Sons of the Soil:  Researching our Agricultural Labouring Ancestors

Sons of the Soil: Researching our Agricultural Labouring Ancestors


Every family has them, ancestors who worked on the land. How can we find out more about them, the farms where they worked and the lives that they led? This session covers a range of sources, many of them under-used, which will help to shed light on the working lives of our rural British ancestors.

Speaker: Janet Few

Janet enjoys dissecting small, rural communities and trying to understand how they functioned in the past. This has led her to being one of the founders of the Society for One-Place Studies and she maintains her own studies for three North Devon villages.

As The History Interpreter, Janet aim’s to bring history alive in a variety of ways. Those at the NZSG conference in Christchurch in 2018 were able to meet Janet’s alter ego, Mistress Agnes, who introduced us to life in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Having published several books on family history, Janet has now turned to fiction writing with her second novel launching soon.


When: 8.30pm (NZST), Monday, 27 July 2020.

The presentation is followed by a Q&A session.
This is a live event. No recording will be available.

How: After payment you will be provided with a link to download your ticket which includes a link to register for the Zoom presentation.

Register early to get your confirmation email containing information about joining the session. 


Host: Genealogists Fiona Brooker (Memories in Time) and Michelle Patient (The Patient Genie) have worked and volunteered in the family history world (Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, USA and online) for nearly 60 years between them. They have come together to promote, educate and enthuse others interested in researching their family history. Both work as professional genealogists and educators.

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