Family Tree 1921 Celebratory Conference: Launch event panel discussion

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description of Activity

We launched our Census Conference with a panel discussion, as we reflected on the release of the records, and how our ancestors lived and worked during the time the census was taken.

The session included an introductory how-to-use the 1921 Census tour by genealogist and North American Content Manager at Findmypast Jen Baldwin – covering search tips and insights to enhance your family history research, and a panel discussion on the census records and our ancestors' lives, times and experiences in this early 1920s post-world war period.

Panellists included:

Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan, design & cultural historian and author of Ideal Homes: Uncovering the History and Design of the Interwar House

Professor Peter Doyle, military historian and author of Tommy’s War: British Military Memorabilia 1914-1918 and ‘For Every Sailor Afloat, Every Soldier at the Front’: Princess Mary’s Christmas Gift 1914

Dr Nick Barratt, genealogist and Director of Learner and Discovery Services at the Open University

Adele Emm, genealogist and author of My Ancestor Worked in Textile Mills, Tracing Your Female Ancestors and Tracing Your Trade and Craftsman Ancestors

David Annal, genealogist and census specialist, involved in the 1901 and 1911 Census launches with The National Archives, and co-author of Census: The Family Historian's Guide

Jayne Shrimpton, dress historian and author of Fashion in the 1920s, Fashion & Family History and British Working Dress: Occupational Clothing 1750-1950

Jen Baldwin, Genealogist and North American Content Manager at Findmypast, whose research specialism includes the British diaspora.
Period6 Jan 2022
Held atFamily Tree Magazine, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • 1920s
  • census
  • family history
  • house history