2017 AGM & Conference Saturday 11th March




Start and open of conference



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Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

Migration Trails Across America

Americans have always been a nation on the move.  There were many reasons that brought them here, and once they were here they didn't stop.  Something "out west" always seemed to beckon them.
In this class, we will study the major trails used for migration, and the ethnic groups that predominately used those trails.  Also included are major waterways, such as rivers and canals, that enabled people to move swiftly to their next destination.
The class will finish with a case study showing the reverse migration of one of Peggy's families, and the use of census and court records used to track the family back to its first landings in America. 
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Janet Few

Following a Surname Around the World: tracing emigrants and immigrants

Janet is an experienced family, social and community historian who lectures regularly on these subjects throughout the UK, overseas and at sea. She has been involved in surname research since 1982 and is the honorary historian for the Braund Family Society

Janet completed her doctorate at the University of Exeter, researching migration patterns in nineteenth century North Devon. In her quest to track down those who left North Devon in their new homes, she has worked with many records for countries across the English speaking world.

Her session Following a Surname Around the World: tracing emigrants and immigrants will suggest various avenues that can be explored by those who are in the process of giving their study a worldwide flavour.

The handout for this session will be uploaded to her website shortly after the conference

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Martin Blythe

Living DNA: Your Ancestry

Living DNA launched in September 2016 offering the most detailed genetic ancestry test currently available to the general public. Working in partnership with the leading scientists in the field of human genetics the Living DNA test enables anyone to explore their genetic ancestry using the most detailed methods available. Currently, this fine structure analysis provides an individual with a breakdown of
their ancestry across more than 80 global geographic regions, and over 20 regions within the UK.
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Ruth Blair

The Whys and Wherefores of Scottish Emigration

This lecture will cover the reasons why the Scots left and where they eventually ended up settling. Understanding the emigration of the Scots is vital and will assist you with your research and enhance your family history story.

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Helen Smith

Australian Immigration: Colonial and Beyond

Australia was founded on emigration, initially forced emigration by the convicts to later the free settlers and post WW2, refugees and displaced person from Europe. Prior to Federation each colony was in charge of its own immigration schemes. This has produced a wealth of records, a case of following the money. Records were kept when the governments had contributed to passage costs.   Video link


Close of conference


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  1. Welcome and apologies
  1. Report from the Committee
  1. Society accounts
  1. Committee 2017 – 2018
  1. Date of next AGM:  24th March 2018
  1. Any other business


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