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Alexandra Palace, London

17th - 18th APRIL 2020

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The Workshop Timetables

The workshop programme at Family Tree Live will give visitors to the show the opportunity to take their seat at one of the workshop tables, gaining hands-on family history experience, and learning with a dedicated workshop tutor who is both knowledgeable and passionate about the subject.

With a maximum of 10 people per workshop this will provide a cosy learning environment, discovering more about the family history documents and essential skills needed for tracing your roots. Each workshop will last 30 minutes, with up to 15 mins for questions and chat to the tutor afterwards.

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The workshop topics will range from those suitable for people at the absolute start of their family history journey, through to subjects to stretch your research skills too. 

One of our tables will be dedicated to teaching you more about using your DNA results, and how DNA can aid your research. Then there are 5 specialised tables, from which you can choose the subject(s) that interest you most. 

 

DNA Workshop Timetable

Time
Friday 26th April
Saturday 27th April
10.00-11.00

Working with autosomal DNA matches with Michelle Leonard

11.00-12.00

12.00-13.00

 

13.00-14.00

Lunch break 

Lunch break 

14.00-15.00

15.00-16.00

SNP testing and haplogroups with Iain Macdonald

16.00-17.00

Q&A session in main lecture theatre.

 

     


 

🌱New to family history? The workshops with the seedling symbol are all suitable for beginners to enjoy

 

Friday 26th April Workshop Timetable

 

Time Getting started in family history 🌱 Next steps in family history (Federation of Family History Societies)  Improving your family history skills  Society of Genealogists: Putting it together workshops  Improving your family history skills
Fri 10.30

Getting started! Your first 3 steps in family history: 

1. questions you need to ask, 2. records to look out for, 3. how to start your family tree 🌱


Tracing nurses in the family: An overview of the original General Nursing Council’s Registers for England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This will also include the College of Nursing’s membership Registers, the Scottish Nursing Applications (to the GNC registers) and a selection of Midwives Registers, all held by the Archive of the Royal College of Nursing. Included will be some items from our handling collection

 

Tutor

Nikki Paine of Ancestryandheirs.co.uk is a professional genealogist and member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists

Angela Malin is Chairman of Northamptonshire Family History Society and a volunteer at Northamptonshire Archives. She has a wealth of knowledge about the county, its history and resources

Beryl Evans is Research Services Manager at the National Library of Wales and is author of Tracing your Welsh Ancestors: a guide for family historians

Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists responsible for the SoG’s outreach and education programme

Kat Black, who works in the Library and Archives of the Royal College of Nursing and who has been part of the Family history project for 3 years will be leading this session

           
Fri 11.30 Stuck at the start (if you don't know your parents or grandparents): advice for adoptees and for 'filling in the blanks' 🌱

Railway ancestors & their accidents: An introduction to the Railway Work, Life & Death Project and how it can help your family railway research
Tutor

Adoptee Dr Penny Walters will explain how she merged her DNA results with her paper trail. Penny is a University lecturer in Business Psychology, and has written the book Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy.

Caroline Norton is a keen member of Cambridgeshire Family History Society and is passionate about the uses of parish registers for research

Karen Evans has a longtime love the Regency period. In recent years her family history interest has taken her to explore DNA – find her regular column explaining DNA in layman's language for family historians in every issue of Family Tree

Graham Walter is part of the SoG out-reach team Census Detectives and regularly talks and lectures for the SoG.

Dr Mike Esbester is leading the project, a joint initiative among the University of Portsmouth, the National Railway Museum and the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick. www.railwayaccidents.port.ac.uk

           
Fri 12.30

How to trace Jewish ancestors: Key records explored & explained

Tutor

Jackie Depelle is a family history tutor, speaker, event organiser and Chairman of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies
 

Jewish Ancestors? Come and find out about how to trace your Jewish Ancestors with the Jewish Genealogy Society of Great Britain

Susie Douglas has recently completed an MLitt in  Family and Local History. An AGRA Associate, she also runs family history research company Borders Ancestry, and is founder of #AncestryHour on Twitter

Dave Annal is a professional researcher, long term member of the SoG and regularly teaches SoG courses and lectures. He is also a Family Tree Academy tutor

Sue Adams is a professional researcher (familyfolk.co.uk) who is passionate about manorial records. She has recently started a phD in manorial records and looks forward to sharing her knowledge of this fascinating source

           
Fri 13.30

Researching black British family history: Advice on first steps, key records, DNA, and ways to overcome obstacles to find your roots 🌱
Tutor

Professional researcher Alison Spring is a member of the Register of Qualifed Genealogists and has recently finished studying for a Masters in Family and Local History at the University of Dundee

Sharon Hintze is a family history researcher, writer and speaker on family history and FamilySearch

Dr Janet Few is speaker, writer, living historian and author of numerous family history books, from a guide to one-place studies, women's history, social and medical history and her first family history inspired novel, Barefoot on the Cobbles

Alec Tritton is a long-time member of the Society and regularly teaches various SoG courses and lectures 

Dr Penny Walters is a university guest lecturer, and author of Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy and mother of children with black heritage, so has personal experience of this fascinating aspect of research

           
Fri 14.30

Successful Census Detecting: Reading and interpreting census records for family history. Have you spotted all the clues?

Tutor

Mary Evans loves helping people solve their family history puzzles on the Q&A pages of Family Tree, and has also worked as a researcher for the 'Who Do You Think You Are?' TV series

Julie Goucher is Secretary of the Guild of One-Name Studies and, in pursuit of her family surname Orlando, has traced her family tree over five continents

Keith Gregson is a former history teacher, now full-time tutor and life-long collector of family history memorabila. He is also author of numerous books including A Tommy in the Family and A Children's History of Northumberland

Amelia Bennett is a trustee of the SoG and is part of the SoG out-reach team Census Detectives. She is regularly to be found helping researchers at the SoG library

Dr Mike Esbester is leading the project, a joint initiative among the University of Portsmouth, the National Railway Museum and the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick. www.railwayaccidents.port.ac.uk 

           
Fri 15.30 Getting started: How to start building your family tree on MyHeritage.com 🌱

Tracing Your Caribbean Roots - Where do you start and how do you find your way? An introduction to civil and parish records and navigating through the slave registers

Stuck at the start (if you don't know your parents or grandparents): Advice for adoptees and for 'filling in the blanks' 🌱
Tutor

Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history and DNA, liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers and media, and lecturing around the world

Jackie Depelle is a family history tutor, speaker, event organiser and Chairman of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies

Adrian Stone is an expert Caribbean genealogist and founder of Our History, a company that specialises in assisting people trace their family tree through a series of lectures and workshops such as the highly sucessful 'Tracing your Windrush Roots'

Dave Annal is a professional researcher, long term member of the SoG and regularly teaches SoG courses and lectures. He is also a Family Tree Academy tutor

Dr Penny Walters is a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists, the Association of Professional Genealogists, a university guest lecturer, and author of Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy

 

Saturday 27th April Workshop Timetable

 

Time Getting started in family history 🌱 Next steps in family history (Federation of Family History Societies) Improving your family history skills Society of Genealogists: Putting it together workshops Improving your family history skills
Sat 10.30

Stuck at the start (if you don't know your parents or grandparents): Advice for adoptees and for 'filling in the blanks' 🌱

 

Exploring church registers: Discovering 'what is where' and explaining boundary changes and movements between areas, focusing on North Warwickshire as the case study

 

 

Successful census detecting: Reading and interpreting census records for family history. Have you spotted all the clues? 🌱

 

Tutor

Adoptee Dr Penny Walters will explain how she merged her DNA results with her paper trail. Penny is a University lecturer in Business Psychology, and has written the book Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy.

Jacqui Simkins is Programme and Project Manager of Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society and enjoys helping people trace their ancestors, manning family history help desks in local libraries

Beryl Evans is Research Services Manager at the National Library of Wales and is author of Tracing your Welsh Ancestors: a guide for family historians

Amelia Bennett is a trustee of the Society of Genealogists and is part of the SoG out-reach team Census Detectives. She is regularly to be found helping researchers at the SoG library

Diane Lindsay 'loves teaching anything to anyone who'll listen'. A passionate researcher and author, she uses every resource possible on the quest to treasure her family's past

           

Sat 11.30

Start searching online: Free websites explored & explained 🌱

It is recommended that you bring a laptop or tablet (or smartphone) to get the most out of the session

How to find out about your town or village: Explore the history on your doorstep 🌱

Tracing nurses in the family: An overview of the original General Nursing Council’s Registers for England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This will also include the College of Nursing’s membership Registers, the Scottish Nursing Applications (to the GNC registers) and a selection of Midwives Registers, all held by the Archive of the Royal College of Nursing. Included will be some items from our handling collection
Tutor

Professional researcher Alison Spring is a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists and has recently finished studying for a Masters in Family and Local History at the University of Dundee

Sadie McMullon is a passionate family historian and has recently completed a PhD in local history. She is Journal Editor of Peterborough & District Family History Society

Jackie Depelle is a family history tutor, speaker and event organiser and Chairman of the Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies

Graham Walter is part of the SoG out-reach team Census Detectives and regularly talks and lectures for the SoG

Kat Black, who works in the Library and Archives of the Royal College of Nursing and who has been part of the Family history project for 3 years will be leading this session

           
Sat 12.30

Railway ancestors & their accidents: An introduction to the Railway Work, Life & Death Project and how it can help your family railway research

Tutor

Mary Evans loves helping people solve their family history puzzles on the Q&A pages of Family Tree, and has also worked as a researcher for the Who Do You Think You Are? TV series

Sylvia Dibbs is Chair of the Catholic Family History Society and editor of the revised edition of Michael Gandy's A Basic Bibliography for Catholic Family History. http://catholicfhs.online/

Dr Mike Esbester is leading the project, a joint initiative among the University of Portsmouth, the National Railway Museum and the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick. www.railwayaccidents.port.ac.uk

Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists responsible for the SoG’s outreach and education programme.

Michael Turner is a member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists.

He has examined the DNA matches of many people that have prompted him to find an answer to the question How did our ancestors get there?

Here he will show you which resources can provide the answers 

           
Sat 13.30 Discover your Victorian ancestors in the census (learn where to find the records online, and what they can tell you about your families) 🌱

How to decode family photos of seafarers: Royal Navy & Merchant Navy

Tutor

Professional researcher Alison Spring is a member of the Register of Qualifed Genealogists and has recently finished studying for a Masters in Family and Local History at the University of Dundee

Caroline Norton is a keen member of Cambridgeshire Family History Society and is passionate about the uses of parish registers for research

Simon Wills is a maritime genealogist, author of How to trace seafaring ancestors, Lifeboatmen and Voyages of the Past

Dave Annal is a professional researcher, long term member of the SoG and regularly teaches SoG courses and lectures. He is also a Family Tree Academy tutor.

Kate Keter is a Scottish based professional genealogist with an MSc in Genealogical Studies from Strathclyde University, a member of ASGRA (the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives) and the Register of Qualified Genealogists

           
Sat 14.30

Tracing Your Caribbean Roots - Where do you start and how do you find your way? An introduction to civil and parish records and navigating through the slave registers

Tutor

Mary Evans loves helping people solve their family history puzzles on the Q&A pages of Family Tree, and has also worked as a researcher for the 'Who Do You Think You Are?' TV series

Les Mitchinson is a professional researcher, the Director of Training at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS), vice chair of AGRA and RQG member. Les previously served a full career with the Royal Navy

Susie Douglas has recently completed an MLitt in  Family and Local History. An AGRA Associate, she also runs family history research company Borders Ancestry, and is founder of #AncestryHour on Twitter

Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the SoG responsible for the SoG’s outreach and education programme.

Adrian Stone is an expert Caribbean genealogist and founder of Our History, a company that specialises in assisting people trace their family tree through a series of lectures and workshops such as the highly sucessful 'Tracing your Windrush Roots'

           
Sat 15.30 Getting started: how to search for records on MyHeritage.com 🌱

Researching black British family history: Advice on first steps, key records, DNA, and ways to overcome obstacles to find your roots
Tutor

Daniel Horowitz is the Genealogy Expert at MyHeritage, the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history and DNA, liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers and media, and lecturing around the world

Les Mitchinson is a professional researcher, the Director of Training at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS), vice chair of AGRA and RQG member. Les previously served a full career with the Royal Navy

Karen Evans has a longtime love the Regency period. In recent years her family history interest has taken her to explore DNA – find her regular column explaining DNA in layman's language for family historians in every issue of Family Tree

Alec Tritton is a long-time member of the SoG and regularly teaches various SoG courses and lectures

Dr Penny Walters is a university guest lecturer, and author of 'Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy' and mother of children with black heritage, so has personal experience of his fascinating aspect of research