Here's something to brighten up the dark chilly days of January and February: a series of workshops at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland looking at often overlooked archival sources for family and local history.
Many of the resources are now accessible online, and five respected specialists will illustrate their historical context and use, so there'll be plenty of insider knowledge to pick up along the way. Here's the programme:
Wednesday 22 January: The 1641 Depositions: An Early Source for Local History (and Beyond), with Dr Annaleigh Margey
Wednesday 29 January: Using Church Records for Family and Local History - First Steps, with Valerie Adams
Wednesday 5 February: Family trees - How GRONI can help them grow, with Alistair Butler.
Wednesday 12 February: "Maps from Snaps": Archive Mapping and Aerial Photography for Local and Family History, with Drew Ferris
Wednesday 19 February: Understanding an Ancestor's Neighbourhood - The Griffith's Valuation Books, Maps, and Revision Books, with Dr Bill McAfee
The workshops will be held at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast at 1pm. Admission is free but you need to book by email.