Talks, courses and tutorials are run by Katrina Friess.  Katrina has 40 plus years experience as a family history researcher, consultant, speaker and teacher (Cert Ed qualified)  

To book or just enquire please contact us, we love to hear from you.  Our local area is Northamptonshire and the immediately surrounding areas.

Katrina can be contacted at  or on 07538 407267.





£80 per person for the full course payable in advance 

4 Weeks, 1 x 2 Hour session per week. Max 8 people per session. Includes free comprehensive  handouts. You will need to have reasonable competence in using the Internet. Practical workshop time is incorporated into each week.  You will learn everything you need to know to get started - and keep going - with your family history research.  The detailed handouts make an excellent resource to keep referring back to.
Week 1 - Gathering information, basic research protocols and strategies. The very beginning is you!  A bit about personal histories. Standard formats for recording data. Tips on talking to elderly relatives. Basic principles and practices of research
Week 2 - Using the three main sources - civil registration, census returns, parish registers. The background to each, how to use them, where to find them online etc
Week 3 - Other sources, website comparisons.  Looking at other records such as probate indexes and wills, newspapers etc.  Which websites are best for which purposes and how to use them (Familysearch, Ancestry, Find My Past ect).  What to do when you don't know what to do - how to get around those brick walls.
Week 4 - Data storage, how to organise your new tree and workshop.  Paper or computer? Online or offline? What is a gedcom? Final Workshop time- How are you doing? what difficulties are you having? working together to help you make progress. 



 £30 for one hour or £50 for two consecutive hours

If you prefer a more individual approach, I can offer personal tutorials for one person or family either face to face or on Zoom.  Completely bespoke, we can cover whatever you want and need to from how to get started, how to move forward, something you are stuck on etc.  You can book as many sessions as you feel you need and as often or infrequently as you would like.



£40 for each hour or part thereof 

Most talks last 45 to 60 minutes and include digital or paper handouts where the subject is relevant.

I do like to set up a table to show some of the pictures we sell if that is possible.

Subjects available 

  • What's YOUR hiSTORY? - recording a personal history and adding meat to the bones for your ancestors
  • Research Basics - How to get started with your research 
  • Family History on a Shoestring - finding and using free websites to create your family tree
  • Getting to grips with the Familysearch website  - the largest worldwide online database... and it's free!
  • Brick Walls and how to get around them - strategies for when you get stuck with your research
  • Coming soon - the agricultural labourer, domestic service, care of the poor (workhouses).