Accurate research involves understanding and analysing information, not just copying "hints" or other peoples' family trees. A recently published book focuses on methods for reaching reliable conclusions about our family history before the Victorian era.
The author sets out how to use various avenues of research, with case studies and examples plus a good bibliography and index.
The venue at Woolmer Green Village Hall - between Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City - will offer a variety of stalls, talks and opportunities for research. If you live in the Hertfordshire area or have family connections there, do come along and meet fellow enthusiasts.
Red-hot lobbying by family historians and others has halted a plan by Northamptonshire County Council to cut free afternoon access to its record office and impose sky-high charges for much of the week. But there may be more trouble ahead.
With the help of funding from FFHS, the National Archives has updated the Manorial Documents Register for Northamptonshire. The Register for this and most other counties in England & Wales is now easy to search online. It reveals the contents and locations of a vast range of sources that can help us find out more about our forebears. An overview of the documents involved can be seen on the TNA website.