Talks and Conference Presentations (recent and upcoming)
The Confusing Heraldry of St Margaret – Heraldry Society of
Scotland, Edinburgh, January 2007.
Regular and Irregular-Marriages in Scotland Before 1834 -
National Institute for Genealogical Studies and University of Toronto,
Canada, 3 July 2007.
Wills, Testaments, Inventories and Retours: Inheritance in
Scotland - National Institute for Genealogical Studies and University of
Toronto, Canada, 3 July 2007.
Donovan: The Glasgow Detective Popular Before Sherlock Holmes – University
of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 5 July 2007.
"I'll Tak the High Road”: Scotland's migrations in and out -
Flower of Scotland: A Scottish Family History Conference Family Records
Centre, London 13 October 2007.
Scottish Crimewriting – Edinburgh Book Festival, 26 August
Hungarians in Scotland 1841 to 1901 – Semmelweiss University,
Budapest, October 2007.
Ill Served by Sovereigns – why Scotland went for Union –
Parcel o’ Rogues, Fife Family History Conference, Glenrothes, 22 September
Genetics and Identity in the Year of Homecoming – Edinburgh
Book Festival, August 2009
When Genes and Genealogy Collide: a taxonomy of Durie/Dury
Arms in Scotland and France. (XXVIII Congrès International des Sciences
Généalogique et Héraldique, Quebec June 2008)
Border Families and their Books in Northern England and in
Scotland, c.1480-c.1620 - Symposium, Merton College, Oxford, 16-17 April
The Scottish Register of Arms as a Restoration Phenomenon -
Heraldry Society Conference, York 12-14 Aug 2010
Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge: teaching
postgraduate genealogy at Strathclyde University and possibilities for
furthering Ulster American genealogical cooperation, Ulster-American
Heritage Symposium, Western Carolina University, June 2010
“Flectures” – Building Flexible Flash/Mp3 Learning Materials
From Narrated Powerpoints - EDEN Dublin Annual Conference June 2011
The Future of Genealogy Education Breaking the Barriers –
Innovative Genealogy in the 20th and 21st Century Society of Genealogists
Centenary Conference May 2011 London
What It Means To Be Scottish. - XXIX. Internationaler Kongreß
der Genealogischen und Heraldischen Wissenschaften September 2011 Freiburg,
Inheritance, Wills and Land in Scotland (Graduate Seminar) 29
March 2011 University of Guelph, Toronto.
Land, Law and Latin - the future of genealogy? Scottish
Studies Spring Colloquium, 9 April 2011 Knox College, University of
Personal and Civic Heraldry in and around Dunfermline Abbot House,
Dunfermline, May 2011
Who wrote the original for the “Scotch Copy of a Poem on Heraldry”? West
Post Poetry Festival, Edinburgh, August 2011
Genes and Genealogy – Is surname a good predictor of ethnic origin in
Scotland? VII° Colloque International de Généalogie, Bologna, September 2011
Beyond-Censuses Fife Family History Show – 17 Sept 2011
Scottish Genealogy (and maybe something about books, too…) Portobello Book
Festival, 8 October2011
Personal and Civic Heraldry of Dunbartonshire Dunbartonshire Family History
Society, Milngavie, 13 Oct 2011
Researching House History –Beyond The Brickwork Killin, 4 November 2011
Ancestral Tourism Industry Training Programme Hospitalfield House,
Arbroath 8 Dec 2011
The Golfers – Charles Lees and the 1847 Portraits Ayrshire Family
History Society, Troon, 20 March 2012
Rossend Castle Kirkcaldy Civic Society, 22 March 2012
Dick Donovan - The first mass-market detective SAFHS,-Dundee 21 April
The Durie Diaspora Durie Family Association, London, 22 May 2012
Land records in Scotland and the Related Documents Guild of One name
Studies, Oxgangs, 24 June 2012
Numerous regular talks to local family history societies,
WEAs etc. as well as Edinburgh Book Festival.