This year we have four fantastic workshop theatres at the show – SoG Theatre 1 sponsored by Ancestry and SoG Theatre 2 in partnership with Family Tree DNA, SoG Theatre 3 and The Education Zone. The timetable for The Education Zone will be released soon, this theatre will host short presentations on a first come first served basis as tickets are not required for this zone.


We advise you to book your workshop tickets in advance for the best value for money as workshops in the three theatres will all be at £3 on the day (£2 in advance).

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Thursday 6 April 2017

Time

9:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00

Theatre 1

10:15
11:00
Meet the team behind Danny Dyer’s extraordinary episode of WDYTYA?.  They’ll...
12:15
13:00
Meet the team behind Danny Dyer’s extraordinary episode of WDYTYA?.  They’ll...
14:15
15:00
Short Summary of Lecture – word count not to exceed 100 words which will be used on the...

Peter Christian

Peter Christian has been researching his genealogy for 35 years and first put his family tree on...
15:15
16:00
Sooner or later, all genealogists encounter elusive family members: those who appear as if from...

Janet Few

16:15
17:00
Our ancestors disappear from the Anglican parish registers in alarming regularity because they...

Les Mitchinson

Theatre 2

10:15
11:00
This presentation will firstly look at search techniques for use with standard genealogy databases...

Graham S Holton

Graham has been involved with genealogy and family history for most of his life. After long...
11:15
12:00
Our ancestors were more migratory than we tend to think – over both short and long distances...

Doreen Hopwood

Doreen Hopwood was the former genealogist for Birmingham City Council and has been carrying out...
12:15
13:00
This talk is about the new ScotlandsPeople website.  The talk will include helpful hints and...

Iain Ferguson

Iain Ferguson is the manager of the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh and the ScotlandsPeople...
TBC
13:15
14:00
14:15
15:00
Presents a process for solving genealogical problems based on two fundamental rules which are...

Robert Charles Anderson

Director of the Great Migration Study Project at the New England Historic Genealogical Society,...
15:15
16:00
2017 marks the centenary of women serving in the military forces (in a non-nursing capacity). This...

Sarah Paterson

Sarah Paterson is the author of Tracing Your Family History: Army and edited the other books in...
16:15
17:00
All too often I have accepted the given names without much thought about the choice of those names...

Sue Mitchell (nee Swalwell)

Sue has been researching her family tree for the best part of 35 years and has established a...

Theatre 3

10:15
11:00
Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the...

Living DNA

David Nicholson - Managing Director of Living DNA. Having been involved in DNA testing for over 15...
11:15
12:00
A talk about what sources are available online and in archive offices to help research Welsh...

Beryl Evans

I have worked at the National Library of Wales since 1985, working in various posts relating to...
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...

Michelle Patient

With a background in science and engineering Down Under genealogist Michelle Patient brings her...
13:15
14:00
Genealogy touches on related disciplines, including archaeology and genetics. Using a recent case-...

Fiona Fitzsimons

Fiona Fitzsimons is a family historian, writer and researcher for 25 years. She is a founder of...
14:15
15:00
The development of a formal system of medical care for the mentally ill in Scotland from the 19th...

Caroline Brown

Caroline Brown is Programme Leader for the Family History and Archive distance learning programmes...
15:15
16:00
Newspapers are a crucial source for family historians.  Alongside basic genealogical...

Aoife O Connor

Aoife O Connor (from Find My Past) is Data Delivery Manager for The British Newspaper Archive....
16:15
17:00
Keith will draw upon the research carried out for his History Press book – A Tommy in the...

Keith Gregson

Over the last thirteen years Keith Gregson has made a living as a writer, historian and musician....

Theatre 1

10:15
11:00
Meet the team behind Danny Dyer’s extraordinary episode of WDYTYA?.  They’ll...
12:15
13:00
Meet the team behind Danny Dyer’s extraordinary episode of WDYTYA?.  They’ll...
14:15
15:00
Short Summary of Lecture – word count not to exceed 100 words which will be used on the...

Peter Christian

Peter Christian has been researching his genealogy for 35 years and first put his family tree on...
15:15
16:00
Sooner or later, all genealogists encounter elusive family members: those who appear as if from...

Janet Few

16:15
17:00
Our ancestors disappear from the Anglican parish registers in alarming regularity because they...

Les Mitchinson

Theatre 2

10:15
11:00
This presentation will firstly look at search techniques for use with standard genealogy databases...

Graham S Holton

Graham has been involved with genealogy and family history for most of his life. After long...
11:15
12:00
Our ancestors were more migratory than we tend to think – over both short and long distances...

Doreen Hopwood

Doreen Hopwood was the former genealogist for Birmingham City Council and has been carrying out...
12:15
13:00
This talk is about the new ScotlandsPeople website.  The talk will include helpful hints and...

Iain Ferguson

Iain Ferguson is the manager of the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh and the ScotlandsPeople...
TBC
13:15
14:00
14:15
15:00
Presents a process for solving genealogical problems based on two fundamental rules which are...

Robert Charles Anderson

Director of the Great Migration Study Project at the New England Historic Genealogical Society,...
15:15
16:00
2017 marks the centenary of women serving in the military forces (in a non-nursing capacity). This...

Sarah Paterson

Sarah Paterson is the author of Tracing Your Family History: Army and edited the other books in...
16:15
17:00
All too often I have accepted the given names without much thought about the choice of those names...

Sue Mitchell (nee Swalwell)

Sue has been researching her family tree for the best part of 35 years and has established a...

Theatre 3

10:15
11:00
Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the...

Living DNA

David Nicholson - Managing Director of Living DNA. Having been involved in DNA testing for over 15...
11:15
12:00
A talk about what sources are available online and in archive offices to help research Welsh...

Beryl Evans

I have worked at the National Library of Wales since 1985, working in various posts relating to...
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...

Michelle Patient

With a background in science and engineering Down Under genealogist Michelle Patient brings her...
13:15
14:00
Genealogy touches on related disciplines, including archaeology and genetics. Using a recent case-...

Fiona Fitzsimons

Fiona Fitzsimons is a family historian, writer and researcher for 25 years. She is a founder of...
14:15
15:00
The development of a formal system of medical care for the mentally ill in Scotland from the 19th...

Caroline Brown

Caroline Brown is Programme Leader for the Family History and Archive distance learning programmes...
15:15
16:00
Newspapers are a crucial source for family historians.  Alongside basic genealogical...

Aoife O Connor

Aoife O Connor (from Find My Past) is Data Delivery Manager for The British Newspaper Archive....
16:15
17:00
Keith will draw upon the research carried out for his History Press book – A Tommy in the...

Keith Gregson

Over the last thirteen years Keith Gregson has made a living as a writer, historian and musician....

Friday 7 April 2017

Time

9:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00

Theatre 1

TBC
10:15
11:00
TBC
12:15
13:00
13:15
14:00
A city of change, adaptation and inventiveness, Birmingham’s growth has not been enabled by...

Professor Carl Chinn MBE

Carl Chinn is Professor of Community History and Director of the BirminghamLives project at the...
14:15
15:00
Everyone hits a brickwall sometmes and there are some useful tips and techniques that might help...

Else Churchill

Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists. Am member of the management team...
16:15
17:00
This talk explains the concepts of legitimacy and legitimation and the legal and social...

Professor Rebecca Probert

Professor Rebecca Probert is the leading academic authority on the history of marriage law in...

Theatre 2

10:15
11:00
With a huge range of Scottish records available to research, what are the top records, what will...

Tristram Clarke

Tristram Clarke has worked as an archivist in Register House since 1984. He is experienced in a...
11:15
12:00
Over 330,000 Allied soldiers from WWI are still missing-in-action, lying somewhere on the Western...

Maurice Gleeson

Maurice Gleeson is a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician but his real passion is genealogy...
12:15
13:00
While most archival material relating to 19th century poverty was written either by the elites who...

Dr Paul Carter

Dr Paul Carter is the Principal Records Specialist (Modern Domestic Records) at The National...
TBC
13:15
14:00
14:15
15:00
This presentation examines nineteenth century asylums and the records that are available to assist...

Dr John Burt and Kathryn Burtinshaw

Dr John Burt is a professional genealogist based in Edinburgh.  A retired medical practitioner...
15:15
16:00
With increased digitisation of genealogical records in England and Wales, documents relating to...

Kirsty Gray

Kirsty has almost twenty years research experience and was a founder member of both the Society for...
16:15
17:00
Surnames are an essential part of our family history but just how much do you really know about...

Celia Heritage

Celia Heritage is a professional genealogist with a background in history. Her special interests...

Theatre 3

10:15
11:00
Total football required every player to be able to play in any position.  That kind of...

Dr Ian Macdonald

Ian has been a Zoologist, Information Engineer, business management consultant and business...
11:15
12:00
Cancer is a phenomenally complex disease that touches all our lives. But what is it? How does...
12:15
13:00
With strict privacy laws governing the release of many records in the UK, what can we use to tell...

Myko Clelland

Findmypast's resident family historian regularly discusses family history on television, radio...
13:15
14:00
A simple birth certificate may be the first record we look at in tracing our family tree and we...

Antony Marr

Retired police officer who now works as a professional genealogist – and also a member of the...
14:15
15:00
The first thing women on the Mayflower did when they disembarked in America was the washing! ...

Adèle Emm

Adèle Emm is the author of Tracing Your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors (Pen and Sword 2015) and My...
15:15
16:00
Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the...

Living DNA

David Nicholson - Managing Director of Living DNA. Having been involved in DNA testing for over 15...
16:15
17:00
As the mother of an 18 year-old, getting him interested in genealogy, family history research and...

Erin Tilley

I am an Australian/French woman, living in the UK, who has been doing genealogy since the age of 15...

Theatre 1

TBC
10:15
11:00
TBC
12:15
13:00
13:15
14:00
A city of change, adaptation and inventiveness, Birmingham’s growth has not been enabled by...

Professor Carl Chinn MBE

Carl Chinn is Professor of Community History and Director of the BirminghamLives project at the...
14:15
15:00
Everyone hits a brickwall sometmes and there are some useful tips and techniques that might help...

Else Churchill

Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists. Am member of the management team...
16:15
17:00
This talk explains the concepts of legitimacy and legitimation and the legal and social...

Professor Rebecca Probert

Professor Rebecca Probert is the leading academic authority on the history of marriage law in...

Theatre 2

10:15
11:00
With a huge range of Scottish records available to research, what are the top records, what will...

Tristram Clarke

Tristram Clarke has worked as an archivist in Register House since 1984. He is experienced in a...
11:15
12:00
Over 330,000 Allied soldiers from WWI are still missing-in-action, lying somewhere on the Western...

Maurice Gleeson

Maurice Gleeson is a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician but his real passion is genealogy...
12:15
13:00
While most archival material relating to 19th century poverty was written either by the elites who...

Dr Paul Carter

Dr Paul Carter is the Principal Records Specialist (Modern Domestic Records) at The National...
TBC
13:15
14:00
14:15
15:00
This presentation examines nineteenth century asylums and the records that are available to assist...

Dr John Burt and Kathryn Burtinshaw

Dr John Burt is a professional genealogist based in Edinburgh.  A retired medical practitioner...
15:15
16:00
With increased digitisation of genealogical records in England and Wales, documents relating to...

Kirsty Gray

Kirsty has almost twenty years research experience and was a founder member of both the Society for...
16:15
17:00
Surnames are an essential part of our family history but just how much do you really know about...

Celia Heritage

Celia Heritage is a professional genealogist with a background in history. Her special interests...

Theatre 3

10:15
11:00
Total football required every player to be able to play in any position.  That kind of...

Dr Ian Macdonald

Ian has been a Zoologist, Information Engineer, business management consultant and business...
11:15
12:00
Cancer is a phenomenally complex disease that touches all our lives. But what is it? How does...
12:15
13:00
With strict privacy laws governing the release of many records in the UK, what can we use to tell...

Myko Clelland

Findmypast's resident family historian regularly discusses family history on television, radio...
13:15
14:00
A simple birth certificate may be the first record we look at in tracing our family tree and we...

Antony Marr

Retired police officer who now works as a professional genealogist – and also a member of the...
14:15
15:00
The first thing women on the Mayflower did when they disembarked in America was the washing! ...

Adèle Emm

Adèle Emm is the author of Tracing Your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors (Pen and Sword 2015) and My...
15:15
16:00
Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the...

Living DNA

David Nicholson - Managing Director of Living DNA. Having been involved in DNA testing for over 15...
16:15
17:00
As the mother of an 18 year-old, getting him interested in genealogy, family history research and...

Erin Tilley

I am an Australian/French woman, living in the UK, who has been doing genealogy since the age of 15...

Saturday 8 April 2017

Time

9:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
18:00

Theatre 1

TBC
10:15
11:00
TBC
12:15
13:00
13:15
14:00
Short Summary of Lecture – word count not to exceed 100 words which will be used on the...

Mary Evans

A regular contributor to Family Tree magazine, Mary has written articles on brickwalls and two...
14:15
15:00
We've all got one – some of us have several – and for many of us the secrecy that...

Ruth Paley

Ruth Paley studies the social history of the law – the ways in which law and social history...
16:15
17:00
Birmingham expanded tremendously during the 19th century. ‘True Brummies’ can trace...

Mike Sharpe

Mike Sharpe is a professional genealogist, writer and lecturer specialising in the local and family...

Theatre 2

10:15
11:00
Learn how to unleash the power of Family Historian diagrams to explore and show off your family...

Simon Orde

After a successful 14-year career designing software tools for software engineers, Simon Orde, a...
11:15
12:00
Everyone will find surprises in their family trees: illegitimate babies, drunks, bigamists - and...

Helen Barrell

Helen Barrell is a librarian at the University of Birmingham. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4...
12:15
13:00
Once ancestors can be found in the 1911 census it becomes easier to roll them backwards and trace...

Jackie Depelle

With a 17 year full-time Family History teaching career, Jackie Depelle is a keen supporter of...
TBC
13:15
14:00
14:15
15:00
Too often neglected from family trees the women in your family deserve to be noted. This talk will...

Else Churchill

Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists. Am member of the management team...
15:15
16:00
Many resources with hundreds of personal names and details are now available in print and on free...

Gillian Draper

I research and publish on the history of Kent and Sussex between 800AD and 1800, both for academic...
16:15
17:00
FamilySearch.org is the largest FREE genealogical website in the world. With over 5 billion...

Cherie Bush

Cherie Bush is a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch International. She currently...

Theatre 3

10:15
11:00
The British Expeditionary Force sustained huge casualties in 1914 but what is often not fully...

Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon has been immersed in British military history from a young age and is thankful that, as...
11:15
12:00
Researchers of ancestors who were baptized/born, married or died in British India (1600-1947) are...

Peter Bailey

Peter Bailey is President of the ‘Families in British India Society’ and lectures and...
12:15
13:00
Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the...

Living DNA

David Nicholson - Managing Director of Living DNA. Having been involved in DNA testing for over 15...
13:15
14:00
Family historians often think of workhouse records chiefly in terms of the admission or discharge...

Sylvia Valentine

Sylvia started researching family history in the 1970s, since retiring has pursued her interest in...
14:15
15:00
Once upon a time Irish genealogy was considered impossible, but all that has changed. True, its...

Brian Donovan

Brian is the Global Head of Irish Collections at findmypast.com.  He previously lectured in...
15:15
16:00
These days none of us like to pay for information unless we have to. This lecture will look at some...

John Hanson

John was a Systems Specialist in the banking industry before taking early retirement in 2001. He...
16:15
17:00
You never know what variety of records may have survived in the Parish Chest. This looks at those...

Liz Palmer

Liz Palmer is a freelance genealogist and heritage researcher at Greenhill Genealogy in Birmingham...

Theatre 1

TBC
10:15
11:00
TBC
12:15
13:00
13:15
14:00
Short Summary of Lecture – word count not to exceed 100 words which will be used on the...

Mary Evans

A regular contributor to Family Tree magazine, Mary has written articles on brickwalls and two...
14:15
15:00
We've all got one – some of us have several – and for many of us the secrecy that...

Ruth Paley

Ruth Paley studies the social history of the law – the ways in which law and social history...
16:15
17:00
Birmingham expanded tremendously during the 19th century. ‘True Brummies’ can trace...

Mike Sharpe

Mike Sharpe is a professional genealogist, writer and lecturer specialising in the local and family...

Theatre 2

10:15
11:00
Learn how to unleash the power of Family Historian diagrams to explore and show off your family...

Simon Orde

After a successful 14-year career designing software tools for software engineers, Simon Orde, a...
11:15
12:00
Everyone will find surprises in their family trees: illegitimate babies, drunks, bigamists - and...

Helen Barrell

Helen Barrell is a librarian at the University of Birmingham. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4...
12:15
13:00
Once ancestors can be found in the 1911 census it becomes easier to roll them backwards and trace...

Jackie Depelle

With a 17 year full-time Family History teaching career, Jackie Depelle is a keen supporter of...
TBC
13:15
14:00
14:15
15:00
Too often neglected from family trees the women in your family deserve to be noted. This talk will...

Else Churchill

Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists. Am member of the management team...
15:15
16:00
Many resources with hundreds of personal names and details are now available in print and on free...

Gillian Draper

I research and publish on the history of Kent and Sussex between 800AD and 1800, both for academic...
16:15
17:00
FamilySearch.org is the largest FREE genealogical website in the world. With over 5 billion...

Cherie Bush

Cherie Bush is a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch International. She currently...

Theatre 3

10:15
11:00
The British Expeditionary Force sustained huge casualties in 1914 but what is often not fully...

Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon has been immersed in British military history from a young age and is thankful that, as...
11:15
12:00
Researchers of ancestors who were baptized/born, married or died in British India (1600-1947) are...

Peter Bailey

Peter Bailey is President of the ‘Families in British India Society’ and lectures and...
12:15
13:00
Go behind the scenes with Living DNA and discover the journey your sample goes on, including the...

Living DNA

David Nicholson - Managing Director of Living DNA. Having been involved in DNA testing for over 15...
13:15
14:00
Family historians often think of workhouse records chiefly in terms of the admission or discharge...

Sylvia Valentine

Sylvia started researching family history in the 1970s, since retiring has pursued her interest in...
14:15
15:00
Once upon a time Irish genealogy was considered impossible, but all that has changed. True, its...

Brian Donovan

Brian is the Global Head of Irish Collections at findmypast.com.  He previously lectured in...
15:15
16:00
These days none of us like to pay for information unless we have to. This lecture will look at some...

John Hanson

John was a Systems Specialist in the banking industry before taking early retirement in 2001. He...
16:15
17:00
You never know what variety of records may have survived in the Parish Chest. This looks at those...

Liz Palmer

Liz Palmer is a freelance genealogist and heritage researcher at Greenhill Genealogy in Birmingham...