Roehampton University is offering a special discount and early booking  offer to Society of Genealogists Members wishing to attend the Early Modern Ancestors Day on 18 June.

Anyone who didn’t get the opportunity to hear John Price’s excellent exposition of using the  17th Century Hearth Tax and the work of the Centre for Hearth Tax Research at at the recent SoG study day on pre 1841 research, can get another chance to hear John and other experts talk on early modern records of interest family historians.

This one-day workshop will provide information and training on how to access and employ documents, including the hearth tax and loyalty oaths and other early modern records, for genealogical research.

The morning session is composed of a series of introductory presentation outlining the context, structure and contents of early modern documents.In the afternoon there will be a programme of practical workshops across a range of skill levels where delegates will learn the palaeographical and IT skills essential to accessing the sources.

The event will conclude with a keynote lecture from Professor David Hay, examining the wider context and implications of “Surnames and the Hearth Tax Returns” followed by a drinks reception.


Prof. David Hey (University of Sheffield), Surnames and the Hearth Tax Returns

Dr Edward Vallance (Roehampton University London), ‘Sources to Swear by’: Researching your 17th & 18th Century Ancestors

Peter Seaman (formerly of The National Archives), The Hearth Tax: a Census for the 17th Century?

Dr John Price (Centre for Hearth Tax Research), Sourcing the Sources: Locating and Accessing Hearth Tax Records



Practical Palaeography: Approaching 17th Century handwriting
Advanced Palaeography: Reading and interpreting texts
IT and Internet Resources: Finding and accessing resources
IT and Databases: Understanding and analysing data
These workshops, with an onus on practical advice and assistance with specific tasks or queries, will be led by a team of experts, including:

Dr Simon Dixon (Research Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London)

Dr Elizabeth Parkinson (Senior Research Fellow, RU)

Dr Edward Vallance (Reader

Date: 18th June 2011
Time: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Venue: Digby Stuart College, Roehampton University London


** 30% discount on bookings before 1st April 2011**

Ticket prices include: all presentations and workshops; lunch and all refreshments; and entry to the keynote lecture and drinks reception.

Advanced booking: £70.00 (book before 1st April 2011)
Standard booking: £85.00 (after 1st April 2011)
Late booking: £100.00 (after 1 June 2011)

Special Offer for Society of Genealogists Members

Quote SOG220111 when booking online before 1st April 2011 to receive a free copy of Putney and Roehampton in 1665: A Street Directory and Guide by Dorian Gerhold (worth£9.50)

Bookings can be made for this event via the Roehampton University Online Store

Information about the Roehampton University Centre for Hearth Tax Research  and the early Modern Study Day can be found online at

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