Lesley Trotter, PhD

Dr Lesley Trotter is a social historian, professional genealogist and writer with a special interest in the history of Cornwall, where she is based. Lesley is an Associate of AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter. Her PhD focussed on on the experiences of wives ‘left behind’ by emigrating Cornish miners in the 19th century, and is published as The Married Widows of Cornwall. She recently edited Cornwall Herstory, a collection of essays from the Cornish Women’s History Conference that she organised in 2019. Lesley holds an Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History from the University of Oxford, is Vice-Chair of the Cornwall Association of Local Historians, and a member of the council of the Devon and Cornwall Record Society. She gives frequent talks to academic and public audiences, and works with arts groups on community history projects. More information can be found on her website: www.humblehistory.com.

Lesley's Upcoming Live Webinars (1)

Fri, July 12 2024: 18:00 UTC
Researching Cornish Ancestors
Fri, July 12 2024: 18:00 UTC
Discover the key resources available for researching Cornish ancestry. Learn about the different archives in Cornwall, what they hold and how to access their collections. Find out which Cornish records are available online and where to find them. Hear about the finding aids and local groups that can help with your research, and get a better understanding of how key features of Cornish history like Methodism, mining and migration shaped Cornish family histories. Whether you are researching from afar or planning to visit Cornwall, this talk will help you with starting to research your Cornish ancestors. Please note that the talk assumes you have already watched ‘Introduction to County Research in England’.
Discover the key resources available for researching Cornish ancestry. Learn about the different archives in Cornwall, what they hold and how to access their collections. Find out which Cornish records are available online and where to find them. Hear about the finding aids and local groups that can help with your research, and get a better understanding of how key features of Cornish history like Methodism, mining and migration shaped Cornish family histories. Whether you are researching from afar or planning to visit Cornwall, this talk will help you with starting to research your Cornish ancestors. Please note that the talk assumes you have already watched ‘Introduction to County Research in England’.
Fri, July 12 2024: 18:00 UTC