Parish Chest Records

16:15 - 17:00

Parish Records aren't just about registers of christenings, marriages and burials There is much more and can be as diverse as early census extracts, pauper examinations, bastardy bonds, parish apprenticeships, militia lists and churchwardens’ accounts. Covering several centuries they can provide real glimpses into rural village life but they can also provide rich genealogical detail and help to track movements of agricultural labourers and domestic servants.

Why Pay? – The Top Free Genealogy Website Alternatives

15:15 - 16:00

These days none of us like to pay for information unless we 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 if you do pay

The Digital Revolution in Irish Genealogy

14:15 - 15:00

Once upon a time Irish genealogy was considered impossible, but all that has changed. True, its still difficult, but thanks to the work of archives, libraries, commercial companies and volunteer groups there are now over 140 million records online. They include traditional sources like BMDs, census and church records. But also census substitutes like the land valuation and tax records. Entirely new classes of records have been trail-blazed in Ireland, like magistrate court registers, rebel and poverty records, and much more.

Delving into Workhouse Records Sylvia Valentine

13:15 - 14:00

Family historians often think of workhouse records chiefly in terms of the admission or discharge of an ancestor. However the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 created a bureaucratic system for the management of local poor law unions. Not all records have survived, but those which do frequently name individuals with a connection to the workhouse, including suppliers of goods and services, absconding parents, unofficial adoptions of children, workhouse employees and “the great and the good” who oversaw day to day management.

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High Definition Ancestry DNA Testing in the UK Living DNA

12:15 - 13:00

Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the ultra high definition methods that allow our team to not only pinpoint your ancestry into 21 regions of the UK but also discover how we let you explore your ancestry at different points in history. Discover how each wave of migration has affected your ancestors and understand how this tool is proving incredibly useful for family history reserach. During the talk we will also address the important issue of privacy and security of your genetic information

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Baptism, Marriage & Burial Records in British India – Not available in the “India Office Records"

11:15 - 12:00

Researchers of ancestors who were baptized/born, married or died in British India (1600-1947) are often disappointed that they are unable to find them in the ‘official’ records held in the British Library. BL indicates that they hold about 70 pct. of such records but where are the remaining 30 pct?

Peter Bailey has assembled a large number of sources of these “missing’ records and will explain the many ways in which they can be found and accessed.

Contemptible Little PoWs - the BEF incarcerated in 1914

10:15 - 11:00

The British Expeditionary Force sustained huge casualties in 1914 but what is often not fully understood is just how many of these men became prisoners of war. Using contemporary accounts and drawing on his own extensive knowledge and personal archive of the men of 1914, Paul Nixon will outline both the fate of the BEF and give pointers on how to research your own First World War prisoner of war.

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How to get your Kids Interested in Genealogy

16:15 - 17:00

As the mother of an 18 year-old, getting him interested in genealogy, family history research and the results of this research has been difficult to say the least. I have some tips on how to make genealogy engaging for young people in order to get them interested and eventually pass the baton to the next generation. This includes information on using social media, video and images to pique the interest of younger people and tips on how to get them interested and involved in researching.

High Definition ancestry DNA Testing across the World Living DNA

15:15 - 16:00

Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the ultra high definition methods that allow our team to not only pinpoint your ancestry into 21 regions of the UK but also discover how we let you explore your ancestry at different points in history. Discover how each wave of migration has affected your ancestors and understand how this tool is proving incredibly useful for family history reserach. During the talk we will also address the important issue of privacy and security of your genetic information

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Laundress and charwoman; Wash day Blues…

14:15 - 15:00

The first thing women on the Mayflower did when they disembarked in America was the washing!  Laundress and charwoman was the survival employment of an impoverished widow. A social history of mangles, possers, dollies, washboards and flat irons. Soap Tax and soap making, soapwort, bleach and starch before the proprietary brands of Sunlight soap, soap and candle-makers Proctor & Gamble, and Reckitt’s blue bags. From impoverished laundress to the middle-class servant and copper to stately homes and large laundries and the arrival of washhouses following the 1844 Act.

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