Selected Previous Talks

‘However we interpret it, there is nothing surer than that history has as much to do with the present as the past.’

Kildonan Museum, South Uist

Who Do You Think You Are? Live, Olympia – Harnessing the Facebook Generation 2012. A to Z of Family History: an alphabetical journey through some less well known sources AND Putting Your Ancestors in their Place: sources for reconstructing nineteenth century communities 2014. Are you Sitting Comfortably?: creating your family’s story AND Families in Context: researching your English ancestors and their communities in the early twentieth century 2015

8th Unlock the Past Cruise to The Baltic – various topics

British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottowa Annual Conference  – Faith, Fish, Farm or Family?: motivations for emigration from North Devon to Canada 2014. Harnessing the Facebook Generation  AND  Putting your Ancestors in their Place: 10 steps to a one place study 2015

Halsted Trust Conference: Exodus Movement of the People – Faith, Fish, Farm or Family?: motivations for emigration from North Devon 1830-1900

The Society of Australian Genealogists webinar- Putting Your Ancestors in their Place: ten steps to a one place study

Prince Edward Island Genealogical Society, Canada – Farm, Fish, Faith or Family?: the role of the Bible Christians in migration from North Devon to Canada

Society of Genealogists workshops – The Burning Time: witchcraft in the seventeenth century AND Researching your Ancestors and their Communities in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

Ontario Genealogy Society Annual Conference – Uproar and Disorder: the Bible Christians of North Devon and their impact upon nineteenth century Canada AND Putting Your Ancestors in their Place: an introduction to one-place studies

Ontario Genealogical Society webinar – A to Z of Family History: an alphabetical journey through some less well known British sources

Exmouth Community College – 2 day Beginners’ Family History Course

Guild of One Name Studies Annual Conference – Putting your Ancestors in their place: reconstructing Victorian communities AND 30 Years and Still a One Name Society AND Following One-Name Around the World: tracking emigrants and immigrants

New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Wellington branch – From Darlington to Wellington: the sad story of Isabella Fry

Auckland Heritage Festival, New Zealand – The Braund Family

The Devonshire Association, Exeter – Uproar and Disorder: the impact of non-conformity on parishes in North Devon, The Civil War in the South West AND Putting our Ancestors in their place: reconstructing Victorian communities

Cleveland Family History Society Family History Day – Sense and the Census  AND  Cauldrons, Comfits, Caudle and Coffins: Seventeenth Century Food and Drink

Cornwall Family History Society Annual Conference – Putting our Ancestors in their place: reconstructing Victorian communities

Devon Family History Society Summer Special Conference – Faith, Fish, Farm or Family: motivations for emigration from Devon 1830-1900  AND  How our Ancestors would have Died

Isle of Wight Family History Society Annual Conference – Island Bound: migrants to the Isle of Wight  AND  Besoms, Battledores, Bedsteads and Bum Rolls: the role of women in the seventeenth century AND Milkmaids, Munitions Workers, Milliners and Match Girls: women at work

Dorset Family History Society – Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our seventeenth ancestors

Buckinghamshire Family History Society – Who lived in Cottages like these? tracing the history of your house   AND   Harnessing the Facebook Generation

Weston Super Mare Family History Society – Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs: the lives of our seventeenth ancestors AND From Darlington to Wellington: the sad story of Isabella Fry AND A ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Story

Somerset and Dorset Family History Society Annual Conference – How our Ancestors would have Died AND How we used to Live 1851

Buckland Brewer Gardeners’ Club – From the Herb Garden of Mistress Agnes

South Molton U3A – How we used to Live 1851

Devon Family History Society – One day course Are you Sitting Comfortably? writing up your family history. One day course Tracing your Ancestors and their Communities in the early Twentieth Century. Two day course Finding Your Family.

Talks and Presentations

Forthcoming Talks

Some Testimonials 

Handouts

‘History is who we are and why we are the way we are’ David McCullough

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