Events

This calendar includes events, talks and articles that I will be involved with as an attendee, organiser or speaker if you are heading to them as well do let me know – it would be good to say hello.

22 February 2020 Guild of One-Name Studies Seminar: Less Conventional Lives : There have always been those who society regarded as leading unconventional lives, whether because of particular cultural beliefs or a personal choice of lifestyle or work. This can make them difficult subjects for research. In this seminar we have invited speakers who can provide advice and insights into researching our Romany, fairground, theatrical, showmen and hawker ancestors. Further details can be found on the Guild website.

Littleton Millenium Memoiral Hall, The Hall Way, Littleton, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6QL

17-18 April 2020 Family Tree Live: Alexandra Palace, London: I spoke at this conference last year & I really enjoyed the event so I am heading back for both days this year.

More information is available on their website

24-26 April 2020 Guild of One Name Studies Annual Conference. Sources and Resources: I always attend this event as it is a great social event as well as a good learning experience with a range of speakers over two days. The detailed programme is available on their website. There will also be an opportunity to visit The Bodleian Library or the BMW Mini Plant at Cowley on the Friday afternoon.

Jurys Inn Oxford, Godstow Road, Oxford OX2 8AL

16 May 2020 Guild of One-Name Studies Seminar: On the Wrong Side of the Law: From big time villain to petty thief, we can probably all find one or two ancestors who didn’t manage to keep on the straight and narrow. We return to this West Country venue to discover more about the working of the criminal justice system, and the court and prison records that will help us track down individuals, and to explore the fascinating links between crime writing and genealogy.

Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Road, Ruishton, Taunton TA3 5JD

26-27 June 2020 The Genealogy Show: I missed out on this event last year but I have heard good reports about it and there are some well known speakers there so I am going to be there for both days this year. The full programme can be found on their website

1 August 2020 Guild of One-Name Studies Seminar: Those Who Served: Nearly every generation has known war. Whatever their reasons, whether press-ganged, patriotic or penniless, many of our ancestors served and their stories from Napoleonic times to the two World Wars can be revealed in the records. I will be co-presenting one of the talks with a fellow Swalwell descendant, Marilyn Standfast, exploring the life of Matthew Swalwell, a veteran of the Peninsular War & Waterloo and a Chelsea Out-Pensioner.

Stock Village Hall, Common Road, Ingatestone CM4 9NF

10 October 2020 Guild of One-Name Studies Seminar: Widening Horizons: This ‘tools and techniques’ seminar will be run jointly by the Guild of One-Name Studies and the Local Population Studies Society, with various speakers looking at ways of collecting, analysing and interpreting data collected in the process of one-name studies or local population analysis.

Solihull Methodist Church, Blossomfield Road, Solihull B91 1LG