Family History - Manorial Records

Ref: C3673096

Potentially covering the 12th century to the 1920's English Manorial Records are indexed and listed in the Manorial Documents Register. Many areas have and are being re-worked with new registers made available on The National Archives website. Our course will look for signposts to Manors, use the MDR and other catalogues to locate relevant records. We'll sample various documents creating transcriptions, commentaries and glossaries whilst evaluating how they might extend Family History and Local History research. In addition website developments will be incorporated and general family history research supported. There will be the opportunity produce a project piece and attend optional associated events.

Course aim

To promote experience of widely under used source material whilst maintaining accurate recording and carrying out general family history research. To support individual studies with advice and guidance as appropriate.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • it is anticipated course members will have been working on their Family Tree for a couple of years being familiar with Certificates, Census and Parish Registers. Local ancestors not required.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List three types of source records which indicate the potential to follow up their content in Manorial Records, providing sample document images
  • Report on the results of searches in the Manorial Documents Register for records associated with areas of personal interest
  • From the above results locate examples of two different types of document with a transcript and commentary for each
  • Describe four ways in which Manorial Records can help further research into Local and Family History
  • Prepare and deliver a short piece on a Manor in which you are interested with associated images eg of a person, document or property

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A notebook (paper or electronic) for course notes, a ring binder for handouts and perhaps a magnifying sheet or glass.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A general review or updating of existing personal family or local history research would be useful.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Support family and local history societies through membership, attending meetings or fairs, utilising their databases, contributing ideas and articles. Helping in Libraries and Archives perhaps through a Friends organisation.

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Family History - Manorial Records


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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