Family History Talks, Seminars and Conferences

This is a list of genealogy and family events that I am involved with either as an attendee or a speaker and others that I think may be of relevance to those interested in family history or the Swalwell surname.

9th March 2022: Guild of One-Name Studies: WebinarHiding in the Chancery Cupboard, The Trials & Tribulations of an 18th Century Wife.

Sue Swalwell is talking about the joy of Chancery records and the stories they can reveal. It is a case study based on her investigation of Richard & Elizabeth Swalwell of Whitby, Yorkshire, in the first half of the 18th Century, particularly the presence of Elizabeth in the Chancery records for approximately sixty years even beyond her death.

A recording of the talk is now available at Hiding in the Chancery Cupboard by Sue Swalwell (one-name.org). The presentation is available to non-members until 28 March and for members until 12 June.

31st March 2022: BALH Local History Hour. The Magic of Chancery

The Chancery court records are the most wonderful source for local history, as they cover every aspect of life.  A quick glance at an index shows that cases were brought by men, women, children, companies, landowners, tenants, tradesmen and just about anyone else.  The disputes are mostly about the possession of property and often recite deeds that no longer exist giving field names and acreages. 19th century cases bring life to the industrial revolution and the spread of the railways, as well as the usual family disputes over property. 

Sue Swalwell will share an example case entitled ‘Hiding in the Chancery Cupboard: The Trials & Tribulations of an 18th Century Wife’ about the joy of Chancery records and the stories they can reveal. It is a case study based on her investigation of Richard & Elizabeth Swalwell of Whitby, Yorkshire, in the first half of the 18th Century and more particularly the presence of Elizabeth in the Chancery records for approximately sixty years and beyond her death.

This will be followed by Susan Moore describing the records themselves, how to find them, what they consist of, and how to interpret them. They can be daunting to look at, but a few signposts will open these records up to all researchers.

Booking and further details available at BALH Local History Hour: The Magic of Chancery | Forthcoming BALH Events | British Association For Local History

20th April 2022: MORETONHAMPSTEAD HISTORY SOCIETY

Hiding in the Chancery cupboard; the trials & tribulations of an
C18th wife’

Sue Swalwell specialises in the use of records from the English Court of Chancery for local history & will share with us some of their enlightening stories.

Further details available MHS_programme_2022.pdf (moretonhampstead.org.uk)

22nd-24th April 2022: Guild of One-Name Studies Annual Conference: Sources & Resources

To be held at: Jurys Inn Oxford, Godstow Road, Oxford OX2 8AL

Further details available at Guild Conference & AGM (one-name.org)

14th May 2022: Guild of One-Name Studies. DNA Seminar

Four years ago, I attended the last DNA seminar organised by the Guild, and I have to say it was a fantastic event.

The speakers are all well-know DNA experts in the field of genealogy. There will be a dedicated “Introduction to DNA” stream, each talk building from the previous one, (designed such that a delegate with little or no previous DNA knowledge is expected/encouraged to attend all talks offered in this stream), with a further choice of two other talks at each time slot for those wishing to further enhance their Y-DNA or Autosomal DNA learning. 

Whatever your level of knowledge – new to DNA, keen but confused or an old hand – there will be something for everyone at Oadby on 14th May.

To be held at Beauchamp College, Ridgeway, Oadby, Leicestershire LE2 5TP

30th July 2022: Guild of One-Name Studies. ‘The Invisible Roots’ – finding the women in your one-name study

Margaret Ward in The Female Line: Researching Your Female Ancestors described women as the ‘strong but invisible roots of the family tree’. This seminar will explore legal changes, the impact of raising children, and women’s work inside and outside the home. It will discuss how women are recorded in a one-name study and hear some members’ stories of a significant and maybe unconventional woman in their family.


To be held at: Swindon Village Community Hall, Church Road, Cheltenham GL51 9QP

Further details available at Seminar events (one-name.org)

9th August 2022 8.30pm: Society for One-Place Studies. Drinking from the Well of the Nuns

Sue Swalwell’s Grandad always told her they drank the same water as the naughty Nuns of Handale Abbey who had lived on their Yorkshire farm over 400 years before. This is the story of an investigation into the farm, those 400 years and the records used. Sue will cover the use of chancery records, deeds, manorial records and maps, amongst others

Further details available: Events – Society for One-Place Studies (one-place-studies.org)