Your correspondent has recently heard from John Gleed who's just come back from attending a talk at the Devon Family History Society. I'm sure it was fascinating and he learned a lot. But how did he get there and back so quickly?
You may be aware that genealogical events have changed in the last few months. SMCGS is now holding everything online via Zoom. Even our classes are online - which is why we have students from around the US.
What does this mean for us? For some societies, it means there are no meetings, no classes, and no access to archives. For the rest of us, it means that we can now attend meetings in Reykjavik, Iceland, if we so choose.
Just look at the offerings from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
The National Archives UK has a series of talks from authors with Q&A sessions.
sHere are some examples:
Dermot Turing: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park
9 September | 19:30 to 20:30
In discussion with our Collections Expert, Mark Dunton, Dermot Turing will discuss his latest book which examines the lives of the brilliant and eccentric individuals who cracked the seemingly unbreakable Enigma code.
Trevor Barnes: Dead Doubles
7 October | 19:30 to 20:30
In conversation with Professor Chris Andrew (author of the official History of MI5, The Defence Realm), Trevor Barnes will discuss his new study on one of the Cold War’s most notorious spy cases – the Portland Spy Ring.
Roger Dalrymple: Crippen
23 November | 19:30 to 20:30
110 years to the day after the execution of Dr Crippen, Roger Dalrymple will talk about how the murder caused a sensation at the time that still resonates today. Roger will draw on official records to examine the case itself and the public’s fascination with the brutal crime.
Since we were talking about Devon:
They have virtual talks on a regular basis, and you might get to ask questions.
The UK Society of Genealogists also have online talks.
A friend in Gloucestershire just mailed me some information about the History Festival, an annual event of talks and tours. This will be the first time I'm actually able to go....and I won't need a plane ticket!
What part of the world did your ancestors come from? Take advantage of the opportunity NOW to attend events around the world, and to interact with experts and ask questions.
- Margaret Melaney