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British and Irish Given Names – Part 2
Have you noticed that the given names of our eighteenth and nineteenth century English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestors were drawn from a surprisingly small pool? But how small a pool? How common were our ancestors’ given names? More importantly, how rare were the less common names? Lists of the most common 10, 20, 50 or 100 names are surprisingly unhelpful unless they include frequency statistics. For example, Jeremiah, was ranked 26th in England in the 1800s but the most useful information is its frequency; it was carried by only one man in 500. Most villages had fewer than 500 males at that time. This webinar focuses on given name popularities, changes in popularity, and the reasons for such changes. It also covers spelling variants, abbreviations, and diminutives. For example, if you don’t know that Polly was a diminutive of Mary or that Nellie was a diminutive of Ellen and Eleanor and Helen, you might struggle to find entries for your ancestors. Our ancestors’ given names and surnames are the gateways into our family history research. Learning more about their names may prove useful in determining their ancestry or finding other family connections.
Have you noticed that the given names of our eighteenth and nineteenth century English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestors were drawn from a surprisingly small pool? But how small a pool? How common were our ancestors’ given names? More importantly, how rare were the less common names? Lists of the most common 10, 20, 50 or 100 names are surprisingly unhelpful unless they include frequency statistics. For example, Jeremiah, was ranked 26th in England in the 1800s but the most useful information is its frequency; it was carried by only one man in 500. Most villages had fewer than 500 males at that time. This webinar focuses on given name popularities, changes in popularity, and the reasons for such changes. It also covers spelling variants, abbreviations, and diminutives. For example, if you don’t know that Polly was a diminutive of Mary or that Nellie was a diminutive of Ellen and Eleanor and Helen, you might struggle to find entries for your ancestors. Our ancestors’ given names and surnames are the gateways into our family history research. Learning more about their names may prove useful in determining their ancestry or finding other family connections.
Fri, September 10 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:17:53
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British and Irish Given Names – Part 1
Have you noticed that the given names of our eighteenth and nineteenth century English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestors were drawn from a surprisingly small pool? But how small a pool? How common were our ancestors’ given names? More importantly, how rare were the less common names? Lists of the most common 10, 20, 50 or 100 names are surprisingly unhelpful unless they include frequency statistics. For example, Jeremiah, was ranked 26th in England in the 1800s but the most useful information is its frequency; it was carried by only one man in 500. Most villages had fewer than 500 males at that time. This webinar focuses on given name popularities, changes in popularity, and the reasons for such changes. It also covers spelling variants, abbreviations, and diminutives. For example, if you don’t know that Polly was a diminutive of Mary or that Nellie was a diminutive of Ellen and Eleanor and Helen, you might struggle to find entries for your ancestors. Our ancestors’ given names and surnames are the gateways into our family history research. Learning more about their names may prove useful in determining their ancestry or finding other family connections.
Have you noticed that the given names of our eighteenth and nineteenth century English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestors were drawn from a surprisingly small pool? But how small a pool? How common were our ancestors’ given names? More importantly, how rare were the less common names? Lists of the most common 10, 20, 50 or 100 names are surprisingly unhelpful unless they include frequency statistics. For example, Jeremiah, was ranked 26th in England in the 1800s but the most useful information is its frequency; it was carried by only one man in 500. Most villages had fewer than 500 males at that time. This webinar focuses on given name popularities, changes in popularity, and the reasons for such changes. It also covers spelling variants, abbreviations, and diminutives. For example, if you don’t know that Polly was a diminutive of Mary or that Nellie was a diminutive of Ellen and Eleanor and Helen, you might struggle to find entries for your ancestors. Our ancestors’ given names and surnames are the gateways into our family history research. Learning more about their names may prove useful in determining their ancestry or finding other family connections.
Fri, September 10 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:39:47
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Tracing Your 20th Century English Ancestors
20th Century research skills are needed for the new researchers in England seeking to get started, but also for those doing descendant research seeking to find DNA relatives to test. Research skills are needed to go back and in time and to come forward.
20th Century research skills are needed for the new researchers in England seeking to get started, but also for those doing descendant research seeking to find DNA relatives to test. Research skills are needed to go back and in time and to come forward.
Thu, September 9 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:13:00
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Burying the Body in England
In England no place of burial is given on the death certificate. This presentation will discuss ways of determining where a person might be buried.
In England no place of burial is given on the death certificate. This presentation will discuss ways of determining where a person might be buried.
Tue, August 3 2021: 0:00 UTC
49:00
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Tracing Your Pre-WWI British Soldier
The British Army went everywhere in the world. They kept wonderful records but they are different for officers and enlisted men. This lecture uses case studies to trace involvement of officers and enlisted men in different theatres around the world. The lecture highlights what is available from 1660 to WWI…
The British Army went everywhere in the world. They kept wonderful records but they are different for officers and enlisted men. This lecture uses case studies to trace involvement of officers and enlisted men in different theatres around the world. The lecture highlights what is available from 1660 to WWI…
Fri, April 9 2021: 0:00 UTC
54:00
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Begotten by Fornication: Illegitimacy records in England and Wales
There is a long history of concern of support of children conceived outside marriage as these children were more likely to need financial assistance. There were many laws enacted from the 1500s about who was able to claim assistance, how this was provided and the records that needed to be…
There is a long history of concern of support of children conceived outside marriage as these children were more likely to need financial assistance. There were many laws enacted from the 1500s about who was able to claim assistance, how this was provided and the records that needed to be…
Fri, April 9 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:29:00
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Tracing Your War of 1812 British Soldier
Different records are created for officers and enlisted men in the British Army. This lecture uses case studies to trace involvement of officers and enlisted using examples from the War of 1812, though the records are applicable for most pre WWI soldiers, thus much wider appeal.
Different records are created for officers and enlisted men in the British Army. This lecture uses case studies to trace involvement of officers and enlisted using examples from the War of 1812, though the records are applicable for most pre WWI soldiers, thus much wider appeal.
Fri, March 19 2021: 18:00 UTC
1:17:00
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British Genealogy Online: The Top English & Welsh Family History Websites
Researching your family history in England and Wales has never been easier. Many digitized church records, census records and wills are online. Now that newspapers dating back to the 1600s are online, you can search for a name and find it anywhere in millions of pages instantly. Rick will demonstrate…
Researching your family history in England and Wales has never been easier. Many digitized church records, census records and wills are online. Now that newspapers dating back to the 1600s are online, you can search for a name and find it anywhere in millions of pages instantly. Rick will demonstrate…
Tue, March 2 2021: 0:00 UTC
53:00
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The 1939 Register – Why is it invaluable?
The UK 1939 Register was used to produce 40 million Identity Cards during World War II, when rationing was introduced. It provides a huge bridge between the last published census (1911) and 1939.
The UK 1939 Register was used to produce 40 million Identity Cards during World War II, when rationing was introduced. It provides a huge bridge between the last published census (1911) and 1939.
Wed, November 25 2020: 0:00 UTC
59:00
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The 1939 Register for Family Historians
Following on from the declaration of War, on September 29th 1939, the details of the population of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were recorded and identity cards were issued. Findmypast has now published the registers for England and Wales. This talk will look at searching the 1939 Register and what…
Following on from the declaration of War, on September 29th 1939, the details of the population of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were recorded and identity cards were issued. Findmypast has now published the registers for England and Wales. This talk will look at searching the 1939 Register and what…
Tue, June 30 2020: 0:00 UTC
57:00
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Finding Your 18th Century Ancestors in England
Identify the best genealogical resources, original and published, to use for 18th Century research in England. Learn how to overcome the problems created by large movements of population in some parts of the country created by the industrial revolution.
Identify the best genealogical resources, original and published, to use for 18th Century research in England. Learn how to overcome the problems created by large movements of population in some parts of the country created by the industrial revolution.
Fri, June 19 2020: 0:00 UTC
26:00
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Free Webinar Weekends in June: Great Britain Intro
We are experiencing unprecedented times in 2020! During April and May we provided daily free webinars to help ease the uncertainty of staying at home in isolation. We wanted to do something different for the month of June and we hope you like what we have come up with.
We are experiencing unprecedented times in 2020! During April and May we provided daily free webinars to help ease the uncertainty of staying at home in isolation. We wanted to do something different for the month of June and we hope you like what we have come up with.
Fri, June 19 2020: 0:00 UTC

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Wed, September 29 2021: 18:00 UTC
Beginning Ukrainian Genealogy
Wed, September 29 2021: 18:00 UTC
Learn which records are available to assist you in determining your Eastern European ancestor's home village and their emigration to the United States. Discover the resources for Ukrainian genealogy using regional resources and online tools. Examples of many different types of records and their importance, both from North American and…
Learn which records are available to assist you in determining your Eastern European ancestor's home village and their emigration to the United States. Discover the resources for Ukrainian genealogy using regional resources and online tools. Examples of many different types of records and their importance, both from North American and…
Wed, September 29 2021: 18:00 UTC
Fri, October 1 2021: 18:00 UTC
Born a Slave: Rediscovering Arthur Jackson's African American Heritage
Fri, October 1 2021: 18:00 UTC
Using his book by the same title as a guide, family historian and preservationist David W. Jackson inspires genealogists to embark on a quest to rediscover their ancestors of African descent. Jackson reveals his forty year quest culminating in a research breakthrough of a mysterious black ancestor, his great great…
Using his book by the same title as a guide, family historian and preservationist David W. Jackson inspires genealogists to embark on a quest to rediscover their ancestors of African descent. Jackson reveals his forty year quest culminating in a research breakthrough of a mysterious black ancestor, his great great…
Fri, October 1 2021: 18:00 UTC
Wed, October 6 2021: 1:00 UTC
A Cargo of Criminals: Transportation to Australia
Wed, October 6 2021: 1:00 UTC
Over the 80 years of convict transportation, hundreds of ships transported convicts to the penal settlements of Australia. This seminar focuses on the ships, the voyages, and the records relating to transported convicts.
Over the 80 years of convict transportation, hundreds of ships transported convicts to the penal settlements of Australia. This seminar focuses on the ships, the voyages, and the records relating to transported convicts.
Wed, October 6 2021: 1:00 UTC
Fri, October 15 2021: 18:00 UTC
My ancestors were Irish – or were they?
Fri, October 15 2021: 18:00 UTC
The webinar examines the history and origins of Irish surnames – native Irish, Scottish, English, Welsh, Huguenot, Viking, Gallowglass and Jewish. If you don’t know where in Ireland your ancestors originated, we’ll include tips to help you to narrow down the location. First names often followed a traditional naming pattern…
The webinar examines the history and origins of Irish surnames – native Irish, Scottish, English, Welsh, Huguenot, Viking, Gallowglass and Jewish. If you don’t know where in Ireland your ancestors originated, we’ll include tips to help you to narrow down the location. First names often followed a traditional naming pattern…
Fri, October 15 2021: 18:00 UTC
Wed, November 3 2021: 1:00 UTC
Uncovering the lives of your London (England) ancestors
Wed, November 3 2021: 1:00 UTC
It can be quite daunting to find your ancestors who lived in the Greater London area as records are held at numerous archives. Parishes number in the hundreds and surprisingly, many Londoners in the 18th and 19th centuries were quite mobile. This presentation will take you through a variety of…
It can be quite daunting to find your ancestors who lived in the Greater London area as records are held at numerous archives. Parishes number in the hundreds and surprisingly, many Londoners in the 18th and 19th centuries were quite mobile. This presentation will take you through a variety of…
Wed, November 3 2021: 1:00 UTC
Fri, November 5 2021: 18:00 UTC
Say Amen: Going to Church with the Master –Finding the Mother Church
Fri, November 5 2021: 18:00 UTC
Pre-civil war churches show the relationship between Masters and their slaves. Enslaved people attended Church with their owners and they were recorded beside their owners. Some of the enslaved individuals even got married in their Master’s church. This lecture will show you how to identify the Mother’s church and to…
Pre-civil war churches show the relationship between Masters and their slaves. Enslaved people attended Church with their owners and they were recorded beside their owners. Some of the enslaved individuals even got married in their Master’s church. This lecture will show you how to identify the Mother’s church and to…
Fri, November 5 2021: 18:00 UTC
Wed, November 10 2021: 0:00 UTC
The Two Colonial Georgias
Wed, November 10 2021: 0:00 UTC
Understanding the history of a state will help you find genealogical records when searching before they became a state and to recognize names and places in their research. Georgia operated under two different government structures before the Revolutionary War and was the only state that stayed mostly under the control…
Understanding the history of a state will help you find genealogical records when searching before they became a state and to recognize names and places in their research. Georgia operated under two different government structures before the Revolutionary War and was the only state that stayed mostly under the control…
Wed, November 10 2021: 0:00 UTC
Fri, November 19 2021: 19:00 UTC
Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada
Fri, November 19 2021: 19:00 UTC
Scots began coming to Canada in the mid 1600s, first as entrepreneurs – men on the make, and then as a means to an end – ways to enjoy a better life and to have the opportunity to own their own land. Others were sent to Canada in hopes of…
Scots began coming to Canada in the mid 1600s, first as entrepreneurs – men on the make, and then as a means to an end – ways to enjoy a better life and to have the opportunity to own their own land. Others were sent to Canada in hopes of…
Fri, November 19 2021: 19:00 UTC
Sun, November 28 2021: 13:00 UTC
French
Comment suivre un ancêtre huguenot hors de France après 1685
Sun, November 28 2021: 13:00 UTC
Si vous avez des ancêtres protestants, vous devez déjà avoir eu bien des difficultés à retrouver les actes les concernant lors de la période dite du « Désert » après 1685. Mais avez-vous déjà cherché si un membre de la famille avait pris le chemin de l’exil et rejoint un…
Si vous avez des ancêtres protestants, vous devez déjà avoir eu bien des difficultés à retrouver les actes les concernant lors de la période dite du « Désert » après 1685. Mais avez-vous déjà cherché si un membre de la famille avait pris le chemin de l’exil et rejoint un…
Sun, November 28 2021: 13:00 UTC