Celebrity Guest Eric Knowles- Become Your Own Heirloom Detective

10:15 - 11:00

For many years Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles has helped visitors to Who Do You Think You Are? Live explore their family treasures. In this talk he shares tips on how you can become your own detective. 

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Don't Believe Everything You Read - Or Hear!

13:15 - 14:00
Is that family story leading you astray?
 
Find out how your brickwall can be overcome by looking more critically at the information you have. Learn how to recognise potential pitfalls in those certificates and censuses.  Take another look at the family story that has been passed down and find ways of checking the ‘facts’.

How to Spot a Nonconformist

16:15 - 17:00

Our ancestors disappear from the Anglican parish registers in alarming regularity because they choose to worship elsewhere.   How can you spot a nonconformist? What clues do they leave behind? The presentation provides examples of clues a nonconformist will drop and explains how to conduct effective research into a particular nonconformist faith.

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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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Outside the Law? Illegitimacy 1700-1987

16:15 - 17:00

This talk explains the concepts of legitimacy and legitimation and the legal and social implications for children born outside marriage. It shows what family historians can expect to find recorded in parish or civil records, and – drawing on large-scale cohort studies – what inferences can be drawn from what is or is not recorded.  

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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.