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Rocha Brava

Carvoeiro, Portugal

Discover your roots

Posted by Luci Ackers on Mar 09, 2016
Discover your roots

Peter Calver was the brains behind LostCousins, a family history website that allows its users to research their family tree. The website has been running since 2003 and now has over 90,000 users.

With his ongoing goal being to bring people together, Calver decided to set up a course at Rocha Brava, a stunning resort in the Algarve, for those who are interested in learning more about family history. 'Genealogy in the Sunshine' will be entering its fourth year in 2017 and runs for a week in the spring when there will be five days' worth of workshops and talks.

Here at Rocha Brava, we're really proud to be the hosts of this interesting course, and know from past experience just how much the guests enjoy it. You can find out how to stay at Rocha Brava yourself here.

Each year Calver organises for key speakers, who are experts in their field, to come and give an insight into the world of genetics. Last year welcomed Else Churchill from the Society of Genealogists, Chris Paton, a professional historian and writer, and Dr. Debbie Kennett, author and Honorary Research Associate at the University Collage London. These were just three speakers among an incredible line up.

In 2015 about 100 people took part all together, including guests, partners of guests and speakers. The talks covered everything from how to go about conducting your own research and interpreting your ancestors' history, to famous case studies such as the skeleton of Richard III in the Leicester car park, or information on writing articles.

As well as the formal talks, the week also plays host to panel sessions and informal chats and activities, giving everyone the opportunity to get involved and ask questions, rounding off in a fun end-of-course-dinner at Rocha Brava's on-site restaurant O'farol. With such a large group taking part each year it's a really sociable experience for all, as well as an incredibly informative one. And there are a number of social events over the course of the week for everyone to get together and get to know one another.

Participants to the course are welcome to come with a partner or come on their own, there's no restrictions whatsoever. There are both villas and apartments available at Rocha Brava in a range of sizes, and the resort itself is a magnificent place for a holiday. It is situated in Portugal's Algarve region just a short distance from the coast and seaside town of Carvoeiro. The weather can already be creeping up come the spring so take advantage of Rocha Brava's swimming pools and tennis courts.

Find out how to stay here yourself by simply filling in your details at the bottom of the page.


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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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