Past Speaking Events

Following is a list of past speaking events. They are intended to show conference organizers and society program chair persons where I have spoken recently, the breadth of the topics available and which ones can work together. All programs are customized to meet your needs.

Please be aware that many of the hyperlinks will no longer work as the member organizations will have updated their websites after their events are over.

13 Mar 2019 – Fountaindale Public Library District, Bolingbrook, IL

  • New Resources for British Isles Research

9 Apr 2019 – Schaumburg Public Library District, Schaumburg, IL

  • New Resources for British Isles Research

3 Nov 2018  –  “Tracing Your Irish Ancestors” – Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Toledo, Ohio

  • Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  • Irish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place
  • Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland
  • Irish Land Records

26 – 27 Oct 2018 – “English Genealogy before 1837: Researching Pre-Victorian Records – Advanced Topics” – Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch, Lansing United Church, Toronto, Canada.

  • Tips & Tools for Navigating the English Probate System
  • Finding Your 17th Century Ancestors in England
  • English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest
  • Finding Your 18th Century Ancestors in England

15 – 19 Oct 2018 – British Institute – International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, Salt Lake City.  Scottish Genealogical The Fundamentals and Beyond.

  • Scotland – Definitions, Sources, Repositories and Processes
  • Scottish Emigration to North America
  • Find the Correct Place: Maps and Gazetteers
  • Civil Registration
  • Making Sense of the Census
  • Church Records for B/M/D
  • Burghs and Their Records
  • Inheritance: Wills and Executries
  • Inheritance: Transfer of Land and Buildings
  • Researching in the British Military (parts 1 and 2)
  • Occupation Records
  • Overlooked Sources – 17th and 18th Centuries
  • Overlooked Sources – 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Planning your Trip to Scotland

4 – 6 Oct 2018 – Association of Professional Genealogists – Professional Management Conference, Crowne Plaza Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Tips for Improving Your Genealogical Lecturing Skills

22 – 25 Aug 2018  –  “On the Three Rivers: Past, Present and Future” Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, Ft. Wayne, IN.

  • English Research: 17th Century Resources and Indexes
  • English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret
  • Tips and Tricks for Using Scotland’s People

2 – 5 May 2018 – “Paths to Your Past” – National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference, Grand Rapids, MI

  • English Occupation and Guild Records
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest
  • Digging for Gold: Locating British Miners and their Records

9 – 12 Mar 2018 – 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry, International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

  • England Research: Seventeenth Century Sources and Indexes
  • England Research: Eighteenth Century Sources and Indexes
  • Ireland’s Griffith’s Valuation: Using the Tables and Maps
  • Scotland’s Old Parish Registers: Access, Use and Interpret

22 -26 Jan 2018 – “Digging Deeper: Pre-1837 English Research” Salt Lake City Institute, Salt Lake City, UT

  • English Context – Definitions, Sources, and Repositories
  • Find the Right Place: Maps & Gazetteers
  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives
  • Church & Diocesan Records for Birth/Marriage/Death
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest
  • Quarter Session Records
  • Tips & Tools for Navigating the English Probate System
  • English Land and Landscape Records
  • Sources for Landed and Titled Families
  • Tracing Non-Conformists and Recusants
  • Occupation, Guild, & Freeman Records
  • British Army Records
  • Royal Navy Seamen and Their Ships
  • Overlooked Issues and Sources: Pre-1837 Research

14 Oct 2017 – Annual Education Seminar, Montgomery County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Dayton, OH

  • Finding Your English Ancestors: The Big Four
  • Are You Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories
  • Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  • New Resources for British Isles Research

7 Oct 2017 – Northwest Suburban Genealogical Society, Arlington Heights IL

  • Ireland’s Griffith’s Valuation: Using the Tables and Maps

30 Sep – 1 Oct 2017 – “England and Wales Research Methodology”, British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Family History Conference, Ben Franklin Place, Ottawa, Canada

  • Buried Treasure: What’s in the English Parish Chest
  • Occupation, Guild, & Freeman Records
  • Finding Your Pre-WWI Soldier
  • Tips & Tools for Navigating the English Probate System

30 Aug – 2 Sep 2017 – “Building Bridges to the Past” – Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Pittsburgh PA

  • Scottish Civil Registration: How to Access, Use and Interpret
  • Irish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place
  • Locating British Mining Records

23-28 July 2017 – Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (new location). Course 6: Scottish Genealogical Research.

  • Scotland – Definitions, Sources, Repositories and Processes
  • Scottish Emigration to North America
  • History of Scotland
  • Internet: Commercial Sites
  • Internet: Free Sites
  • Find the Correct Place: Maps and Gazetteers
  • Civil Registration
  • Making Sense of the Census
  • Church Records for B/M/D
  • Kirk Session and Poor Relief Records
  • Inheritance: Wills and Executries
  • Inheritance: Transfer of Land and Buildings
  • Burghs and Their Records
  • Occupation Records
  • Scots in the British Military (parts 1 and 2)
  • Overlooked Sources – 17th and 18th Centuries
  • Overlooked Sources – 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Planning your Trip to Scotland

8 Jul 2017 – McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society, McHenry College, Crystal Lake IL

  • Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland
  • Irish Emigrants to North America
  • Has Your British Isles Research Already Been Done
  • New Resources for British Isles Research

18 Feb 2017 – CAGNI – Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois, Schaumburg, IL

  • New Resources for British Isles Research

9 – 14 Oct 2016 – British Institute – English Track – Salt Lake City, UT

  • English Context – Definitions, Sources, and Repositories
  • Find the Correct Place: Maps & Gazetteers
  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives
  • Civil Registration
  • Making Sense of the English Census
  • Church & Diocesan Records for Birth/Marriage/Death
  • Tips & Tools for Navigating the English Probate System
  • Parish Chest/Poor Law/Quarter Session Records I +II
  • Occupation, Guild, & Freeman Records
  • British Military I + II
  • Overlooked Sources: 17th & 18th Centuries
  • Overlooked Sources: 19th & 20th Centuries
  • Planning Your English Trip

18 – 28 Sept 2016 – Heritage Books Cruise Conference, from Galveston TX to Cozumel, Grand Cayman Islands and Jamaica

  • Overlooked Sources: 17th & 18th Centuries
  • Overlooked Sources: 19th & 20th Centuries
  • A New Location: Steps for Quickly Getting Start

31 Aug – 3 Sept 2016 – Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference, Springfield IL

  • English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest
  • Tracing Your Pre-WWI British Soldier
  • 1914: Finding Your British WWI – – Dead or Alive

15 Aug 2016 – Zion Genealogical Society, IL

  • New Resources for British Isles Research

12-17 June 2016 – Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, Birmingham, AL. Course 6: English Genealogical Research.

  • English Context – History, Sources, Repositories & Processes
  • Find the Correct Place: Maps & Gazetteers
  • Civil Registration
  • English Internet – National Archives (lab)
  • English Internet – Free Sites (lab)
  • English Internet – Commercial Sites (lab)
  • Making Sense of the English Census
  • Church & Diocesan Records for Birth/Marriage/Death
  • Tips & Tools for Navigating the English Probate System
  • Parish Chest/Poor Law/Quarter Session Records I +II
  • Nonconformists & Recusants
  • Occupation, Guild, & Freeman Records
  • British Military I + II
  • England Land & Landscape Records
  • Sources for Landed & Titled People
  • Overlooked Sources: 17th & 18th Centuries
  • Overlooked Sources: 19th & 20th Centuries
  • Planning Your English Trip

21 May 2016 – Ottawa Genealogy Forum, Otttawa IL

  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest

4-7 May 2016 – National Genealogical Society 2016  thirty-eight Family History Conference, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd,  Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

  • Are You Lost: Maps and Gazetteers for English and Welsh Research
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest

2 Apr 2016 – St. Louis Genealogical Society 45th Annual Family History Conference – A Whole New World for Genealogists – Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road, St. Louis, MO.

  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
  • Internet Tools and Sites for British Isles Research
  • Are You Lost: Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research
  • Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine

12 Mar 2016 – Dallas Genealogy Society Spring Seminar – “From Whence They Came” – 1st Floor Auditorium, J. Eric Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas TX.

  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
  • Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  • Scottish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellions
  • Overlooked Sources for 17th and 18th Century English Research

5 Mar 2016 – Midwest Genealogy Center’s Spring 2016 Seminar at Stoney Creek Conference and Hotel Center, 18011 Bass Pro Drive, Independence MO. For more Info –

  • Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  • Irish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place
  • Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland
  • Irish Land Records

11 Feb 2016 – Tinley Morraine Genealogists, meeting at Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, Tinley Park IL.

  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website

9 Feb 2016 – Schaumburg Public Library, 130 S. Roselle Rd. Schaumburg IL at 7:30 pm.

  • Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland

6 Feb 2016 – Northwest Suburban Genealogical Society, Arlington Heights IL. Meeting at Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 Central Road, Arlington Heights IL at 10:00 am.

  • Irish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Famine

24-26 Sep. 2015 – Montana State Genealogical Society Conference,  Butte, Montana.

  • Discover English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret
  • Buried Treasure: What’s in the  English Parish Chest
  • Finding the Correct Place: Maps and Gazetteers for Scottish Research
  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website

11-25 July 2015 – 8th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise from Southampton England to the Baltic Seaports.

  • What were our Ancestors Really like?
  • Buried Treasure: What’s in the  English Parish Chest
  • Discovering English Parish Registers
  • Tracing Your Pre-WWI British Soldier
  • Occupation and Guild Records
  • 1914: Tracing Your WWI British Soldier
  • Discover English Census Records
  • Are You Lost: Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research

7 Jun 2015 – Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, Temple Beth El, Northbrook, IL

  • Overcoming the Dead End Doldrums

14 May 2015 – McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society, Pointe Outreach Center, 5650 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL.

  • Finding Your English Ancestors: The Big Four

26-30 Mar. 2015. – 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry – Canberra, Australia.

  • Scotland – Maps and Gazetteers for Research
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest
  • Tracing Your Pre-WWI British Soldiers
  • Digging for Gold – Locating British Miners and their Records
  • Genealogical Lecturing Skills (lunchtime talk)

16 Mar. 2015 – Zion Genealogical Society of Lake County, IL, Beach Park Village Hall, 11270 W. Wadsworth, Beach Park, IL

  • Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland

7 Mar. 2015 – Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s. Summit Road, Independence, MO.

  • Finding Your English Ancestors: The Big Four
  • Finding Your Scottish Ancestors: The Big Five
  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
  • Are You Lost: Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research

17 Jan. 2015 – Cary Area Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road, Cary, IL .

  • A New Location: Steps for Quickly Getting Started

 15 Jan. 2015 – Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North Street, Elburn, IL .

  • A New Location: Steps for Quickly Getting Started

Oct 20-24, 2014 British Institute sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

Scottish Research: Understanding the Fundamentals and Beyond.

  • Definitions, Sources and Repositories
  • Scottish Emigration to North America
  • Find the Correct Place: Maps and Gazetteers
  • Civil Registration
  • Making Sense of the Census
  • Church Records
  • Occupation Records
  • British Military (2 sessions)
  • Overlooked Sources of the 17th and 18th Centuries
  • Overlooked Sources of the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Planning Your Trip to Scotland

Oct 4, 2014  – Discover Your English and Irish Ancestors sponsored by the Special Collections Dept of the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

  • English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret.
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest
  • Are You Lost: Using maps and Gazetteers for British Isles Research
  • Irish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  • Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland

Sept 19-21, 2014 British Isles Family History Society of Great Ottawa Conference, Canada.

  • British Military Records to 1919 (3-hour workshop)
  • Overlooked Resources for 17th and 18th Century English Research
  • Irish Emigration to North American: Before During and After the Famine
  • Overlooked Resources for 19th and 20th Century English Research

Aug 27-30, 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, San Antonio TX.

  • Irish Immigration to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  • The Messages Our Ancestors Leave Behind (Luncheon talk)
  • Effective Use of England’s National Archive
  • Irish Maps and Tools: Find the Right Place

May 7-10, 2014 National Genealogical Society Conference, Richmond VA – Virginia: The First Frontier.

  • Irish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  • Scottish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place

Feb 15, 2014 39th DuPage County Genealogical Society Annual Conference, Hilton Garden Inn, St. Charles IL.

  • Tracing Your Ulster-Irish Ancestors
  • How to Build a Personal Genealogical Reference Library
  • A Trip Overseas! Use the Internet for Planning
  • Use the Internet to Research a New Locality

 6 Dec 2013 Arlington Heights Rotary Club

  • The Messages our Ancestors left Behind

3 Dec 2013 Elgin Genealogical Society meeting at the Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin

  • The Messages our Ancestors left Behind

19 Oct 2013 Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia Fall conference at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, VA.

  • Irish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
  • Irish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place
  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
  • Finding Your 17th Century Ancestors in England

6-8 Sep 2013 Exodus: Movement of People – 2nd International Genealogy Conference hosted by the Halsted Trust, Hinckley, Leicestershire, England.

  • Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellions
  • Irish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Famine

21-24 Aug 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  • Effective use of ScotlandsPeople Website
  • English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret
  • Irish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place

9-14 Jun 2013 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University, Birmingham, AL. Course 10: Scottish Genealogical Research.

  • Scotland – Definitions, Sources, Repositories and Processes
  • Scottish Emigration to North America
  • History of Scotland
  • Internet: Commercial Sites
  • Internet: Free Sites
  • Find the Correct Place: Maps and Gazetteers
  • Civil Registration
  • Making Sense of the Census
  • Church Records for B/M/D
  • Kirk Session and Poor Relief Records
  • Inheritance: Wills and Executries
  • Inheritance: Transfer of Land and Buildings
  • Burghs and Their Records
  • Occupation Records
  • Scots in the British Military (parts 1 and 2)
  • Overlooked Sources – 17th and 18th Centuries
  • Overlooked Sources – 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Planning your Trip to Scotland

27 Apr 2013 Greater Omaha Genealogical Society 2013 Spring Genealogy Workshop: Researching Your Irish Ancestors at Nebraska Methodist College, N. 87th & Burth Streets, Omaha, Nebraska.

  • Irish Emigration to North America: Before During and After the Famine
  • Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland
  • Irish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place
  • Irish Land Records

23 April 2013 Cook Park Memorial Public Library 413 N. Milwaukee Ave, Livertyville IL 60048, at 7 pm.

  • Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland

20 Apr 2013 Rochester Genealogical Society All Day event – A Day of British Genealogy Research with Paul Milner.

  • Finding Your English Ancestors: The Big Four
  • Finding Your Scottish Ancestors: The Big Five
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest
  • Tracing Your Scots-Irish Ancestors

4 Apri 2013 Tinley Moraine Genealogists – Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477,   at 7 p.m.

  • English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret

4 Mar 2013 Unlock the Past Seminar – Melbourne, Australia – The Celtic Club, 316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne.

  • Irish Land Records
  • Finding Your Welsh Ancestors
  • Overlooked Source for 19th and 20th Century Scottish Research
  • Follow Your Migrating Ancestors

2 Mar 2013 Unlock the Past Seminar – Canberra, Australia – Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street, ACT.

  • Follow Your Migrating Ancestors
  • Occupation and Guild Records
  • Overcoming the “Dead End Doldrums’
  • Scottish Kirk Session and Poor Relief Records

26 Feb 2013 Unlock the Past Seminar – Adelaide, Australia – Unley Town Hall, 181 Unley Road, Unley.

  • Overcoming the ‘Dead End Doldrums’
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest
  • English Civil Registration: tips for use and problem solving
  • Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland

23 Feb 2013 Unlock the Past Seminar – Perth, Australia – State Library of Western Australia, 25 Frances Street, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth.

  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest
  • Finding your Ancestors in Scotland: The Big Five
  • Finding your Ancestors in Ireland
  • Overcoming the ‘Dead End Doldrums’

 19 Feb 2013 Unlock the Past Seminar – Brisbane, Australia – Broncos Leagues Club, Fulcher Road, Red Hill.

  • English Parish Registers: how to access, use and interpret
  • Finding Your Welsh ancestors
  • Scottish Kirk Session and Poor Relief Records
  • Irish Land Records

Feb 10-19, 2013 Unlock the Past Cruise:Sydney – Noumea, New Caledonia – Fiji – Sydney.

  • Follow your Migrating Ancestors
  • Finding Your Ancestors in Scotland: The Big Five
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest?
  • English Parish Registers: How to use, Access and Interpret
  • Scottish Kirk Session and Poor Relief Records
  • Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland
  • Tips and Tools for navigating the English Probate System
  • Irish Land Records
  • Overcoming the “Dead End Doldrums”
  • Occupation and Guild Records
  • Overlooked Sources for 19th and 20th Century Scottish Research
  • Are You Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research
  • The Messages Our Ancestors Leave Behind

Feb 9, 2013 Unlock the Past Seminar Sydney, Australia – at Hornsby RSL, 4 High Street, Hornsby NSW (NW Sydney area).

  • Finding Your Ancestors in Scotland: The Big Five
  • Overlooked Sources for 19th and 20th century Scottish research
  • Are You Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles research
  • Scottish Kirk Session and Poor Relief records

If you are interested in having Paul speak for your organization or at your venue please contact him directly

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