Making Census of the Census. Where do you think they were? "Facts", "Data" and the Real World

15:15 - 16:00
Censuses Returns -- a key resource for genealogical research, but one which can, perhaps, be perceived as just ‘data’ to be mined for ‘facts’. These records have the potential to reveal far more : deductions can be made, and conclusions drawn, about the circumstances of individuals and families, the places they lived, the paths they took ...
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The First World War: From Mass Grave to Named Grave (The Fromelles Genealogy Project)

16:15 - 17:00

In May 2008 250 WWI soldiers were uncovered in a mass grave in France. This led to the instigation of a ground-breaking project to discover who these men were via DNA testing, anthropological study and genealogical research. This presentation will talk about the project and specifically how genealogical work has so far helped to identify 144 of those men and give them named graves in the first military cemetery to be built in France in over 50 years. It will also tell some of their stories and give a brief overview of how to trace WW1 soldiers and DNA-appropriate relatives.

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My Ancestor came from Birmingham

14:15 - 15:00

This talk will include a brief outline of Birmingham’s history and explain how its growth and development affects research concerning ancestors who came from Birmingham.  It will demonstrate the wide range of sources available and provide a guide to locating, accessing and making the best use of them.

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Overcoming trench walls

13:15 - 14:00

On the surface researching men who served in the First World War is easy. And so often it is. But there are numerous shell holes that could trap the unwary. Based on over a decade of researching soldiers, sailors and airmen this lecture will suggest various research strategies that can help if you have got tangled up in genealogical barbed wire. Have you used parish magazines or probate calendars? And what are Silver War Badges and regimental histories? And, above all, what to do if your ancestor isn

Who will you find in the Registry of Deeds in Dublin?

14:15 - 15:00

The Registry of Deeds in Dublin is under-used by family historians because these records are mistakenly viewed as documenting only a small narrow elite at the top of Irish society. In this paper I challenge key assumptions about these records. Contrary to popular opinion, these are the records of the Irish middle-classes for all denominations, in town and country. Coverage extends far beyond land-transactions. These deeds were intended to protect all tangible assets within families (wills, family trusts & marriage settlements, deeds of separation), and between business partners.

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Your family research as a novel?

15:15 - 16:00

Writing a novel can be an enthralling way to bring your family research alive. You have to make decisions about how your forebears acted and spoke, and you have to both understand and recreate them in an engaging way for people who know nothing about them. You also need interesting real-life events as a touchstone for your plot. But if you do it right, then for a short while you can perhaps bring your ancestors back to life. Genealogist Simon Wills shares his experience of writing his successful first novel

Searching First World War Unit War Diaries at The National Archives

11:15 - 12:00

This talk will look at British Army unit war diaries from the First World War, which provide a day-by-day account of where each Army unit was and what was happening around them. The talks aims to explore the information which researchers can find within the collection; how to search the collection; and to highlight the increasing number which are now available to download from Discovery, The National Archives online catalogue.


Finding Nonconformist records online

12:15 - 13:00

This talk will look at websites that contain nonconformist records such as FamilySearch and BMD registers as well as useful sites for historical background and information about nonconformity.

Civil Registration and census Indexes?

14:45 - 15:30

It can be totally frustrating to have a name that you cannot find in the Civil Registration or Census Indexes for England and Wales. This lecture will explore the process that was used to create the indexes as well as showing by examples and the use of other sites how you can the missing ones.

I've Lost My Ancestor Before 1837. Where Did He Come From?

15:45 - 16:30

So often our ancestor's trail before 1837 goes cold because, although we may find his marriage and burial in the registers of a particular parish, there is no likely baptism for him in that parish or in neighbouring parishes. You may have found a potential baptism for him many miles away but how do you proceed? Should you consider the distant baptism as a possibility? If so how can you determine whether or not it is the right one and how can you be sure you have checked all the relevant records?