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ON BOARD the QUEEN MARY in Long Beach, California
Thursday-Friday-Saturday 23-24-25 August 2001


David Dobson is from St. Andrews, Scotland and the author of invaluable works on the impact of Scottish migration on the history of America. Join us as he recounts Scottish history and the records created by our ancestors. Through his work, you may find your Scottish connection.

Michael Gandy, editor of the Journal of the Society of Genealogists, London, will vividly describe how and where your ancestor lived.  He is also the English specialist on non-conformist churches who will lead you from Medieval times to the present. Michael can help you find that ancestor who eludes you.

Trevor Parkhill, Keeper of History, Ulster Museum, National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland, will guide you through the intricacies of Irish research. A dynamic speaker with a great sense of humor, Trevor will lecture on the records and history of all Ireland prior to 1922.

Join the authors and lecturers Elaine Alexander, Nancy Carlberg, Jan Cloud, Annie Lloyd, Linda Merle, Barbara Renick, and Mary Russell as they aid you in finding the records you need in America, tracing Colonial American connections, finding British passenger lists, meeting Welsh ancestors, learning of the Scotch-Irish, and learning how to  travel on the Internet through GENUKI.

Seminar Schedule

WEDNESDAY 22 August 2001

5:00 - 7:00 PM NO-HOST BAR.
This informal "meet & greet" reception is a chance for you to meet our speakers before the official opening on Thursday. Our vendors will also be open for business for early browsers. You may register early and pick up your syllabus.

THURSDAY 23 August 2001


8:30 - 9:30 AM

  • T1   THE MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF SCOTTISH SURNAMES - David Dobson - Learn how an understanding of the development of distinctive surnames is a useful tool for genealogists.
  • T2   COUNTY POOR AND TOWN POOR-18TH & 19TH CENTURY - Michael Gandy - It has been said "the poor are always with us," especially in genealogical research. Learn how to find records relating to these ancestors.
  • T3   USING PERIODICALS TO CONNECT YOUR ANCESTORS - Nancy Carlberg -Learn which periodicals are known for their accuracy and which will help you make connections to the British Isles.

9:45 - 10:45 AM

  • T4   THE 1798 REBELLION IN IRELAND - Trevor Parkhill - The history of the rebellion helps explain the migration to America. The discussion points out the records created and their availability.
  • T5   WHY CAN'T I FIND MY NON-CONFORMIST ANCESTOR IN CHURCH RECORDS? - Annie Lloyd - Non-conformist church or chapel? How do you find the records?
  • T6   PRE-1837 ENGLISH MARRIAGE SOURCES AND INDEXES - Jan Cloud - Learn of details of records and of indexes to assist in locating marriages.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • T7   RECORDS OF THE COURTS-EXCHEQUER AND CHANCERY - Michael Gandy - Why are these courts important? What are the records and how do I use them?
  • T8   SCOTTISH MARITIME RECORDS - David Dobson - Documentary sources for genealogist and emigration historians include port books and custom books to use as aids.
  • T9   JUMPING THE POND WITH YOUR COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND ANCESTORS - Nancy Carlberg - Learn how to make connections from Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

12:00 - 2:00 PM LUNCH INCLUDED

2:00 - 3:00 PM

  • T10   SCOTTISH CIVIL REGISTRATION - Nancy Carlberg - Techniques for searching births, marriages & deaths post 1855. 
  • T12   FIND YOUR WELSH ANCESTOR IN NORTH AMERICA - Annie Lloyd - Where did your ancestor settle, and why did he come?

2:00 - 5:30 PM   T13   Barbara Renick  - BEGINNER'S COMPUTER WORKSHOP 

3:15 - 4:15 PM

  • T14   LOCATING PLACE OF ORIGIN IN ENGLAND OF AMERICAN FAMILIES - Jan Cloud - Strategies and sources will help, and a discussion of "tricks" and "treasures" of the trade will make it easier for you.
  • T15   HIGHLAND EMIGRATION TO COLONIAL AMERICA - David Dobson - Failure of the Jacobites, collapse of the clan system as Gaelic speaking communities move en masse to America.

4:30 - 5:30 PM

  • T16   WHAT? NO CENSUS RECORDS?- Trevor Parkhill -This lecture outlines and illustrates two principal sources for substitute census records - valuation records and registers of national schools.
  • T17   TECHNIQUES TO FIND THE PLACE OF ORIGIN OF WELSH ANCESTORS - Annie Lloyd - The U.S. census says only "Wales". This will help you locate your ancestor's origin.
  • T18   RECORDS ON ENGLISH NON-CONFORMITY - Michael Gandy - If your ancestor was not Church of England, what records are there for you to use? Where are they, and are they available to you? 


FRIDAY 24 August 2001


8:30 - 9:30 AM

  • F1   MY SURNAME IS LOKUCIEWSKI. WHERE IN WALES DID THE FAMILY COME FROM? - Annie Lloyd - That word "patronymics" and its meaning.
  • F2   SCOTTISH CENSUS SECRETS - Nancy Carlberg - Learn the trade secrets of good genealogical research.
  • F3   TRACING YOUR MEDIEVAL ANCESTORS: THE REALISTIC POSSIBILITIES - Michael Gandy - Records are available to medieval researchers; can you make the connection?

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM   F4   Mary Russell  - BEGINNING IRISH WORKSHOP 

9:45 - 10:45 AM

  • F5   GENWEB PROJECTS & WEB RING FOR BRITISH RESEARCH - Barbara Renick - Learn how these ongoing projects can be of use in your British and Irish research.
  • F6   NATURALIZATION RECORDS FROM COLONIAL DAYS TO TODAY- Elaine Alexander - A description of the documents and how to find them and use them.
  • F7   SCOTTISH EMIGRATION TO COLONIAL AMERICA, 1607-1707 - David Dobson -Discussion of attempts to establish independent communities from Canada to the Carolinas and of individuals who settled in the other colonies.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • F8   ARE WELSH ESTATE RECORDS WORTH SEARCHING? - Annie Lloyd - What estate records are and how they can help in your search.
  • F9   TYING DOWN YOUR IMMIGRANTS - Michael Gandy - How can you determine if you have found the correct ancestor?
  • F10   SCOTTISH PROBATES & WILLS - Nancy Carlberg - Ancestors may be found if you know how to find the documents and read them.

12:00 - 2:00 PM LUNCH OPTIONAL

2:00 - 3:00 PM

  • F11   SCOTS-IRISH LINKS 1575 - 1725 - David Dobson - An introduction of Scottish Plantation to Ulster and the Scottish records available.
  • F12   THE BACK DOOR ROUTE: EMIGRATION FROM IRELAND TO CANADA 1725-1950 - Trevor Parkhill - Canada was often an alternative port for immigrants and is often overlooked by genealogists.
  • F13   ALTERNATE SOURCES OF NATURALIZATION RECORDS CAN LEAD YOU TO THE SUCCESS YOU DESERVE - Elaine Alexander - Multiple pathways to find records and ancestors that have eluded you. 

2:00 - 5:30 PM   F14   Jan Cloud  - BEGINNER'S ENGLISH WORKSHOP 

3:15 - 4:15 PM

  • F15   SCOTTISH CHURCH RECORDS - Nancy Carlberg - How to find your ancestor whether he is Church of Scotland or not.
  • F16   EXPLORING 19TH CENTURY WALES: URBANIZATION - Annie Lloyd - What opportunities awaited your ancestor in the cities, and what records are there for you?
  • F17   TOOLS ONLINE FOR BRITISH RESEARCH - Barbara Renick - Maps, gazetteers and dictionaries are only a few tools available to you.

4:30 - 5:30 PM

  • F18   YOU MUST CONNECT: THE INTER-RELATEDNESS OF SOURCES IN IRELAND - Trevor Parkhill - This lecture looks at the range of sources in record offices, national and local libraries and museums and illustrates how to connect the information for the overall benefit of their research.
  • F20   GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL RESEARCH FACILITIES IN SCOTLAND - David Dobson - This identifies main libraries & archives plus specialist and regional centres.


SATURDAY 25 August 2001


8:30 - 9:30 AM

  • S1   ASSISTED EMIGRATION SCHEMES FROM IRELAND, 1700-1950 - Trevor Parkhill - A series of schemes devised to help immigrants escape conditions in Ireland. Learn about the records of these aids and schemes.
  • S2   HOW NOT TO SEARCH ON LINE - Barbara Renick - Discuss "what not to do" to save yourself costly mistakes in time, effort and money.
  • S3   NAME LISTS OF THE 17TH CENTURY - Michael Gandy - Many lists have been kept and this is a discussion of those lists, and how they came to be. These lists are one of the "best kept secrets" to many of us.


9:45 - 10:45 AM

  • S5   UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES: AN UNDERUTILIZED RESOURCE FOR ENGLISH RESEARCH - Jan Cloud - There's "gold" in "them thar" stacks for clever genealogists.
  • S6   YOUR COLONIAL MID-ATLANTIC ANCESTORS - Nancy Carlberg - Finding your colonial roots in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.
  • S7   THE CARIBBEAN CONNECTION - David Dobson - Discussion of a Scottish presence from 1626 includes the Darien Colony of 1698/1699 and its implications for America.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • S8   PASSENGER LISTS: MORE THAN JUST HOW TO USE THEM - Elaine Alexander - Elaine will give you tips on what to do next.
  • S9   TRACING MIDDLE CLASS ANCESTORS - 18TH & 19TH CENTURY - Michael Gandy - Learn who middle class ancestors were and what records they left for us.
  • S10   REFERENCE SITES FOR BRITISH RESEARCH - Barbara Renick - Learn how to reach important Internet sites and find the help you are looking for.

12:00 - 2:00 PM LUNCH INCLUDED

2:00 - 3:00 PM

  • S11   GENEALOGICAL USE OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRELAND - Trevor Parkhill - A discussion of the best way to use the records housed in the Library.
  • S12   THE RESEARCHER'S EDGE - Jan Cloud - Not all resources are created equal. Personal favorites of an American English researcher to provide new inspiration.
  • S13   SCOTS-IRISH LINKS 1575 - 1725 - David Dobson - An introduction to Scottish Plantation of Ulster and records available in Scotland to provide Scottish origins.

3:15 - 4:15 PM

  • S14   CONNECTING YOUR SOUTHERN COLONIAL ANCESTORS - Nancy Carlberg - Help in finding your roots in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.
  • S15   IT GETS EASIER EVERY DAY - Michael Gandy - Recent developments that make English genealogy easier each day.
  • S16   WE'LL ALL END UP IN THE WORKHOUSE - Trevor Parkhill - Almost a premonition of the Famine, 130 workhouses were constructed. Their records deserve greater attention from the genealogist.


SUNDAY 26 August 2001

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Research at the Los Angeles Family History Center.
(Extra fee. Includes lunch and bus transport to and from the Queen Mary.)


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