Your Fair Ladies

Family and Local History - Love It, Learn It

Talks List - Revised February 2020

All talks are illustrated and general last for 45 minutes to one hour.

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 :                -   £40 + travel depending on distance

Availability:       -   Almost anytime depending on adult education teaching 

Requests:         -   All are 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

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