SEARCHING FOR DORA – LES MITCHINSON

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"Searching for Dora" Les shows how searching for Dora was the type of puzzle we all experience in our family tree. He explains how falsehoods threw him off the scent and how he finally found Dora after more red herrings than a murder mystery! Les returns to us once more with another intriguing and informative […]

MISSING MARRIAGES – SIMON WILLS

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"Missing Marriages" Simon returns to us to hopefully help with one of the frustrating things in genealogy, not being able to find an ancestor's marriage. What can you do if  there seems to be no Parish or civil record of a wedding? Simon Wills is a history journalist and genealogist and author of ten books. […]

SEARCHING FOR IRISH ANCESTORS – Dr PENNY WALTERS

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"Searching for Irish Ancestors"  - This talk will look at current and historical maps of Ireland. Since the early 17th century there have been four Provinces of Ireland: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. The Irish word for this territorial division, cúige, means 'fifth part' and indicates that there were once five; however, in the medieval […]

FINDING TREASURE IN NEWSPAPERS – MIA BENNETT

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"Finding Treasure in Newspapers" An insight into the wealth of information that is available within newspapers, including the British Newspaper Archive and The Gazette, as well as hints and tips for getting more out of searching and finding useful articles within the newspapers. Mia )Amelia) has been researching her family history for over 25 years, […]

POSTED IN THE PAST – a talk by HELEN BAGGOTT

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"POSTED IN THE PAST" Following on from her book of the same name, Helen uses genealogical skills to reveal the true stories behind post cards sent in the early years of the 20th century, and shares these tales with an illustrated talk. A 10 year old servant living in Bath, a soldier who died in […]

LAWRENCE – BEFORE AND AFTER ARABIA – a talk by COLIN VAN GEFFEN

St George's Church - Large Hall Darby's Lane, Oakdale, Poole

"LAWRENCE - BEFORE AND AFTER ARABIA" The legend of Lawrence of Arabia is well documented in books and films, but, what of his life before and after the Desert War? With a strong association to Dorset, he was described as one of the most influential Englishmen of the 20th century - but he wasn't English! […]

MEETING T.B.A.

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