What's new to AncestryDNA?

15:15 - 16:00

Millions of people have taken AncestryDNA tests to discover more about themselves and how they are connected to people and places around the world. Come learn more about what’s new and all the things YOU might discover from taking a DNA test.

I'm Stuck. Some Ideas for Solving Genealogy Problems

14:15 - 15:00

Everyone hits a brickwall sometmes and there are some useful tips and techniques that might help you progress further

Many Peoples One Birmingham Professor

13:15 - 14:00

A city of change, adaptation and inventiveness, Birmingham’s growth has not been enabled by providential physical or geographical features. Landlocked in the middle of England, it was not defensive site, whilst it has neither a navigable river nor deposits of coal or iron ore. Instead Birmingham has relied upon the talents of its people and upon the relationships they formed for its expansion into a major city.

Behind the Scenes of The Victorian Slum

12:15 - 13:00

Meet the matriarchs of the epic living history series. Mandy Howarth and Heather Potter moved their families into poverty stricken Victorian London where their genealogy became a reality. They’ll talk about what life was like in the slum, they’ll discuss their motivation, what they learned and what it means to really explore the day-to-day life of your ancestors. To put it all in context, they’ll be joined by historian Carl Chinn who also appeared in the series. 

DNA: The passport for your family history journey - How your DNA has travelled the world with your ancestors

11:15 - 12:00

Brought to you by AncestryDNA. 
“How your DNA has travelled the world with your ancestors”
Destination: You. Via: The world. Exploring the journeys your DNA and ancestors have gone on, throughout history and geography, to make you who you are today. Sir Tony Robinson looks at how both records and AncestryDNA can tell us more about the migrations of our ancestors – throughout the UK and all across the globe. 


Caroline Brown

Caroline Brown is Programme Leader for the Family History and Archive distance learning programmes offered by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee where she is also University Archivist. A graduate in history she is a Trustee of the Scottish Council on Archives and a Director of the Scottish Archive Network, and regularly lectures on archive and sources for family and local history.

The First World War - The Art of the Individual Case Study

16:15 - 17:00

Keith will draw upon the research carried out for his History Press book – A Tommy in the family – and subsequent research on over 200 sporting north east soldiers to isolate research problems and examine ways of presenting completed material. He will concentrate in particular on working online and using material available at The National Archives. The talk should be suitable for beginners as well as those who have already carried out research into First World War ancestors in the army, navy or air force.

Making the Most of The British Newspaper Archive

15:15 - 16:00

Newspapers are a crucial source for family historians.  Alongside basic genealogical information they provide context to your family’s story.  The British Newspaper Archive offers over 20 million pages of historic newspapers from all over the UK and Ireland.  In this talk Aoife O Connor explores this vast resource and shows you how to make the most of it.   This talk will give you an overview of the newspapers available on the BNA website.  You will also learn search tips and tricks and discover all of the features offered by the website. 


Tracing Family History Through the Records of Scotland’s Asylums

14:15 - 15:00

The development of a formal system of medical care for the mentally ill in Scotland from the 19th century has led to a wealth of records being created which can be invaluable sources for the study of family history. Patients were admitted to asylums for a number of reasons including depression, alcoholism and difficulties in childbirth and many recovered and were released. They left behind detailed case notes which often trace their family history and well as recording their physical and mental state. Some records contain photographs and correspondence.

Explorations in Irish Genealogy

13:15 - 14:00

Genealogy touches on related disciplines, including archaeology and genetics. Using a recent case-study, the speaker sets out key skills, strategies and some insider tips, and shows how to break down research brick-walls. Learn how how one remarkable Irish family was traced over 7 generations across Europe, Britain and Ireland.
And how the successful resolution led to a ground-breaking collaboration with medical geneticists.
(Topics discussed include: skills/ Problem-solving/ breaking down research brick walls)