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Tutorial Weekend - Beginner to Intermediate 4th-6th July 2014 14 April 2014
We are please to confirm the Correspondence Course tutorial weekend is running. The tutorial weekends are an excellent opportunity to meet fellow students who are at a similar stage on the course. It is a chance to gain advice on the assignments from both the tutors and students, and prepare for future study. The course will cover Beginner to Intermediate subjects and is designed for those students who are working their way towards and through the middle part of the Correspondence Course. Topics under discussion include pedigree construction, parish registers, parish chest, wills and paleography. This course will also benefit those wishing to revise these topics.
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Heraldry Day Course 17th May 14 April 2014
Heraldry can be daunting for those unfamiliar with its language. This course aims to make heraldry accessible and to enable students to decipher a coat of arms. This course is suitable for absolute beginners and those with some experience. Practical guidance will be given on how to understand heraldry, Blazonry and how to identify coats of arms.
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IHGS Newsletter April 1 April 2014
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Family History Beyond the Internet - Day Course 6 March 2014
Family History: Beyond the Internet 10th May 2014 - COURSE CONFIRMED AS RUNNING This day school will introduce students to records commonly encountered prior to the early nineteenth century- many of which are not available on the internet. Many people progress quickly with their ancestry through the records of the General Registration and the census but struggle to move on to earlier sources. This day school aims to introduce students to the wealth of parochial and local material available.
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IHGS Newsletter March 3 March 2014
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Newsletter 151

IHGS Newsletter February 13 February 2014
Our February edition of the newsletter is now available to download as a pdf.
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IHGS Newsletter January 16 January 2014
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Day Course.: How to Trace Your Family History 13 January 2014
We are pleased to announce the day school for beginners is confirmed as running. It will take place on the 12th April and bookings will be taken up to the 9th April.

This course is aimed at those people just starting out within this fascinating subject. Some of the topics under discussion will include family records, birth, marriage and death certificates, censuses and compiling pedigrees. A thorough grounding in the basic sources will enable students to make an excellent start in tracing their own family history.
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Professional Approach Seminar 8th March 2014 2 December 2013
We are pleased to announce that the Professional Approach seminar is confirmed as running. The course is always popular so book early to avoid disappointment.

The seminar is aimed as those who wish to develop their research experience into a part or full-time occupation. The seminar will provide invaluable advice and assistance from those with experience of working professionally as genealogists. All students, whether practising or not, are invited to join in discussion of research and business practices. Speakers will include Celia Heritage, Elizabeth Kerry and Richard Baker.
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IHGS Newsletter December 2 December 2013
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Christmas Closure 11 November 2013
The Institute and it's library will be closed from Friday 20th December until Monday 6th January.

IHGS Newsletter November 4 November 2013
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Wills and How to Read Them: Day Course 22 October 2013
The day course on the 16th November has been confirmed as running and bookings will be taken up to the 14th November.

Wills are a wonderful source for genealogists- they can give you not only family relationships but also an idea of how our ancestors lived and even who they liked or disliked. The course will show you how wills can help you research your family, how to find them and their associated documents and practical advice on how to interpret the handwriting. Reading exercises will be included to give you hands on experience to reading wills. Useful for correspondence course students approaching lectures 7 and 8 and those who wish to practice their palaeography.
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IHGS Newsletter October 2 October 2013
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Military Records Day Course 12th October 16 September 2013
We are pleased to confirm the Military Records Day Course is running. Booking will be taken until 10th October.

Most of us will have ancestors who served in the armed forces at some time. Military records can give invaluable insight not only into your ancestor's life whilst in the military but can also give essential genealogical information to help extend your family tree. The course will cover records from the 18th-21st centuries and will discuss both online and original sources. The day will be led by Les Mitchinson, a professional genealogist and Tutor on The Institute's Correspondence Course, who also specialises in military records. "This was a very good course which was both interesting and informative. It exceeded my expectations. I have learned a great deal" (2012 attendee).

IHGS Newsletter September 3 September 2013
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