Nifty & Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis & Documentation

11:15 - 12:00

This presentation will discuss and demonstrate VERY cool tools for genealogical analysis and documentation, including language translation tools, timelines, timelines with maps, genograms, mindmaps, and video capture tools. You will learn about language translation tools like OmniPage (for OCR) and Google Translate. Ron will discuss timeline tools, including Dipity.com, Treelines.com, Tiki-Toki.com, and Aeion Timeline. He will discuss timeline products that work with maps, including: AniMaps.com and MyHistro.com.

Tracing your ancestor in the Merchant Navy 1858 – 1918

11:15 - 12:00

A frustrating aspect of researching merchant navy ancestors is the ‘black hole’ between 1858 and 1918 when there are no records for individual seamen. This talk will examine what records there are for this period and how to access them. James will also discuss projects that are underway at The National Archives to improve access to these records.

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Irish Soldiers & Rebels: tracing WW1 and Irish revolutionary ancestors

12:15 - 13:00

The years 1912-23 saw the deaths of over 75,000 from Ireland in armed conflict, from the fields of France to the streets of Dublin. Irish men and women took arms to fight for Irish freedom, to defend the Empire and to liberate Belgium. They joined the UVF, the ICA, the Volunteers, the IRB, the IRA and other radical organisation. Possibly half a million Irish born joined the British, American, Canadian and Australian armies. This lecture will untangle the complexities of the surviving records and what you are likely to find.

Families in Context: Researching your English Ancestors and their Communities in the Early Twentieth Century

13:15 - 14:00

Many family historians neglect the C20th as being ‘too recent’, or because they already know the C20th names on their tree. There is plenty that can be done to extend our knowledge of these ancestors; ancestors who did not live in isolation. To understand our C20th relatives, they need to be ‘put in their place’ by investigating the community of which they were a part. This session is for those interested in family or local history research in this, often neglected, period.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Discovering the Lives and Experiences of our Ancestors

14:15 - 15:00

This talk discusses the amazing variety of archive and printed sources that can be used to build up a picture of the past lives and experiences of our ancestors.  Drawing upon the rich collections of Surrey History Centre, it will show how early illustrations, the Gentleman’s Magazine, parish correspondence, quarter sessions papers, institutional records, personal letters and diaries can vividly illustrate the personal experiences of ‘ordinary’ people.

Discovering medieval descents : The Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project and beyond : a case study in the use of sources for medieval genealogy and of genetic genealogy

16:15 - 17:00

The Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project studied the lives, families and heraldry of 17 participants in the Battle, as well as showing how genetic genealogy could substantiate medieval descents for some individuals who lack the documentary evidence. The application of the methodologies used in the Project is now being extended.

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The Joy of Surnames

11:15 - 12:00

Surnames provide a fascinating insight into the past, and each surname has its own story to tell. This lecture will provide an overview of the history and distribution of surnames with a particular focus on surnames originating in the British Isles. The methodology of a one-name study will be reviewed. The one-name study approach can sometimes provide breakthroughs that would not be possible by restricting research to your own family tree.

Tracing Huguenot Ancestry

12:15 - 13:00

An estimated 60,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) came to England in the 1680s and many others went to Ireland. This talk will cover their history and records with a simple survey of what can be done in France.

Place of Birth Ireland: How do find out more?

13:15 - 14:00

Over the centuries, one of Ireland’s greatest exports has been its people.  This has taken many guises be it voluntarily to travel the world, to explore seeking fame and fortune, economic migrants, trade, colonise, govern or forcibly transported, to fight or to garrison some far off settlement.   It is estimated that there are over one million people of Irish birth in Britain today, plus numerous second, third or fourth generation Irish.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Researching your Jewish Ancestors

14:15 - 15:00

This lecture will cover the main sources of material that can be used to research Jewish families in the UK. Special emphasis will be given to records specific to Jewish research as well as other materials of more general interest to immigrant families. Some guidance will be given on extending your research into countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Holocaust materials. The special challenges of Jewish naming conventions and Border changes will also be considered.

Experience Level: 
Beginner