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Dr Penny Walters - international speaker and author

please contact me to discuss:

  • lectures, talks, workshops

  • advice

  • networking

penny_walters@talk21.com

 

Author of 

Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy (2019)

and

The Psychology of Searching (2020)

Both available on Amazon

Contact: 

penny_walters@talk21.com     00447977247763

Forthcoming 2020

  • Webinars: Legacy 'Black British family history research,' 'The 1939 Register,' 'Why did the Welsh leave Wales?' https://familytreewebinars.com/legacy_videos.php

  • ‘The Psychology of Searching'  Online webinar: 18 November, CAD FHS

  • 'Searching for ancestors when you're adopted' Utah Virtual Genealogical SocietyOnline webinar: 20 August

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ Chepstow FHS, 9 September 

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in African American Genealogy’ African-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Online webinar: 15-17 October

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ Jewish Genealogy Society annual conference, London, 25 October

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’  Online webinar: 17/18 November, Society of Australian Genealogists

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ 18 November, Huntingdon FHS

2020

  • Online webinar:'The Psychology of Searching' Vivid-Pix 28 May. Watch the recording here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thepsychologyofsearch (1h,3m)

  • Online webinars:‘Ethical dilemmas in genealogy’ (21m32s) ‘The Psychology of Searching,’ (27m07s) ‘The 1939 Register’ (30m26s) and ‘Searching for family when you’re adopted: have you ever found your ‘real’ family?’ (38m0s) 17-18 April, Family Tree Live

  • ‘Giving unexpected or bad news to clients’ Utah Genealogical Society (UGA) Pro-talk online webinar: 7 April https://ugagenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=568  

  • ‘Ethical dilemmas in genealogy’ Search My Past Online webinar series: 25 March

  • ‘Searching for ancestors when you’re adopted’ 11 February, Southampton FHS

  • ‘Starting a tree’ Withywood Community Centre, Bristol, 11 February

  • ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail’ 12 February, Stalbridge FHS

  • ‘The Psychology of Searching,’ ‘The 1939 Register’ and ‘The Future of Genealogy’  26-29 February, Roots Tech USA

2020 booked, but postponed

  • ‘Drimoleague Diaspora: In Search of Family Ancestry’ Irish Famine Summer School, Roscommon, Ireland, 14 June

  • ‘Drimoleague Diaspora’ Donovan Gathering, Drimoleague, County Cork, Ireland, 10 June

  • ‘Which DNA test? ‘Drimoleague Diaspora’ Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland,  8 June

  • ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail’  Cumbria FHS, 6 June

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ AGRA study day, London, 30 May

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’  Manchester Jewish Genealogy Society, 17 May

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’ 16 May, Swindon Parish clerks annual conference

  • ‘Searching for family when you’re adopted: have you ever found your ‘real’ family?’ and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ 2 May, Society of Genealogists, London

  • ‘Genealogy as history’  8 week course, University of Bristol, 22 April- 17 June

  • ‘Ethical dilemmas in genealogy,’ ‘The Psychology of Searching,’ ‘The 1939 Register’ and ‘Searching for family when you’re adopted: have you ever found your ‘real’ family?’ 17-18 April, Family Tree Live, London

  • ‘Ethical dilemmas in genealogy’ 15 April, Huntingdon FHS

  • ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail’ 21 March, Dorset FHS

  • Using DNA to identify biological relatives’ Dorset FHS, Poole, 17 March

international speaker

  • adoption issues

  • diaspora

  • ethics

  • black British family history

  • the psycholoy of searching

  • Irish heritage

2019

  • ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail’  Dorset FHS, Glastonbury, 12 December

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’  Family History Society annual conference, London, 23 November

  • ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail’ Gwent FHS, Chepstow, 13 November

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’, and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ lectures; ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail’ workshop Roots Tech, London, 24-26 October

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’, Jewish Genealogy Society annual conference, 20 October

  • ‘What does the future hold?’ Chippenham FHS AGM, 21 September

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’, ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail,’ ‘The Psychology of Searching’ Brigham Young University, Provo, 31 July – 2 August

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’, ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’  Family Tree magazine online courses, July

  • ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’ Fleet & Farnborough FHS, 11 July

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’, Chippenham FHS, 11 June

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’, Wilts FHS, May

  • ‘Irish Heritage,’  Bath FHS, 20 May

  • ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’ Family History Society annual conference, York, 18 May

  • ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail’ Swindon U3A, 9 May

  • ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail’  Yate FHS, 8 May

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’, Family Tree Magazine Live, Alexandra Palace, London, 27 April

  • ‘The Psychology of Searching and Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’, Guild of One Name Studies Annual Conference, Leicester, 30 March

  • ‘Adoption issues’, Alton HGS Family History Group, 11 March

  • ‘The Psychology of Searching’  Romsey, Hampshire FHS, 27 February

  • ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail’  Bath FHS, 28 January

2018

  • ‘Black British family history research’ Birmingham FHS, 17 November

  • ‘Hidden Ethnicities in Black British Heritage’ Wiltshire Family History Society, Swindon, UK

  • ‘Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy’, East London Family History Society, Wanstead, 24 October

  • ‘What does the future hold?’ Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG) Conference, York, 20 October

  • ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’ Glamorgan FHS, 13 October 

  • ‘The Psychology of Searching’ APG Professional Management Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, 4 - 6 October

  • 'Ethical dilemmas in adoption research' Society of Genealogists, London 29 September

  • ‘Black British family history research finding British involvement in the transatlantic slave trade’  Secret Lives Conference, Leicester, July

  • ‘Genealogy Tourism: a new niche market’ Irish Famine Summer School:  Irish Journeys - Famine Legacies and Reconnecting Communities, Roscommon, Ireland, June

  • ‘Mixing DNA results with a paper trail’ and ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’ The Name Event, London, May

  • ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’ Federation Of Family Histories Annual Conference, Bristol, April

  • ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’ Bristol & Avon Family History Society, March

  • ‘An Introduction to Genealogy’ Bristol Women’s Institute, January

2017

  • ‘My Genealogy journey’ Downend Family History Group, Bristol, October

  • ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’ Bristol & Avon Family History Society Open day, September

  • ‘Being From a Diaspora’ Cork Foundation, Cork, Ireland, June

  • ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’ Clans & Surnames, Nenagh, Ireland, May

  • ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’ Who Do You Think You Are, Birmingham, April

  • ‘Searching for Ancestors when you’re adopted’ and ‘Professionalisation of Genealogy’ Back To Our Past, Cork, Ireland, March

 

Genealogy tours

you can be escorted around the area your ancestors lived

family history research

let us research your family tree

ethical issues advised upon

discuss and get advice aboutyour ethical dilemmas, including adoption issues

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