Family history events: April 2023


02 March 2023
Plan the month ahead with Family Tree's pick of online and onsite genealogy events in April.


Tracing your Second World War Ancestors, 5 April

 Join Simon Fowler for this Family Tree webinar as he shows you how to find out more about your parents‘ and grand-parents’ service in the UK forces and on the Home Front between 1939 and 1945. 

Tickets £10 from here or free for Family Tree Plus members - join here.

Traumatic histories: when family history research becomes difficult, 15 April

Family research can often unearth unexpected or upsetting information. What do we do when we come across details that unsettle or disturb us? Elise Bath has worked at The Wiener Holocaust Library for over 6 years, researching the experiences of individual victims of Nazi persecution, usually on behalf of their families. Join her as she discusses some of the challenges of carrying out research into such a potentially traumatic material, as well as practical tips for dealing with difficult and upsetting family histories. Society of Genealogists talk, starts 10am. Tickets £10 (£6.50 SoG members). Book here.

Church and community, selected records 1540-1800, 17 April

This four-week Pharos Tutors course by Emma Jolly gives participants the tools to understand the nature, jurisdictions and administrations under which different types of community existed in the past, and seeks to bring genealogy and local history closer together. Students will learn about the many records of the diocese and its court, including visitation records, marriage licences and probate records.

Cost £88 (assessed), £70 (unassessed). Book here.

Researching the history of your home, 21 April 

House history research can be fascinating and rewarding, exploring both the geographical area surrounding a property and the people whose lives have shaped or been shaped by a house or home. Using resources available at the Somerset Heritage Centre and online, archivist Eve Bickerton will explore ways to begin your research, to use original archive documents to tell you more about your property, and where else you can look to take your research further.
Talk runs 10.30-11.30am. Booking required. Tickets £5 each from here.

Scottish Local History Forum annual conference, 27 April

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This year's theme is engineering, science and technology and participants can enjoy a range of Scottish family history-related talks related to this theme, including ‘electricity as a treatment in 18th-century medicine’ and ‘David Gorrie and Son: boilers and coppersmiths). 

Tickets £35.70 including lunch (student price £25). Book here.

Black Watch Museum, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR

Onsite events

East Surrey FHS family history study day 2023, 1 April

Enjoy three family history talks on the subjects of Surrey gypsy/traveller ancestry (Alan Wright), unusual military records (Simon Fowler) and Royal Navy records (Ian Waller). 

53 Church Lane, Oxted RH8 9NB; website.

Family and local history fair, 15 April

Tay Valley FHS hosts this fair, involving other local history and family history organisations. Further details to be announced here. Runs 10am-4pm.

The Glasite Hall, St Andrew’s Parish Church, Cowgait, Dundee DD1 2JB

Family history day, 22 April

Dorset Family History Society host a day-long celebration of family history, with stalls and exhibitors. Free entry and free parking. Runs 10am to 3pm. Latest details here.

St George’s Church Hall, Darby’s Lane, Oakdale, Poole BH15 3EU