Sat 20th February 2021, 10:00-16:30


Talks will be held throughout the day and will be available to watch online for 24 hours.

The talks will be different from our first event and talk times will be published nearer the event.

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Breaking Down Brick Walls
Mark Bayley - Online Genealogy Expert
How to resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using new and unique search strategies to find those missing relatives. Techniques he will cover will include searching for a family using just the individuals’ forenames, keyword search tools (using criteria other than a name to search on) and other advanced search techniques. The talk also covers unique data sets such as Non-Conformist records, Non-Parochial records, Fleet marriages, Will images, Parish Records, Military Records, Directories, Newspapers and more.

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Country Bumpkins: Tracing Rural Ancestors
Else Churchill – The Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists in London
The SoG Genealogist Else Churchill gives an overview of some of the useful genealogical sources that will help you find out about your ancestors and the lives they led.Before the industrial revolution the majority of England was employed in some capacity on the land. It's a falsehood to say that agricultural labourers and the rural poor are largely anonymous.

This talk will look at some resources for finding out the stories of your ancestors who lived and worked on the land and who were accused of being a country bumpkins - a term coined by Lord Chesterfield who claimed in 1774 that " a country bumpkin is ashamed when he comes into good company”. Today we can say that we are proud to know our rural ancestors.

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Maps for Family Historians
Gill Blanchard - House Historian and Professional Genealogist
Learn how to further your family history, house history and local history research by using maps. Discover where to find them and what can be uncovered by looking at estate; enclosure; insurance, tithe; ordnance survey; canal; railway and road maps; county, town and city maps and plans, bomb damage surveys, social surveys, poverty maps, and more.

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Dr Simon Wills - Genealogist, Writer, and Author
How to find your ancestors' occupations and to discover how their occupation affected their lives, their wealth, their health, and their safety. This talk covers a wide range of helpful resources.

Occupations are interesting because they sometimes give other clues to family history. Lots of seamen ended up working from Liverpool, for example, even though it was nowhere near their home town because it was such an enormous port. Many miners and mill workers died young because of the prevalence of occupational illness. Some occupations tend to run in families and can help you find other family members in the census.

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Tracing your Ancestors lives through online resources
Amelia Bennett - Expert Researcher, Census Detective with the SOG
Using various sources, learn how to follow the journey through your family’s story. Using my own family as an example, I explain how to explore the record sets and tools at The Genealogist and elsewhere. Find out how to use them to build out information on your ancestors. This talk will allow you to learn how to trace your family and expand their stories.

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Working with your Autosomal DNA test (Making the Most of your DNA test)
Donna Rutherford - DNA Expert
Practical information for working with your DNA test, including more advanced topics like clustering and using third party tools. A good talk for people who have a DNA test and don't really know how to make the most of it.