AGRA Conference – Demolishing Brick Walls – Everyone Welcome

WP_20160506_14_36_06_ProOur genealogy conference ‘Demolishing Brick Walls’ is on Saturday 17th September 2016 with a Reception and Dinner on Friday 16th September, all held at the prestigious St John’s College, Cambridge, England.  Accommodation in the College is available overnight.

You do not need to be a member of AGRA to attend this event, all family historians are welcome!

The deadline for bookings is 9 September 2016.  You may attend just the conference day, or choose to stay overnight.

Please explore the sidebars on this website for full details of the speakers, conference programme, and the venue.

Bookings are being taken at Eventbrite.



Conference committee visit St John’s

On 6th May, the AGRA Conference Committee visited St John’s College, Cambridge to finalise arrangements for our big genealogy event ‘Demolishing Brick Walls’ on 16th and 17th September.  It was a wonderful opportunity to tour the College, and beautiful weather for a stroll in the grounds to soak up all the historical atmosphere.  We saw the quads, the buttery where we will have breakfast on the morning of Saturday 17th, and the magnificent wood-paneled dining hall where plans for the formal dinner on Friday the 16th are well advanced.  We crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs over the river Cam, complete with punts beneath, to visit the gardens with their wonderful lawns rolling down to the river. If the weather is clement, drinks before the conference dinner will be served there.  We also visited the modern and well appointed Fisher Building which houses the lecture theatre, the main conference reception area, and meeting rooms, and which will be our home on conference day.  Here are some photographs of our visit to whet your appetite.

Conference Bookings are being taken now at Eventbrite, just follow the link.


Early Bird Discount

With just under 150 days to go, excitement about the conference is mounting and bookings are brisk.  Don’t delay as the Early Bird discount of 6% is coming to an end.  You still have a few more days to book and get that discount if you sign up before the end of April 2016.

Bookings are being taken at Eventbrite.

Programme details can be found by exploring the tabs to the left hand side of this page.

The conference is open to all – professional and amateur genealogists alike.




Latest News!


The full Demolishing Brick Walls Conference Programme for the 16/17 September 2016 genealogy conference organised by the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives is now announced.  Explore the pages on this website to find out more.

Bookings are now open and all the prices, options and payment can be found at Eventbrite.



First two speakers confirmed

We are delighted to announce that our first two speakers for the conference are confirmed as legal historian, Professor Rebecca Probert of Warwick University, and DNA and one-name studies expert, Debbie Kennett.

Rebecca is the author of:

Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved? The Family Historian’s Guide to Marital Breakdown, Separation, Widowhood, and Remarriage: from 1600 to the 1970s (2015)

Marriage Law for Genealogists: The Definitive Guide …what everyone tracing their family history needs to know about where, when, who and how their English and Welsh ancestors married (2012)

Debbie is the author of:

DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century (2011)

The Surnames Handbook: A Guide to Family Name Research in the 21st Century (2012)

AGRA Conference 2016


Welcome to the website for the AGRA Genealogy Conference to be held on 16th/17th September 2016.

This is the very first genealogy conference to be organised by the UK body for professional genealogy.  Our venue is the prestigious St John’s College, Cambridge, and the theme will be ‘Demolishing Brickwalls’.

We have a host of exciting speakers lined up.

Full details of the event will be available very soon.  Sign up to receive all updates by email, and meanwhile please explore this site.