11:15 - 12:00

Everyone will find surprises in their family trees: illegitimate babies, drunks, bigamists - and possibly poisoners. Helen Barrell will explain how she pieced together some alarming discoveries from her own research, and turned it into a Victorian true crime book. She will take you through historical records that will expand your research and enrich your story, and will suggest ways to share your writing, via websites, blogs, self-publishing, and traditional print media

Helen Barrell

Helen Barrell is a librarian at the University of Birmingham. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Punt PI, has written for magazines such as Fortean Times and Family Tree, and guest blogs for Findmypast.

Her first book, Poison Panic: Arsenic Deaths in 1840s Essex, was published by Pen and Sword in 2016.

Helen’s genealogy website is at www.essexandsuffolksurnames.co.uk and she blogs about writing at www.helenbarrell.co.uk