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Scottish Indexes Conference XIII
Planning is well along for our October conference. As well as featuring some of the amazing records here in Scotland, we will be taking a trip around the British Isles as our ancestors had a habit of moving around.

We will be welcoming back genealogist Chris Paton who will present ‘Tracing the Irish in Scotland’.

We are excited to introduce genealogist Eilir Daniels for the first time at the Scottish Indexes conferences. Eilir will present ‘Tracing Welsh Ancestry’.

We are also delighted to introduce Amelia Bennett, who will present, ‘Hidden in Plain Site’ - a journey through where to find genealogical records that are often not known about or forgotten in preference for the more commonly used websites.

Dr Louise Williams, archivist at Lothian Health Services Archive, will join us to share some of the gems from their archive. Lorna Steele will join us from the Highland Archive Service to share some of their amazing school records.

Chris Fleet will be joining us again from the National Library of Scotland. Their map collection is a priceless tool for genealogy research. Chis will help us get to grips with their website in his presentation ‘Using the NLS maps website for family history research’.

Genealogy Q & A hosted by Graham and Emma Maxwell.

More presenters will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on www.scottishindexes.com. We aim to publish the schedule by late September.

Oct 23, 2021 07:00 AM in London

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Louise Williams
Archivist @Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA)
Louise Williams has been the Archivist at Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) since 2014, and worked inside the service since 2012. LHSA is NHS Lothian’s archive based inside the University of Edinburgh, and collects records from NHS hospitals and their predecessors, along with more general records about healthcare in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The archive is open to all researchers and offers a remote enquiries service. As well as being the largest medical archive in the UK, LHSA has a particular strength in records from psychiatric institutions, with diverse collections from seven different local hospitals. Louise uses these records on an almost-daily basis to answer genealogy queries, in academic teaching, and in community talks and workshops.
Lorna Steele
Community Engagement Officer @Highland Archive Service
Lorna Steele is the Community Engagement Officer for the Highland Archive Service, whose four archive centres contain historic documents, covering a third of Scotland’s landmass and dating from the 1200s to the present day. Her role involves connecting a diverse range of audiences, from school pupils to prison inmates, with these fascinating documents.
Chris Fleet
Map Curator @National Library of Scotland
Chris Fleet has worked at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and the National Library of Wales before joining the National Library of Scotland in 1994. His main responsibilities at NLS relate to modern and historical digital mapping, and he has overseen the development of the Library's maps website over the last two decades. He has researched, written and spoken widely on these subjects, and is a co-author of several popular books on Scottish mapping, including Scotland: Mapping the Nation (2011), Edinburgh: Mapping the City (2014), Scotland: Mapping the Islands (2016), and Scotland: Defending the Nation (2018).
Chris Paton
Genealogist @Scotland's Greatest Story
Northern Irish born Chris Paton lives today in Ayrshire, Scotland, where he works as a genealogist through his Scotland's Greatest Story service (www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk). A holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Chris is author of 'Sharing Your Family History Online', 'Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records', 'Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet' and 'Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd edition)'. His next book, 'Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records', will be published in late 2021. Chris also writes a daily genealogy blog, Scottish GENES (https://scottishgenes.blogspot.com), and as well as regularly lecturing on Scottish and Irish subjects, Chris also runs courses for Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd (www.pharostutors.com).
Amelia (Mia) Bennett
Mia Bennett has followed in her ancestors’ footsteps as an engineer for her ‘paid’ job but loves using her analysis skills to investigate the fascinating world of her relatives. She has been researching her family history for 25 years and has been a trustee of the Society of Genealogists for six years. She has run brickwall workshops, provided advice and volunteered in the SoG library. Mia carries out family history research and DNA analysis for clients and is an Associate of AGRA. She gives talks on traditional genealogy and DNA including at the SoG, RootsTech Connect, Family Tree Live and on an Unlock the Past cruise. She is an alumni of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and a current student of the Higher Certificate at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies. More information about Mia can be found at her website www.miagenealogy.com.
Eilir Ann Daniels
Genealogist @www.yourwelshancestors.com
Eilir has over 30 years’ experience of family history research, and 12 years ago set up the ‘Your Welsh Ancestors’ research service. In addition to her day-to-day hands-on research work, she runs courses and provides one-to-one consultations via her training platform (https://welshfamilyhistorycourses.podia.com). She also carries out research for TV and radio programmes, including the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Eilir is a Full Member of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives), and is a Pharos Tutors instructor. She is a native Welsh speaker, and her academic background – her degree focused on the development of Welsh and UK society after the Industrial Revolution – provides the basis for her genealogical work today.