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Alexandra Palace, London 17th - 18th APRIL 2020

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Friday
17 April

 


Lecture Theatre

Lecture Theatre 1 Lecture Theatre 2
Lecture Theatre
10.30am

DNA success stories and how they were solved with Donna Rutherford: Real case studies of DNA puzzles – and details of how they were solved.

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Hidden in plain sight - free sources we often overlook with Amelia Bennett: A journey through where to find useful genealogical records that are often not known about, or forgotten, in preference for the more commonly used websites.

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From Waterloo to the Somme - Searching for your 19th/20th century Army ancestors with Les Mitchinson: The development of Army records from a period prior to the introduction of continuous service through to the point where records are held by the MoD.

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A novel approach from Shetland for family history societies to engage with their public with Dr Alan Beattie: Shetland FHS has a unique style of presenting family history to the general public. It is highly popular and attracts many non-members to engage.

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11.30am

Y-DNA testing with James Irvine: exploring how Y-DNA testing can help to research your surname.

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Online resources for professions & occupations with Peter Christian: An introduction to the main types of internet resource available for our ancestors’ working lives.

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My ancestor was a liar with David Annal: Piecing together the family puzzles, when the facts aren't quite what they seem.

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Administration, appeals and allegiance - the inner workings of the Quarter Session with Claire Moores: Covering an introduction to the legal structure, the administrative and judicial functions, and particular records for family history research.

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12.30pm

Your DNA ethnicity & heritage with Michelle Patient: Ethnicity results can be surprising, but what do they really mean and how can they be useful in understanding your ancestral heritage?

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Family history on a budget with Alison Spring: Money-saving tips and inspiration from a very frugal family historian.

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Tracing Welsh ancestors through death records with Beryl Evans: Our ancestors often left more than a death certificate when they died. An insight into death customs, traditions and other records in Wales.

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Ideas for researching Non-Conformist Ancestors with Jackie Depelle: A review of sources providing information on people perhaps not in Church of England records. Includes hints & tips for picking up signpost clues.

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1.30pm

Combining DNA and paper trail results in your family history research with Karen Evans: Practical ways to making your paper results ‘DNA ready’ and recording cousin matches.

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Oh dear! It seems Great-Grandma was born in Stafford Gaol! with Diane Lindsay: Sources for research into Victorian female criminals, centred on the life and times of my 2x great-grandmother Jane Copestake, recidivist, of Stafford Goal.

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Genealogy and the Little Ice Age with Wayne Shepheard: Information and perspective offered concerning studies of the families living during the prolonged harsh living conditions of the Little Ice Age (1300-1850 AD).

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Church courts - sin, sex and probate with Dr Colin Chapman: Church courts judged and recorded inappropriate behaviour of parishioners and clergy, issued marriage licences and proved wills. Procedures and witnesses’ statements are revealing.

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2.30pm

Demystifying the numbers related to DNA testing with Donna Rutherford: It’s all about the numbers in this talk!

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Family records for Second World War service with Keith Gregson: Looking at the kind of records which might have been kept by both males and females who served in the war.

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5 killer apps for mobile genealogy with Graham Walter: Utilise you smart device for family history research.

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Researching your Jewish ancestry on the internet with Michael Tobias: How to trace your Jewish branches worldwide with particular emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe. Online sources and techniques will be discussed as well as some of the difficulties encountered.

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3.30pm

How to successfully combine DNA & traditional research with Michelle Leonard: This talk will demonstrate why it's essential to combine DNA testing know-how with traditional research methods to be successful with DNA research.

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Anatomy of a successful blog with Paul Carter: Explore the seven key steps to setting up and publishing a blog to support your family history, accessible to all.

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Researching British India family history for free using online sources with Valmay Young & Beverly Hallam: A walk through the key resources freely available online for researching your family history in British India.

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Using Sheriff Court records for family history research with Fergus Smith: Scottish Sheriff Court records are a vast yet neglected source for family history. This talk describes the records of the Sheriff Courts in Scotland, what they contain, and how they can be used by family historians.

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4.30pm

FamilyTreeDNA targeted testing with Janine Cloud: Choosing the right DNA test and the right tester.

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DNA made simple - with Peter Calver of LostCousins. How to knock down 'brick walls' in your
family tree without understanding the science!

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Saturday
18 April



Lecture Theatre

Lecture Theatre 1 Lecture Theatre 2
Lecture Theatre
10.30am

Using autosomal DNA for genealogy with Donna Rutherford: Making the most of your autosomal DNA match.

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Off the beaten track - planning your Irish research trip with David Ryan: How to get around and which repositories to visit when planning an Irish research trip.

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Tracing Windrush roots with Adrian Stone: How oral history was used to trace a 6,000-people family tree around the globe!

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The solution to research challenges with Ian Waller: Every family historian encounters research challenges. I examine ways of breaking down barriers and overcoming challenges posed by the documents we use to research our ancestry.

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11.30am

DNA testing & Mayflower lineages with Janine Cloud: Explore who the Pilgrims were, and learn about the use of DNA testing in confirming Pilgrim lineages, especially connections to England.

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Your ancestors travels by sea with Dr Simon Wills: This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing. But what was the experience like for our ancestors who travelled by sea? 

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Using the MyHeritage search engine for British Isles research with Daniel Horowitz: From essential records to in-depth research.

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The Great Frost & Famine with Wayne Shepheard: The impact of the 1739-41 cold weather event on people and communities across Europe; a model for other similar events of the Little Ice Age.

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12.30pm

The genetic genealogy revolution with Debbie Kennett: How DNA testing is transforming family history research.

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Finding and using local and parish records online, at the Society of Genealogists and elsewhere with Else Churchill: Records for the places where your ancestors lived are the bedrock of family history. You have to understand them. You can’t research without them.

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From Trafalgar to Jutland - Searching for your 19th/20th century Naval ancestors with Les Mitchinson: The development of naval records from a period prior to the introduction of continuous service through to the point where records are held by the MoD.

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What stories would your ancestors tell? with Robert Parker: An engaging talk for beginners on how to start discovering your ancestors using proven research techniques.

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1.30pm

The truth in our DNA with Laura House: What genetic genealogy tells us about our ancestors’ hidden lives.

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Identifying your ancestors' Second World War military photos with Graham Bandy: a fascinating look at the clues to spot to help you trace your World War 2 service personnel.

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The psychology of searching with Dr Penny Walters: A look at psychological explanations of kinship, tribalism, duty, responsibilities, nostalgia, homelands, voids, and the need to devise a narrative. Why do we search?

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2.30pm

What's all the fuss about? with Michelle Patient: DNA testing is new to many family historians, this presentation discusses its usefulness as a source of genealogy evidence.

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Sources for World War 2 Army ancestors with Simon Fowler: A look at the essential papertrail resources to help you trace your family heroes.

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DNA made simple - with Peter Calver of LostCousins. How to knock down 'brick walls' in your
family tree without understanding the science!

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Living the Poor Life - researching ancestors as inmates, governors or staff in the workhouse with Dr Gill Draper: Learn how to use workhouse records to research lives under the New Poor Law’s dreaded Union Workhouses, glancing back at researching earlier periods.

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3.30pm

Understanding third party tools with Michelle Leonard: Gain an overview of all of the major third party tools available to use with DNA results and why they are worth using.

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Searching for ancestors when you're adopted - have you ever found your 'real' family with Penny Walters: This session will explain how adoptees can obtain their adoption paperwork, how to identify relatives through DNA testing, and look at ethical dilemmas.

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My ancestors weren’t American, but US research and records may still help you! with Deborah Hart-Stock: American resources often involve analysis of and clues to British records and genealogical information.  This talk suggests materials to research, and what they might reveal.

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Passage to India with Richard Morgan: Getting to India in the Raj was a major exercise and controlled by the East India Co. As a result fascinating records remain.

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