Festival talks by Richard Beard

57. MY HERITAGE AND ANCESTRY MORNING

In this study morning, we will be turning to the increasingly popular pastime of heritage and ancestry. Led by Dr Anna Whitelock, it will include a number of special talks and seminars. Author Richard Beard will talk about his very personal investigation into his own family history and a childhood tragedy he grew up with but knew very little about. He will explain the research he undertook to painstakingly reveal precisely what happened on a family holiday in Cornwall in the 1970s. Roger Hutchinson will talk about the history of the national census and what revelations about both ourselves and our wider history can be discovered, while Anna Whitelock will talk to Peter Snow about his lifelong obsession with keeping scrapbooks and explaining why this is such a practical and valuable way to record our lives. Finally, experts from Family Tree magazine will present a workshop about how we can start researching and learn more about our family histories. This will then be followed by lunch with all the experts in the dining tent.

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