In-person & Online Talks

My career started in television, moved into science communication and now is rooted in the emerging field of Photogenealogy. I have presented on a variety of subjects, both in-person and online.

I am currently delivering a series of Photogenealogy talks for the Society of Genealogists. 

See below for more information about the talks, their availability and my schedule. 

If you would like me to present a talk for your organisation please contact me to discuss your requirements and make a booking. 


"I have watched many presentations on organizing photos and found this to be by far the clearest and easiest to understand. Ann has made the whole process seem logical and achievable."  

"Brilliant talk, absolutely outstanding" "Riveted throughout"

"So knowledgeable and personable, really taking the scariness out of a topic and making it achievable and intelligible for your audience. Such a great talk. Top notch professional delivery!"

"This was the best online 1 hour that I have spent. Speaking as a teacher, this was a perfect lesson."

"Truly wonderful talk by Ann... everything you ever wanted to know about planning your family history scanning project and more!"

"It was well organised; the presentation was concise and clear; the delivery was well paced; the content was excellent. It introduced technical methods which made sense to not-technical minds."

"Ann's clarity, presentation, expertise and enthusiasm tempered with common-sense were outstanding -one of the best presentations ever-in my professional or amateur life!"

"This talk was full of practical information, very well planned and clearly communicated.  I'm sure the resources will be valuable in future."

"Ann is a great presenter. Her delivery and knowledge of the subject is excellent."

An Introduction

Do you have old family photos? 

Are they organised and are they safe? 

Do you wish you could enjoy and share your photos?

To help you address the issues raised by these questions, this talk will introduce you to Photogenealogy – what it is and how you can do it. 

The organisation and care of both digital and physical photos will be outlined along with ideas for enhancing and sharing your family photos. The talk will conclude with ideas for creating a treasured and valuable photo legacy.

Date and Identify 
Family History Photos

Dating your family history photos is an important step in the Photogenealogy process and can help you identify unknown people in the photos. This talk will provide a step-by-step strategy that will help you to estimate the date a photo was taken. Important clues to look out for will be highlighted and useful resources will be discussed. 

Putting a name to a face and a face to a name is one of the most rewarding parts of photogenealogy.

Caring for your Digital Family History Photos

This talk will outline the process for getting your digital family history photos in order. Dealing with "dups & duds", adding keywords to enable fast and accurate searching, adding useful but concise filenames, and organising into folders will all be discussed. The importance of multiple and reliable back-ups, and different ways of achieving this will be explained.

Caring for your Physical Family History Photos

This talk will outline the process for getting your physical family history photos in order. Deciding what to keep, and working out the best way to store your precious family history photos can be tricky, but this talk will help. Suitable materials will be explored, and preservation terms will be explained, so that you can be confident that you will be able to pass on your family history photos in the best possible condition.

Scanning will be mentioned in this talk but for more information about the scanning process please see the 'Scanning your Family History Photos' talk.

Scanning your Physical Family History Photos

This introduction to scanners will begin with a brief discussion about the benefits of scanning our family history photos and will highlight some things to think about before getting started, including resolution and appropriate file types. Then a selection of scanners will be reviewed, and the pros and cons of each type will be explored. 

The talk will conclude with a brief overview of the organising process for the files that result from scanning. For more information about the organising process see the 'Caring for your Digital Family History Photos' talk.

Enhance & Share your Family History Photos

So, your photos are dated, identified, scanned, keyworded, named, organised, backed-up and preserved. What next? 

First of all, take a moment to pat yourself on the back - that is an amazing accomplishment. Now the fun begins! 

This talk will discuss ways to improve and enhance individual photos and how to find new photos to grow your collection. Ideas will be suggested that will help you to share your family history photos because the best part of Photogenealogy is sharing your photos with family, both close and distant. 

Create a Legacy with your Family History Photos

What will happen to your family history photos and research after you are gone?

This is something many people prefer not to think about but a little thought and planning now can give peace of mind and provide heirs with a treasured and valuable inheritance. The benefits of a writing Genealogy Will and what to include will be discussed. Then different types of personal and family digital archives will be reviewed in terms of their benefits and important issues to consider when choosing one.

2024 Talk Schedule

Photogenealogy:     Scanning your Physical Family History Photos

21st Feb 2024

for the Family History Society of Cheshire

Photogenealogy:     An Introduction 


7th March 2024

for the Queensland Family History Society

Photogenealogy:     Date & Identify     
your Family History Photos

18th April 2024

for the West Middlesex Family History Society 

Photogenealogy:     Date & Identify your Family History Photos 

10th May 2024

for the Wanaka Genealogy Group  New Zealand

2023 Talk Schedule

An Introduction 

11th February at 10.30am (UK)

for the Society of Genealogists

Scanners for 
family history photos 

30th March at 1.00pm (UK)

for the Family Tree Plus Gadgets Club

Photogenealogy:      An Introduction 

21st June at 7.30pm (UK)

for the Family History Society of Cheshire

Photogenealogy:      An Introduction 

22nd June at 10.30am (UK)

for the University of the Third Age         

Photogenealogy:       A Brief Introduction 

28th June at 7pm (UK)

for the Register of Qualified Genealogists       

Photogenealogy: Scanning your Physical Family History Photos

27th July at 11.00pm (UK)

for the Wanaka Genealogy Group  New Zealand 

Photogenealogy:      6-part Course 

3rd October - 7th November 

at 6.00pm (UK)

for the Society of Genealogists

(can also be booked individually)        


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