Chance to discover your Harlow ancestors

Lifestyle / Tue 27th Oct 2015 at 06:56pm

HARLOW residents are being given an opportunity to trace back their Essex Ancestors at the Harlow Museum.

The workshop, from 11am to 12.30pm on Tuesday, 10 November, is a chance to meet an Essex Record Office (ERO) archivist and to benefit from their specialist ancestry expertise to trace back family trees over hundreds of years.

This is a unique opportunity with limited places, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased by calling 03330 132500.

Cllr John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, with responsibility for Heritage, Culture and the Arts, said: “Genealogy is increasingly popular with TV programmes like “Who do you think you are?” inspiring people to examine their own family trees. Essex Records Office in Chelmsford holds a significant archive, with records dating back to the 1400s. This event may be your first step to finding out more.”

“It has never been easier for Essex residents or their descendants to access information about their heritage. Much of the archive is available digitally via an online subscription service, Essex Ancestors. Please visit the Essex Ancestors website to find out more.”

www.EssexAncestors.co.uk now includes over 750,000 images of historic records, with details of thousands of people’s lives. The digitised records are those which are of most use to family historians, namely parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials, which can date back to 1538, and wills, which can date back to 1400.

The forthcoming Discover: Essex Ancestors will be hosted at the Archive Access Point, Harlow Museum, Muskham Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2LF and tickets are £10 per person. Advance booking is essential, please telephone 033301 32500 to book.

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