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Dec 2, 2021

AGRA’s December Family History Podcast is Now Available

The following announcement was written by the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA):

Manorial and Estate Records in England and Wales are the subject of AGRA’s latest autumn/winter monthly podcast.

Available to listen to as of the 1 December 2021, join three of AGRA’s professional genealogists – Ian Waller, Catherine Ryan and Sue Adams – as they share their valuable insights and research tips about these fascinating records, which can provide a wealth of information about ordinary people.

In a discussion moderated by Helen Tovey, editor of Family Tree Magazine, our AGRA genealogists, with years of experience in their field and a track record of breaking down brick walls for clients, will explain and demystify these sources. Their advice will enable family and local historians to unlock these under-utilised records.

AGRA Chair, Antony Marr, said: “Continuing the very popular AGRA podcast series, our AGRA experts can explain how to best access and use Manorial and estate records. These are an under-used but very valuable source of information about the lives of ancestors, and not often included in on-line collections.”

AGRA’s podcasts are released on a monthly basis. Each edition tackles a different aspect of family history, and links to a section on the AGRA website with details of helpful resources and search tools.

The podcasts are available on the AGRA website https://www.agra.org.uk/ as well as on a range of podcast hosts, such as Apple.

Topics already covered by AGRA’s professional genealogy experts, and available to listen to are:

House Histories. Ancestral Research, Getting Started – including understanding BMD and Census records. • Research Before 1837.

Military Research – including British service in India.

DNA Testing and Use in Conjunction with Genealogical Research.

Using Land Records, such as maps and tithe maps for further research.

Commissioning Effective Research, to ensure you get the results you want and the best value for money when using a professional genealogist.

Legal and Chancery Records. • Researching Welsh Ancestors.

Further topics to be released in 2022 are:

January: Researching Liverpool Ancestors. Liverpool became a colourful melting pot of immigrants from Ireland and further afield, as well as having strong connections with the slave trade. It provides a rich field for family research.

February: Poor Law, Settlement Records, Workhouses & Asylums. Before the Welfare State the Poor Law was the only source of relief for the poor and destitute. Our experts examine how it worked and what records it produced.