Criminal Ancestors?

Chad Hanna will talk about two criminals: one was transported to Australia after helping to build a prison at Portland; the other was hanged at the Essex County Gaol near Chelmsford. Gillian Stevens will illustrate how bankruptcy was handled. How did the courts handle their cases. Poisonings and hangings included.

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society and we request a donation of £3 from non-members. Pre-booking is required, because the meeting link will emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before event. 

To join in this branch meeting, you will need a computer device which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access emails from this device. First time users will be asked to download a small piece of software to join the meeting.  Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact

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17 Mar 2021


For 19:30 start
19:15 - 22:00
Woodley Branch Webinar


Woodley Branch Webinar
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  • Chad Hanna
    Chad Hanna

    Chad is a highly experienced family historian, having been in and out of Record Offices since the 1970s. He has honed his understanding of family history at conferences in both the UK and the USA. Chad has a one-name study of his mother’s Failes family who arrived in England as the Fenlands were being drained in the late 17th century. He has also made some headway with his father’s Irish ancestry.

    Chad has a particular interest in both probate and electoral records, and also has a deep understanding of records produced by family history societies, having worked professionally for the Federation of Family History Societies for eight years using his skills as a computer professional. He holds a BSc(Eng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College and a City and Guilds Certificate in High Education teaching.

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