Civil Registration – A Registrar’s view

13:15 - 14:00

A simple birth certificate may be the first record we look at in tracing our family tree and we soon go on to collect them in great numbers together with records of marriages and deaths for many of our ancestors. But do we really understand these pieces of paper,  and the rules and processes that created them ? This talk by a former registrar, will look at interpreting the sometimes complex and hidden meanings of the wording on these most basic of family history records . (45mins)

Uncovering the 20th Century

12:15 - 13:00

With strict privacy laws governing the release of many records in the UK, what can we use to tell the stories of those ancestors who may still be in living memory? Plenty!

Join leading family history website Findmypast for a tour of school records, passenger lists, WW1, the 1939 national identity register, newspapers, electoral rolls, employment records and more in a quest to tell the story of those closest to us in the family tree.

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What are the chances? The science of inheritance, genes and cancer

11:15 - 12:00

Cancer is a phenomenally complex disease that touches all our lives. But what is it? How does family history affect it? And, more importantly, how can you reduce your risk? Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest independent organisation dedicated to using research to beat cancer. We have helped to uncover the role that our genes play in cancer and developed vital cancer treatments. Our research experts will host this open discussion of the role our genes play in causing cancer, the choices that can affect cancer risk, and also busting some of the myths surrounding cancer.

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Total Genealogy

10:15 - 11:00

Total football required every player to be able to play in any position.  That kind of flexibility and all round expertise is needed in a similar way to really flesh out any pedigree – total genealogy.  This talk looks over the range of sources and techniques necessary when creating a total family picture.  The talk will be illustrated by showing how this has been done for one family to create a complete history spanning 500 years, and how that piece of total genealogy is now being openly shared. 

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The First World War - The Art of the Individual Case Study

16:15 - 17:00

Keith will draw upon the research carried out for his History Press book – A Tommy in the family – and subsequent research on over 200 sporting north east soldiers to isolate research problems and examine ways of presenting completed material. He will concentrate in particular on working online and using material available at The National Archives. The talk should be suitable for beginners as well as those who have already carried out research into First World War ancestors in the army, navy or air force.

Making the Most of The British Newspaper Archive

15:15 - 16:00

Newspapers are a crucial source for family historians.  Alongside basic genealogical information they provide context to your family’s story.  The British Newspaper Archive offers over 20 million pages of historic newspapers from all over the UK and Ireland.  In this talk Aoife O Connor explores this vast resource and shows you how to make the most of it.   This talk will give you an overview of the newspapers available on the BNA website.  You will also learn search tips and tricks and discover all of the features offered by the website. 

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Tracing Family History Through the Records of Scotland’s Asylums

14:15 - 15:00

The development of a formal system of medical care for the mentally ill in Scotland from the 19th century has led to a wealth of records being created which can be invaluable sources for the study of family history. Patients were admitted to asylums for a number of reasons including depression, alcoholism and difficulties in childbirth and many recovered and were released. They left behind detailed case notes which often trace their family history and well as recording their physical and mental state. Some records contain photographs and correspondence.

Explorations in Irish Genealogy

13:15 - 14:00

Genealogy touches on related disciplines, including archaeology and genetics. Using a recent case-study, the speaker sets out key skills, strategies and some insider tips, and shows how to break down research brick-walls. Learn how how one remarkable Irish family was traced over 7 generations across Europe, Britain and Ireland.
And how the successful resolution led to a ground-breaking collaboration with medical geneticists.
(Topics discussed include: skills/ Problem-solving/ breaking down research brick walls)

Creating a Family History Website

12:15 - 13:00

Not all of us are geeks, so how can you easily share your research on a online while not being an IT guru? Come along and hear why it is worth sharing your research and explore a range of websites to do so, easily and for free.

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Researching 20th Century Welsh Ancestors

11:15 - 12:00

A talk about what sources are available online and in archive offices to help research Welsh ancestors during the 20th century, some researchers may have difficulty searching this period, therefore, the sources mentioned will help them get beyond brick walls and help solve some of the problems encountered. Data Protection and Copyright will also be touched upon.