Tracing Your Welsh Ancestors

13:15 - 14:00

This presentation is aimed for those new to genealogy in Wales, hopefully coinciding with the publication of my book on the same title by Pen & Sword. I shall be discussing how and where to access the basic sources within Wales and beyond. Mention will be given to problems researchers will encounter and how to overcome them, including issues such as patronymic naming system and Welsh place names. Mention will also be given to underused sources, some unique to Wales such as the Court of Great Sessions, the Eisteddfod and Bidding Letters.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Starting from Scratch

15:15 - 16:00

A very basic introduction to Family History. Covering how to organise your thoughts, draft out a pedigree and birth brief and possible usage. Searching for basic information on web sites and which may perhaps better suit your purpose. How to search for census information and just a few problems that may be encountered e.g. use of Poor law union divisions. The use of will indexes post 1858. A brief look a parish registers and what may be found. A chance to ask a question.

Experience Level: 
Beginner
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Irish Valuation Office Records

16:15 - 17:00

In this talk Maeve demonstrates by way of examples how the Cancelled or Revision Books of the Valuation Office in Dublin can be used to progress genealogical research on Irish families. This resource is of particular help to researchers when a surname is common within a county or civil parish. These books contain amendments made in various coloured pens and pencils.

Tracing your European Ancestors

10:15 - 11:00

A broad overview enabling research in Europe. A continent spanning more than thirty countries and has been subjected to wars, political unrest and border changes. Europe is a Continent with different languages, cultures and religions, all of which play a part in family history research. This presentation looks at the obstacles and pitfalls a researcher may

The British India Army in World War 1

12:15 - 13:00

The second largest army in the British Empire in 1914 was that of British India. It supported the Allies in all theatres, Western Front, Egypt-Palestine, Gallipoli, East Africa and, particularly, in Mesopotamia. Peter will focus his talk on the operations in Mesopotamia and subsequent operations in Persia. He will describe the Nature of the Indian Army of the time, together with the records of the Europeans and Indians who led the army though to participate in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire.

Experience Level: 
Beginner

Scottish Baptismal Names; understanding the role of baptismal names, name variants and spelling variations in Scottish Records. How can these help (or hinder) your research?

13:15 - 14:00

Baptismal name variants are the cause of frequent confusion when searching for ancestors - the name used in a late 19th century census

The Letter of the Law: legislation for family historians

14:15 - 15:00

The records which we use to research our family history are largely the result of a variety of Acts of Parliament. A good understanding of the legislation behind the census returns, parish registers and civil registration records (and many more) can make an enormous difference when it comes to interpreting the information left behind by our ancestors. This talk will look at the major pieces of legislation from Thomas Cromwell

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The Psychology of Brick Walls

15:15 - 16:00

Everyone has them-an end point in their family history which seems impossible to break through no matter how many experts are asked and sources are searched. What are the different types of blockages we encounter? Does every type of blockage have a solution? How can we improve our chances of success through better research skills? To what extent is our mindset an issue in the search? Is it ever advisable to abandon the search? Come to the talk and prepare to leave unsettled, but wiser.

AncestryDNA – a new revolution in family history research

14:15 - 15:00

Join Brad Argent from Ancestry as he explores the results of his AncestryDNA test, explains how this groundbreaking genetic test works and discusses how DNA can revolutionise your family history research and connect you with living relatives today.

What's Been Done Before? Finding Pedigrees Online and at the Society of Genealogists

11:15 - 12:00

With so many people tracing their family history it’s quite possible something may already have been published on the family you are interested in or a cousin may also be working on the line. This talk will introduce sources both off and on-line that might be useful to look for your surnames.

Experience Level: 
Beginner