The Real Peaky Blinders

14:45 - 15:30

Stylish and dark, the ‘Peaky Blinders’ TV series is set in the backstreets of Birmingham after 1918 and tells of the rise to power of the Shelby Gang. But behind the fictional characters are real people whose lives were just as dramatic, bloody and compelling. One of them is Billy Kimber, a Brummie and leader of the Birmingham Gang. It dominated the protection rackets of the racecourses of England and fought violently with the Sabini Gang in the infamous and bloodstained racecourse wars of the 1920s.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved

15:45 - 16:30

It’s very likely that some of your ancestors married more than once over their lifetime. But why precisely? and what can their remarriages tell us? How likely was remarriage after a bereavement, and what social and legal factors affected that decision? Was divorce an easy way out of marriage? If people committed bigamy, what were the likely consequences for all concerned?

Breaking Down Research Brick Walls

16:45 - 17:30

Tackling the barriers and blocks in your Family History research using logical search strategies, problem solving techniques e.g. Cause & Effect Analysis and creativity. The talk will be illustrated by a wide range of examples.

Celebrity Talk - Alistair McGowan

10:15 - 11:00
Experience Level: 
Beginner
Accessibility: 
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Why Pay? The top free family history web alternatives

12:15 - 13:00

These days none of us like to pay for information unless they have to. This lecture will look at some of the alternative websites that are around to help you with your research but without having to pay. However we will also cover the benefits of what extra you can get it you do pay

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Key Note and Q&A: How Technology is Changing the Family Tree

13:15 - 14:30

A description of online resources, collaborative databases, DNA, along with a look into the "crystal ball" to forecast where all this is leading.

Learn to Love your Brick walls!

14:45 - 15:30

Brick walls can be frustrating and infuriating but they also give us the opportunity to extend and improve our research skills, to explore new resources and to share ideas with new contacts. There are many ways in which researchers can tackle brick walls and this lecture would explore some of these, from fairly simple but not always obvious solutions to more complex situations and lesser-used resources. One of the highlights of family history research is that wonderful moment when a longstanding brick wall finally crumbles!

The Parish Chest

15:45 - 16:30

The Parish Chest contained a wealth of documents concerning everyday life in the parish. Many of these documents are useful to family historians and will help put your ancestors in the context of the period in which they lived. Most of these documents have never been indexed. This lecture will give those attending a brief overview of the types of documents that exist and the information that exists within them.

Using The National Archives’ Discovery Catalogue

16:45 - 17:30

Discovery, our online catalogue, is the key to the document holdings of The National Archives, and many other record offices. Since it was first introduced it has undergone many changes and refinements, and this session will show how you can make the most of its features. These include simple and advanced searches, filtering and sorting search results. This will help you make the most of Discovery in advance of a visit to Kew, or to obtain copies remotely.

Celebrity Talk - Reggie Yates

10:15 - 11:00
Experience Level: 
Beginner