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Saturday 25th June 2022 Sin, Sex & Probate, London Branch ZOOM talk
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June 21, 2022, 10:34:13 AM

The London & South East Branch has a virtual talk on Saturday 25th June  at 2pm. Dr Colin Chapman will give a talk entitled  ‘Sin, Sex & Probate  - Church Courts & their Records’.
Prior to the mid 19th Century, church courts heard cases of sins, defamation and sexual misconduct of parishioners and clergy! They also issued marriage licences and honorary degrees, and granted probate (wills and letters of administration). In this illustrated lecture Dr Chapman provides many examples of the depositions (statements) of witnesses whilst explaining how these courts operated and where their records may be accessed today.
Dr Colin Chapman is an international lecturer and author of 15 genealogically-related books, founded or co-founded six county-based family history societies, is currently President of three, Patron of another, a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and a life Vice President of the Family History Federation. He is a recognised authority on WW1 POW Camps holding Germans in the United Kingdom. He originated the three-letter “Chapman County Code” for British Isles counties used by genealogists and others world-wide.
The next talk will be on Saturday 6th August when David Cufley, president of the North West Kent Family History Society and a regular speaker at events, will give a talk on Trade and Occupation Sources.
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