2021 Conference

Genealogy and Social History: Know your Ancestors

A free conference on Zoom

Saturday 25 September 2021

Our conference “Genealogy and Social History: Know your Ancestors” will be held online via Zoom and Facebook Live on 25 September 2021.

Due to the amazing demand for places at our conference, we are pleased to let everyone know that we have increased the numbers of tickets available through Zoom.   

To register for this conference please click on the link below and Zoom will send you an invitation to join:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conference.

The keynote talks are:

Researching your criminal ancestors

Helen Johnston, Professor of Criminology at the University of Hull and Professor Heather Shore, Professor of History, Manchester Metropolitan University

Finding your ancestors at home: researching the history of houses

Melanie Backe-Hansen, a historian specialising in house histories who was involved in the recent BBC programmes ‘A house through time’

Lying Bastards”: the impact of illegitimacy on the records that our ancestors leave behind.

David Annal is a professional researcher with over 40 years’ experience. He is a former Principal Family History Specialist with the National Archives.

We will also have several short paper presentations based on the abstracts submitted through the call for papers:

  • What genealogists and social historians can learn from each other by Caroline Gurney
  • Business histories: putting our ancestors into their commercial communities by Elizabeth Walne
  • Who was Kastian Richardson? From family story to theatrical social history by Diana Nicoll
  • Dusting and Digging: The work of women, 1796-1829 by Valerie Brenton
  • Life of the Early Victorian Deaf and Dumb (A Yorkshire Study) by Anne Sherman
  • Hidden history: Tales of everyday life in Newspaper Advertisements by Audrey Collins
  • Jilted! Or the insights offered in breach of contract of marriage cases by Kate Keter

This is a great opportunity to come together to share good practice and the latest ideas in genealogy. There will also be a breakout session for student delegates in the afternoon. The full programme is now available to download as a PDF file below.

Please email admin@qualifiedgenealogists.org if you have any questions or need any help with registering.