Family history enthusiasts can explore the Durham side of their family tree at a Durham County Record Office event.

Part of the Branching Out series of talks, the Durham County Record Office event will be about ancestors who left England for foreign climes or arrived in County Durham from elsewhere so that people can explore their Durham family tree.

The talk is on Thursday October 17 and has been developed for people who are already comfortable with the basics of family history research and who are looking to find out more.

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The Durham County Record Office event will look at general patterns of emigration and immigration, what records survive and how people can use them to find out more about their Durham family tree.

Dawn Layland, education and outreach archivist, said: "Despite modern preconceptions, our ancestors could and did range far and wide, often travelling hundreds of miles, or even moving abroad in search of a better quality of life.

"In this session we will spend an hour exploring how immigration and emigration worked, and what records are available for people to use to look into their own family history. During the second hour, visitors will have the opportunity to browse our records and use our research facilities to conduct their own research, with a trained archivist on hand to help."

​​The session runs twice, from 10am to 12 noon and from 6pm to 8pm, and places must be booked in advance.

Tickets for the Durham County Record Office event, priced at £10 per person, are available online from or can be booked by calling 03000 267 619.

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