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Directories and Poll Books: 

Name-rich resources for the 18th century in the library of the Society of Genealogists and elsewhere.


Else Churchill  Society of Genealogists, London

Discover how and why you should find and use name-rich lists which show where your ancestors lived and what they did in their lives. Find out how they can supplement parish and other records of the period.

News from Home: 

Finding the diaspora in newspapers.


Aoife O’Connor  Head of Project and Programme Management at FindMyPast and the British Newspaper Archive

Explore what can be learned from newspapers about the lives of those who left Britain, whether they were stationed abroad or emigrated entirely. Newspapers can also reveal what drew them to leave home and how they adapted to life in a new land.

Ephemeral Names: 

Printed ephemera as a resource for one-name historians with particular reference to the John Johnson Collection at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.


Julie Anne Lambert Bodleian Library, Oxford

A look at the various genres represented by the term ’ephemera’ and the sorts of names that researchers might expect to find (tradesmen, actors and entertainers, printers, artists, politicians, etc.). Learn about how librarians and users can search the John Johnson Collection and how to find similar resources elsewhere.

In Print – Here, There and Everywhere. 

Newspaper Collections in National Libraries worldwide.


Michelle Patient  Genealogist and DNA consultant for the Australian SBS TV series Every Family has a Secret.

National Libraries around the world are an invaluable resource for researching our families. Their historic newspaper collections are well worth diving into for the many treasures they hold. Many are free to view. Join us as Michelle Patient takes us on a global tour and shares some useful tips and hints for searching your ancestors on these sites.

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