All are very welcome at our next meeting , tomorrow, Monday 22 September 2014, when Dave Annal will talk about “Brick walls and lost ancestors: problem solving for family historians“. It will be held at the usual venue at Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1AB. Doors open at 7:15pm for coffee, the bookstall and genealogy and computer help.
Dave says: “Even the luckiest of family historians will come up against brick walls from time to time. We’ve all experienced the feeling that our ancestors appeared from thin air. This talk will aim to show that everyone left a paper trail and that it’s almost always possible to find it. It will introduce a number of strategies to help you get around the brick walls and dead ends in your research, paying particular attention to getting the most out of online databases and advanced techniques such as ‘family reconstruction’.
Dave has been involved in the family history world for more than thirty years in a number of different roles: he has worked as a professional researcher since 1984 and was employed by The National Archives at the Family Records Centre and at Kew, where he was TNA’s Principal Family History Specialist. He is the author of ten family history books, and is an experienced lecturer. Dave is currently working on a new book on death duty registers, while running his research business, Lifelines Research.