Workshop Timetable

The workshops listed below are part of the Society of Genealogist's workshop programme. All sessions* are free to attend on the day subject to availability, advance workshop ticket booking has now closed. Tickets will be available from the ticketing area on the gallery level.

*The Keynote Workshop is an extended workshop session, this workshop session costs £3 on-the-day.

Please note our title sponsor, Ancestry.co.uk, run their own talks in the Ancestry Academy. In addition, TheGenealogist.co.uk, FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage also run workshops. All of these sessions are un-ticketed and run on a drop-in basis. The timetable for these talks is available here.

Thursday 20th February 2014

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Celebrity theatre / S.O.G. studio 1

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Celebrity Workshop - Natasha Kaplinsky

Natasha Kaplinsky

Natasha is best known as one a television news presenter and personality, having appeared on Born to Shine, ITV’s The People’s Medal, Missing and BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing....
11:15
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Celebrity Workshop - Natasha Kaplinsky

Natasha Kaplinsky

Natasha is best known as one a television news presenter and personality, having appeared on Born to Shine, ITV’s The People’s Medal, Missing and BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing....
Beginner
12:15
13:00
What’s Been Done Before? Finding pedigrees online and at the SoG
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.

Else Churchill

Else Churchill is the Head Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists with over 30 years’ experience as a genealogical researcher, librarian, writer and teacher. She loves helping people trace...
13:16
14:30
Keynote + Q&A sesssion
Beginner
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14:45
15:30
Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records
Scottish civil registration commenced in 1855 following the creation of the General Record Office for Scotland, some seventeen and half years after England and Wales. But since its creation Scottish statutory records have been compiled under the authority of Scots law, with many major differences between how things were done north of the border compared to the south – not least within the...

Chris Paton

Scottish roots, Chris Paton works full time in Scotland as a professional genealogist, lecturer, tutor and writer. Author of ten books, and with daily contributions to his British GENES blog (www....
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15:45
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Research Before 1837. What’s in the Parish Chest?
The Parish Chest contained a wealth of documents concerning everyday life in the parish. Many of these documents are useful to family historians and will help put your ancestors in the context of the period in which they lived. Most of these documents have never been indexed. This lecture will give those attending a brief overview of the types of documents that exist and the information that...

Alec Tritton

A family historian for over 30 years, from 2002 to 2006 I have been Chairman of the Federation of Family History Societies and Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies. I have also been Vice-...
Beginner
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17:30
Newspapers for Family History
Newspapers are a rich source of information about our ancestors and their lives. Recent advances in technology mean that these wonderful records are now far more accessible than ever before. The author of Tracing Your Ancestors Through Death Records will demonstrate the type of information available using these records and the best ways to search in order to get the most from them. She will also...

Celia Heritage

Family history has been Celia's passion since she first began tracing her own family tree as a teenager. After studying at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, where she gained a...

S.O.G. studio 2

10:15
11:00
Write Your Life Story
To complement all of your wonderful research, don’t forget to record what you already know about your own generation – and the generation or two above – before it’s too late.    If the golden rule of genealogy is ‘Don’t forget to ask Granny’, make sure you don’t fall foul of that… especially if you are Granny or Grandpa, or if you...

Michael Oke

Michael Oke is author of bestselling books ‘Write Your Life Story’ and ‘Times of Our Lives’, both sponsored by The Daily Telegraph (30,000 copies sold). Mike is the UK’s...
Beginner
11:15
12:00
Our Ancestors Homes: Where they lived and what their homes were like
Discover the main resources to find out where your ancestors lived. Find out which historical documents can be used to build up a picture of their homes inside and out; who owned and lived in it at different points in time and when, how and why it was built.  

Gill Blanchard

Gill Blanchard, BA. MA. PGCE (PCE) has worked as a professional genealogist and house historian since 1992, including 6 years at Norfolk Record Office.  She is the author of Tracing Your East...
12:15
13:00
'Orphans, foundlings and outcasts': Irish records of children in care ca. 1840s to 1952
Prior to the introduction of the Adoption Act Ireland in 1952 all 'adoption' arrangements whereby a child was permanently raised by people other than their birth parents, were described as 'fostering' or colloquially as  being 'boarded out'. In this paper Fiona looks at the different sources that survive between ca. 1840s to 1952, that provide a paper trail to search...

Fiona Fitzsimons

Fiona is a Director of Eneclann, a Trinity College Campus Company, and also of FindMyPast Ireland, the world's largest Irish family history record collection online. One of Ireland’s best...
13:15
14:00
The National Archives: 'Using the National Archives Online and Onsite'
This lecture examines recent changes and additions to the National Archives website and onsite services. It also provides an insight into its programme of events commemorating the centenary of the First World War. 

Roger Kershaw

Roger Kershaw joined The National Archives in 1986 and is now the Head of Military, Maritime, Transport and Family records for the Advice and Records Knowledge department.    Roger has over...
Beginner
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15:00
Researching your Jewish Ancestors
This lecture will cover the main sources of material that can be used to research Jewish families in the UK.   Special emphasis will be given to records specific to Jewish research as well as other materials of more general interest to immigrant families.   Some guidance will be given on extending your research into countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Holocaust materials...

Michael Tobias

Michael Tobias has a BSc Honours in Mathematics and Physics and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries.  In 2012 he completed a Masters Degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic...
15:15
16:00
Scottish Retours of Services of Heirs and English Inquisitions Post-Mortem
Two neglected sets of records are Retours of services of heirs (Scotland) and Inquisitiones Post Mortem (England and Wales). These incredibly fruitful record sets are not easy to find, but are extremely rewarding for genealogists, local historians and anyone tracing inheritance to land.  Bruce Durie compares and contrasts the two sets of records.

Dr. Bruce Durie

Bruce Durie BSc (Hons) PhD OMLJ FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA OLJ is Scotland’s best known genealogy researcher, author, broadcaster and lecturer, He founded and ran the Professional Postgraduate...
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16:15
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From highwaymen to bride thieves
  Do you have a convict ancestor in your family tree? Or maybe you want to know more about Australia’s criminal past? Cassie Mercer, who has seven convict ancestors, will talk about how to use online resources to discover more about your convict, plus talk about some of Australia’s more colourful criminals, including those who managed to escape the colony illegally. 

Cassie Mercer

Cassie Mercer is the editor of Inside History, a magazine for people passionate about the past. Inside History was launched in 2010 and focuses on Australian and New Zealand genealogy, history and...

S.O.G. studio 3

10:15
11:00
The National Archives: Commemorating Conscription, 1916-1918: The papers of the Middlesex Military Service Appeal Tribunal.
In January 1916 Britain passed the first Military Service Act, enforcing compulsory military service on British society for the first time. Military Service Tribunals were established to hear applications for exemption from conscription based upon grounds of conscientious objection, employment reasons, business/domestic hardship and medical condition. Using the papers of the Middlesex Appeal...

David Langrish

David Langrish joined the National Archives in the Summer of 2010, joining the Advice and Records Knowledge department as a Reader Advisor in April 2011. Prior to working at Kew, David completed a...
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How can I share and preserve memories in the digital era?
Today you have a lot of options to store and share your family history research. These include capturing tools (audio recorders, cameras, phones, and scanners), sharing devices (CD’s, DVD’s, portable disc, electronic photo frames), and more. On the Internet you can publish your material with a range of privacy options. You can collaborate or simply display the information. Mobile...

Daniel Horowitz

Daniel Horowitz is MyHeritage Chief Genealogist, providing key contributions in the areas of product development, customer support and public affairs; contacting genealogy societies, bloggers and...
Beginner
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12:15
13:00
Reading the Original
Going back to the original is an essential research technique, however deciphering a census sheet, certificate or early will can be tricky.   With more and more pre-1837 material appearing online are you able to read the handwriting to validate transcriptions and ensure the accuracy of your research?  Join experienced Family History Tutor, Jackie Depelle for ideas on where to go...

Jackie Depelle

Jackie Depelle is a full-time Family History Tutor and Lecturer, Chairman of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies, member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and Genealogy Event Organiser....
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13:15
14:00
Sin, Sex & Probate
This illustrated lecture shows that by studying activities of the Church Courts until the mid-19th century, we can unearth otherwise hidden data on our ancestors. Examples are shown of typical much-underused records containing wills and other probate documents, marriage licences, judgements on sexual misconduct of parishioners and clergy, abuse and defamation of neighbours, the appointment and...

Dr Colin R Chapman

A Fellow of the Society, and former member of its Executive Committee. International lecturer and author of 14 genealogically-related books. Founder of six county-based family history societies, the...
Beginner
14:15
15:00
How Familysearch can help you locate your ancestors
FamilySearch has valuable family history and genealogical information available online and also through Family History Centers.  Familysearch provides free help and this lecture is to show how to access Genealogical Records indexed, imaged, and how to receive onsite or at home help and information through familysearch.  This lecture will explore the basic information on Records of...

Mark E. Gardner

Mark Ensign Gardner has been involved with Family History and Genealogical Research for 30 years.  He resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and works for British in the Family History Library which is...
15:15
16:00
Using census substitutes, family lore and folklore in the search for your Irish Ancestral homestead
In this lecture Helen Kelly will outline the importance of census substitutes, family lore and folk-lore in Irish research.    Helen will introduce us to, and  urge us to have an imaginative approach to   the myriad number of available census substitutes,  some of which may have  been stored in boxes in our attics, and long been forgotten.    Helen will...

Helen Kelly

Helen Kelly is a well-known Irish genealogist and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (the accrediting body for Irish Genealogists).   In addition to carrying out...
16:15
17:00
The perpetual incognito of being a Jones’: overcoming problems with surnames in Wales
The lecture will describe the processes whereby settled surnames became established in Wales and the seeming lack of variety which stemmed from this. However, the value of knowing the underlying variety which existed as a result of different cultural and religious influences, together with generally small populations in most areas, will be illustrated. Ways in which residual difficulties may be...

John Rowlands

A civil engineer by profession, he is co-author (with his wife, Sheila) of The Surnames of Wales – now in its second edition. For 15 years he was involved with ‘Family History in Wales...

S.O.G. studio 4/ WWI ANCESTORS

10:15
11:00
The Green Room Plaque ( Researching a memorial to 12 WWI Actors )
A bronze memorial plaque by F V Blundstone [Tyne Cot memorial sculptor] commemorating twelve actors from the Green Room Club, killed in WWI, appeared at auction.  Their theatrical and military careers were researched, using Family History techniques.  Some descendants provided photographs.  An insight into pre WWI  theatre, from Shakespeare to Musicals, in UK, and abroad....

John Frearson

John Frearson is a retired construction materials consultant, turned family and company historian, researcher, lecturer and author.  He is a member of several Family History Societies and of the...
11:15
12:00
The British India Army in World War 1
The British Indian Army in World War 1 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...

Peter Bailey

Peter Bailey is Chairman of the ‘Families in British India Society’ and lectures and writes books and articles on Family History in British India. He has nine ancestors who lived over...
12:15
13:00
All at Sea – serving in the Royal Navy during the First World War
In 1914 Britain had by the largest navy in the world. Yet during the First World War played a very limited part in the ultimate Allied victory. To such an extent that surplus sailors were sent to fight on the Western Front.   This lecture will consider the men who served in the Royal Navy during this period and how you can research them and the ships they served on.  It will look at the...

Simon Fowler

Simon Fowler is a professional researcher, writer and tutor specialising in history. In recent years he has researched dozens of men and women who served across the world during the two worlds wars...
13:15
14:00
Uncle Sam wants you!: an introduction to American military records
American military records can be a treasure trove of information and many immigrants served in the US armed forces. The draft for WWI alone meant that 24 million men (including non-citizens) were registered; this represents 23% of the US population in 1918. An introduction to American military records including type of information contained and where to find the records will be given and helpful...

Tahitia McCabe

Tahitia McCabe was a librarian at the Alaska State Library and is currently a tutor and Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Strathclyde’s Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic...
14:15
15:00
What Great Grandma did in the First World War: the Imperial War Museum’s Women’s Work Collection.
The First World War was the first Total War and the first opportunity that women had to play a significant role in what had traditionally been regarded as a male domain.  Their role changed and developed as the years passed and this was reflected in the establishment of the Imperial War Museum.  The Women’s Work Collection is an extremely valuable source for tracing female family...

Sarah Paterson

Sarah Paterson is Family History Librarian at the Imperial War Museum, and has worked there for 26 years.  She is the author of Tracing Your Family History: Army and edited the other books in...
15:15
16:00
Horses in World War One – Did your ancestors work in the Remount Service?
During World War 1 more than a million horses were pressed into military service on behalf of the British in Europe alone.  Although many horses came from Britain, many were obtained in America.  Many families have ancestors who worked with horses in that war. In this illustrated talk on behalf of the British Association for Local History, Phoebe Merrick will look at the role of horses...

Phoebe Merrick

Phoebe Merrick is an experienced local historian with a wide range of interests in local history.  She chairs Romsey Local History Society in Hampshire, and is a leader of her society’s...
16:15
17:00
The little known Battle of Lake Narocz 1916
In the spring of 1916 a poorly organised and badly orchestrated Russian offensive against a numerically inferior German Army took place in the low lying ditches, marshes, and forests surrounding the thawing Lake Narocz which failed catastrophically. It was so significant a loss to the Russians that it effectively paralysed their entire Army for the rest of the war and not only contributed to...

Frank Pleszak

Frank Pleszak is an IT consultant from Manchester. He has written a book about his father’s incredible wartime journey from eastern Poland via the harsh Soviet labour camps of Siberia to...

Friday 21st February 2014

Time

9:00
9:30 - Show starts
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00
14:00
15:00
16:00
17:00
17:30 - Show ends
18:00

Celebrity theatre / S.O.G. studio 1

10:15
11:00
Celebrity Workshop

Larry Lamb

With a film and television career spanning over three decades, Larry Lamb is renown for his role as one of the greatest soap opera villains ever; Archie Mitchell in EastEnders. More recently, Larry...
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11:15
12:00
Celebrity Workshop

Larry Lamb

With a film and television career spanning over three decades, Larry Lamb is renown for his role as one of the greatest soap opera villains ever; Archie Mitchell in EastEnders. More recently, Larry...
Beginner
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12:15
13:00
Why Pay – the top free alternatives
These days none of us like to pay for information unless they 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 it you do pay.

John Hanson

John was a Systems Specialist in the banking industry before taking early retirement in 2001. He has been researching his family history for the past 30 years and has used computers and the Internet...
13:16
14:30
Keynote + Q&A sesssion
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14:45
15:30
A to Z of Family History: an alphabetical journey through some less well known sources
This session covers a pot pourri of more unusual sources that can help to enhance a family history. Based on Janet’s experiences editing Family Historians’ Enquire Within, here are what she terms ‘the best bits’. These range from advertising, through famine orphans and royal warrant holders, to how to engage young people in family history. There should be something to...

Dr Janet Few

Janet is an experienced family, social and community historian, She works as an historical interpreter, spending time living in the C17th as Mistress Agnes. Janet’s book  Coffers, Clysters...
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15:45
16:30
What next? Pre 1837 registers in the archives, online and at the SoG
Parish registers are the most important genealogy source before the census years. This talk will explain what information they hold and how they can be used to take your family history further.

Else Churchill

Else Churchill is the Head Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists with over 30 years’ experience as a genealogical researcher, librarian, writer and teacher. She loves helping people trace...
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16:45
17:30
Online Resources for Occupations and Professions
The internet provides a wealth of resources, both free and commercial, relating to our ancestors’ working lives: not just background history, online indexes and record transcriptions, trade directories, and a host of volunteer-run projects. This talk will provide an overview of the sort of material you can find for not only the well-documented professions such as medicine and the law, but...

Peter Christian

Peter Christian has been researching his genealogy for 35 years and first put his family tree on the web in 1995. A Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and a trustee of Genuki, he has written...

S.O.G. studio 2

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10:15
11:00
The Poor Laws & the Irish Poor
Rosalind will talk about the fate of the Irish poor, both in England & in Ireland, paying attention to causes, treatment & public attitudes.  She will include an examination of Irish poor law records, how they differ from English poor law records, what records exist in Ireland and where to find them.  She will also talk about Irish workhouses.

Rosalind McCutcheon

Rosalind is from Co Cork, Ireland, & began researching family & local history in her teens.  She graduated from Dublin University in English & Latin & has, since then, lived in...
11:15
12:00
The National Archives: The 1915 Merchant Navy Project
Janet will talk about the 1915 Merchant Navy Project being run in collaboration with the national Maritime Museum. She will discuss why the project came about, the progress that has been made and how important this project is going to be for family and maritime historians and why this will controiibute so much to the up and coming commemoration of the First World War.

Janet Dempsey

Janet Dempsey Joined the National Archives in 2003 as a Reader Advisor. Her interest in Merchant Navy Records led to her taking on the role as Records Specialist for these and the records of the...
Beginner
12:15
13:00
Collaborative Family History Research
Collaborative Family History is all about working together with family members and others to find, record and share information about your family.  It results in larger and more interesting family trees, incorporating more details and stories.  The collaboration process can also help break down some of the brick walls in your research.  This presentation will cover a range of tools...

Laurence Harris

Laurence Harris is UK Head of Genealogy for MyHeritage.com.  He is also a professional genealogist and has researched a number of personalities for the BBC “Who Do You Think You Are?...
Beginner
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13:15
14:00
Creating your own Family Reference Library and Catalogue– always at your finger tips!
"Creating your own Family Reference Library and Catalogue - always at your fingertips!"  A combination of what you know and what you need to find out; what you have found and what is still to find; what has been created, scanned, printed, preserved, archived, perhaps, lost. Images, websites, databases, facts, tables - at your fingertips.   Your very own personal family...

Jan Gow

Jan started her family history research in Salt Lake City in 1981 having won the airfare from NZ to USA. Came away hooked on genealogy. Has been taking annual Hooked on Genealogy Tours to SLC and the...
14:15
15:00
PRONI Online Resources
This presentation will highlight the various sources available to users on the PRONI website, including Valuation Records, Wills, Street Directories and Ulster Covenant. It will illustrate how users can search and browse the applications and provide examples which dispel many of the Irish myths.

Stephen Scarth

Stephen Scarth is Head of Public Services at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) since August 2010 and has responsibility for all visitor related services for both onsite and online...
Beginner
15:15
16:00
Records at FamilySearch for Tracing British Soldiers Abroad
This class will highlight hidden treasures found at FamilySearch’s renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake and other outside (extra-National Archives, UK) resources available to researchers worldwide. Significant resources exist for those researching military personnel who served and/or settled abroad such as in Canada, the United States, in the Honourable East India Company (military...

Phillip Bradsell Dunn

Phillip is a genealogist with over 30 years professional genealogical research experience in the UK, Ireland, including British subjects abroad; he has worked for FamilySearch for 35 years, and...
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16:15
17:00
Who was in the Victorian workhouse?
Our picture of the Victorian workhouse is strongly coloured by Dickens’ writings, in particular by Oliver Twist. But who were the inmates of the union workhouses? The inmates ranged from the aged to pregnant women, orphaned and deserted children, lunatics, the sick and the able-bodied. Using recent and ongoing research, this talk examines the life histories, both inside and outside the...

Peter Park

Peter Park has been actively involved in his own and other people’s family history research for over forty years. He is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and Vice President of Cumbria FHS...

S.O.G. studio 3

10:15
11:00
How to get your ancestors’ names in print! Writing family history for magazines and newspapers
Learn how to get your ancestors' names in print with Cassie Mercer, editor of Inside History magazine. Hear about why it's so important to write about your family and local history, how to construct an article, how to choose an "angle" for the story, what editors look for, how to pitch to editors, and avenues to tell your stories, including blogs, newsletters, newspapers and...

Cassie Mercer

Cassie Mercer is the editor of Inside History, a magazine for people passionate about the past. Inside History was launched in 2010 and focuses on Australian and New Zealand genealogy, history and...
11:15
12:00
Tracing family history through the records of Scotland’s asylums
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...

Caroline Brown

Caroline Brown is Programme Leader for the Family History and Archive distance learning programmes offered by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee where she is...
Beginner
12:15
13:00
Researching Yorkshire Ancestors
Due to its physical size and 1974 boundary changes researching your Yorkshire Ancestors may involve a wide variety of Record Offices within the historic county as well as others further afield.  With many exciting Yorkshire records due online Jackie Depelle and Roy Stockdill will present details of websites dedicated to Yorkshire information and material.  They will also highlight other...

Roy Stockdill and Jackie Depelle

Jackie Depelle is a full-time Family History Tutor and Lecturer, Chairman of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies, member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and Genealogy Event Organiser....
13:15
14:00
The National Archives: Start tracing your Tommy Ancestor in WW1
With millions of names and millions of records, this talk will take you from items which recorded various aspects of a soldier's career, such as medals, certificates and official records and  guide you through all of the most appropriate records to build up a fuller history of the soldier as possible.

William Spencer

William Spencer is the Principal Military Specialist at The National Archives where he has worked since 1993. He served in the Royal Navy, including operational service in the Falklands in 1982, and...
14:15
15:00
Tales from the Tombstones
The British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia, founded in 1977, is the oldest Association dealing with people whose ancestors were born or worked in India between 1600 and 1947. BACSA cares for all British graves, civilian and military, apart from the dead of the two World Wars.  Many fascinating stories have emerged during BACSA’s research and restoration projects often...

Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones

I have been the Hon. Secretary of BACSA since 2004, and founded the BACSA journal ‘Chowkidar’ in 1977, and am still its editor.  I studied Urdu and Hindi at London University, and...
15:15
16:00
Company & Business Records
The potential information on our ancestors that may exist in the records of companies and businesses is considered. Ways of finding out about the existence of  businesses from the 19th Century onwards are discussed, the means of locating where surviving records have been deposited are explored and major repositories for business records identified. Many examples of informative records are...

Eric D. Probert

Eric Probert is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and has been researching family history for over 30 years. He has contributed to genealogical publications both as an editor and author and has...
Beginner
16:15
17:00
Scottish Church Records before Statutory Registration in 1855
Before 1855 the Established Church of Scotland was the dominant church. But there were many other churches, the Secession Churches of the 18th century, the Free Church following the Disruption of 1843, the Episcopal and Catholic Churches, and numerous smaller churches. It has been suggested that in the 18th century as many as 15% of events do not appear on ScotlandsPeople, and following the...

Bruce B. Bishop

Bruce B Bishop born in Walsall, England. Spent 20 years as a meteorologist, and a similar length of time as a teacher at Gordonstoun School. Now a professional genealogist and researcher in archives...

S.O.G. studio 4/ WWI ANCESTORS

10:15
11:00
The Welsh Experience of World War One 1914-1918
This is a project led by the National Library of Wales in partnership with Welsh Universities, Archives of BBC Cymru Wales and local archive offices.  A mass digitisation project of primary sources relating to World War One. It is a unique digital collection revealing the hidden history of World War One as it affected all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture.   These source...

Beryl Evans

I have worked at the National Library of Wales since 1985, working in various posts relating to family history and public services. At present I am the Research Services Manager. I have contributed...
11:15
12:00
The Impact of World War One on rural communities
At the end of the Great War, there were fifty-two so called 'Thankful Villages' in the whole of Great Britain; villages to which all the young men who went to war, returned alive. Of these, fourteen have come to be known as doubly thankful - also losing no-one in World War Two. This lecture will provide an insight into the experience which shattered the pre-WW1 order and transformed...

Kirsty Gray

Running her own research company ‘Family Wise Limited’, as well as being Chair of two international charities and Director of English Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical...
Beginner
12:15
13:00
Researching Australian World War 1 Military Personnel
It has been said that by fighting at Gallipoli in World War One, Australia came of age as a country.  Over 60 000 men in the Australian military in World War One were born in the UK and over 90% of the rest had UK ancestors one or more generations in their past. They served from Gallipoli, to Egypt to the mud of Flanders.     This presentation will show the range of records and...

Helen V Smith

Helen has researched since 1986 in Australia, England, Ireland and Wales with a strong interest in medical and social history. She is a Guild of One Name Studies member researching Quested, anywhere...
13:15
14:00
1914-1920 Prisoner of War Camps in Britain
  Both German civilian internees and military personnel captured during combat were termed prisoners of war during the Great War. Many POWs were held at parent camps and their satellite working camps across Britain between 1914 and 1920, when all were repatriated to Germany. This illustrated talk describes life (with some escapes and deaths) for both civilians and combatants in these camps;...

Dr Colin R Chapman

A Fellow of the Society, and former member of its Executive Committee. International lecturer and author of 14 genealogically-related books. Founder of six county-based family history societies, the...
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15:00
World War I and Nonconformists: sources of information at Dr Williams’s Library
Were your World War I era ancestors English nonconformists?  If so come and learn about the resources available to family historians at Dr Williams’s Library, the pre-eminent research library of English Protestant nonconformity. Drawing on the unique resources such as the Christian World newspaper, the Congregational Year Book, and samples from the 300,000 volume library, find out how...

Fiona Turnbull

Fiona Turnbull is the Librarian at Dr Williams’s Library and holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Studies from Rutgers University.  After a distinguished career in America as...
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16:00
Family life in wartime: illegitimacy, marriage, divorce and bigamy, 1914-1920
How did the First World War affect family life in this country? What was its impact on the number and rate of births outside marriage, or on the popularity of marriage itself? What support was available for the family members of soldiers, and did this vary according to the type of family? Did the stresses and strains of wartime affect the likelihood of a marriage breaking down through, and to...

Professor Rebecca Probert

Professor Rebecca Probert is the leading academic authority on the history of marriage law in England and Wales. She has taught at the University of Warwick for the past decade and is the author of...
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British Civilian Prisoners of War in First World War Germany
In 2014 Britain commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War, and the sacrifices of those who served and ultimately gave their lives in the war to end all wars. But the war did not just have military victims, with 2014 also the centenary anniversary of the internment of over 5500 British and  Chris Paton Ruhleben Prisoner of War camp near Berlin. As bloody hell erupted...

Chris Paton

Scottish roots, Chris Paton works full time in Scotland as a professional genealogist, lecturer, tutor and writer. Author of ten books, and with daily contributions to his British GENES blog (www....

Saturday 22nd February 2014

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Celebrity theatre / S.O.G. studio 1

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Celebrity Workshop

Colin Jackson CBE

One of the greatest athletes that Great Britain has ever produced, Colin has kept us enthralled on and off the track. Since retiring from athletics in 2003, Colin has remained a firm favorite on our...
11:15
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Celebrity Workshop

Colin Jackson CBE

One of the greatest athletes that Great Britain has ever produced, Colin has kept us enthralled on and off the track. Since retiring from athletics in 2003, Colin has remained a firm favorite on our...
12:15
13:00
Finding your London Ancestors
London has all the usual problems of family history plus some extra ones of its own. This lecture will make it all clear and explain the great developments of the last few years that have made research much easier

Michael Gandy

Michael Gandy is a Londoner and has been tracing his ancestry since 1963. He is a former Chairman of SoG and presently editor of the Genealogists' Magazine. He was Chairman of the Catholic FHS...
13:16
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Keynote + Q&A sesssion
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14:45
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Wills: not just a source for our better-off ancestors
It's a misconception that it was only our better off ancestors who made wills while it is undoubtedly true that wills are of such great potential value for the family historian that you really can't afford to overlook them. The author of Tracing Your Ancestors Through Death Records will look in detail at just how useful wills can be for building your family tree, and finding out more...

Celia Heritage

Family history has been Celia's passion since she first began tracing her own family tree as a teenager. After studying at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, where she gained a...
15:45
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Where do we come from? – What genetics tells us about the peopling of the British Isles
There is a great deal of interest in fine-scale population structure in the UK, particularly as a signature of historical immigration events. A powerful means of detecting such structure is to control and document carefully the provenance of the samples involved. Here we describe the collection of a cohort of rural UK samples (The People of the British Isles), aimed at providing a well-...

Bruce Winney

Bruce Winney is a researcher in Sir Walter Bodmer’s Laboratory at Oxford University.  His background is population genetics of animals (i.e. looking at genetic differences between...
Beginner
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Why can’t I find them in the Civil Registration Indexes?
It can be totally frustrating to have a name that you cannot find in the Civil Registration Indexes for England and Wales. This lecture will explore the process that was used to create the indexes as well as showing by examples and the use of other sites how you can the missing ones.  

John Hanson

John was a Systems Specialist in the banking industry before taking early retirement in 2001. He has been researching his family history for the past 30 years and has used computers and the Internet...

S.O.G. studio 2

Beginner
10:15
11:00
Finding Nonconformist records online
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. 

Alec Tritton

A family historian for over 30 years, from 2002 to 2006 I have been Chairman of the Federation of Family History Societies and Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies. I have also been Vice-...
11:15
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Discovering the Lives and Experiences of our Ancestors
This talk discusses the amazing variety of archive and printed sources that can be used to build up a picture of the past lives and experiences of our ancestors.  Drawing upon the rich collections of Surrey History Centre, it will show how early illustrations, the Gentleman’s Magazine, parish correspondence, quarter sessions papers, institutional records, personal letters and diaries...

Julian Pooley

Julian Pooley is Public Services Manager of Surrey History Centre in Woking and has been a professional archivist for over twenty-five years.  As archivist in charge of the public searchroom he...
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‘I make my address to you being an inmate…’: letters of the Victorian poor in England and Wales, c. 1834-1871
Poor people are often the subject of the written archive. This talk concentrates on collections of letters written by the poor themselves and which described their own poverty. Based on newly catalogued records held at The National Archives we assess the subject matter with the poor raised with the local and national poor law authorities.    Although the poor (like any class of people...

Paul Carter and Natalie Whistance

Dr Paul Carter is the Principal Records Specialist Manager (Domestic Records) at The National Archives. He was also recently a research fellow at the University of Nottingham looking at 19th century...
Beginner
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Starting from Scratch
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...

Dominic Johnson

Dominic Johnson B.Sc L.H.G. a professional family historian, teacher and lecturer of family history of some 40 years standing who has held positions of responsibility in various organisations namely...
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The National Archives: Nationality, Aliens and defence of the realm
In 1914 British nationality law was codified; common law and statute law were brought together for the first time. The outbreak of war introduced restrictions on aliens and shortly thereafter internment for those considered enemy aliens. This talk looks at the legal, moral and social implications for those aliens, and those of alien descent who considered themselves loyal Britons. Also those...

Mark Pearsall

Mark Pearsall joined The National Archives in 1983, before which he worked in Birmingham Public Libraries in the Local Studies Library and City Archives. He has worked in several departments at The...
Beginner
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Researching Irish Family History Online
This paper will give an overview of all projects, both private and state funded, to publish Irish records online. There has been great progress over the last ten years, but what has been done? And what needs to be done? This talk will focus on three issues. Firstly, the background to digitisation in Ireland, and the reasons for the slow pace of development in the past. Secondly, an overview of...

Brian Donovan

Brian is CEO of Eneclann and a Director of brightsolid online publishing Ireland (findmypast Ireland), two of the leading genealogical companies in Ireland. He jointly founded Eneclann in 1998 at...
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Moving From Amateur to Professional Genealogist – Are You Ready?
Many professional genealogists started out doing their own family history research. After some years of research  experience, many amateur genealogists decide to make the move to becoming a professional. This lecture will examine the ethics which a genealogist must subscribe to before setting up in business. The various paths to becoming a professional will be explored including courses,...

Eileen M. Ó Dúill

Eileen O Duill, is a Certified Genealogist, specializing  in probate genealogical research in Ireland. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland and is Trustee...

S.O.G. studio 3

Beginner
10:15
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The Scottish Poor Law: a source for family historians
The systems for the relief of the poor in Scotland differed considerably from the English system of poor relief. Both the ‘old’ and ‘new’ Scottish Poor Laws produced distinctive records which are rich resources for family history. From Kirk Session minutes, heritors’ records, hearth tax rolls, applications for poor relief and poor rolls to parochial board minutes and...

Patricia Whatley

Patricia Whatley is University Archivist & Head of Archive, Records Management and Museum Services/Director of the Centre for Information Studies at the University of Dundee, which offers a...
Beginner
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Tracing Your Welsh Ancestors
This presentation is aimed for all with interest in Welsh family history, demonstrating the problems that may be encountered when doing research in Wales – geography, surnames, the language, nonconformity.  How and where to gain access to records in Wales and discuss some sources that may not usually be considered such as manorial and estate records.

Beryl Evans

I have worked at the National Library of Wales since 1985, working in various posts relating to family history and public services. At present I am the Research Services Manager. I have contributed...
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Starting Your Irish Family History
In this lecture, Helen Kelly MAPGI  will outline the various preparatory steps that you need to take in preparation for your Irish family history research. Her lecture will include a step-by-step guide to the main sources for your Irish family history research, such as church records of baptism and marriage, civil records of birth, death and marriage, available census returns, and land/...

Helen Kelly

Helen Kelly is a well-known Irish genealogist and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (the accrediting body for Irish Genealogists).   In addition to carrying out...
13:15
14:00
Shipwrecked! Ancestors Lost at Sea.
A practical guide to tracing people (crews, passengers) lost at sea during peace and wartime. Focuses on online sources (free and subscription), and the documents available at archives (including local archives, National Archives, and specialist archives such as Guildhall Library).  The value and use of these sources will be demonstrated via a series of real case histories, telling the story...

Dr Simon Wills

I have been investigating maritime ancestors for over 25 years as a genealogist, researcher, and writer. I am a regular contributor to a number of family history magazines, and author of the books...
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Making More of Census Returns – understanding relationships”
Each person encountered in census returns has one of a number of ‘relationships’ listed alongside their name, but the true value of this single word can often be overlooked in favour of other details. The researcher can glean much about an individual and their circumstances (past and present) through interpreting these terms. This illustrated presentation will offer some ideas for...

Caroline Norton

By day a health care professional, and out-of-hours, a family and local historian, with 25+ years’ experience of research which has taken me all around the country and beyond. A long...
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Putting your Ancestors in their Place: sources for reconstructing nineteenth century communities
Our ancestors did not live in isolation. They had neighbours, communities, homes and workplaces. This session describes how to build up the history of a locality and provide a context for our ancestors’ lives. Focussing mainly on the C19th, the sources described range from the well known to the more obscure. Community reconstruction is explained. Such reconstruction involves dissecting a...

Dr Janet Few

Janet is an experienced family, social and community historian, She works as an historical interpreter, spending time living in the C17th as Mistress Agnes. Janet’s book  Coffers, Clysters...
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British Empire sources for family history
Takes a look at sources useful for the family history of those living in the British Empire (excluding Canada, Australia and New Zealand). These include generic sources with relevance to many parts of the Empire held in the UK and those held in the colonies themselves. Areas covered will include Africa, the Caribbean/West Indies and South Asia. Africa has received little attention in this regard...

Graham S Holton

Graham has been involved in one way or another with genealogy and family history for most of his life. After long experience as a librarian, his involvement in the field of teaching family history...

S.O.G. studio 4/ WWI ANCESTORS

Beginner
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ScotlandsPeople – interesting examples plus military references and an overview of the Scottish soldiers wills
Details of interesting examples of records available on the ScotlandsPeople website and at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh. Records that refer to the military will be included and a preview of the soldier’s wills released August 2013 to commemorate WW1.

Iain Ferguson

Iain Ferguson is the Centre Manager at the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh. 
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12:00
Tracing prisoners of war and internees in the First and Second World Wars
This talk looks at the prisoner experience (both military and civilian) and suggests ways to find out more about any ancestor who was taken captive in either conflict. 

Sarah Paterson

Sarah Paterson is Family History Librarian at the Imperial War Museum, and has worked there for 26 years.  She is the author of Tracing Your Family History: Army and edited the other books in...
Beginner
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Remnants of a Lost Life
With the forthcoming Great War commemorative events many people are looking for both family and local history sources to research ancestors or local people.  With an ancestor having served in the early days of the Royal Flying Corps Jackie grew up with his picture and framed medals on the wall of her Grandparents’ home.  The discovery of his diary and war photographs, returned...

Jackie Depelle

Jackie Depelle is a full-time Family History Tutor and Lecturer, Chairman of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies, member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and Genealogy Event Organiser....
Beginner
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Remembrance and Community: war memorials and local history
War memorials are familiar to family historians, and will become increasingly a focus for their interest as the centenaries of the First World War approach. This lecture will encourage you to go beyond the lists of names to explore how decisions were made about the memorial, its style, financing, location, wording, and its place in the local community for subsequent generations.

Dr Jane Howells

Dr Jane Howells is editor of Local History News for the British Association for Local History. She is an experienced author, and a regular speaker to local and family history organisations. 
Beginner
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15:00
World War One: Women in War
Before the outbreak of World War One in 1914, a woman's role in the workplace was quite restricted, jobs for women consisted mainly of domestic work, nursing, teaching and agriculture if their family owned a small holding. The Great War changed the role of women in the workplace forever and this lecture details the unsung heroes of the war who kept the industrial wheels turning and the home...

Kirsty Gray

Running her own research company ‘Family Wise Limited’, as well as being Chair of two international charities and Director of English Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical...
15:15
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Overcoming trench walls – how to break out from your WW1 research problems and advance to ultimate genealogical victory
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 entrap the unwary.  This lecture will suggest various research strategies and records that can help if you have fallen into one of these shell holes.  Have you used parish magazines or probate calendars?  And what are Silver War...

Simon Fowler

Simon Fowler is a professional researcher, writer and tutor specialising in history. In recent years he has researched dozens of men and women who served across the world during the two worlds wars...
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The National Archives: Civil Servants and the First World War
It can be difficult to research ancestors who were civil servants, and many records have not been preserved at all. Despite this, a surprising amount can be found about government employees during the First World War. Files in The National Archives describe how government services managed the demands of wartime: not only replacing staff who joined the armed forces, but often dealing with...

Audrey Collins

Audrey Collins is a family history specialist at The National Archives. She graduated in history and politics from the University of Warwick, and was a freelance researcher, speaker, teacher and...

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