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Let me tell you about about an event that is on in England in a couple of weeks time (actually only 10 days time according to the countdown on their website), and that is the Exodus Conference.

I know the fact that it’s on in England is not likely to entice our Aussie readers there, at least not at such short notice. But believe it or not, this here little blog is getting more of an international audience, so there’s no harm in letting everyone know what is happening around the world.

Exodus is organised by the Halstead Trust, with this being their 2nd International Genealogy Conference. And this year the theme is British Migration: from, to and within the British Isles. This reminded me of a talk by Paul Milner on the 3rd History and Genealogy Cruise, where he spoke on emigration, immigration and migration, which was simply fascinating.

Despite the lack of modern transport methods that we have available for us today to get us from A to B in no time at all, our ancestors (for the most part) were quite a mobile bunch. Moving from one parish to another, or even further to another county. Or making the move of a lifetime and emigrating to a different country. Many most certainly did it.

Now what records exist that will help you track their migration? That’s what the guest speakers will be telling attendees about. The What, the Where, and sometimes the Why!

THE TOPICS …  (these sound truly fascinating)

– Crime, Criminals and Transportation to America and the West Indies 1615-1776
– Diaspora: A Scattering of Seeds
– The Exile of Erin: Researching to Poor Irish in Victorian London
– Ancestry from Abroad: Migration to England Between 1330 and 1550
– Faith, Fish, Farm or Family?: Motivations for Emigration from North Devon 1830-1900
– Did British Naming Patterns also Cross the Atlantic?
– Getting the Best From Passenger Lists
– American Loyalists, Land Grants and Claims
– Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellions
– The Impact of Diasporas on the making of Britain
– Prehistoric Migration to the British Isles: From the Year Dot to 1066
– How Far Did your Ancestor Travel?: Migration within the UK Before the Advent of the Railways
– Bright Lights, Big City” A Case Study in Rural-to-Urban Migration
– Shackles, Shekels and Shrapnel: The Exodus to the Southern Seas
– Jewish Immigration into and Trans-Migration throuh Scotland
– Sausages, Bacon and Pork Pies: Culinary Paths to Success for 19th Century German Emigrants
– Irish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
– UK Resources for the British Overseas
– The Petworth Emigrations 1832-1837


The World in 1897. "The British Possessions are coloured Red"

The World in 1897. “The British Possessions are coloured Red”

WHEN: 6th-8th September 2013
WHERE: Hinckley Island Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire, England
COST: varies, see details

The Exodus2013 website has full details on the guest presenters, together with the programme, the venue, the exhibition and even the conference app.

You can book online if you wish.

If you’re into social media and are either going, or wish to follow what’s happening – be sure to follow the hashtag #exodus2013 in your tweets. I understand that they are also on Facebook, but I haven’t been able to find it to put a link in. But maybe you’ll have better luck than me.

Our sister company Unlock The Past Cruises, is heading north, and will be exhibiting at the Exodus 2013 Conference – but on the Friday only. So to those who are going, he’d love you to stop by and say hello (just look for the bright red cloths on the table – you can’t miss them). And if you’re interested in genealogy cruising, or have never thought about it – Alan will be able to tell you all about it. The costs, the benefits, the speakers, and of course where the cruises go to and from (including some from England).