John Hanson

John was a Systems Specialist in the banking industry before taking early retirement in 2001. He has been researching his family history for the past 35 years and has used computers and the Internet for his research since their early days. His specialities are Civil Registration and the census and was the author of “Getting the best from the 1911 census”
He now writes and lectures on family history and was made a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists in 2005 for “Services to Genealogy”

A Quick Guide to Getting Started

10:40 - 11:00

Are you new to family history research? Have you just started your research? Then this short and snappy presentation is for you. Presented by Robert Parker who has been tracing his ancestors for over 20 years this presentation will tell you everything you need to bear in mind during your research. The Top Tips for success that will stand you in good stead for years to come.


Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon has been immersed in British military history from a young age and is thankful that, as a teenager, he hopped onto his bicycle and scoured the old people’s homes of Chelmsford (where he lived), and Loughborough (where he studied), looking for First World War veterans to interview. Today, he is the (alleged) military expert at Findmypast and an avid enthusiast for, and collector of, all things military. The last time he checked, he was happily married and the father of three children. 

Myko Clelland

Findmypast's resident family historian regularly discusses family history on television, radio & in print and has been seen the length of Britain, Europe, North America and Australia with over 150 presentations as a genealogy speaker and presenter under his belt, sharing an infectious passion for family history everywhere from national institutions, events and universities to regional archives & local family history groups. Postgraduate educated in family history and always keen to solve a genealogical problem, he’s never far from a library or archive!

Aoife O Connor

Aoife O Connor (from Find My Past) is Data Delivery Manager for The British Newspaper Archive.  In her work Aoife oversees the digitisation of newspapers from the holdings of the British Library.  Aoife is also a PhD candidate with the University of Sheffield.  Her studies are focused on the use of the records of the historic criminal justice system by family historians.   

Parish Chest Records

16:15 - 17:00

Parish Records aren't just about registers of christenings, marriages and burials There is much more and can be as diverse as early census extracts, pauper examinations, bastardy bonds, parish apprenticeships, militia lists and churchwardens’ accounts. Covering several centuries they can provide real glimpses into rural village life but they can also provide rich genealogical detail and help to track movements of agricultural labourers and domestic servants.

Why Pay? – The Top Free Genealogy Website Alternatives

15:15 - 16:00

These days none of us like to pay for information unless we have to. This lecture will look at some of the alternative websites that are around to help you with your research but without having to pay. However we will also cover the benefits of what extra you can get if you do pay

The Digital Revolution in Irish Genealogy

14:15 - 15:00

Once upon a time Irish genealogy was considered impossible, but all that has changed. True, its still difficult, but thanks to the work of archives, libraries, commercial companies and volunteer groups there are now over 140 million records online. They include traditional sources like BMDs, census and church records. But also census substitutes like the land valuation and tax records. Entirely new classes of records have been trail-blazed in Ireland, like magistrate court registers, rebel and poverty records, and much more.

Delving into Workhouse Records Sylvia Valentine

13:15 - 14:00

Family historians often think of workhouse records chiefly in terms of the admission or discharge of an ancestor. However the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 created a bureaucratic system for the management of local poor law unions. Not all records have survived, but those which do frequently name individuals with a connection to the workhouse, including suppliers of goods and services, absconding parents, unofficial adoptions of children, workhouse employees and “the great and the good” who oversaw day to day management.


High Definition Ancestry DNA Testing in the UK Living DNA

12:15 - 13:00

Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the ultra high definition methods that allow our team to not only pinpoint your ancestry into 21 regions of the UK but also discover how we let you explore your ancestry at different points in history. Discover how each wave of migration has affected your ancestors and understand how this tool is proving incredibly useful for family history reserach. During the talk we will also address the important issue of privacy and security of your genetic information