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I have prepared lectures on the following topics. If there is another topic you would like to hear, covering Genealogy in Australia or the UK, or a technology topic, please contact me and I will let you know whether I am able to help.

Fifteen things you are probably doing wrong in your research
There are lots of mistakes being made by both novice and experienced researchers which stop them finding their ancestors, or worse still, lead them to adopt the wrong ancestors. Learn about these mistakes and how to overcome them.
The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers – an unknown resource
The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, spanning 1688-2005, are an almost unknown resource that has an enormous amount of information of value to genealogists about people in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Colonies. Amongst other things, if your ancestor was involved in a colliery disaster, was a JP, fell foul of vagrancy or excise laws this is a resource you should consult.
The Amazing things in the UK Gazettes
The London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin Gazettes have been the official newspapers of record since 1665. They are mostly consulted for details of military appointments and honours, but there is a variety of other information available in these gazettes, relating not only to the UK but also to the Colonies, including Australia.
The UK Gazettes: a source for Australian History
The London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin Gazettes are the official newspapers for the United Kingdom, but they contain a remarkably large amount of information on Australian History. This ranges from the appointments of the Governors of NSW and Australian Military leaders, reports from both World Wars, to awards of the Victoria Cross and honours awarded to Australian citizens. They also include announcements of various Acts of Parliament that affect Australia, information for Mariners travelling in Australian waters and information about companies set up in the Colonial Era. Deceased Estate and Intestate Estate announcements often include information about Australians. They even contain information about the inquiries into the disastrous Second Fleet
Wills from England and Ireland, and why you should use them
Wills can be an invaluable resource for family historians. They can help piece together family groups and can give an insight into a person's wealth and lifestyle. The presentation will help you understand where to search for these wills, and what they might contain.
What is the 1939 Register & why should I use it?
The National Register (known as the 1939 Register) was taken at the outbreak of World War II, and listed all persons in England and Wales on registration night, except for the military. It forms a useful census substitute, taking place between the 1921 census and the next surviving census of 1951.
A History of Calendars for the Genealogist
Every family historian needs to understand about calendars and their history. Without this knowledge you can’t understand why someone who died on 27 December 1724 could be buried on 3 January 1724, why the 10th September 1752 didn’t exist and what “1 July 25 Henry VIII” means. This talk will cover the Julian Calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, Regnal dates, dating by Saints’ days and Quaker dates.
FamilySearch: more than just the old IGI
You may be using FamilySearch regularly for your research, but chances are you are only making use of a fraction of its capabilities. From online books, to maps, research guides and training videos learn what else you can gain from the FamilySearch website.
My Genealogical Epiphany
Reading a book about the linear B tablets discovered in Crete in 1900 led to a sudden light-bulb moment. Those tablets were only deciphered by methodically studying the symbols and ignoring any preconceived ideas about the language in which they were written. Similarly, we must ignore preconceived ideas about our genealogy, including existing family trees, and only let the data dictate our conclusions. Sometimes that means ignoring some of the rules we have been taught, including verifying everything in someone else's tree, and starting with the known and working back into the unknown. The talk will give examples where this method has helped to make sense of some very complicated families.
Assisted and Bounty Immigrants
Almost all of us in Australia have immigrant ancestors. Those who came of their own free will may have paid their full passage, but many of them were "Assisted" or "Bounty" Immigrants. Learn about the subtle differences for the many schemes that helped bring out people to settle in Australia.
Understanding the UK Censuses
The census is a vital source for UK research. Learn what censuses are available, how to access them and how to interpret them.
Finding Elusive People in the UK Censuses
The UK Censuses are an important source for family historians, but some of our ancestors remain stubbornly hard to find. This talk will give you many techniques you can use to find those elusive ancestors.
Irish History Research in your PJs
Irish research used to be considered too hard. Many people had heard that all the records were burnt in 1922, which isn’t strictly true. There was also a time when you had to go to Ireland, or commission someone already in Ireland, to do any research. Now more and more records are online, some in the subscription websites, but many for free. This means that we are now able to conduct our Irish research at home in the comfort of our pyjamas.
The Registry of Deeds in Ireland
The Registry of Deeds is a little known treasure trove for Irish research. Introduced in 1708, this optional service allowed Deeds and Conveyances to be registered. It is not only land deeds that can be found. You might also find marriage settlements, leases, mortgages, and wills. The books into which the deeds were copied are available online for free at FamilySearch, as well as the Grantors index and a land index. You will learn how to navigate through these, and also all about the wonderful Registry of Deeds Index Project website.
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know: Wicked Women through History
The fairer sex? The weaker sex? Far from it! Throughout history women have been mass-murderers, baby killers, pirates and bushrangers. Learn about some of the less-exemplary examples of womankind.
Capturing Family Stories
The stories of your family are the stories of YOU: the attitudes and experiences of your family influenced who you are and what you think and feel, and therefore they should be captured. If you don’t have older relatives to interview, you should still question any relatives you have, because they might know things that you don't know. There are good ways and bad ways of asking relatives about the family, and some questioning techniques will be more effective than others. Learn about successful techniques, as well as considerations about where an interview should take place. Learn what equipment you can use for the interview and what to bring along to come prepared for a successful interview.
The History of Non-conformism in England
Do you know the difference between a Peculiar Baptist and an Anabaptist? Do you know what types of records the Quakers kept? What did the Puritans believe? Do you know how to find out what non-conformist churches existed where your ancestors lived? Understanding the background to and the beliefs of the multitude of non-conformist churches can give us an insight into our ancestors' lives. Learning what records the various groups kept can give us a new lead for our research, or prevent us looking for records that never existed in the first place. This talk will not only tackle those questions, but also give a history of many of the non-conformist churches that existed in England and Wales.
Understanding DNA for Family Historians
This full-day seminar will teach you everything you need to know about DNA, from the basic science you might have missed in High School, to the tests available and the testing companies that provide them. Learn how to interpret your results and understand your ethnicity estimates.
The History of Photography
Learn the history of photography from the first experiments up to the age of the SLR-camera, and see some fascinating examples of photos.
Dating Photos
Learn the various clues for dating photos to help you identify or rule out the subjects of a photograph. Best if combined with the previous talk
Keeping Your Photos Safe
Photos are precious and need to be kept safe. Learn how to store and label old photos, how to digitise them, and how to best store and tag digital photos and the digitised copies of old printed photos and slides.
Little-known Facts from British History
A humorous look at some interesting aspects of British History.
London Research Online
Many people have ancestors from London, but the large number of parishes in a small area has made research difficult. Now that much is online it is easier than in the past, but there are still some pitfalls that need to be avoided.
Medieval Genealogy
Have you got your ancestors back to the start of parish registers? You may still be able to go further back, by looking at records related to death, land and the law. Learn what records are available online for researching back into the medieval period.
Ireland in the lead-up to the Great Famine
Many people have heard about the conditions in Ireland during the Great Famine, but what was the state of the country before the famine? Many aspects of life in the first half of the nineteenth century set the seeds for the disaster that was to come, but other things were happening too. The start of public education, catholic emancipation, and the beginnings of the nationalist movements that were to change the country.
Ireland in the 1880s & 1890s
Understanding what was going on in Ireland in this period could help you understand why your ancestors chose to emigrate, or help you understand the politics that helped shape the country that exists now.
The Plantations of Ireland
The Plantations of Ireland have nothing to do with vegetation, but everything to do with making Ireland what it is today. You may know about the Plantation of Ulster during the reign of King James, but did you know that there were other plantations in other parts of Ireland? Learn about the history of these plantations and how they shaped the country.
Beginning Scottish Research
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Using Scotland’s People
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How to Cite your Sources
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Hands on with Trove
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Putting your Ancestors on the Ground
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The Importance of Maps for Family History
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There’s more to Google than you realise
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Birth, Death & Marriage records in England & Wales
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Online Sources for Immigration into Australia
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Convict Records Online
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