Free Talks

Free talks will be held throughout the day on the mezzanine floor including the ever popular "Breaking Down Brick Walls":

Show Opening

Award winning Town Crier Michael Wood opens the event at 10 am and then gives a short talk on the history of town criers and his amusing experiences.

Tips & Tricks for Online Research
with Keith Gregson, Professional Researcher & Social Historian

Keith shares top tips & techniques for finding elusive ancestors, illustrated by some fascinating case studies.

Tracing Your Military Ancestors
with Chris Baker, Military Expert & Professional Researcher

Chris draws on his experience from researching thousands of soldiers to explore what can be found when looking for a military ancestor.

Breaking down brick walls in your family history research
with Mark Bayley, Online Genealogy Expert

How to resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using new and unique search strategies to find those missing relatives. Includes searching for a family using just the individuals' forenames, keyword search tools; using criteria other than a name to search on and other advanced search techniques. The talk also covers unique data sets such as Non-Conformist records, Non-Parochial records, Fleet marriages, Will images, Parish Records, Directories, Newspapers and more.

Mark Bayley of discusses how to break down brick walls.