Thursday, 6 February 2014

Love and Death in the Archives: a workshop on parish records

Parish Records are one of the most heavily used sources within the archives we hold, especially the parish registers which detail the baptisms, marriages and burials of millions of Worcestershire's residents over the past 450 years.


A page from a Tenbury parish register, dated 1843


On 18th February we are running a two hour workshop looking at the parish records, to help you get the most out of them. We'll be looking at how they were compiled, how they developed over time, what information they give and what to be aware of when using them.

Parish records cover more than just the registers, and we'll also explain about some of the other information which they contain, as well as some of the different ways you can access them and indexes which are available.
The baptism record of Henry Jetto, dated 1596

The workshop runs from 2-4pm, cost £6, and places need to be booked in advance. You can do this at the Explore the Past desk on level 2 in The Hive, by emailing explorethepast@worcestershire.gov.uk or by phoning 01905 766352. As we will be looking at original documents we will ask you put bags away in lockers before we start. This is the first of a number of monthly workshops to help you explore different types of archives we hold here.

This event forms part of the Love Worcester festival that in taking place across the city. More information about other events can be found at www.visitworcestershire.org/loveworcester

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