Today kicked off with a talk by Helen Smith on using timelines in Genealogy. This is not something I have considered before now, but I really like the concept and will put it to use. I do need to consider the social and historical context more for my ancestors - the major events (local, national and worldwide) that took place during their lives. It tied nicely with Shauna Hicks's talk on mapping your ancestors, something I have done to some extent but I see a whole new area of focus opening up for me. Chris Paton's talk on The Godly Commonwealth has me despairing of ever unravelling Scottish Church history - I only have one small branch of the family that is Scottish but quite a few of my ancestors were non-conformists (apparently we have a history of not being followers of the common path!), so they can be tricky to find. These and several other talks today have left me with even more notes and severe information overload - I went back to my room, sat down to relax for a few minutes and woke to find I had slept through dinner!