Your Fair Ladies

Family and Local History - Love It, Learn It

Talks List - Revised February 2020

In view of the Coronavirus these talks will now have to be delivered virtually, please enquire if you would like to explore this option.  All talks are illustrated and generally last for 45 minutes to one hour, a break can be incorporated.

Contact : Jackie Depelle     07985 606993      0113 236 0253

Topics :  1 to 15 are ideal for any audience

                16 to 25 are particularly suitable for groups with family & local history interests


Subject Matter/Talks: 


  1. Upstairs Downstairs – From humble beginnings to the American dream
  2. Crowning Glory – Celebrate Chimney Pots and Stacks
  3. Weathervanes – What’s blowing in the wind?
  4. The Fulneck Moravian Settlement, Pudsey, nr Leeds – Brief history & pictorial tour
  5. Twixt Leeds and Bradford – Past and Present in the Green Belt Corridor
  6. Remnants of a lost life - A brief encounter with life and The First World War
  7. To prove I’m not forgotten – Visiting WWI Battlefields and Cemeteries
  8. Chasing Million Eyres - Following the trail Leeds to Siberia
  9. Discovering Family History – What’s it all about?
  10. Bermuda, Berlin and Brill; two wars, two wives - the Stage is set
  11. Riding along on the crest of a wave – Hull, Hampshire and Cornish cream teas!
  12. Pride of Place – Rooftops, Tiles, Terracotta and Thatch
  13. A Grand Day out – some historic homes and their stories
  14. Our House and Its Contents – including sources for house history
  15. Yorkshire – birthplace for businesses


  1. Females in the family – Ladies, Ships, Locomotives and more
  2. Which website and why? Reviewing the same sources on different sites
  3. Family History – Sources before 1837
  4. Bridging the gap – Tracing forwards from the 1911 census
  5. Wills for Family History – With so many online indexes, there’s no excuse – check!
  6. Writing Your Family History – Moving on from record sheets and charts
  7. Reading the Original – Hints and Tips for deciphering old documents
  8. From Cradle to Grave – A lifetime of sources, how many have you discovered?
  9. Discovering Manorial records – working back from 1926 to 1089!
  10. 19thCentury Boom and Bust – Exploring business and family fortunes
  11. Ideas for researching Non-Conformist ancestors
  12. Family Historian – Award winning British genealogy software programme


Duration :           -   Generally 45 minutes to one hour

Fee :                  -   £45 for 2020 online delivery

Availability:        -   Almost anytime depending on adult education teaching 

Resources         -   A handout will be included with the Family History talks 


Tailor-made Family History workshops available

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