NEW FOR 2018: Unlocking the way to your family’s past

The Society is pleased to announce that Karen Walker will be facilitating a new programme of events that are a little different from the more traditional courses we have run in the past.

These events will take place in the Palgrave Research Centre and they will usually consist of a talk for no more than one hour, followed by refreshments and the opportunity to chat with other members and the volunteers on duty about your own research. We hope that the talks will be as entertaining as they are informative and should appeal to those looking for a social occasion as well as those looking to learn more about the topic.

Topics will include:-

However, space in the Palgrave Research Centre is limited and prior booking is essential.

If no courses are scheduled and 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.


From South Elmsall to Whitby: Breaking Down Brick Walls

This new talk will explore how to discover why your ancestor may have moved by following the journey of one local family. We will also look at the Whitby Jet industry to consider why skilled men would risk changing their occupation.

Why isn’t your ancestor in the Parish Records?

Using one family to illustrate these problems, this talk will explore the reasons why you are unable to find entries in the parish records and suggest some solutions.

The Victorian Underclass: Was Your Ancestor A Criminal?

After a brief look at the social history of our locality, discover how working class ancestors may have ended up living a life of crime. See real examples of children, men and women who fell on the wrong side of the law and learn how to locate records of their punishments.

Crime & Punishment – Transportation

Learn about the people who were punished for their crimes by “Transportation” and discover how to locate their records. We will follow one man’s journey and discover what became of him in later life.

Using Wills for Your Research

This talk will give an overview of the topic and using real examples will show how you can locate wills and use them in your research.

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.