West Country Migration in the 1800’s

Family History

Day course

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard

15 September 2020


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The 1800’s saw a massive exodus of people from the West Country going to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for a better life. Who were those people who left these shores for a new life? Were they younger sons of yeoman farmers, the poor and destitute fleeing the Work House or did religion play a part? These and other reasons will be discussed and examples and who these people were and where to find the information about them are shown in a variety of case studies from the region.

Ideal for anyone who is interested in local and migration history.

Tutor information

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard is a professional family and local historian and tutor in Adult Education. She runs a variety of family history courses in Somerset and Dorset and talks to organisations all over the country. Migration research has become a central part of Jane’s work, with her organising, attending and speaking at migration conferences all over the UK. Her MA dissertation was about migration from West Dorset to North America in the 1800s

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.