The British India Army in World War 1

12:15 - 13:00

The second largest army in the British Empire in 1914 was that of British India. It supported the Allies in all theatres, Western Front, Egypt-Palestine, Gallipoli, East Africa and, particularly, in Mesopotamia. Peter will focus his talk on the operations in Mesopotamia and subsequent operations in Persia. He will describe the Nature of the Indian Army of the time, together with the records of the Europeans and Indians who led the army though to participate in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Scottish Baptismal Names; understanding the role of baptismal names, name variants and spelling variations in Scottish Records. How can these help (or hinder) your research?

13:15 - 14:00

Baptismal name variants are the cause of frequent confusion when searching for ancestors - the name used in a late 19th century census

The Letter of the Law: legislation for family historians

14:15 - 15:00

The records which we use to research our family history are largely the result of a variety of Acts of Parliament. A good understanding of the legislation behind the census returns, parish registers and civil registration records (and many more) can make an enormous difference when it comes to interpreting the information left behind by our ancestors. This talk will look at the major pieces of legislation from Thomas Cromwell

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The Psychology of Brick Walls

15:15 - 16:00

Everyone has them-an end point in their family history which seems impossible to break through no matter how many experts are asked and sources are searched. What are the different types of blockages we encounter? Does every type of blockage have a solution? How can we improve our chances of success through better research skills? To what extent is our mindset an issue in the search? Is it ever advisable to abandon the search? Come to the talk and prepare to leave unsettled, but wiser.

AncestryDNA – a new revolution in family history research

14:15 - 15:00

Join Brad Argent from Ancestry as he explores the results of his AncestryDNA test, explains how this groundbreaking genetic test works and discusses how DNA can revolutionise your family history research and connect you with living relatives today.

Birmingham Coroners' Records

10:15 - 11:00

Despite their grim contents Coroners’ Inquest documents can provide a real insight into the everyday lives of our ancestors and their families. Discover, through examples from the rich collection of Birmingham Archives, how these records can allow our relatives to come to life through the statements and evidence of family members, neighbours or workmates. Whether the verdict was Act of God, accidental death, murder or suicide the background details tell us as much about the deceased’s life as they reveal about their death.

The Joy of Surnames

11:15 - 12:00

Surnames provide a fascinating insight into the past, and each surname has its own story to tell. This lecture will provide an overview of the history and distribution of surnames with a particular focus on surnames originating in the British Isles. The methodology of a one-name study will be reviewed. The one-name study approach can sometimes provide breakthroughs that would not be possible by restricting research to your own family tree.

Tracing Huguenot Ancestry

12:15 - 13:00

An estimated 60,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) came to England in the 1680s and many others went to Ireland. This talk will cover their history and records with a simple survey of what can be done in France.

Place of Birth Ireland: How do find out more?

13:15 - 14:00

Over the centuries, one of Ireland’s greatest exports has been its people.  This has taken many guises be it voluntarily to travel the world, to explore seeking fame and fortune, economic migrants, trade, colonise, govern or forcibly transported, to fight or to garrison some far off settlement.   It is estimated that there are over one million people of Irish birth in Britain today, plus numerous second, third or fourth generation Irish.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Researching your Jewish Ancestors

14:15 - 15:00

This lecture will cover the main sources of material that can be used to research Jewish families in the UK. Special emphasis will be given to records specific to Jewish research as well as other materials of more general interest to immigrant families. Some guidance will be given on extending your research into countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Holocaust materials. The special challenges of Jewish naming conventions and Border changes will also be considered.

Experience Level: 
Beginner