PRESS RELEASE: Announcing the 2021 Free UK Genealogy conference on Open, Global Genealogy
Free UK Genealogy is to run this year’s conference as a virtual event, taking place over two Saturdays in May (22nd and 29th).
The theme of the 2021 conference is Open, Global Genealogy. Free UK Genealogy was founded on the principle of “openness” with the aim of giving everybody free access to all their family history data. We are now taking a step further to ensure that we are open in every way possible to a truly global audience.
Who can attend? Everybody! The conference has been split into two sessions which are being held at opposite ends of the day (UK time) with the sole intention of enabling as many people as possible to attend part (or all) of the events, wherever in the world they happen to live.
The dates and times are: Saturday 22nd May from 4pm-7pm (UK time), and Saturday 29th May from 8am-11am. Both sessions will run on Zoom, so attendees will be able to participate and enjoy the proceedings from the comfort of their own homes.
A wide and varied agenda is currently being planned which could include presentations on: technology in genealogy; an exploration of the ‘openness’ of a range of supposedly open archives, databases and records (and any impact caused by lockdown); an overview of file formats for the exchange of genealogical data between applications and data providers; and a look at how DNA and traditional genealogical sources can be combined to create a single family tree.
While the presentations will be recorded, they will be followed by a live question-and-answer session with the speakers who will also participate in panel discussions during the conference. The event will open with an update from our Executive Director, Pat Reynolds and concluded with a summary by Chair of Trustees, Richard Light.
To register your interest in attending the conference, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/RaJ1rsAjNZcSBg298
We also welcome additional speakers at the conference, so if you would like to present on an area related to our theme of ‘Open, Global Genealogy’, please send an email to email@example.com giving your name, your credentials/background, the subject and a brief paragraph on your presentation.
Free UK Genealogy is a non-profit organisation that provides free, online access to family history records. We work with a team of dedicated volunteers to create high-quality transcriptions of public records from governmental sources, parish churches, and other trusted institutions. We believe that Open Data and Open Source are key to making and keeping public records accessible to all.
Our volunteers have made available:
• Almost 300,000,000 births, marriages and deaths in FreeBMD
• 50,000,000 records from parish registers in FreeREG
• 40,000,000 individuals from census data, from 1841 to 1891 in FreeCEN
We make the databases we create freely available for people to search in order to support their family history research. Unlike many sites, which are pay-to-view after an initial search is carried out, our databases are completely free to search and view.
With thanks and best wishes,