Saturday 27 March 2021 at 2pm GMT

A talk on Secular and Church of England Records where Catholic ancestors can be traced,generally for going against the Establishment. Les Mitchinson will refer to the Recusant Rolls, Chancery Records, Ecclesiastical Court Record, Churchwardens’ Presentments, Assize and Quarter Sessions and Anglican records during the penal times when the practice of Roman Catholicism was illegal. Early Catholic records are scarce because to make and keep them could put at risk the lives of priests and those to whom they ministered if such documents were found by the authorities.

Les Mitchinson, DipGen, is Director of Education at the History Institute of Heraldry and Genealogical Studies, amongst his other responsibilities and interests. He is a graduate of this Institute. His earlier career was in the Royal Navy.

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CIRCA 1754: Woodcut from the first edition of John Foxe The Book of Martyrs, London 1563, depicting iconoclasm, centre top. In the top part of the image papists are packing away their paltry, while the church is purged of idols. At bottom left clerics receive the Bible from Queen Elizabeth I. Bottom right shows the interior of a Protestant church with the congregation listening to a sermon, a somple Communion table rther than an altar, and a Baptism taking place. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)