Another early start to the day as I wanted to access available tickets to talks which were available on a first come first served basis.
Using the Imperial War Museum & UK National Inventory of War Memorials for Family History research with Sarah Paterson & Frances Casey outlined sources available in the IWM library along with information on war memorials which can be found in many forms. Three case studies of World War 1 soldiers were described.
A change of pace with Turn your iPad (or tablet) into a family history powerhouse with Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems Podcast fame. Lisa described a number of apps including reading apps, audio and visual, location based, organisation & utility, education, genealogy magazine, collaboration and of course genealogy and history apps.
Next up, fellow American Janet Hovarka inspired with Grandmother’s Bullet Proof vest: Why your Children Need to Know Their Family History and What To Do About it. Check out her website Zap the Grandma gap for free resources.
In the afternoon Nick Barratt spoke about The Future of Family History. The influence of television shows such as “Who Do You Think You Are?” and the convenience of the internet and increase in digitised records has changed the landscape. But still everyone will always have a story to uncover and tell.
Darris Williams of Family Search presented an interesting presentation on Online Maps for Family History in fact suggesting that genealogy without maps was like painting with your eyes closed. He mentioned a number of sites including World Family Names, Ordnance Survey (UK) and A Vision of Britain.
Chris Paton rounded up the day with his very informative Irish Family History Online
The Society of Genealogists will have notes from most speakers at the event available on their website in a week or so.
I was also pleased to speak to folk at the Federation of Family History Societies stand where they were handing out their updated “Our really useful information leaflet”. Look for the update on their website in the next couple of weeks. This is an excellent guide to the basics for research in the UK including a list of useful websites.