Genealogy Lecture at Tatton Park: Wednesday 16th June 2010 | Knutsford Times

Genealogy Lecture at Tatton Park: Wednesday 16th June 2010

By on May 26, 2010

On Wednesday 16th June, Gay Oliver and Alan Bennett, experts from the Family History Society of Cheshire (F.H.S.C), will be sharing their extensive skills in tracing family history.

F.H.S.C will be demonstrating the latest techniques in internet research and many of the ‘tricks of the trade’.  Attendees will be able to learn about the use of the important source material that covers the period pre-1837, i.e. before the start of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths.  This lecture follows on from last year’s lecture, an extremely popular introduction to family history research.

Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world, aided by advances in the internet and the sheer volume of information available on the web.  The Family History Society of Cheshire was founded in 1969 to ‘advance the study of family history and genealogy’, and now has over 3,500 members worldwide.

Perhaps one of your family members worked at Tatton Park? During the last year and a half members of the Family History Society have been looking into the ‘below stairs’ staff at this historic estate.  Gay and Alan will be sharing some of their fascinating findings at this lecture.

Their research can also be explored online at the bespoke F.H.S.C./ Tatton Park website:  

Alan Bennett from F.H.S.C. commented “the FHSC are very pleased to be working closely with Tatton. We are an educational charity and are here to help individuals get started on their own research following on from the massive increase in interest caused by television programmes. We have groups all over Cheshire where you will be made welcome and given further advice. See:”

Lynn Podmore, Learning and Visitor Services Manager commented “we are pleased to welcome the Family History Society of Cheshire back to Tatton Park for the next instalment and we are sure this lecture will be of benefit to budding genealogists with strong family connections to the region.”

The lecture takes place in the beautiful setting of the Neo Classical Mansion’s Entrance Hall and will be followed by a guided tour of the house.  Attendees can also book a place to enjoy lunch in the Stables Restaurant.

This lecture is just one of a series of talks taking place this summer.  The programme continues on Wednesday 1st September with The Italian Connection: The Egertons and Italy.  Caroline Schofield, Mansion and Collections Manager and Sam Youd, Gardens Manager, explore the Italian influence on the Egerton family’s gardens and their collection of artworks, furnishing and books.

The Family History Society of Cheshire can be contacted on:

Tatton Park Mansion Lecture Programme
Wednesday 16th June
Genealogy: The Next Step
The Family History Society of Cheshire.  Followed by Mansion Tour.

Wednesday 1st September
The Italian Connection: The Egertons and Italy
Caroline Schofield (Mansion and Collections Manager) and Sam Youd (Head Gardener) talk about the Italian influence on the Mansion and Gardens collection.  Followed by Mansion Tour.

Wednesday 6th October
Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cheshire: Talk and Tour
Celebrating bicentenary of Elizabeth Gaskell, local historian and writer, Joan Leach MBE gives an insightful talk about this renowned author. Followed by Mansion tour. *starts 10.30am, timings different.

Friday 8th October
Elizabeth Gaskell and the 19th century novel
Join John Rylands University Library’s Ed Potten and Fran Baker to discover the secrets of Elizabeth Gaskell’s world. Special access to atmospheric Egerton library.

Wednesday 20th October
East to West
Uncovering the story of Tatton’s Japanese Garden with Tatton gardener, Simon Tetlow.

All lectures commence at 11am* and are followed by a Mansion or Garden Tour at 12pm.  Lunch packages are available (in the Stables Restaurant).  Lecture only £10, Lecture and Lunch £23.  Prices include Park entry of £5 per car.

Pre booking essential: 01625 374428 /

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