2022 AGM & Conference Saturday 19th March

Conference Speakers

The schedule for the day is as follows (times are GMT, to convert to your time please go here):


Start and open of conference


Note that the password for each of these presentations is surname.




Ian Hartas

Getting the best out of the online Local BMD indexes

Having such a rare surname was the reason for my initial interest in genealogy. Back in 2000, I was asked to help place online some indexes to Cheshire Central Register Office's marriage and after combining these indexes with those from Cheshire West, the Cheshire BMD website was born. As the HARTAS surname is from North Yorkshire, I wanted to start a Yorkshire BMD website. Other counties also wanted to place their indexes online and so a fledgling Local BMD Project was born. 22 years later, work still continues with me producing the data processing and website software. My talk will cover some of the basic techniques in how to get the best out of these sites and also cover a basic walk through on them to suit newcomers.

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Lianne Kruger

Through the Prairies to the Rocky Mountains Records of Western Canada

If your family moved to Western Canada for land and open spaces, this session will help you find their records using Homestead records, genealogical societies, museums, provincial and federal archives, as well as FamilySearch and Ancestry.

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Phil Isherwood

Using a Research Methodology for Family History

The sources we rely on for our family histories provide information, but the analysis of that information and formulation into proof requires a structured method. Currently there is little guidance on this for beginning and intermediate family historians, especially in the UK. This talk will discuss methodologies, what they are and why they are useful. It will introduce a research methodology and show how it can be used to successfully solve complex cases.

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  Annual General Meeting of The Surname Society (see agenda below) Zoom link





  Shauna Hicks

Lesser Known Sources for Surname Searching in Australia

This presentation looks at genealogy indexes created by societies and other volunteers in all the Australian states and territories. The focus will be online indexes searchable by non-members. While useful information may be hidden behind society paywalls, there are still many sites that can be searched for surname references.

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