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.

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The Real Peaky Blinders

14:45 - 15:30

Stylish and dark, the ‘Peaky Blinders’ TV series is set in the backstreets of Birmingham after 1918 and tells of the rise to power of the Shelby Gang. But behind the fictional characters are real people whose lives were just as dramatic, bloody and compelling. One of them is Billy Kimber, a Brummie and leader of the Birmingham Gang. It dominated the protection rackets of the racecourses of England and fought violently with the Sabini Gang in the infamous and bloodstained racecourse wars of the 1920s.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Breaking Down Research Brick Walls

16:45 - 17:30

Tackling the barriers and blocks in your Family History research using logical search strategies, problem solving techniques e.g. Cause & Effect Analysis and creativity. The talk will be illustrated by a wide range of examples.

Parish Registers - on and off line

12:15 - 13:00

Parish registers are the most important genealogy source before the census years. This talk will explain what information they hold and how they can be used to take your family history further

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Tracing Your Birmingham Ancestors

12:15 - 13:00

Birmingham, the cradle of the industrial revolution and the world’s first manufacturing town, is an important focus for many family historians who will find that their trail leads through it. Local researcher Mike Sharpe will look at the challenges of researching in Birmingham and present some of the key archives and sources for genealogical records. He will also show how key themes in the city’s history, such as migration, strong Roman Catholic and non-conformist traditions, and the rise of manufacturing, are reflected in genealogical records.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Tracing Your Black Country Ancestors

13:15 - 14:00

This talk tells the story of the Black Country region of the midlands during the Great War. And will cover subjects such as the Zeppelin raid in 1916; food and feeding the Black Country; the massive change to the role of women during the war; the industrial situation and how the Black Country came to look like one big munitions factory. It will look briefly on the flu pandemic as it affected us; and subjects such as how we accepted Belgian refugees during the war.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Research Through Case Studies

14:15 - 15:00

As is Keith’s wont, discussion will be prompted through a series of case studies to reflect the broad nature of research possible. These will be supported by pictorial evidence and time will be left to discuss individual enquiries.

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.

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Celebrity Talk - Alistair McGowan

10:15 - 11:00
Experience Level: 
Beginner
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