Family History Break at Canterbury Cathedral: ‘Tracing your Kentish Ancestors’

Family History Break at Canterbury Cathedral: ‘Tracing your Kentish Ancestors’ on Sunday 5th March to Monday 6th March 2017

Organised by Canterbury Cathedral Archives in partnership with the Canterbury Branch of the KFHS.

Following the success of our 2016 Family History Break, we are delighted to be able to offer a further Break on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th March 2017, with the theme of ‘Tracing your Kentish Ancestors’.

The break consists of full board at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge (pre-dinner welcome drink, dinner and bed and breakfast on the Sunday night) with a day of family history sessions and a hot lunch on the Monday. Peter Ewart and Dr David Wright, both well-known family historians based in Kent, will be contributing towards the day. Peter was formerly Chairman of the KFHS and is regular speaker throughout Kent and Sussex on family, local, social and military history. David teaches Latin and reading old handwriting, and has published numerous volumes on Kent history and historical sources, including ‘Tracing your Kent Ancestors’ (2016).  Also contributing will be Cressida Williams, Cathedral Archivist, and other members of the archives team.

Topics to be covered will include parish records, Victorian sources and sources for Kent genealogy. There will also be a palaeography session, for improving skills in reading old handwriting, and a family history ‘surgery’, during which you can discuss any issues with your research with family history experts from the Canterbury Branch of the KFHS. There will also be a display of original parish records as held in the Cathedral Archives.

The provisional timetable for the Monday is:

9.45-10.30               Welcome in Archives; viewing of parish records display

10.30-11.15             Peter Ewart, ‘Parish Registers:  What are they really telling you?’

11.15-11.30             Tea, Coffee and biscuits

11.30-12.15             Online resources and family history ‘surgery’ (with members of the Kent Family History Society, Canterbury Branch)

12.15-13.00             David Wright, ‘Tracing your Kentish ancestors’

13.00-14.15              2 course hot Lunch, in Cathedral Lodge

14.15-15.15             Palaeography (in three groups)

15.15-16.00             Peter Ewart, ‘Alternative Victorian sources for your Kentish ancestors’

16.00-                      Tea, Coffee and biscuits in the Cathedral Lodge

The cost is £265 double occupancy and £170 single occupancy.

To book, please contact us quoting: Family History Break.


Dinner Menu for Sunday 5th March

Cauliflower Soup with Curried Oil (V)

Chicken Rillettes with Parma Ham and deconstructed Pesto

Smoked Cockle Chowder with Cockle, Mussels, Samphire and Garlic Cream


Lamb Cannon with Boulangère Potatoes, served with a Celeriac Purée and Kale

Pan Roasted Hake with Puy Lentils and Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Porcini Mushroom Polenta with textures of Jerusalem Artichoke and Chive Oil (V)

Ox Cheek with Black Pudding Purée, Cavolo Nero and Parsnip Crisps


Set English Cream with forced Rhubarb and Hazelnuts (V)

Orange Semolina Cake with Blood orange Sorbet and Hobnob Crumb (V)

Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Delice, with Passion Fruit (V, N)

Followed by tea/coffee


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