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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Podcast: Keeping it in the family: professional dynasties in 19th century England

The 19th century witnessed a huge expansion in the number of people in Britain described as members of a profession, including lawyers, doctors, religious ministers and teachers, as well as newer service providers such as accountants, bankers and civil engineers. Historians have long suspected, but never attempted to prove, that these groups comprised a separate professional class, which championed its own interests and distinguished itself from the commercial middle class. This podcast will demonstrate how online genealogical tools and social media generated by family historians themselves, along with records held at The National Archives, can be used to create detailed family histories that bring us closer than ever before to an understanding of the role of the professions within Victorian society

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