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Amateur historians can discover how to trace civilian ancestors from the Second World War at a talk this month.

The session is part of Durham County Record Office’s Branching Out programme, where people can pick up tips and advice on unearthing information about their ancestors.

This month’s talk takes place twice – on Tuesday, 23 May from 6pm to 8pm, and on Thursday, 25 May, from 10am to noon.

The next session, Electoral Registers and Trade Directories, will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, 13 June and from 10am to noon on Thursday, 15 June.

Costing £10 per person, the sessions are aimed at people who have already begun tracing their family tree or who have attended one of the Record Office’s beginners’ courses.

To book, or for more information, call 03000 267 626 or email