Traps, tips, tools and tricks: Getting the best from

14:15 - 15:00
FamilySearch is the world’s largest genealogy organisation. Millions use its free records and resources to discover their family history. Access is free through and 4,600 family history centres worldwide. 
Using can be a very productive resource for your research. This presentation will focus on getting the very best from, exploring
Traps for the unwary researcher
Tips for effective research using different approaches
New tools and research techniques
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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?

Tackling your London genealogy "brick walls"

16:45 - 17:30

Rosemary will use examples from both her own family history research and that of her clients, to show how to break down your ondon brick walls, by using a variety of different techniques, including thinking outside the box, understanding some of the more unusual record sources and cross-checking different source materials. Rosemary's talk will cover brick walls such as people missing from the census, missing birth and death records, name changes, changes of occupation, no marriage found for parents etc.

Family History Scrapbooking

14:15 - 15:00

My presentation will show how to pass down your family history in an interesting way. How to create an heirloom that families will treasure for generations to come. I will show how to display your research, family tree/s, images, mementoes and stories in a Family History Scrapbook My aim is to inspire people to display their family history by creating a family history scrapbook.

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Preserving tomorrow’s history today: writing your family history book is vital for future generations (including genealogists)

16:15 - 17:00

If current fashions don’t change the outlook for genealogists in the 22nd century could be extremely bleak.  The popularity of Facebook and Twitter will reduce the amount of content rich material available in the future and a techno-centred world is fraught with danger: forgotten passwords, closed accounts and corrupted computer files.   If we’re not careful the only records of life at the beginning of the 21st century will be the memoirs of Wayne Rooney or Katie Price.

Everyday Care and Conservation

12:15 - 13:00

Everyone has priceless Family History items, whether it is their own original Birth Certificate, a Family Bible, faded Sampler, creased photograph, cine film, video or digital image of a new baby. Libraries and Archives have skilled Conservators, specialist equipment, guidelines, policies and dedicated storage space. So what can the everyday Family History enthusiast really achieve to protect and preserve their own treasured items? What

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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.


Birmingham Occupations

11:15 - 12:00
In the 19th Century Birmingham became known as "The City of a Thousand Trades".  This talk will explore the rise - and demise - of some of the predominant ones, including jewellery, pens, brass, buttons and guns.  It will show how to find records of these trades and provide an insight into the working conditions of people who worked in them.
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Reading Industrial Communities

13:15 - 14:00

More than anything, the Industrial Revolution witnessed dramatic developments in the production and use of both natural and synthetic materials. The significance of these developments is that they enabled a huge leap to take place in the scale of human endeavour. Based on water and steam power, the new technologies created new skills as they destroyed old ones. Factory, foundry, mill and mine, each evolved a complex hierarchy, based on ownership, expertise, dexterity or danger.