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. 

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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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