Genealogy Databases and Beyond: Search Techniques for Family Historians

10:15 - 11:00

This presentation will firstly look at search techniques for use with standard genealogy databases such as Ancestry and Findmypast and then move beyond these to examine other very useful websites. The focus will be on how search techniques can be applied to online newspaper archives, archives of digitized books and journals, archive and library catalogues and even consider searching for DNA test results.

True Brummies: Birmingham Research before 1837

16:15 - 17:00

Birmingham expanded tremendously during the 19th century. ‘True Brummies’ can trace their roots in the town well before this time. Professional researcher Mike Sharpe (a True Brummie) will outline Birmingham’s development during the Georgian and early Victorian periods, explaining how it was one of the finest Regency towns in Britain. He will look at key sources available to help break down brickwalls in your Birmingham research before 1837.

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The Ones That Got Away: Tracing Elusive English Ancestors

15:15 - 16:00

Sooner or later, all genealogists encounter elusive family members: those who appear as if from nowhere; those who disappear without trace and those who vanish for a long period, only to re-emerge later. Ancestors who lurk, parentless, in the top branches of your family tree, or who are apparently still alive at the age of 160, are likely to be migrants. This talk describes many research paths to follow and sources to consult, in your quest for that migrant ancestor. These suggestions help to break down the brick walls that mobile ancestors often leave in their wake.

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Parish Registers Online

14:15 - 15:00

Parish registers are the most important resource for family history before the start of civil registration in 1837, and there are increasing numbers of indexes, transcriptions  and images online. This talk will survey the wide range available, both free and commercial, for all parts of the British Isles, and look at how to find out whether the registers for a particular parish are online. We will also discuss the great advantages and the significant shortcomings of these resources, to help you make the most of them.

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Collections and Irish Records

13:15 - 14:00

Brought to you by AncestryDNA. With over 60 million records Ancestry offers an amazing opportunity to dig into your Irish roots. 

Celebrity Talk - Behind the Scenes of Danny Dyer's Episode

12:15 - 13:00

Meet the team behind Danny Dyer’s extraordinary episode of WDYTYA?.  They’ll reveal the surprising twists and turns that Danny’s research took, from his working-class roots in London’s East End to a stately home and the heart of the Tudor Court.  

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Introduction to AncestryDNA

11:15 - 12:00

Brought to you by AncestryDNA. Learn about how an AncestryDNA test can advance your Family History research, help you connect with relatives all over the world and reveal where your ancestors came from.

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Celebrity Talk - Behind the Scenes of Danny Dyer's Episode

10:15 - 11:00

Meet the team behind Danny Dyer’s extraordinary episode of WDYTYA?.  They’ll reveal the surprising twists and turns that Danny’s research took, from his working-class roots in London’s East End to a stately home and the heart of the Tudor Court.  

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Graham Walter

Researching the south of England and Wales for those elusive ancestors. I am an IT manager with Nissan and Renault in the UK and a professional member of the British Computer Society.
As one of the Society of Genealogists "Census Detectives", I attend various family history fairs and society open days showing people how to make use of online services for their family history research.

Sylvia Valentine

Sylvia started researching family history in the 1970s, since retiring has pursued her interest in family history. She graduated in 2016 with an MLitt in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She run a small research company Recover Your Roots. Sylvia has recently started to tutor online vocational family history courses on behalf of the Centre for Archives and Information Studies  (CAIS) University of Dundee. Sylvia tweets as @historylady2013 and is a regular contributor to #Ancestryhour