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Family history weekend conference
Holiday Inn, Basildon
Tel: 01702 5229922

A family history weekend conference, packed with talks from well-known speakers covering a wide range of topics. Organised by the Essex Society for Family History. The event runs from 29 August until 31 August. 

BBC - WWI at Home
CIty Square

This is one of many events that the BBC is hosting across the country to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The events will consist of interviews and presentations hosted by some of the BBCs starts, including actor Larry Lamb. There will also be the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of activities such as making your own World War One at Home ID Permit and having a go at being a war reporter. 

You can also learn about the development of medicine and communication during this period and see carrier pigeons in action, demonstrating how invaluable they were in the war effort. There's even the chance to talk to experts from the Imperial War Museum about searching for your family's connection to the war. 

The event will take place on 1 and 2 August. 

Medieval and Early Modern Records Seminar
Fulneck School
Tel: 0800 011 2182

Surname specialist George Redmonds will be on hand to unravel the reasoning behind surname distribution throughout the country using name-rich sources. The event starts at 9.30 am and finishes at 4.30pm. The closing date to book is the 20 July. 

The Welsh and the War
National Museum
Tel: 02920 573600

Presenting portraits of just a few of the people whose lives were changed by the First World War. Soldiers and citizens alike are represented here. The exhibition is open from 2 August 2014 until 11 January 2015. 

Kirkheaton WW1 Exhibition
Kirkheaton Parish Church, Huddersfield
Tel: 07824 499500

Learn more about the brave men of Kirkheaton who fought during the First World War in this special exhibition curated by members of Kirkheaton Family History Group. On display at the Church of St John the Baptist between 4-25 August 2014, there will be an official opening event on 9 August featuring talks from Professor Paul Rogers from the University of Bradford and a local WW1 historian.

Routes to Your North East Roots
Haddo House
Tel: 01224 522116

Discover your ancestral roots, and learn about the culture and heritage of North East Scotland. This event has a lot to offer including a full programme of talks, and a family history and heritage fair. The weekend will start off with talks from BBC Radio’s Jim Naughtie and Professor Marjory Harper. The event runs from 8 August until 10 August. 

Irish rentals talk
Society of Genealogists
Tel: 020 7553 3290

Irish rentals and census records are an important tool in discovering family histories. This talk from Dr Jim Ryan will explain where to look and how to interpret them.  

Lincolnshire Family History Society Open Day
Corn Exchange
Tel: 01522 528088

A brilliant event to uncover more about your family history in Lincolnshire. Come along and speak to the experts to see what they can help you discover.

Ryedale Family History Fair
Lady Lumley's School
Tel: 01653 628132

A chance to explore family and local history from Ryedale and the surrounding area. Family history societies, the County Record Office and a number of other stalls will be there. The event runs from 10 am until 4pm. 

Lanarkshire Local and Family History Show
Motherwell Concert Hall

Spend the day speaking to experts, and finding out more about how you can uncover your local and family history or how to overcome problems you’ve encountered. There will be free activities for children.