The Society of Genealogists Online Data

10:15 - 10:40

The Society of Genealogists is currntly making its unique and special collections available for members to use online. From rare books to detailed ocupational records there may well be useful materialfor you. And you can start surname searching for free!

Five top tips to finding that elusive WW2 ancestor

16:40 - 17:00

Interested in finding out what your parents or grandparents did during the Second World War? Join us for five simple tips on getting started with this research. Discover where their service records and medal rolls are to be found and how you can work out what exactly they did (rather what they told you they did). We’ll also look at service on the Home Front.

Land Tax Assessments in a Nutshell

16:15 - 16:35

This 20 minute illustrated presentation will introduce this source, explain what information is given, who is listed and how useful it is to family historians. The location of records will be explored and finding aids described. Examples will be shown for several counties. Finally sources for additional information on the Assessments will be given.

Country Bumkins! Researching Rural Ancestors

15:40 - 16:00

Most of our ancestors lived in rual parishes. Here are some quick tips to establish where they lived, who they worked for and what they got up to.

Townies -Ancestors in Small Market Towns.

15:15 - 15:35

By the middle of the 19th century half the population lived in towns. Large industrial cities were growing fastest, and dominate our view of urban life. But throughout the country many people continued to live in small towns, with long histories as markets for the surrounding agricultural areas and as centres of food processing, trades and activities such as education and entertainment.  This short talk will provide six pointers to help you find out more about your ancestors who lived in these fascinating places.

Learning to Read Old Handwriting Online

12:40 - 13:00

Are you struggling to read original records? Improve your skills and impress your research friends by learning scripts from different time periods using online exercises. You’ll tune up an essential ability and have fun at the same time.  Some of the materials change regularly, so you can keep your edge by revisiting the site to do a different exercise. What are you waiting for?  A nod will be given to reading foreign language sources as well as Englis

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.