October 22, 2018

Speaker Spotlight: Robert Parker and Sylvia Valentine

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Today continues the feature which runs over the coming weeks, bringing an insight into the fantastic arena talk programme and some fascinating facts about the speakers behind them.

Robert Parker

Robert Parker is an advanced speaker and member of Toastmasters International, plus a professional Genealogist and Trainer, based in Cambridgeshire.

Starting your family history in the digital age (Friday 7 June 2019 at 2:30pm in ARena 2)

With the widespread use of the Internet or World Wide Web for family history, where do you start? Which websites should you use, and where can you find the right data for your family amongst the billions of records?

Finding the right websites is one thing but using them can be a minefield! Discover the techniques that reveal your ancestors, amongst the other families that may lead you astray; or worse still encourage you to compile the wrong family tree.

1. How far are you travelling to reach the show?

I’ll be travelling from St Neots in Cambridgeshire to join the show, just over 75 miles

2. What are you most looking forward to at the show?

Sharing my knowledge and passion for family history, meeting fellow genealogists and catching up with the latest news and developments. Most of all feeling I am part of one, huge family with a common interest

3. What first sparked your interest in genealogy?

I knew both my Grandmothers, but not my Grandfathers growing up. I also had family stories that I had been told as a child and I wanted to find out more about these and what had happened to my extended family. I have since discovered family in North America, New Zealand and Australia was well as many fascinating stories and facts. Some sad, many life affirming!

4. If people want to find out more about you, where can they do so?
Check out my website at https://myfamilygenealogy.co.uk and have a look at my blogs to discover the journey I have undertaken in discovering my ancestors. What stories might your ancestors tell?

5. Would you care to share a fun fact about yourself or something that no one else knows until now?

I love travel. One of my most memorable experiences was flying over the Serengeti by balloon as part of my honeymoon; watching the wildlife far below. My wife and I then sat on the plains eating breakfast, with a couple of armed guards in case the wildlife wanted to join in!

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Sylvia Valentine

Sylvia Valentine is an experienced family history researcher and has been researching her family tree for more than 40 years. She enrolled as a Masters Distance Learning student in Family and Local History with the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at Dundee, graduating with an MLitt in 2016.

Finding Your Way Around Workhouse Records

This talk introduces many of the various examples of the types of records created by the Poor Law amendment Act of 1834 in England and Wales. It does not cover Scottish Records.

The presentation will explore a little of the history and context of the legislation, its structure before exploring some examples of the various types of records and how they might help you develop your family history. It will also provide advice about locating records and make suggestions for on line resources and other reading which could help you find your way around workhouse records.

1. How far are you travelling to reach the show?

About 130 miles

2. What are you most looking forward to at the show?
Meeting old friends and making lots of new ones, who share my passion for family history.

3. What first sparked your interest in genealogy?
Listening to my mother and grandmother talking about various relatives who loved in Lancashire and Canada.

4. If people want to find out more about you, where can they do so?

Visit my website www.recoveryourroots.co.uk

5. Would you care to share a fun fact about yourself or something that no one else knows until now?

I have a second cousin twice removed who lives in Hawaii (I am waiting for the invitation to visit)

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