David Langrish

David Langrish is a Records Specialist in the military, Maritime and Transport team at The National Archives. Previously graduated from the University of Kent in War Studies back in 2009.

Audrey Collins

Audrey Collins joined The National Archives in 2002, and currently holds the post of Family History Specialist within the Public History Team. Her wide-ranging interests include the background to Civil Registration, the history of the retail trade, and research in newspapers and periodicals. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events in the UK and overseas.

Brad Argent and Catherine Ball, Vice President, Genomics and Bioinformatics at Ancestry

Brad Argent from Ancestry is a keen family historian and often appears in the media discussing the fascinating world of family history. Catherine is a genomic scientist who leads a group of population geneticists, statisticians and computer scientists that created AncestryDNA.   

AncestryDNA – a new revolution in family history research

16:15 - 17:00

Join actor and historian Sir Tony Robinson 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.

Sir Tony Robinson and Catherine Ball, Vice President, Genomics and Bioinformatics at Ancestry

Sir Tony Robinson is an English actor, author, historian and TV presenter, known for playing Baldrick in Blackadder and presenting Time Team. Catherine is a genomic scientist who leads a group of population geneticists, statisticians and computer scientists that created AncestryDNA.

Dick Eastman

Dick Eastman has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years. He has worked in the computer industry for more than 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions. By the early 1970s, Dick was already using a mainframe computer to enter his family data on punch cards. He built his first home computer in 1980. Today, he publishes a daily genealogy newsletter read by more than 75,000 genealogists around the world.
 

Case Studies in Genetic Genealogy

15:15 - 16:00
23andMe regularly hears stories from customers who have made discoveries about their genetic family and genealogy through 23andMe. This presentation seeks to demonstrate to those interested in Genetic Genealogy how those discoveries were made, and how one might go about using DNA results to address specific genealogical questions. Are you adopted and looking for biological relatives?  Would you like to confirm a suspected family relationship? Or do you want to better understand from where in the world your ancestors hail?

Joanna Mountain

Joanna Mountain is a geneticist with a passion for ancestry genetics and genetic genealogy. She was born in England and traces her ancestry back to England, Ireland, and Scotland.  She received her PhD in Genetics (with a focus on Human population Genetics) from Stanford University. She currently represents 23andMe, a personal genomics company that provides genetic data and tools for exploring one’s ancestry, genealogy, and health.

Dr Gill Draper

Dr Gill Draper is the Events and Development Officer for the British Association for Local History. She teaches local and landscape history for the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church Uni, and is a convenor of the Locality and Region seminar, University of London. Her research and publications cover the eighth to the nineteenth centuries. but at heart she is a medievalist! Gill is keen to help people find and read the documents and sources of all periods which will open up the lives of their ancestors.

Our Ancestors' Homes; Tracing Your House History

15:15 - 16:00

Discover the main resources to find out where your ancestors lived and trace the history of your own home. Find out which documents can be used to build a picture of what homes looked like in the past inside and out. Discover how to find out who lived in a building at different points in time and when, how and why it was built.

Experience Level: 
Beginner
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