Thursday, 16 June 2016

Lost in England and Scotland webinar

The Society of Australian Genealogists is holding a seminar this weekend entitled Lost in England and Scotland, with a programme of eight talks over Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th, and with yours truly contributing two Scottish based topics on the Saturday - Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and The Godly Commonwealth: Discover Scottish Church Records.

The following is the programme, with Australian times given up front (UK equivalents in brackets):

DAY 1 – Saturday 18 June 2016

3.30pm-4.10pm  (UK: 6.30am-7.10am)
A short introduction to our Virtual ‘Lost In’ weekend
What you need to know before you start – Martyn Killion
The clues you need to undertake overseas research are often contained in the Australian records. This introduction reminds you of the importance of working backwards methodically step by step, and reminds you that doing your homework is always important if you want to have success overseas.

4.30pm-5.30pm (UK: 7.30am-8.30am)
English and Scottish resources at the SAG - Alison Wolf
The SAG has many resources to assist you with your research. Have you remembered to check the MIDAS catalogues to see what records we have? Have you investigated our book and CD collection? This session will highlight the overseas resources we hold, and show you how to make the most effective searches of our catalogues.

6.30pm-7.30pm (UK: 9.30am-10.30am)
Down and out in Scotland - Chris Paton
Chris Paton is a professional genealogist from Ayrshire, Scotland.
Illness, death, bigamy, abandonment, accidents, eviction, ethnic cleansing – our Scottish ancestors faced many hardships. Chris explores these challenges and the records that were left behind.

8.00pm-9.00pm (UK: 11am-12pm)
The Godly Commonwealth: Discover Scottish Church Records - Chris Paton
Chris explores the history and records of the various churches in Scotland prior to 1855, the year in which civil registration commenced within the country.

DAY 2 – Sunday 19 June 2016

11.30am-12.30pm (UK: 2.30am-3.30am)
English censuses – Cora Num
Cora’s presentation will help you locate, understand and effectively use English census records.

1.30pm-2.30pm (UK: 4.30am-5.30am)
Scotlands People and Scotlands Places – Kerry Farmer
ScotlandsPeople and ScotlandsPlaces websites provide access to national databases of birth, marriage and death records, censuses, valuation rolls, wills and testaments, tax registers and more. In these collections researchers can find details about Scottish individuals from the 16th century to the present.

4.30pm-5.30pm (UK: 7.30am-8.30am)
Pre 1837 English parish register research – Heather Garnsey
It can be a challenge to know you’ve located the right family when you are looking for baptisms, marriages and burial records in English parish registers. This session looks at the changing format of parish registers and provides some useful pointers you can use when consulting these vital records.

6.30pm-7.30pm (UK: 9.30am-10.30am)
Til death do us part: Causes of death 1300-1948 - Janet Few
Janet Few is a UK historian and genealogist.
The diseases and accidents of our ancestors are an integral part of our family history. This webinar examines a wide variety of possible causes of death for our British ancestors, describing their symptoms and prognoses. It also suggests records that may be used to provide information about how an ancestor died.

The cost for the webinar is AU$115 for non-SAG members (about £60), AU$80 for SAG members. For further information, please visit

Should be fun - hopefully we'll see a few of you there!


For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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