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Researching family history: Welcome

Was your ancestor a teacher? This guide might help you trace them

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The history of the provision of education and teacher training is a complex subject and discovering more about your ancestor’s schooling or their career as a teacher can prove difficult. However the records of educational organisations, such as schools, professional bodies and unions, can contain valuable information for family historians, particularly from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. This guide provides a general overview of the types of records available - both here at the Institute of Education Archives and in other archive services - to help you get started with your search.      

IOE demonstration school

Photograph of an Institute of Education demonstration school


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