Family History Programs, Applications and more for Windows
Do you glaze over with Windows? A time to share help and advice on Family History programs and other genealogy-related programs e.g. how to locate a parish.
The event will be led by Gillian Stevens and Chad Hanna, and demonstrations of Family Tree Maker 2019 and Legacy 9 will be available. Members will be able share demonstrations of their favourite programs and features.
Free for members to attend, non-members are asked to make a donation of £3. Pre-booking is required. Booking ends one day before event.
To join in this branch meeting, you will need a computer device which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access emails from this device. First time users will be asked to download a small piece of software. The meeting link will be emailed to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact
Chad is a highly experienced family historian, having been in and out of Record Offices since the 1970s. He has honed his understanding of family history at conferences in both the UK and the USA. Chad has a one-name study of his mother’s Failes family who arrived in England as the Fenlands were being drained in the late 17th century. He has also made some headway with his father’s Irish ancestry.
Chad has a particular interest in both probate and electoral records, and also has a deep understanding of records produced by family history societies, having worked professionally for the Federation of Family History Societies for eight years using his skills as a computer professional. He holds a BSc(Eng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College and a City and Guilds Certificate in High Education teaching.
A veteran family historian, Gillian has worked closely with the Federation of Family History Societies, Findmypast and The National Archives enabling her to build an impressive experience of archives and their accessibility. She is an experienced tutor of beginner family history courses and also runs workshops for more experienced researchers on family history websites and wills and probate, to name but a few.
Gillian has a degree in Business Studies and a City and Guilds Certificate in Further Education teaching. She has served regular five year terms as a trustee of Berkshire Family History Society since 2007 and chairs the society’s Computer Branch. She also facilitates discussion in an informal monthly natter group and helps researchers who require more technical assistance with their family history research as part of a ‘Tuesday evening team’.
Tony is a veteran family historian with a special interest in the history and records of the merchant navy. This interest was initially sparked by his uncle, himself a merchant seaman, and when tracing his career, Tony became increasingly interested in the types of records available and where they could be found.
Tony’s expertise in computer software programmes and datasets has also led him to becoming the society’s Database Manager. He has worked on the county-wide CDs Berkshire Baptisms, Berkshire Marriages, Berkshire Burials, Berkshire Probate, Berkshire War Memorials, and Berkshire and the War.