Family Tree Live virtual conference


18 April 2020
The Family Tree virtually Live event will be held on 17 and 18 April right here on our website, bringing you a range of video tutorials and special offers.

We're not letting the current situation stop us, and whilst we're unable to meet up at Alexandra Palace for Family Tree Live 2020, we're still bringing elements of the show to you here on the website.

Family Tree Virtually Live in partnership with the Family History Federation.

Quick links…
Video tutorials (Friday 17 April)
Video tutorials (Saturday 18 April)
Virtual goody bag (available from Friday 17 April)

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Video tutorials

The range of video tutorials are brought to you by many of the speakers who were planning to talk at Family Tree Live 2020. The Family Tree Virtually Live collection of videos will be freely available to watch from 17th until 24th April, after which they will only be available to Family Tree magazine subscribers. Join Family Tree today for only £3 and gain access to the full, growing library of videos.

Video tutorials, Friday 17 April…

To view a video simply click one of the title links below:

Turning your family history into a book
Get tips on turning your ancestors’ lives into a compelling narrative with author Ruth Badley. Learn how to write a family history for future generations to treasure.

Discover how to trace your family history for free
Learn about key family history websites that don’t cost a penny with the Frugal Family Historian, blogger and professional genealogist Alison Spring.
Hidden in plain sight!
Get in-depth research tips with professional researcher Amelia Bennett, Vice-President of the Society of Genealogists, who shares her wealth of experience in getting so much more from the websites you may already be using…
Learn how to integrate your DNA with your online family tree
Daniel Horowitz, the genealogy expert at MyHeritage, explains DNA basics, plus how to use the DNA tools on the website to transform your research into your genes.
How to write your family history. Starting with YOU!
Former Editor-in-Chief BBC Online, Bryher Scudamore now enlists her decades of journalism experience to help people tell their life story. Here she shares her simple but extremely effective steps to help you write your family history without further delay.
Starting out researching Irish family history
Take the first steps in your Irish research as David Ryan takes us through how best to get started in finding your Irish ancestors. From exploring the geography of the Irish county where your family came from to contacting descendants on the other side of the world, David has lots of tips on how to create a to-do list and what records will be of most use.​
Find your notable Victorian
Professional genealogist Mike Sharpe looks at ways we can research our ancestors’ stories and build up a better picture of their lives using a rich range of sources, and discusses how we can write these stories up to share them with our family too.
Investigate genealogy and the Little Ice Age
Wayne Shepheard looks at the impact of Mother Nature on our ancestors’ lives from about 1300 to 1850, an era of temperature drop and persistent cold weather that lasted for five centuries and caused great hardship for our forebears.

Weddings, work and welfare
Learn about parish life for family historians with Dr Gill Draper: Open up fresh ways to research your forebear’s lives and work using church, from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.
Exploring Second World War records & memorabilia for research
Using the wartime service records of his parents as case studies, Keith Gregson shows us what we can learn about the WW2 service of our ancestors through official documents, medals, photos and memorabilia.
Why is the 1939 Register invaluable?
With Dr Penny Walters: A look at the invaluable information that can be gleaned from the 1939 Register online for England and Wales, and reflect on hidden stories within the records.
The psychology of searching
Thoughts on 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?
Learn about a FREE statistical tool for genealogy
A statistical tool for genealogy with Vincenzo Alfano. Are humanities condemned to not benefit from statistical modelling? Discover a ready-to-use tool to improve your genealogy research!


Video tutorials, Saturday 18 April…

To view a video simply click one of the title links below:

Learn how to trace your ancestors in Northamptonshire
Discover the history of the county and the valuable historic records that will help you find your family in Northamptonshire with Chair of Northamptonshire Family History Society, Angela Malin. Contains useful information that people could apply to other localities too.
Discover resources to help you trace your ancestors in the British Isles
Exploring records for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Daniel Horowitz will show you the records and tools at MyHeritage that will help you trace your roots and find out who you are.
Plan your family history trip to Ireland
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.
Making oral family history
Why you should record family stories and how to do this, with David Ryan, as he shows the value of the spoken word, with useful websites and top tips on how to become a great interviewer.
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 Workhouse, glancing back at researching earlier periods.
How to use traditional family history to understand your DNA results
Long-time family history enthusiast Karen Evans shows how by growing your family tree online, both back in time, and filling in additional branches, you can make sense of that list of DNA matches.
Three easy steps to getting started with family history
Learn how to research your family history with three simple steps: ask questions & gathering records, using birth, marriage & death records, and exploring the census. Using the life of Emmeline Pankhurst, professional genealogist Nikki Paine puts these steps into practice to show what can be achieved in your own family tree.

What stories would your ancestors tell?
An engaging talk for beginners by Robert Parker on how to start discovering your ancestors using proven research techniques, exploring the key techniques, resources and top tips for finding your ancestors and their stories.
Starting your family history online
With the widespread use of the internet for family history, where do you start? Which websites should you use? Robert Parker shares his favourite websites; those that provide results - consistently. Discover the websites to use regularly, and those that are just emerging as useful to family history and genealogy.

Learn about the Great Frost and Famine of 1739-1741
How did these events of frost and famine occur in our ancestors’ lives? Wayne Shepheard looks at the changes to the environment and the devastating impact that climate could have on their survival.
Voyages of the past
Maritime historian Dr Simon Wills talks about the seafaring journeys our ancestors made over the past few centuries, exploring life at sea, what it was like in First Class and steerage, the food, accommodation, with excerpts from contemporary diaries. This is an audio, rather than video, recording.
An introduction to surname research and one-name studies
Learn about the enthusiastic group of experts who undertake one-name studies, and find out how you can become a ‘one-namer’ too, with surname specialist Julie Goucher.
Searching for ancestors when you’re adopted
Adoptee Penny Walters shares her valuable experience in how to trace family when you’re adopted – the approaches to take, and tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Ethical dilemmas in genealogy
Penny Walters looks at the issues might arise when we’re doing our family history. From privacy issues, to breaking bad news and unexpected discoveries, a family history researcher can encounter many sorts of ethical dilemmas, so it’s as well to be prepared.


All videos are freely available to watch until 24 April, after which they will only be available to Family Tree magazine subscribers. Join Family Tree today for only £3 and gain access to the full, growing library of videos (you get a hugely popular magazine delivered to your home too!)

Virtual Goody Bag

Don't miss our range of special offers, available for a limited time only, to celebrate the virtual show! Take a look in your goody bag right now!

In partnership with the Family History Federation

The Family History Federation is an educational charity supporting over 160 member organisations throughout the world.

Find out more about the FHF here

Discover the incredible history of Alexandra Palace

Family Tree Live was due to take place at London's historic Alexandra Palace this year. Sadly we can't be there this year, but you can still take a trip back in time with this special Google Arts & Culture exhibit, which tells the dramatic story of the Palace and Park.




The Family Tree Virtually Live Crossword

As family historians we all like solving a puzzle don't we? It's in our blood!

So we've made you a family history crossword puzzle for you to do while you watch the Family Tree Virtually Live online video tutorials - you'll find all the answers in them. Solve the puzzle now…