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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9:00
9:30 - Show starts
10:00
11:00
12:00
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18:00

Celebrity theatre / S.O.G. studio 1

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10:15
11:00
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
12:00
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
16:30
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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16:45
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...

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?...

Saturday 22nd 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

Signed
10:15
11:00
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
12:00
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
14:30
Keynote + Q&A sesssion
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14:45
15:30
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
16:30
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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16:45
17:30
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
12:00
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...
12:15
13:00
‘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...
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