Church of St. Mary of Gainsford
Church of St. Mary of Gainsford

The County Durham Archives Office’s Third Thursday online chat series resumes next week with local historian Gillian Hunt exploring the life of Mary Farrow, née Lister, a teacher who survived World War I before losing his life to the Spanish flu during the 1918 pandemic.

Participants will be taken from Mary’s birthplace in Hartlepool to her final resting place in St Mary’s Cemetery, Gainford, via Durham University, World War I Oxford and eyewitness testimony to the Hartlepool bombing.

“Its story is one of local history, social history, courage, romance and the final tragedy of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918”, is how the event is announced.

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The free conference takes place on Thursday, November 18 at 10:30 am with prior reservation required.

The Record Office is also continuing its Branching Out series for family historians who are willing to go beyond the basics of family tree research.

This month’s online conference will focus on divorce, as very different marriage and divorce laws have been in place in the past.

The session will also explore the surviving documents and where to find them and explain what is available online.

Dawn Layland, the archivist who will lead the session, said, “We look forward to welcoming people to this month’s conference. Shedding light on the laws of the past is really helpful for people trying to navigate their family tree. “

Participants have the choice between morning or evening sessions, either at 6 p.m. on Wednesday November 24 or at 10 a.m. on Thursday November 25.

Places for courses can be reserved at https://recordofficeshop.durham.gov.uk/pgEventResult

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