Secular and Church of England Records
Saturday 27 March 2021 at 2pm GMT
A talk on Secular and Church of England Records where Catholic ancestors can be traced, generally for going against the Establishment. Les Mitchinson will refer to the Recusant Rolls, Chancery Records, Ecclesiastical Court Record, Churchwardens’ Presentments, Assize and Quarter Sessions and Anglican records during the penal times when the practice of Roman Catholicism was illegal. Early Catholic records are scarce because to make and keep them could put at risk the lives of priests and those to whom they ministered if such documents were found by the authorities.
Les Mitchinson, DipGen, is Director of Education at the History Institute of Heraldry and Genealogical Studies, amongst his other responsibilities and interests. He is a graduate of this Institute. His earlier career was in the Royal Navy.
Catholic Family History Society
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The Catholic FHS has been given a 25% discount off the RRP on the book pictured here.