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37th Guild Conference and AGM 2016


One-Name Studies – Home and Away 2016

The Conference and AGM was held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1PP between Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd April 2016.

This Conference featured an international feel, with presentations on research in Europe, India and the Caribbean. There is a wealth of talent amongst our members and a number of them are lecturers of international renown; we have made good use of this pool of expertise.

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Main Programme

Friday 1st April 2016
15:00 onwards Registration
16:00 DNA Discussion with Debbie Kennett
20:00 Quiz
Saturday 2nd April 2016
07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 Welcome and Opening of the Conference – Guild President
followed by the Annual General Meeting
11:00 – 12:00 Up the Cut – Derek R Harris
An amusing and informative look at the canals of England and Wales. This is a talk with a twist, don’t miss it.
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Researching Ancestors who lived in British India, 1600-1947 – Peter Bailey
Many families had members who lived and worked in British India; come and learn how to find out more about them.
14:45 – 15:45 Twiling your One-Name Study – Paul from Twile
A demonstration of this fast developing method of presenting your family history and an opportunity to consider how this might be adapted to one-name studies.
16:00 – 17:00

Stories from your ONS led by Paul Howes replaced the originally scheduled talk by Julie Goucher

Tracing your One-Name in Europe – Julie Goucher
Julie’s own ‘one-name’ has strong roots in Italy and she is author of Discovering your European Ancestors, so she is well placed to give us idea about how we can track down individuals on continental Europe.

19:00 Reception
19:30 Conference Dinner
Sunday 3rd April 2016
07:45 – 09:30 Breakfast
08:45 – 09:15 Ecumenical Service
09:30 – 10:30 Tracking my One-Name all over the world: the Eastlake family – Kim Baldacchino
A case study from Kim’s one-name study, with plenty of suggestions as to how your findings can be illustrated.
11:00 – 12:00 One-Name Studies Round the World – Panel
Suggestions of key sources for one-namers in a variety of non-UK countries. With contributions from Peter Towey, Julie Goucher and others.
12:00 – 13:30


Regional Rep Meeting

13:30 – 14:30

Tracing Living Ancestors by Geoff Swinfield replaced the originally scheduled talk by Bob Cumberbatch

British Surnames – A Legacy of British Slave-ownership – Bob Cumberbatch
The origins of Caribbean surnames and how to trace your one-name in that part of the world. Migration to and from the Caribbean and the abolition of slavery.

15:00 – 16:00 Following One-Name Around the World: tracking emigrants & immigrants – Janet Few
Examples of sources that can be used to track down those who leave UK for other parts of the English-speaking world and case studies illustrating what can be discovered.
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