High Definition Ancestry DNA Testing in the UK

10:15 - 11:00

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

Making Census of the Census. Where do you think they were? "Facts", "Data" and the Real World

15:15 - 16:00
Censuses Returns -- a key resource for genealogical research, but one which can, perhaps, be perceived as just ‘data’ to be mined for ‘facts’. These records have the potential to reveal far more : deductions can be made, and conclusions drawn, about the circumstances of individuals and families, the places they lived, the paths they took ...
Experience Level: 
Beginner

The First World War: From Mass Grave to Named Grave (The Fromelles Genealogy Project)

16:15 - 17:00

In May 2008 250 WWI soldiers were uncovered in a mass grave in France. This led to the instigation of a ground-breaking project to discover who these men were via DNA testing, anthropological study and genealogical research. This presentation will talk about the project and specifically how genealogical work has so far helped to identify 144 of those men and give them named graves in the first military cemetery to be built in France in over 50 years. It will also tell some of their stories and give a brief overview of how to trace WW1 soldiers and DNA-appropriate relatives.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Searching First World War Unit War Diaries at The National Archives

11:15 - 12:00

This talk will look at British Army unit war diaries from the First World War, which provide a day-by-day account of where each Army unit was and what was happening around them. The talks aims to explore the information which researchers can find within the collection; how to search the collection; and to highlight the increasing number which are now available to download from Discovery, The National Archives online catalogue.

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Finding Nonconformist records online

12:15 - 13:00

This talk will look at websites that contain nonconformist records such as FamilySearch and BMD registers as well as useful sites for historical background and information about nonconformity.

Overcoming trench walls

13:15 - 14:00

On the surface researching men who served in the First World War is easy. And so often it is. But there are numerous shell holes that could trap the unwary. Based on over a decade of researching soldiers, sailors and airmen this lecture will suggest various research strategies that can help if you have got tangled up in genealogical barbed wire. Have you used parish magazines or probate calendars? And what are Silver War Badges and regimental histories? And, above all, what to do if your ancestor isn

Who will you find in the Registry of Deeds in Dublin?

14:15 - 15:00

The Registry of Deeds in Dublin is under-used by family historians because these records are mistakenly viewed as documenting only a small narrow elite at the top of Irish society. In this paper I challenge key assumptions about these records. Contrary to popular opinion, these are the records of the Irish middle-classes for all denominations, in town and country. Coverage extends far beyond land-transactions. These deeds were intended to protect all tangible assets within families (wills, family trusts & marriage settlements, deeds of separation), and between business partners.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

How has the internet changed the game? Testing the limits with a huge One-Name Study

10:15 - 11:00

There are about 75,000 people named House, Howes, Hows or Howse alive today, which puts the total potential individuals at around half a million. Why take on a study like that, impossible before the internet? How do you execute on it? How do you keep records? How do you promote the website? Why join the Guild of One-Name Studies? How useful is DNA analysis?
Paul believes that the principles are much like running a business: there are many different ways! Pick your strategy and stay true not just to the goals but also to how you go about it.

Scottish Kirk Session Minutes and their use in Family History Research

11:15 - 12:00

The Kirk Session Minutes give us a vivid insight into the lives, loves and misdemeanours of the Scottish People right up to the mid-19th century. The eyes of the Minister and his Kirk Elders were everywhere, no one was immune from the discipline of the kirk. Fornication, adultery, breaches of Sabbath and absences from the kirk were all punishable offences. The Session Minutes also contain the Poor Rolls, Mortcloth records and payments for coffins, all useful at a period when few deaths were recorded in the Parish Registers

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Copyright and Family History

12:15 - 13:00

Copyright applies to photographs, diaries, paintings, film clips and many other works.  This talk will aim to cover some of the issues you might face with copyright works in your family history, including how long copyright lasts, when you might or might not need permission to use the works, and what you can do if you cannot find the right holder and would like to copy the work.  This talk will be especially useful for those considering publication of their family history.