March 2022 Webinar – Hiding in the Chancery Cupboard Posted 31 December 2021 by Julie GoucherCopyright – Carole Craven, used with permission In this webinar we welcome Guild member, Sue Swalwell in Hiding in the Chancery Cupboard, The Trials & Tribulations of an 18th Century Wife. This is a talk about the joy of Chancery records and the stories they can reveal. It is a case study based on her investigation of Richard & Elizabeth Swalwell of Whitby, Yorkshire, in the first half of the 18th Century, and more particularly the presence of Elizabeth in the Chancery records for approximately sixty years and beyond her death. Sue grew up on a farm in North Yorkshire, England. When her parents sold the farm, Sue rescued the family archive from her father’s bonfire. That was the start of her journey into researching her family history, and subsequently, a One-Name Study focused on the Swalwell surname registered with the Guild in 2012. Sue loves re-discovering and re-building the often forgotten stories of bearers of the Swalwell surname. Mrs Elizabeth Swalwell, who is the focus of this talk, is one of those forgotten stories. About the webinars: Join the Guild of One-Name Studies for this webinar as we will learn about Chancery Records, which in her opinion, are an under-utilised resource by family historians, one-namers, one-placers and local historians. She will talk about some of the challenges of using those records, but primarily the talk will demonstrate the benefits of using them. Chancery Records provide a rich source for the study of a community and research of individuals. Further, because they are legal documents, they include descriptions of identity and details of relationships and connections between the individuals involved in the case at a time when parish registers frequently do not. 7.30pm GMT on 9th March 2022 Attendance to the webinar is available to both members and to non-members. After the live event it will be available to the public for two weeks and Guild members only for a period of three months. Attendance is FREE of charge though you do need to register, using the links shown. The webinars will each last around an hour, including time for questions. The presentation is available to non-members until 28 March and for members until 12 June. The handout is HERE. The recording can be found HERE.