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Sharing Shetland - Conference by Shetland Family History Society
We will begin at 4 pm UK time with an introduction from the Shetland Family History Society. Following this, we will have four presentations by our guest speakers. After the fourth speaker, we will have a live Q&A session with our speakers and invited panellists: your opportunity to put questions to the experts.

The presentations will be available to watch on YouTube two days before the event: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5VXwVpQmulQBsI5cQIp0EEchG3PF32g-

Talk titles:

Wendy Wickwire: Shetland’s Long Reach: James Teit and the Struggle for ‘Indian Rights’ in the Canadian West

Jon Sandison: War Casualties and Remembrance in Shetland [WW1 & WW2]

Laughton Johnston: Lloyd’s Shetland Captains and Mates 1850-1927. What does this list tell us about Shetland seamen in the 19th and early 20th centuries?

Jim Wilson: Genetic Insights into Shetland Family History

Find out more at www.shetland-fhs.org.uk

Nov 27, 2021 04:00 PM in London

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Dr Wendy Wickwire
Professor Emerita @Department of History at the University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia)
In addition to teaching courses in British Columbia history, oral history, the history of anthropology, and environmental history, she published the following: Stein: The Way of the River (with Michael M’Gonigle); Write It On Your Heart: the Epic World of an Okanagan Storyteller (with Okanagan elder, Harry Robinson); Nature Power: In the Spirit of an Okanagan Storyteller (with Harry Robinson); Living By Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory (with Harry Robinson); and At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging. In 2020, At the Bridge: won the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ $10,000 Canada Prize; the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio prize; the Canadian Anthropology Society’s Labrecque-Lee book prize; and the Canadian Studies Network’s best book prize. Wickwire lives with her partner, Michael M’Gonigle, on southern Vancouver Island.
Jon Sandison
History Teacher @Anderson High School in Lerwick, Shetland
Jon is a History teacher at the Anderson High School in Lerwick, Shetland and a researcher, recently obtaining an M.A. in Military History with a dissertation focus on the Northern Isles soldiering during the Great War. He has a passionate interest in Shetland's WW1 and WW2 heritage and related stories, having written various articles on Shetlanders on the Western Front, alongside a book entitled 'Grim Red Dawn' which focussed on the Shetland loss at the Battle of the Ancre, November 1916. He currently manages various Facebook research pages on Shetland and War. Jon is also a local volunteer speaker and tour guide for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission locally. In this talk, we will look at Remembrance in Shetland. This will focus on the Shetland County War Memorial, which commemorates the Shetland loss of both wars, as well as some of the stories in Lerwick Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, which incorporates men from the islands and elsewhere.
Laughton Johnston
I have been asked to speak about Lloyd’s List of Masters and Mates, which I will do, but I will widen my talk to include data from other sources that combined tells us a lot about Shetland seamen, specifically merchant service officers, in the 19th century. My talk will be a broad sweep rather than about individuals and attempt to explain the context in which Shetland men served. I will first explain the origin of the List, the information it holds and the need for caution in its interpretation. I will look at the part Shetland’s seamen played in the diaspora of the second half of the 19th century, along the way briefly explaining the relevant events at this time that influenced the choice that these men made to go to sea. I will conclude with where they went and what they did. My aim with this talk is to raise awareness of the extraordinary number of Shetland men who became officers during this period. I am also hoping to stimulate Shetlanders at home and abroad to contact me
Jim Wilson
Professor of Human Genetics @Edinburgh University
Over the last decade Jim led two large genetic epidemiology studies in Orkney and Shetland. These platform resources for health research benefit from rich phenotyping, deep genotyping, a tissue biobank and prospective follow up through record linkage and have contributed to the discovery of over 1000 novel associations. Hailing from Orkney with Shetland connections Jim is very familiar within the islands and the huge health study undertaken here.