The Guild organises a number of seminars and conferences every year as part of its remit to advance the education of the public in both one-name studies specifically and in the wider subject of genealogy generally. Both Guild members and non-members are welcome to attend. To get a flavour of our events, you can watch, download or learn more about the talks featured in the Guild's 2013 Annual Conference and AGM by clicking here.

In addition to the events the Guild organises, there are also other events globally which the Guild attends as sponsors or presenters, or by the presence of the Guild Stand at Family History Fairs, Shows, or Open Days.

At local Family History Fairs the Guild Stand is usually represented by a local Guild member; if you are a Guild member, and are able to assist with the Guild Stand at any of the events shown below, (even if only for a short time during the day) your help would be much appreciated. Please contact the Guild Stand Manager to discuss.

The full list of upcoming events where the Guild has a presence is here:

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Gwent FHS Open Day

Gwent FHS open Day Date: 14th June 2014

Location: Rougemont School, Llantarnam Hall, Malpas Road, Newport NP20 6QB, UK



Wiltshire FHS Open Day

Wiltshire FHS open Day Date: 21st June 2014

Location: Civic Centre, Trowbridge, UK



Yorkshire Family History Fair

Date: 28th June 2014 10am to 4.30pm

Location: The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX, UK

With exhibitors from all over the UK and Ireland, this is probably the largest event of its kind in England. Many family history societies and companies attend each year. There is lots of local history from the York area too. Everyone is very welcome and there is lots to see. There is plenty of parking, refreshments are available all day, and there are over 70 exhibitors on three floors. There are several lifts to take you to the upper levels, and the whole place is wheelchair friendly.
5th Unlock the Past cruise – British Isles discovery

Unlock the Past Cruises Date: 19th to 29th July 2014

Location: London, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Tobermory, Dublin, St Mary's, St Peter Port, Honfleur (France) & return to London

With the main focus on places visited around the British Isles the conference program will be lighter than most other cruises. Talks will not be scheduled during the day while the ship is in port, though a few may be programmed late in the afternoon or early evening when most people will have returned to the ship. Presenters onboard and for shore seminars include Guild members Jackie Depelle and Helen Smith.
Buckinghamshire FHS Open Day

Date: 26th July 2014

Location: The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury, HP21 7MH, UK
Sources in the Medieval to Early Modern Periods

Guild Printed Sources Seminar Date: 2nd August 2014

Location: Fulneck School, Fulneck, Pudsey, Leeds, Yorkshire LS28 8DS, UK

The Guild visits Yorkshire, and the historic Fulneck Moravian Settlement, to discover records from 1274 which many may not have explored before. Surname specialist George Redmonds (“every county should have one”!) opens our seminar covering early name rich sources including Manorial Records, York Archbishopric Cause Papers and Early Immigrant papers, some newly indexed, providing the potential to extend your knowledge of early surname distribution throughout the country.
West Midlands Area Group of Family History Societies Fair

Date: 9th August 2014

Location: Worcester Rugby Club, Sixways, Worcester, WR3 8ZE, UK
Lanarkshire Family History Society Local & Family History Fair

Date: 23rd August 2014, 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Location: Motherwell Civic Centre, Motherwell, ML1 1AB, UK

Please visit the dedicated website for the Fair for more information.  This is updated regularly as more items and Exhibitors are confirmed.
Who Do You Think You Are? Live

Date: 29th to 31st August 2014

Location: SECC, Glasgow, Scotland

Further details are on the WDYTYAL website

Bristol & Avon Family History Society Open Day

Bristol & Avon Family History Society Open Day Date: 27th September 2014

Location: University of West of England Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS34 8QZ, UK

This will be a new venue for the Bristol & Avon Family History Society with more space, plenty of electrical sockets, good WIFI and mobile phone signals. In attendance will be local history societies as well as the usual family history societies, Record Offices and commercial exhibitors.
Oxford Family History Fair

Oxford Family History Society Fair Date: 4th October 2014

Location: Marlborough Enterprise Centre, The Marlborough School, Shipton Road, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1LP

Family history lectures plus stalls from local and national family history societies and trade stands.
Suffolk Family History Fair

Suffolk Family History Fair Date: 11th October 2014

Location: University College Suffolk, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1QJ, UK

Family history lectures plus stalls from local and national family history societies and trade stands.

Glamorgan Family HistoryFair

Glamorgan Family History Fair Date: 11th October 2014

Location: Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1UT, UK

This is the largest event of its type in Wales and this year the Society will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Hampshire Genealogical Society Open Day

Date: 12th October 2014

Location: Basingstoke



Cambridgeshire Family History Fair

Date: 25th October 2014

Location: Girton Glebe Primary School, Girton, Cambridge, CB3 OPN



West Surrey FHS Open Day

Date: 1st November 2014

Location: Woking Leisure Centre, Kingfield Road, Woking, GU22 9BA



One-Name Studies: The Next Stage

Guild ONS Next Stage Seminar Date: 8th November 2014

Location: Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9NN, UK

Whether you're a beginner or well on your way toward collecting the core records for your surname, how can you improve your study? Join us to consider your study objectives and context and to pick up useful tips on analysing and sharing your study. We'll bring together experts who can help you to become a better one-namer.
Medical Records

Date: 7th February 2015

Location: Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE, UK

We look for forward to the opportunity of welcoming you to the Wellcome Library for a seminar focused on medical records for family historians including occupational records such as apothecaries, medical registers, surgeons and nursing records, and institutions such as hospital and asylum records.

14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry

Glamorgan Family History Fair Date: 26th - 30th March 2015

Location: Canberra, Australia

Congress is the triennial Australasian conference run by AFFHO and it easily the biggest genealogy event on our calendar. The last one was in Adelaide (in 2012, and put on by SAGHS). This time it will be in Canberra and put on by HAGSOC, the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra.

The opening of Congress will be held at the Great Hall of the Australian War Memorial. It should be a moving occasion as the centenary of the Gallipoli landings - Australia and New Zealand's first major campaign in World War One - will be commemorated there only six weeks later.

A number of Guild members will be presenting papers during the conference, there will be a meeting of Guild members, and the Guild Stand will be in the Exhibition Hall.

Guild Conference & AGM 2015

Guild Conference 2015 Date: 27th to 29th March 2015

Location: Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, North Lincolnshire
Ermine Street, Broughton, Nr Brigg, DN20 0AQ, UK

Save these days in your diary for our 36th Guild Conference and AGM.
26th Annual Conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies

26th Annual Conference of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies Date: 25th April 2015

Location: Allan Park South Church, Stirling, Scotland, UK

The 26th Annual Conference and Fair of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS)
One-Name Studies: Hatches, Matches and Despatches

Date: 16th May 2015

Location: St.Leonard's Church Halls, Marshalls Brow, Penwortham, Lancashire PR1 9JA, UK

A visit to Lancashire and this seminar will look at new ways to tackle our favourite topics of Births, Marriages and Deaths. The Guild has many contacts in this field and we shall be requesting a number of our specialist associates to provide speakers who will provide a new twist.
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