Findmypast’s Veterans Weekend Live Broadcast: 10am-12.30pm (EST) Saturday 8 November 2014

The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War is a time for reflection on the past. To mark this year's special Veterans Weekend, we want to help everyone find out more about your family history, discover what their relatives did in the War or start their family trees.

So we are delighted to announce our first ever Live Broadcast. Featuring an expert panel of Findmypast historians and guest speakers, the broadcast is designed to help you get further with your family history research. The talks will cover a wide range of topics - from getting started to breaking down brick walls - and you can choose to watch the entire event, or tune in for specific presentations. See the programme below to choose which presentations to watch (or join us for the whole thing!).

You can tune into the Live Broadcast at 10am (EST) on Saturday 8th November, or watch all the presentations on demand after the broadcast on the dedicated section of our blog. We'll be adding more details about the broadcast, with the link to the Broadcast here on our blog.  Follow @Findmypast on Twitter to get our event updates.

We'll also be hosting a live Q&A on family history researching on our global Facebook page with some of our speakers after the event (12.30-1.30pm EST). You can submit your questions in advance to our Facebook wall, or join us live on Saturday evening.

Live Broadcast Programme

  • 10.00am:  Joshua Taylor, Director Family History, Findmypast: Welcome
  • 10.02am:  Amy Sell, Family Historian, Findmypast: Getting Started
  • 10.20am:  Myko Clelland, Family Historian, Findmypast: Top Tips for Researching Your Family History
  • 10.40am:  Amy SellWhat the Censuses Tell Us
  • 11.00am:  Laura Berry, Lead Genealogist, BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?: Exploring British Newspapers
  • 11.20am:  Paul Nixon, Military Expert, Findmypast:  Discover Your Ancestors in the Military Records
  • 11.40am:  Brian Donovan, Director, Findmypast Ireland:  Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
  • 12.00:  Joshua Taylor: Discover Your Ancestors in International Records
  • 12.20pm:  Joshua Taylor: Closing remarks
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm: Facebook Q&A with the Findmypast Experts on our global Facebook page.

(All times EST)

More on the speakers & presentations

Amy Sell Family Historian, Findmypast: Getting Started & What The Censuses Tell Us

Amy Sell works for our sister site, The British Newspaper Archive, and is a keen and experienced family historian. She has uncovered an Olympic medal winner, a criminal and a line of chimney sweeps in her family tree. Join Amy to learn how you can start researching your own family history with Findmypast. She’ll be looking at the very first steps you should take.

 

Myko Clelland, Family Historian, Findmypast: Top Tips for Researching Your Family History

Myko Clelland has history in his veins. He has worked for Findmypast for a number of years and is responsible for spreading infectious enthusiasm for genealogy through social media, presentations and events all around the world. He will be showing you tips and tricks to help you use Findmypast to hunt down those missing ancestors and fill the gaps in your family tree.

 

Laura Berry, Lead Genealogist, BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?: Exploring British Newspapers

Laura Berry will explain how to get the most out of Findmypast’s rich collection of nine million historical British and Irish newspapers, covering 1710-1954. Laura is currently the lead genealogist for the BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are?  She was formerly the editor of Your Family History magazine and has worked as a professional archive researcher for the past 10 years.

 

Paul Nixon, Military Expert, Findmypast:  Discover Your Ancestors in the Military Records

Findmypast has the most comprehensive collection of military service records.  Detailing the approaches he took when researching the community of Chailey, Sussex during the First World War, Paul Nixon, resident military expert, will demonstrate how to make the most of Findmypast’s impressive collection of Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force records. This session will be of particular interest to those researching local war memorials.

 

Brian Donovan, Director, Findmypast Ireland:  Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

Irish research used to be near impossible. Now thanks to Findmypast’s 80 million records, the largest online collection anywhere, it is possible to unlock the secrets of your family's past. Brian Donovan, who has been at the forefront of digitising Irish family history records for over 15 years, will help you navigate exclusive collections such as the Magistrate court records, Landed Estate Court rentals and Prison registers plus many more.

Joshua Taylor: Discover Your Ancestors in International Records

Joshua Taylor, Director of Family History at Findmypast, will discuss the ins and outs of research in records outside of the UK and Ireland. Uncover the world's largest index to genealogical periodicals, the PERiodcial Source Index, along with records from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Get up to speed with researching families in the U.S. census, passenger lists, military, and naturalization records, while diving into Australia's convict and immigration records.

 

 

We're really  looking forward to welcoming you to our first live broadcast, and helping you bring your past to life this Veterans Weekend. See you on the 8th November!