Early Modern Ancestors Day – Roehampton University 28 June 2011

Are you interesting in understanding early modern records to research your family history?

This one-day workshop will provide information and training on how to use the hearth tax, loyalty oaths and other early modern records.


Prof. David Hey (University of Sheffield), Surnames and the Hearth Tax Returns

Dr Edward Vallance (Roehampton University London), ‘Sources to Swear by’: Researching your 17th & 18th Century Ancestors

Peter Seaman (formerly of The National Archives), The Hearth Tax: a Census for the 17th Century?

Dr John Price (Centre for Hearth Tax Research), Sourcing the Sources: Locating and Accessing Hearth Tax Records


  • Practical Palaeography: Approaching 17th Century handwriting
  • Advanced Palaeography: Reading and interpreting texts
  • IT and Internet Resources: Finding and accessing resources
  • IT and Databases: Understanding and analysing data

These workshops, with an onus on practical advice and assistance with specific tasks or queries, will be led by a team of experts, including:

Dr Simon Dixon (Research Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London)

Dr Elizabeth Parkinson (Senior Research Fellow, RU)

Dr Edward Vallance (Reader in Early Modern History, RU)


Ticket prices include: all presentations and workshops; lunch and all refreshments; and entry to the keynote lecture and drinks reception.

  • Advanced booking: £70.00 (book before 1st April 2011)
  • Standard booking: £85.00 (after 1st April 2011)
  • Late booking: £99.00 (after 1 June 2011)

You can book online here