Church Records for Genealogists


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Program Description

Churches are brimming with documents about our past, but they can be challenging to decipher. Where do you look? What do you ask for? Where to even begin! Skilled genealogist Elizabeth Briggs will help you to find your way through these records with ease. You will discover helpful information about: Church Records in the nineteenth century and recent times, Changes in laws and record keeping from 1500 to 1900, Church Courts and Church Welfare.

Learn which records you can search from the sixteenth century to the present day and where to find records to search your family history. For example: Parish Officials, Vestry Minutes & Churchwardens Accounts, Bastardy Bonds & Settlement Papers, Apprenticeships, Ecclesiastical Courts & their Hierarchy, Estate Records, Church Pew Rentals and more.

Day: Tuesday
Date: January 25, 2022
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm

You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the class.

Elizabeth Briggs was born and educated in Glamorgan, South Wales. She continued her post secondary education in Canada. She holds a B.Sc., B.Ed., and M.Ed. degrees. She has taught Biology, Chemistry and Leadership for many years at the high school level. Elizabeth is retired and spends time on family research, teaching genealogy and genealogical research for the government. Elizabeth has volunteered at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives where she developed a database for almost ten thousand Servants’ Contracts from 1776-1926. Elizabeth has written or co-authored a number of books to help people research their family history. Some of these include: Biographical Resources at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Volumes One and Two, Before Modern Medicine: Diseases and Yesterday’s Remedies, and, York Factory Medical Journals, 1846-1849.

Elizabeth has been an invited speaker to Smithers, B.C., the Ontario Genealogical Society Seminar, Orkney Family History Society, Scotland and Manitoba Genealogical Society. She has been Genealogist in Residence at the Millennium Library. Elizabeth has been a regular presenter at Winnipeg Libraries, Creative Retirement and the Brandon Genealogical Seminars. Elizabeth is a past president of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.

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