How Far Did Your Ancestor Travel Before the Railways?

15:15 - 16:00

The advent of affordable rail travel in the mid-nineteenth century meant migration within the UK increased significantly among our ancestors. But just how far and how frequently did they travel before this and could this migration be the root cause of many researchers hitting so many brick walls in their research?

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Surrey in the Great War - Sources, History and Remembrance

16:15 - 17:00

Was your ancestor in Surrey during the Great War? Did they serve in a Surrey regiment or are they recorded on a Surrey memorial? This talk will explore the wide range of Great War resources available at Surrey History Centre. It will also provide an overview of how Surrey was affected by the conflict and the impact the county had on the wider war effort. The talk will also show how the county is remembering the men and women who were caught up in the war, both at the Front and at home.

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The Patchwork of a Woman

10:15 - 11:00

While women can be identified in many standard sources used by family and local historians, locating the details of their lives can be more challenging. In this talk I will suggest some less familiar materials, which are available around the country, to add colour and texture to the experiences of your female ancestors. Women often had interesting and varied roles in their communities, if only we can find them.

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What's Been Done Before? Finding Pedigrees Online and at the Society of Genealogists

11:15 - 12:00

With so many people tracing their family history it’s quite possible something may already have been published on the family you are interested in or a cousin may also be working on the line. This talk will introduce sources both off and on-line that might be useful to look for your surnames.

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Why Pay? The top free family history web alternatives

12:15 - 13:00

These days none of us like to pay for information unless they have to. This lecture will look at some of the alternative websites that are around to help you with your research but without having to pay. However we will also cover the benefits of what extra you can get it you do pay

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Key Note and Q&A: How Technology is Changing the Family Tree

13:15 - 14:30

A description of online resources, collaborative databases, DNA, along with a look into the "crystal ball" to forecast where all this is leading.

Learn to Love your Brick walls!

14:45 - 15:30

Brick walls can be frustrating and infuriating but they also give us the opportunity to extend and improve our research skills, to explore new resources and to share ideas with new contacts. There are many ways in which researchers can tackle brick walls and this lecture would explore some of these, from fairly simple but not always obvious solutions to more complex situations and lesser-used resources. One of the highlights of family history research is that wonderful moment when a longstanding brick wall finally crumbles!

The Parish Chest

15:45 - 16:30

The Parish Chest contained a wealth of documents concerning everyday life in the parish. Many of these documents are useful to family historians and will help put your ancestors in the context of the period in which they lived. Most of these documents have never been indexed. This lecture will give those attending a brief overview of the types of documents that exist and the information that exists within them.

Using The National Archives’ Discovery Catalogue

16:45 - 17:30

Discovery, our online catalogue, is the key to the document holdings of The National Archives, and many other record offices. Since it was first introduced it has undergone many changes and refinements, and this session will show how you can make the most of its features. These include simple and advanced searches, filtering and sorting search results. This will help you make the most of Discovery in advance of a visit to Kew, or to obtain copies remotely.

Reaching the Holy Grail in Genetic Genealogy: From Genome to Home Village

10:15 - 11:00

The search for a method that utilizes biological information to predict humans’ place of origin has occupied scientists for millennia. Over the past four decades, scientists have employed genetic data to address this question with limited success. Geographic Population Structure (GPS) is the most accurate biogeographic tool that analyses your autosomal DNA data and predicts your most recent geographical origin with a resolution of up to 1,000 years. This origin may be the village, city, or country where your DNA was formed by the combination of several gene pools.