Crime, Prison, and Punishment: Researching UK Criminal and Prisoner Records Online and at the National Archives.
The Victorian mourning customs talk gives attendees a glimpse into the customs and rituals of death in Victorian Britain and North America. Genealogists can thank the Victorians for the ‘cult of mourning’ which generated a fantastic assortment of keepsakes, mementos, and paperwork. Discover how these materials and the cultural attitudes toward grief can be researched with the help of modern tools and new resources.
Whether by choice or circumstance, some of your ancestors may have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. The vast array of criminal and prison records available online and at the National Archives in Kew can offer researchers a great deal of information for their ancestors in a pre-census world; these will be examined in the crime talk.
There will be lunch provided ($10 fee) between the two presentations.
14 November 2015: Note the unusual date one week earlier than usual Jeanne Larzalere Bloom will be the speaker. Topic TBA
16 January 2016: Speaker and topic TBA
19 March 2016: Speaker and topic TBA
21 May 2016: Speaker and topic TBA
16 July 2016: Speaker and topic TBA
Handouts from some earlier BIGWILL meetings:
Photo Retouching in Genealogical Research, by Larry L. Pepper (17 March 2012). Handout (4 pages)
Quaker Family History Research, by Maureen Brady (18 May 2013). Handout (4 pages)
The First Frontiersmen: The Scots-Irish, by Maureen Brady (18 May 2013). Handout (4 pages)
Using National Archives Administrative Records For Genealogy, by Joan Kitchen Murray (16 November 2013). Handout (2 pages)
Being Legal: Citing Sources and Following Copyright Laws, by Ann Wells (15 November 2014). Bibliography (1 page)
What would you like to hear about? What would you like to talk about? BIGWILL is always on the lookout for program ideas, and
is our chief scout. Have you taken a trip to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man? If so, consider giving a presentation to BIGWILL about what you saw and did. Have you heard a good talk at some other society’s meeting which was related to British Isles research? Or do you just know a topic you’d like to learn more about, even if you don’t know who could give a presentation on the topic? If your answer is Yes to any of these questions, help put Margaret hot on the trail of another BIGWILL meeting topic. You can contact her by
e-mail, by phone (at 708-703-6996), or in person at almost any BIGWILL meeting.
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