Genealogy and Family History – Tracing your ancestors: Vicki Manners

"This ten-week course starts with the basics of genealogy and is designed to teach you skills to effectively trace your ancestors, particularly those in Bedfordshire. It starts with how to obtain genealogy records such as baptism, marriage and death records, and then how to use these records to build your own birth chart and family tree. Once you have located your ancestors, the second part of this course aims to help you find out more about the life story of your ancestors, for example, what they did for a living and whether or not they changed professions over time.  It will also help you find out about where they lived, and whether they rented or owned the houses they lived in. They may even have fallen on hard-times and in desperation ended up living in the local workhouse. Finally, we will look at research skills to help you find out about how your ancestors may have integrated with the local community.  For example, were they an upstanding citizen, or did they have to 'visit’ the local gaol?"

Tutor: Vicki Manners

"Vicki Manners’ passion for genealogy and local history started about 20 years ago and led her to undertake a complete career change, whereby she is now a local genealogist, archivist, historian and conservator. She runs her own consultancy service specialising in genealogy, family and house history research in Bedfordshire, as well lecturing for the Open University and working part-time for the Panacea Trust and Museum as their Archivist and Conservator. Vicki has an excellent working knowledge of local historic records as she previously worked at Bedfordshire Archives as the County Archives Conservator."