Courses and Talks
Having had many years of full time professional research experience I also hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for teaching adults. I have taught a great range of people in all sorts of places: from prisons and village halls all the way up postgraduate students at the University of East Anglia.
Learning how to assess students' needs, design courses and structure lessons are skills from my teaching career that are integrated with my family history knowledge to create the curriculum for my courses. This teaching experience allows me to clearly explain and demonstrate the skills I learned working in archives for many years.
Courses talks and workshops
I provide a range of face-to-face tuition and lecturing services. I regularly run courses at a variety of locations around East Anglia and at the Society of Genealogists in London. I give talks and run workshops at events such as Who Do You Think You Are Live and regional events.
I am delivering a repeat of my very popular online course "Writing Your Family History". This is provided through my own website and will begin 13 May 2017. This will be a 2 part course spread over 2 ten week sessions with the 2nd session starting later in the year. For full details please click here . Writing your Family History
I have been booked for a large number of talks throughout the UK for 2017 and beyond. A list appears below but please check back regularly as this list will be frequently updated.
Writing Your Family History Tuesday 28 February 2017 7.45 pm Walton-on-Thames branch of West Surrey FHS St. Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Hersham Road, Walton on Thames. KT 12 ILG
Brick Walls and Digging Deeper into Your Family History Friday 3 March 2017 7.30pm Bedfordshire Family History Society The Drama Theatre, Mark Rutherford Upper School, Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX
Historical Directories and Gazetteers Thursday 14 March 2017 2pm West Surrey FHS Small Hall United Reformed Church South Street Farnham GU9 7QU
Tracing Your House History One Day Workshop Saturday 25 March 10.30 – 4.45 pm Society of Genealogists 14 Charterhouse Buildings Goswell Rd EC1M 7VA
My work as a Researcher and Building Historian Wednesday 5 April 2017 11 to 11.30 am Suffolk Parish Council APM Village Hall Kelsale IP17 2PB
Tracing Your House History Saturday 8 April 2017 10am Northumberland & Durham Family History Society North Northumberland Family History Society Branch Bell View Resource Centre, 33 West Street, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7QF www.ndfhs.org.uk/branches/north-northumberland
Trade Directories and Gazetteers Saturday 22 April 2017 1 - 2.30pm (1 hour 15 minutes talk plus 15 minutes Q&A) Cleveland, North Yorkshire & South Durham Family History Day Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner near Darlington DL10 6NR
Meet the Author Saturday 29 April 2017 10 – 1pm Deepings Lincolnshire Literary Festival Community Library Iron Horse, Market Deeping, PE6 8EB https://www.deepingsliteraryfestival.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/deepingslitfest
Tracing Your House History Thursday 15 June 2017 7.30pm West Middlesex Family History Society in Hounslow Montague Hall Montague Rd Hounslow TW3 1LD
Prison and Criminal Court Records Monday 19 June 2017 7.30pm Suffolk Alde Valley Family History Group United Reform Church, High Street, Leiston, Suffolk. IP16 4EL
Behind the Scenes Working for Who Do You Think You Are? Wednesday 17 May 2017 8pm Letchworth & District Family History Group Mrs Howard Memorial Hall Norton Way South Letchworth Garden City Hertfordshire. SG6 1NX www.howardhall.org.uk
My Ancestor Came from Suffolk Saturday 9th September 2017 10.30 - 1.00 pm Society of Genealogists 14 Charterhouse Buildings Goswell Rd EC1M 7VA
My Ancestor Came from Norfolk Saturday 9th September 2017 2 - 4.45pm Society of Genealogists 14 Charterhouse Buildings Goswell Rd EC1M 7VA
Writing Your Family History Workshops 10.30 – 4.45pm Saturdays 4 November, 25 November, 9 December 2017 Society of Genealogists 14 Charterhouse Buildings Goswell Rd EC1M 7VA
I have conducted historical tours around Norwich, Norfolk
and Suffolk and contributed research to tours run by others. I have undertaken
tour guidance to individuals and groups from Australia and America. I also offer tailored tours, either as a personal guide or by producing historical packs for people who would like information relevant to their own ancestry
and their own exploration. As a historian, author and tutor I can provide a range of information in an accessible way either face-to-face or written-up.
Comments from some of my clients
Thank you for your Poor Law course Gill. I have found it to be totally professionally run (I'm a bit of a critic of training programs, can't help myself). I shall be doing some more courses, this has been my third, and I like the discipline of assessments.
Margaret Moxon. Australia
Having attended one of Gill's "further steps" family history courses, I was most impressed with her thorough knowledge of the subject and preparation before each class and her encouragement during those classes to explore every aspect of our research. I know we all eagerly looked forward to her classes each week.
Alison Brown. North Norfolk
I have very much enjoyed classes that I have attended. They were relaxed, enjoyable and very informative, with each session being flexible enough to provide for the needs of that group.
Sandra Hopewell. South Norfolk
I attended classes at The Family History Centre, where Gill Blanchard was the tutor, her knowledge and experience of family history shone through, along with an enthusiasm which was infectious, it helped me to get involved, researching and thoroughly enjoying (probably forever) this fascinating subject.
Phyll Clements, Norfolk
I have been on two courses run by Gill, one online and one in a more traditional classroom setting. The online course relating to the Poor and the Poor Law in the 19th Century, was thorough in content and expertise. In true teacher fashion Gill leads her students towards the answers, while ensuring they experience the research process and reach their own conclusions. The more traditional post-graduate course was equally thorough and professional. Gill is an excellent teacher who is generous with her support, advice and expertise. Any course run by her will guarantee an enjoyable experience and will effectively develop your own skills. If you see one advertised, don't hesitate but sign up immediately before all the places are gone.
Liz Rastrick, Suffolk
Gill is a wonderful teacher - anyone interested in past times, their ancestry and local history can't do better than take advantage of her wide knowledge and enthusiasm.
Roger Polhill, Norfolk