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Unlocking the Chest

Unlocking the Chest

Unlocking the Chest: exploring more records for family history, in conjunction with Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library

On Monday 5 March 2018 discover the exciting benefits of research among the parish collection – or “parish chest” – in which the activities of your ancestors’ lives were recorded for centuries, and explore some sources of information for research into World War I family history at this family history study day in conjunction with Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library.

You will be able to examine a rich parish collection of original archives; improve your reading of early hand writing by way of a “hands on” session of palaeography with the Cathedral Archives staff; enjoy a family history “surgery” guided by experts from the Kent Family History Society; learn how you can unlock the contents of the parish chest in a lecture describing its contents and advantages for your research; and learn more about sources for World War I.

10:00-10:15 Welcome in The Cathedral Archives; Enjoy Tea & Coffee on arrival.

10:15-11:00 Uncover your family history in the parish chest: a talk by historian, Peter Ewart

11:00-11:30 Viewing of parish records display

11:30-12:45 Discuss your research problems: a surgery with Kent Family History Society experts providing help

12:45-14:00 2-course hot Lunch, with tea or coffee in the Refectory Restaurant at the Cathedral Lodge

14:00-15:15 Learn to read old hand writing: Palaeography (in groups)

15:15-16:00 World War I sources for the Family Historian: a special talk for the 1918 centenary year by Peter Ewart

16.00 Tea, Coffee and Biscuits

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