The Family History Show, South West

Sat 20th February 2021, 10:00-16:30
UWE Exhibition & Conference Centre, Bristol


Free Talks

Free talks will be held throughout the day, from a variety of speakers.

Theatre 1

10:30 Breaking down brick walls in your family history research
with 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. Includes searching for a family using advanced search techniques. The talk also covers unique data sets.

11:30 The Genetic Genealogy Revolution: how DNA testing is transforming family history research
with Debbie Kennett - DNA Expert & Writer

DNA testing is a powerful tool, it can help to break through brick walls and solve family history mysteries. But DNA testing can also produce surprises. Debbie looks at how different tests work and discusses some of the fascinating stories discovered through DNA testing.

12:30 Tracing Your Military Ancestors
with Chris Baker - Military Expert & Professional Researcher

Chris draws on his experience from researching thousands of soldiers to explore what can be found when looking for a military ancestor.

13:30 Breaking down brick walls in your family history research
with 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. Includes searching for a family using advanced search techniques. The talk also covers unique data sets.

Theatre 2

11:00 Tips & Tricks for Online Research
with Keith Gregson - Professional Researcher & Social Historian

Keith shares top tips & techniques for finding elusive ancestors, illustrated by some fascinating case studies. He is both a popular and academic historian with a range of publications stretching over the past 40 years.

12:00 Breaking down brick walls in your family history research
with 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. Includes searching for a family using advanced search techniques. The talk also covers unique data sets.

13:00 Tracing Rural Ancestors
with Else Churchill - Professional Researcher & Social Historian

English ancestors lived in rural communities working the land. We may know nothing more about them other than the designation of labourer shown in the parish registers or census records. This talk will look at other records and ways of discovering more about rural ancestors and the communities they inhabited. It will look (inter alia) at records and resources from 1750-1950, such as parish surveys and reports on agricultural life, land and other tax records, land holding, friendly societies, school and poor law records.

14:00 Dating Family Photos from the 1840s to the 1940s
with Jayne Shrimpton - Photo Expert & Fashion Historian

Jayne Shrimpton explains how to date your family photographs, from formal Victorian studio portraits to 20th-century snapshots. She'll also discuss key fashion dating tips and cover the main photographic formats of the Victorian era.

15:00 Expert Panel
with Chris Baker, Keith Gregson, Debbie Kennett and Mark Bayley

Our expert team answer your questions.

Please note: talks are subject to change.