Keith Gregson - Family Tree Live speaker profile


22 January 2019
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How to research your seafarer ancestors


How to research your seafarer ancestors

Keith Gregson will be speaking on ‘All at sea – researching master mariners, shipbuilders, ship-owners and shipbrokers’ at Family Tree Live


Introducing Keith Gregson’s talk:

In his presentation Keith Gregson will show you how to get a better feeling the lives of ancestors in the merchant marine and maritime life in general. He will explore how the ‘system’ worked as sail moved to steam, covering the Victorian and Edwardian periods. He will explain how sailors and officers linked to those who built the ships, those who owned them and those who filled them with goods.

The talk should be of use and interest to all with ancestors working in any area of a life at sea, from shipbuilding, owners and brokering, to sailing the high seas in the Merchant Navy.


This talk is for you if you wish to learn more about the maritime industry and trades or have ancestors who worked in these roles.

Suitable for many levels of family history experience.


Come along to Family Tree Live find out more…

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Keith Gregson will be speaking at 11.30 on Friday 26 April 2019


Mini bio:

Keith Gregson is both a popular and academic historian with a range of publications stretching over the past 40 years. He is well known to readers of Family Tree - in particular for his contributions on the First World War during the recent centenary commemorations. His main focus now is on maritime history which will be the main feature of his talk at Family Tree Live and also on a range of useful new resources which he will discuss with fellow researchers who decide to attend his workshop. Keep up with his research (and musical ventures) at


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The talks are included in your all-inclusive Family Tree Live ticket price. To find out more about this brand new family history event at Alexandra Palace, click here!


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