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This Society is planning the launch of a major new electronic database with a paper delivered by Br. Rory G Higgins FSC of Australia at a seminar on Saturday 7 October 2017 in the Conference Rooms, 24 Tufton Street London SW1P 3RB 10am-4pm.

An Index to the Names and Details of over

250,000 Catholics and their Friends in England 1680 – 1840


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2017 Annual Seminar

Saturday 7 October 2017, 10.00-16.00 at the Conference Rooms, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

provisional programme to include as its highlight:

A paper delivered by Br. Rory Higgins FSC 

to launch a major data base compiled by him entitled:

An Index to the Names and Details of over 250,000

Catholics and their Friends 1687-1837

William D. Shannon PhD

The period 1680-1840 covers the centuries when Catholicism was effectively outlawed. Records of Catholics are scattered in civil record offices, in Catholic and in Anglican Church archives throughout the country. We are pleased to have William D. Shannon, PhD, to speak on his research in in this era under the title:

Using the Records of the Forfeited Estates Commission (1715-1724) at TNA

to reconstruct Catholic Lancashire before and after the First Jacobite Rebellion.

 To express an interest in attending the Seminar contact

The Society's AGM will also take place during the day.

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