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Feb 162017

What’s My Line? Seminar

Leasingham Village Hall, Chapel Lane, Leasingham, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 8LB

09:30am for 10:00am on Saturday 6th May 2017

This seminar will focus on a range of specific occupations, including stonemasons and administrative roles such as the Georgian clergy and legal professions, online datasets and a different approach to occupation research.

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09:30 – 10:00 Arrival: Registration and Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome to the Seminar – Alan Moorhouse
10:10 – 11:10 The Work of a Stonemason – Paul Ellis (Lincoln Cathedral)
11:10 – 11:25 Comfort Break
11:25 – 12:25 By the Sweat of Thy Brow: learning how your ancestor earned his bread – Sharon Hintze (Director, London Family History Centre)
12:25 – 13.25 Lunch Break
13:25 – 13.55 19th Century Boom and Bust: trade directories and other sources for businesses – Jackie Depelle (Seminar Sub-Committee)
13:55 – 14:00 Comfort Break
14:00 – 15:00 Online Occupation Sources and Datasets – Myko Clelland (Find My Past)
15:00 – 15:30 Tea Break
15:30 – 16.30 The Professions of Georgian England – Dr John Manterfield
16.30 Close of Seminar


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

The seminar cost including refreshments and buffet lunch is £18.00.

Leasingham is 3 miles from Sleaford station with trains from Grantham and Newark. If you will be travelling by train to Sleaford please contact us for help in finding a lift from the station.  There is a train departing London King’s Cross at 7.30am arriving Sleaford 9.17am. The return train departs Sleaford 5.13pm and arrives London King’s Cross at 7.29pm.

We would like to ensure that any delegate with a disability can participate fully in this event.  Anyone with any special requirements should telephone the Guild Help Desk on 0800 011 2182 or email

An accommodation listing, including details of a Friday evening meal, is available here.

Joining instructions are now available here


To book on this seminar, you can use our our online form¹ in any of three ways:

  • Book online and pay online via PayPal or credit card;
  • For Guild members, book online and pay by direct bank transfer through your bank, quoting the reference number on the form (this is the method which represents the least cost to the Guild);
  • Fill in the booking form online, then print it and send it through the post with your cheque.

Alternatively, you can download our booking form flyer, which can be printed, filled-in, and posted, with a cheque to:
Alan Moorhouse, [Seminar Bookings], 8 Strachans Close, STROUD, Gloucestershire, GL5 3EB.

Bookings close on 23rd April 2017. All bookings will be confirmed by email, with full joining instructions, on or shortly after this date.

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

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