Reaseheath College (www.rease heath.ac.uk) has seen demand for its genealogy course soar in the wake of recent TV programmes about family history. Lecturer Bill Pearson has traced his own roots back across five centuries, and offers courses of five two-hour sessions at the Nantwich campus on using the internet and other resources to trace your tree.
For its 19th edition, Burke's Peerage and Gentryis making two changes. Firstly it's going regional, focusing on Yorkshire. Secondly it will include figures from business art, acting, politics, sport, media and religion. Burkes Landed Gentry The Ridings of York including Contemporary Yorkshire People of Distinction is on sale from May, and with over 1,500 pages it costs £149. Order it at www.burkes-peerage.net or call 01642 713 530.
Errata: In our feature on researching surnames we quoted that the Guild of One Name Studies had 20,000 members with surnames covering some 100,000 variant spellings. Our optimistic figures were out tenfold in both cases and should have been 2,000 and 10,000 respectively.
A further record of life on the moor can be found in Reflections, Life Portraits of Exmoor by Birdie Johnson and Mark Rattenbury, a book displaying photography from the area that includes an audio CD of further clips in which inhabitants recall their early days. The book sells for £14.95. A three-CD collection of speakers also compiled by Birdie Johnson can be ordered at the site for £29.99, or £21.99 when ordered with Reflections. Visit the website to order. ■
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