Your Fair Ladies

Family and Local History - Love It, Learn It

Talks - Revised list February 2017

Talks generally last for 45 minutes.  All equipment can be provided.

Topics :   1 to 15 are ideal for any audience

         Those marked * have alternative family and local history versions

         16 to 27 are very suitable for groups with family & local history interests


Subject Matter/Talks:  

  1.  Upstairs Downstairs – From humble beginnings to the American dream
  2.  Paying our respects – Visiting WWI Battlefields and Cemeteries
  3.  Eleven days at sea – Hopping round the British Islands
  4.  Grave concerns – Monuments large and small tell their stories*
  5.  Crowning Glory – Celebrate Chimney Pots and Stacks
  6.  Pride of Place – Rooftops, Tiles, Terracotta and Thatch
  7.  Weathervanes – What’s blowing in the wind?
  8.  Views of the Fulneck Moravian Settlement, Pudsey, nr Leeds
  9.  Twixt Leeds and Bradford – Past and Present in the Green Belt Corridor
  10.  Remnants of a lost life - A brief encounter with life and The First World War
  11. Our house and its contents – The Butcher, The Baker and The Furniture Maker
  12. Chasing Million Eyres - Following the trail Leeds to Siberia
  13. Discovering Family History – What’s it all about?
  14. DNA & Me - Tentative Steps


  15.   Family History – Sources before 1837

  16.   Bridging the gap – Tracing forwards from the 1911 census

  17.   Wills for Family History – With so many online indexes, there’s no excuse –   check!

  18.   Writing Your Family History – Moving on from record sheets and charts

  19.   Reading the Original – Hints and Tips for deciphering old documents

  20.   From Cradle to Grave – A lifetime of sources, how many have you used?

  21.   Manorial records – Basic guidance on how to find and what might be found

  22.   19th Century Boom and Bust – Exploring business and family fortunes

  23.  Ideas for researching Non-Conformist ancestors

  24.  The 1911 and other census – What’s the difference?

  25.  Family Historian – Award winning British genealogy software programme.


Duration:           -   Generally 45 minutes to one hour

Fee :                 -   £40 + travel depending on distance

Availability:       -   Almost anytime depending on adult education teaching                                             commitments

Requests:         -   For illustrated talks – blackout or darkened room preferable

                              Screen, Projector stand and extension cable if possible please 


Tailor-made Family History workshops and day schools available


                                                                                            Jackie Depelle


For enquiries and bookings please contact or 07985 606993

Many thanks.

Family History Tutor, Speaker, Consultant and Event Organiser:

Chairman, Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies:

Tutor: Workers Education Association (WEA), Leeds Museums & Galleries, Prince Henry’s Academy, supporting University of Leeds

Member Guild of One Studies; Bradford, Wakefield & YA&HS Family History Societies, The Thoresby Society, Life Member Pudsey & District Civic Society

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