A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

15:15 - 16:00

DNA is not a blueprint, but a log book, and epic sprawling saga that contains the history of humankind. With our newfound ability to read our genomes, and extract DNA from the bones of the long dead, we're just beginning to rebuild the story of humankind. The past may be a foreign country, but the maps are inside us all.

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A bastard in the tree?

14:15 - 15:00

We've all got one – some of us have several – and for many of us the secrecy that resulted from the shame of illegitimacy has created a huge barrier to research.  

This talk explores the social, legal and religious contexts that created the concept of bastardy and the various disabilities that attached to it, together with suggestions about the most productive lines of enquiry.

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ProGen - DNA and the Paper Trail: An Essential Combination

11:15 - 12:00

Brought to you by AncestryDNA. DNA testing to discover ones ancestry has exploded in popularity in the last 5 years. Coupling the DNA test results with historical and genealogical information is critical to making the most of the test results. This presentation will show examples of how professionals use the combination of DNA and documentary records to resolve genealogical questions. 

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Celebrity Guest: Sunetra Sarker

10:15 - 11:00
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How to get your Kids Interested in Genealogy

16:15 - 17:00

As the mother of an 18 year-old, getting him interested in genealogy, family history research and the results of this research has been difficult to say the least. I have some tips on how to make genealogy engaging for young people in order to get them interested and eventually pass the baton to the next generation. This includes information on using social media, video and images to pique the interest of younger people and tips on how to get them interested and involved in researching.

High Definition ancestry DNA Testing across the World Living DNA

15:15 - 16:00

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

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Laundress and charwoman; Wash day Blues…

14:15 - 15:00

The first thing women on the Mayflower did when they disembarked in America was the washing!  Laundress and charwoman was the survival employment of an impoverished widow. A social history of mangles, possers, dollies, washboards and flat irons. Soap Tax and soap making, soapwort, bleach and starch before the proprietary brands of Sunlight soap, soap and candle-makers Proctor & Gamble, and Reckitt’s blue bags. From impoverished laundress to the middle-class servant and copper to stately homes and large laundries and the arrival of washhouses following the 1844 Act.

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Civil Registration – A Registrar’s view

13:15 - 14:00

A simple birth certificate may be the first record we look at in tracing our family tree and we soon go on to collect them in great numbers together with records of marriages and deaths for many of our ancestors. But do we really understand these pieces of paper,  and the rules and processes that created them ? This talk by a former registrar, will look at interpreting the sometimes complex and hidden meanings of the wording on these most basic of family history records . (45mins)

Uncovering the 20th Century

12:15 - 13:00

With strict privacy laws governing the release of many records in the UK, what can we use to tell the stories of those ancestors who may still be in living memory? Plenty!

Join leading family history website Findmypast for a tour of school records, passenger lists, WW1, the 1939 national identity register, newspapers, electoral rolls, employment records and more in a quest to tell the story of those closest to us in the family tree.

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