Scottish Kirk Session Minutes and their use in Family History Research

11:15 - 12:00

The Kirk Session Minutes give us a vivid insight into the lives, loves and misdemeanours of the Scottish People right up to the mid-19th century. The eyes of the Minister and his Kirk Elders were everywhere, no one was immune from the discipline of the kirk. Fornication, adultery, breaches of Sabbath and absences from the kirk were all punishable offences. The Session Minutes also contain the Poor Rolls, Mortcloth records and payments for coffins, all useful at a period when few deaths were recorded in the Parish Registers

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Copyright and Family History

12:15 - 13:00

Copyright applies to photographs, diaries, paintings, film clips and many other works.  This talk will aim to cover some of the issues you might face with copyright works in your family history, including how long copyright lasts, when you might or might not need permission to use the works, and what you can do if you cannot find the right holder and would like to copy the work.  This talk will be especially useful for those considering publication of their family history.

Tracing Your Welsh Ancestors

13:15 - 14:00

This presentation is aimed for those new to genealogy in Wales, hopefully coinciding with the publication of my book on the same title by Pen & Sword. I shall be discussing how and where to access the basic sources within Wales and beyond. Mention will be given to problems researchers will encounter and how to overcome them, including issues such as patronymic naming system and Welsh place names. Mention will also be given to underused sources, some unique to Wales such as the Court of Great Sessions, the Eisteddfod and Bidding Letters.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Social and working conditions of the clothing and allied trades; tailors, dressmakers, lace and button makers

10:15 - 11:00

Many of us had ancestors who worked in the clothing trade where conditions and remuneration were often appalling; ‘slop shops’ or sweat shops were in existence since at least Samuel Pepys’ time. This talk covers the lives of these workers from contemporary sources, what they did on a daily basis, their working hours and conditions  and explores the repercussions of sewing, lace and button machines.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Tracing your ancestor in the Merchant Navy 1858 – 1918

11:15 - 12:00

A frustrating aspect of researching merchant navy ancestors is the ‘black hole’ between 1858 and 1918 when there are no records for individual seamen. This talk will examine what records there are for this period and how to access them. James will also discuss projects that are underway at The National Archives to improve access to these records.

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Irish Soldiers & Rebels: tracing WW1 and Irish revolutionary ancestors

12:15 - 13:00

The years 1912-23 saw the deaths of over 75,000 from Ireland in armed conflict, from the fields of France to the streets of Dublin. Irish men and women took arms to fight for Irish freedom, to defend the Empire and to liberate Belgium. They joined the UVF, the ICA, the Volunteers, the IRB, the IRA and other radical organisation. Possibly half a million Irish born joined the British, American, Canadian and Australian armies. This lecture will untangle the complexities of the surviving records and what you are likely to find.

Families in Context: Researching your English Ancestors and their Communities in the Early Twentieth Century

13:15 - 14:00

Many family historians neglect the C20th as being ‘too recent’, or because they already know the C20th names on their tree. There is plenty that can be done to extend our knowledge of these ancestors; ancestors who did not live in isolation. To understand our C20th relatives, they need to be ‘put in their place’ by investigating the community of which they were a part. This session is for those interested in family or local history research in this, often neglected, period.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Discovering the Lives and Experiences of our Ancestors

14:15 - 15:00

This talk discusses the amazing variety of archive and printed sources that can be used to build up a picture of the past lives and experiences of our ancestors.  Drawing upon the rich collections of Surrey History Centre, it will show how early illustrations, the Gentleman’s Magazine, parish correspondence, quarter sessions papers, institutional records, personal letters and diaries can vividly illustrate the personal experiences of ‘ordinary’ people.

Discovering medieval descents : The Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project and beyond : a case study in the use of sources for medieval genealogy and of genetic genealogy

16:15 - 17:00

The Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project studied the lives, families and heraldry of 17 participants in the Battle, as well as showing how genetic genealogy could substantiate medieval descents for some individuals who lack the documentary evidence. The application of the methodologies used in the Project is now being extended.

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Tracing your European Ancestors

10:15 - 11:00

A broad overview enabling research in Europe. A continent spanning more than thirty countries and has been subjected to wars, political unrest and border changes. Europe is a Continent with different languages, cultures and religions, all of which play a part in family history research. This presentation looks at the obstacles and pitfalls a researcher may