14:15 - 15:00

This talk discusses the amazing variety of archive and printed sources that can be used to build up a picture of the past lives and experiences of our ancestors.  Drawing upon the rich collections of Surrey History Centre, it will show how early illustrations, the Gentleman’s Magazine, parish correspondence, quarter sessions papers, institutional records, personal letters and diaries can vividly illustrate the personal experiences of ‘ordinary’ people. This talk looks beyond parish registers and census returns to explore a range of materials that can help you piece together your family tree, and also to bring the past to life.

Julian Pooley FSA

Julian Pooley is Public Services Manager of Surrey History Centre in Woking and has been a professional archivist for over twenty-five years.  As archivist in charge of the public searchroom he is fascinated by the potential of many unexpected sources for family history research.  Away from work, he is preparing a guide to the archive of the Nichols family of printers who produced the Gentleman’s Magazine between 1778 and 1856 and many important county histories.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester.