The courses range from beginners to those supporting more advanced research. Each module is “stand alone” and you can attend as many as you like. However, space in the Palgrave Resarch Centre is limited and prior booking is essential.

If you are interested in attending any of our courses and wish to join a course when dates are set, please ring Karen Walker on 01302 888352 and “express an interest” and we will let you know when alternative/new dates become available.


Palgrave Research Centre, King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster DN4 0NA

Course Fees

  • Members: £3.00
  • Non-Members: £5.00

Course Fees include refreshments, handouts & parking.

Courses (see above for dates)

Growing Your Family Tree

Learn how to use Census Returns, Birth, Marriage and Death Records to go back through the generations.

After the course, attendees can be shown around the Research Centre for no extra charge to see what records we hold.

Suitable for anyone who is new to family history research or those wanting an in-depth look at these subjects.

Family History for Beginners

Subjects Covered:

  • Getting the roots right – First steps
  • Documentation & keeping records
  • Civil Registration (GRO)
  • Making best use of Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
  • Census Returns (1841 – 1911)
  • Tips on how to avoid pitfalls
  • An introduction to the Palgrave Research Centre

A Good Look at Parish Records

Subjects Covered:

  • Parish Records & Tithe Maps
  • Bishops Transcripts
  • Nonconformists
  • Hints and Tips

Using The Internet For Family History Research

Subjects Covered:

  • Getting started
  • Good practice when using the internet – Do’s and Don’ts
  • How to make best use of search engines
  • Using the internet to share information
  • A look at lots of useful websites

Putting Meat On The Bones: Intermediate Course

A follow-up session for family historians who want to know more.
Subjects covered:

  • Trades & Occupations
  • Trade Directories
  • Using Newspapers
  • introduction to Crime & Punishment

Wills, Archives and Breaking Down
Those Brick Walls: Advanced Course

A further course for more experienced researchers or those with an interest in these topics.

  • Wills
  • Using National and County Archives
  • Breaking Down Brick Walls
  • Using original resources

Researching Your Military Ancestors

Subjects covered:

  • Basic Army Structure
  • Militia Lists
  • 19th Century Records
  • First World War
  • Second World War
  • Prisoners Of War

This course includes a look at useful websites on the topic

Poor Law and The Workhouse

A short course for family historians looking at both the Old Poor Law up to 1834 and the New Poor Law from 1834 to 1928.

Who enforced it? What did it include? How it affect our ancestors – rich or poor?.
Many different types of documents were generated by the enforcement of various laws over the years. These documents can be of great help in tracing the movements of our ancestors before the 1841 census.
This course includes:

  • Settlements
  • Illegitimacy
  • Apprenticeships
  • Orphans and the Workhouses