marriage (& Divorce!)

Newspapers in family history research

Nonconformist Records of Birmingham

Parish Chest: Lifting the Lid on the Parish Chest – beyond the Registers

WWI: Finding your ancestor in WWI records: Army, Navy & Air Corps


Please contact Liz Palmer via email: for availability and current fees.


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