Course Seven — Tracing Your English Ancestors

ExpiredCourse Seven — Tracing Your English Ancestors

  • Course Seven — Tracing Your English Ancestors
    July 21, 2019 - July 26, 2019
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

[Registration begins 10:00 am ET – 08 March 2019 / Maximum: 40 students]


  • Please read IGHR’s Tuition and Payment and Refund Deadlines prior to registration.
  • All courses come with a digital syllabus, entry to evening sessions, Sunday evening reception, and Thursday dinner buffet.
  • Purchase a printed syllabus and meal tickets in My Accounts.

Course Coordinator

Paul Milner, MDiv, FUGA


Students in this class may themselves be an immigrant from England or Wales, or their ancestors may have left in the 17th Century and are now struggling with where to begin, or could be from any period in between. The course will provide a sound understanding of what records have been created, nationally and locally, how they are organized, where they are stored, and which possibly have been transcribed, indexed or digitized. We will cover the fundamentals of the records, the laws that governed them, and build upon that using case studies and examples throughout the course. Students will have a good understanding of the records and where to look for further resources applicable to the period, political and geographical area of interest. Researchers of all levels of experience will find value in the course.                                                                                                                

Required textbooks, prerequisites, or other student information

Recommended Books

Read after registering for the course – a history of England to provide a good historical framework on which to build your research. Recommendations can be provided.

Course Schedule

8:30 – 9:45Parish Chest / Poor Law / Quarter Session Records (Milner)

8:00 – 8:30Introductions and Orientation (Milner)
8:30 – 9:45English Context – History, Sources, Repositories and Processes (Milner)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Find the Correct Place: Maps and Gazetteers (Milner)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Civil Registration (Milner)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Making Sense of the English Census (Milner)


8:00 – 8:30Homework and Class Discussion (Milner)
8:30 – 9:45Effective Use of England’s National Archives (Milner)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Church and Diocesan Records for B/M/D (Milner)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Tips and Tools for Navigating the English Probate System (Milner)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Nonconformists and Recusants (Milner)


8:00 – 8:30Homework and Class Discussion (Milner)
8:30 – 9:45Parish Chest / Poor Law / Quarter Session Records (Milner)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Parish Chest / Poor Law / Quarter Session Records (Milner)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Occupation, Guild, and Freeman Records (Milner)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Tracing Your Royal Navy Ancestors and the Ships on which they Served (Milner)


8:00 – 8:30Homework and Class Discussion (Milner)
8:30 – 9:45British Military (Milner)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30British Military (Milner)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15England Land and Landscape Records (Milner)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Sources for Landed and Titled People (Milner)


8:00 –  9:15Overlooked Sources: 17th and 18th Centuries (Milner)
9:15 – 9:30Break
9:30 – 10:45Overlooked Sources: 19th and 20th Centuries (Milner)
10:45 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:00Planning Your English Trip (Milner)

Course Faculty

Paul Milner, MDiv, FUGA