Susan discusses how, by researching the town of Dudley, she was able to increase her knowledge of her ancestors John & Ann Hodgetts who lived in the town during the English Civil War.
Stephen Hawke reviews a number of histories of the seven counties of south west England, including an excellent book by Philip Payton on Cornwall. Stephen also covers the Victoria County Histories – a project, still running, that was initiated in the late 1890s in honour of Queen Victoria, and tasked with compiling histories for every parish and county in England. All books discussed are available in (or through) the GSV library, and Stephen provides a few tips for using the catalogue.
Stephen discusses William Bradbrooke's book 'The Parish Register' which was published in 1910. William, as the compiler, describes a number of interesting aspects of social customs as illustrated through parish registers
Penny Mercer describes her research into her family of Surgeons and Apothecaries living in Cornwall during the 18th and 19th centuries.
In the second of his talks on migration Stephen Hawke examines the conditions emigrants experienced prior to and during the voyage. He looks at the resources available to assist with researching the subject.
Cathy Carman uses the diary of Devon vicar to describe the scenes in a Devon village during the cholera outbreak of 1832.
In this presentation Stephen Hawke explores the major cholera outbreak in the 1830s in south-west England and also the later outbreaks of the pandemic in the UK in the 19th century.