Merlin Genealogy Solutions is delighted to announce a Family History Study Day on Tuesday 26 March 2019 at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 2BE from 9:30am to 4pm.
Tickets cost £12.50 and will be issued on a first come first serve basis, as we have a limited number of places. Tickets do need to be purchased in advance, as tickets will not be available on the day. It is recommended to book early to avoid disappointment.
Our family history day provides the opportunity to hear from four speakers and to talk to other people who are or would like to research their family history. Our speakers for the day and the title of their talks are below. Further information about our speakers may be found at the end of this page in italics.
- Mark Bayley from The Genealogist – Breaking down brick walls in your family history research,
- Jane Lewis from Surrey Heritage – Life and labour in a country village – or learn to love your Ag Labs!,
- Ruth Mathewson from Kindred Ancestry – We’re a’ Jock Tamson’s bairns – Researching your Scottish Ancestry.
- Julian Pooley from Surrey Heritage – Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Sources for the History of Surrey’s Mental Hospitals, 1170 – c.1990
Light refreshments will be provided but participants should bring a packed lunch or make their own lunch arrangements.
There are two pay and display car parks close to the venue, both offer parking for the disabled. The hall is also accessible by bus and train.
Tickets, programme and general information for the day will be posted to you once a booking has been confirmed.
We will send you our study day flyer which includes your ticket application form. If you would prefer a paper copy, please include your address in your message to us.
Tickets are issued on a first come first served basis, we will confirm your ticket on receipt of cleared funds.
Mark Bayley from The Genealogist
Currently working as the head of online content and company director at S&N Genealogy, Mark has been involved in many aspects of genealogy and the family business from an early age. During his time at university, he followed an interest in computers, studying Computer Science. A combination of interests of the web design, social networks and genealogy led Mark to develop TreeView as his final year dissertation project. TreeView.co.uk is a free online family tree builder that lets you record, display, chart, import, export and share genealogical information. Mark graduated with a first class honours degree and joined the company full time. Since graduating, Mark now provides tutorials on how to research your family history using tools and data sets that are available online, showing how to break down brick walls in research at events across the country.
Jane Lewis from Surrey Heritage
I am a qualified genealogist working as a Heritage Assistant for over 20 years at Surrey History Centre, the county archive and local studies library for Surrey. With thousands of enquiries and visitors every year, my colleagues and I advise and assist with all aspects of family history and we encourage people to visit and share our wonderful collections. While I am interested in all aspects of family history research, I am particularly interested in criminal and poor law history and those of our ancestors living on the margins of society. I have been involved in indexing and digitising some of these poor law and court records that we hold in our collections. Recent projects have involved studies of agricultural labourers living on the Hampshire/Surrey border and assisted migration of children from industrial schools and poor law institutions.
Ruth Mathewson from Kindred Ancestry
Ruth Mathewson, Kindred Ancestry, is an experienced professional genealogist with a particular interest in Scottish and Irish research. If you are interested in the latter, she has published extensive advice, links and unique finding aids via her free Irish resources website, www.irish-geneaography.com
Julian Pooley from Surrey Heritage
Julian Pooley is an archivist and Manager of Surrey History Centre in Woking. He has worked for Surrey County Council since 1989, before which he worked in Modern Records for the Greater London Council. Throughout the 1990s he rescued many of the records of Surrey’s former mental hospitals as they rapidly closed down with the change from institutional care to ‘Care in the Community’. This talk uses records held by Surrey History Centre to trace the history of the care of the mentally ill and mentally handicapped in Surrey from the late eighteenth century, exploring the records of private madhouses, county asylums, charitable institutions and the ‘Epsom Cluster’ of Horton, Long Grove, The Manor, St Ebba’s and West Park. It uses medical records and case papers to examine changes in treatments and shows how these records can be used by family historians. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester.