The National Archives [TNA], Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, UK

09:30 for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday 16th November 2013

It's time to visit The National Archives again. The subject is Colonial Records focusing on Africa, North America, the Caribbean, and India. We have two TNA specialists plus two Guild selected experts speaking who should make the day both enjoyable and informative. Why not take the opportunity of booking a few days in Kew, there are plenty of hotels available.


07:00Car park opens
08:30Cafe opens
09:00TNA opens
09:30 - 10:00Arrival: Registration and Coffee
10:00 - 10:15Welcome to the Seminar by Seminar Organiser Teresa Pask
10:15 - 11:15Colonial Lives and Careers: Tracing Individuals in African Colonial Office Records at TNA - Dan Gilfoyle
11:15 - 11:30Comfort Break
11:30 - 12:30New Lives for Old: Tracing your Ancestors in British North America - James Cronan
12:30 - 14:00Own Arrangements Lunch Break: Opportunities for a guided tour of the public areas of The National Archives; and time to talk to other attendees and see their displays
14:00 - 15:00Surnames & Records of the Caribbean - Bob Cumberbatch
15:00 - 15:30 Tea and break
15:30 - 16:30The Indian Civil Service - Records of Those that Ran an Empire - Peter Bailey
16:30Close of Seminar
17:00TNA closes
19:30Car park closes

Applications to attend are welcome from Guild members, family historians, genealogists, and members of the general public having an interest in the subject matter.

Seminar cost is £18.00 and includes tea/coffee but not lunch for which you need to make your own arrangements — you can consume your own food and drink, or enjoy TNA’s own catering facilities in the ground floor cafe area.

A tour of the public areas of The National Archives will be available at 13:15. Numbers will be limited, so please email once you have made your booking if you wish to attend the tour.

To make the day more interactive delegates are invited to bring along details of their studies for display and sharing. Pin boards will be available for your use, contact who will liaise with you beforehand.

We would like to ensure that all delegates can fully participate in this event. If you have any disabled access or other special requirements please telephone: Guild Help Desk on 0800 011 2182.

A list of local accommodation is available by clicking here.


This seminar is fully booked, but if you still want to attend, please email to check for cancellations.

Joining instructions for those attending the seminar are available by clicking here.

Further information may be obtained by telephoning the Guild HelpDesk on 0800 011 2182, or by email from .

¹Please note, when booking on a seminar either by post or online, the Guild's "Distance Selling" terms and conditions.

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