Genealogy in Focus

Genealogy in Focus
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Are you researching your family history? The British Library’s collection is a perfect place to start.

Event date: Saturday 2 September 

Time: 10.30 – 17.00 

Our study day will bring you together with guest specialists and our own reference experts, helping you identify the most relevant sources and methods for uncovering your past.

Whether your family’s roots lie in the UK or abroad, we’ll help you identify the most relevant collections for undertaking your genealogical investigations – from UK national records and registers to the surviving archives of the East India Company and India Office.

You’ll get guidance on the best primary sources to use and how to access them, both physically and online. Throughout the day we’ll explore five major Reading Rooms with our reference teams so you’ll gain the practical knowledge you need to reach the sources most relevant to you. 

Revealing your family history is about more than finding names and dates. We’ll also look at how our maps, news, sound and moving-image collections can offer a new approach to genealogical research, providing a richer historical context for your ancestors – from national stories and local notices, to broadcast news reports, live performances and oral histories.

You don’t have to be a registered Reader to join our study day. However if you’d like to take your research further, access to the British Library Reading Rooms requires a valid Reader Pass. Find out how to register here

Contributors include author and broadcaster Nick Barratt (from the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are) and Else Churchill, Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists. 

View the full programme


Name: Genealogy in Focus
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £55.00
Member: £47.00
Senior 60+: £50.00
Student: £47.00
Registered Unemployed: £47.00
Friend of the BL: £47.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546