How Far Did Your Ancestor Travel Before the Railways?

15:15 - 16:00

The advent of affordable rail travel in the mid-nineteenth century meant migration within the UK increased significantly among our ancestors. But just how far and how frequently did they travel before this and could this migration be the root cause of many researchers hitting so many brick walls in their research?

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Surrey in the Great War - Sources, History and Remembrance

16:15 - 17:00

Was your ancestor in Surrey during the Great War? Did they serve in a Surrey regiment or are they recorded on a Surrey memorial? This talk will explore the wide range of Great War resources available at Surrey History Centre. It will also provide an overview of how Surrey was affected by the conflict and the impact the county had on the wider war effort. The talk will also show how the county is remembering the men and women who were caught up in the war, both at the Front and at home.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Reaching the Holy Grail in Genetic Genealogy: From Genome to Home Village

10:15 - 11:00

The search for a method that utilizes biological information to predict humans’ place of origin has occupied scientists for millennia. Over the past four decades, scientists have employed genetic data to address this question with limited success. Geographic Population Structure (GPS) is the most accurate biogeographic tool that analyses your autosomal DNA data and predicts your most recent geographical origin with a resolution of up to 1,000 years. This origin may be the village, city, or country where your DNA was formed by the combination of several gene pools.