Our Anglo Scots Branch Meetings

Invited Speakers and Social Meetings

October Online Meeting - the Fromelles Genealogy Project

1 October 2022 - online via Zoom


In May 2008 the remains of 250 WW1 soldiers were uncovered in a mass grave in France and this led to the instigation of a ground-breaking project to uncover their identities via DNA testing, anthropological data and genealogical research. This presentation will tell the story of the Fromelles Project with a specific focus on how genealogical detective work has so far helped to identify 166 of the soldiers and give them named graves in the first military cemetery to be built in France since WW11. It will also tell the stories of some of the fallen soldiers, introduce the 'Commemorating The Missing' Project and give a brief explanation of how to research WW1 soldiers and trace DNA appropriate relatives.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, freelance researcher, speaker, author, historian and the official genetic genealogist of #AncestryHour. Researching her own family tree has been her lifelong passion and she channels that passion into her work.

Event Details

  • Date: 1 October 2022
  • Saturday, 2.00pm
  • Venue: online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Michelle Leonard
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Cost: members - free of charge
  • Cost: visitors - £3
  • Image credit: DNA at Pixably, montage HH.


Our Anglo Scots branch meetings for 2022 will be a mix of in-person meetings at Manchester Central Library, an outside visit and meetings held online via Zoom. Please check the meeting details on this page and on Eventbrite when booking in case things changes again, as many of our speakers are now able to switch between physical and online meetings if necessary.

Although Covid restrictions have been lifted, we know that our visitors may still have concerns. Our in-person venue at Manchester Central Libaray (the performance space, ground floor) is spacious and airy, allowing more space for visitors to feel safe. Visitors may wear face coverings if they wish.


Where we meet

Our Meeting Rooms

Light and airy, purpose built for meetings and events, and ample room to spread out the seating to comply with any restrictions that might be in place when meetings resume. All meeting rooms at Manchester Central Library are easily accessible.

Our Venue

The recently refurbished Manchester Central Library is our usual venue for our monthly meetings. Situated in the cultural heart of Manchester, the Metrolink station is at the front of the building and is the central part of a public transport system supporting the city and its outlying districts.

Important things to know


In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December, usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Other local events and the availability of speakers may cause a change of date.


Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will, of course, be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. It remains possible that our calendar of events might be rescheduled.


Booking on Eventbrite is essential for meetings with invited speakers. Please follow us here, on Eventbrite and on social media to confirm dates and, for most meetings, check when booking opens on Eventbrite.

Booking Costs

*Booking costs for non-members are generally fixed at £3. If a meeting includes additional costs (such as admission fees to another venue) these will be payable by all attendees and not refundable.

Covid-19 Restrictions

Subject to Covid-19 restrictions and advice) In normal times the Anglo Scots hold meetings every month except August and December; usually these meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable) and we try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Scottish heritage.

These are our next planned meetings. We hope we can hold them on the dates stated but, where possible, we have reserved alternative dates should the need arise. Booking on Eventbrite is essential for these meetings (please see the calendar page) so follow us on this page, on our social media and on Eventbrite to check when booking opens. Meetings will be at Manchester Central Library and will of course be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. Until then – stay safe and keep well!

Meetings Archive

From our first online Zoom meetings

All of the Society meetings since November 2020, when meetings recommenced online. Where available, speakers notes are kept by each section. The list includes upcoming meetings and therefore provides a good overview of our meetings programme.

Archive of Past Meetings

Society Meetings and Branch Meetings

Finding Scots in Canada

4 Jun 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, Christine Woodcock, online, 2.00pm

Tracing your Scottish Ancestors at TNA

7 May 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, Audrey Collins of TNA, at Manchester, 2.00pm

Anglo Scots AGM and Heirlooms

2 Apr 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, social event, at Manchester, 2.00pm

Family and Local History in the City

26 Mar 2022 (Sat), Fair at Manchester Central Library

Scottish Banking Records and Your Family

5 Mar 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, Sian Yates, online, 2.00pm

Looking at Kirk Sessions Records in Depth

5 Feb 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, Emma Maxwell, online, 2.00pm

January Quiz and Social Event

15 Jan 2022 (Sat), Anglo Scots, social event, online

Salford Histories Festival

30 Oct 2021 (Sat), St Peter's, Swinton, public event

Ancestral Breakthroughs, share your successes!

16 Oct 2021, Anglo Scots, social event, online

Medieval Manchester Event

25-26 Sep 2021, Chetham's School, public event

Heritage Event

25-26 Sep 2021, Victoria Baths Heritage, public event

Scottish Marriage, Buckled for Life

18 Sep 2021, Anglo Scots, Chris Paton, online

Gems of Manchester Tour

17 Jul 2021, Anglo Scots, Jonathan Schofield, online

The Mitchell Library and its Poor Law Holdings

19 Jun 2021, Anglo Scots, Dr Irene O'Brien, online

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

15 May 2021, Anglo Scots, Sue Whitaker, online

Your Ancestral Brick Walls

15 Apr 2021, Anglo Scots, Social Event, Online

The Scots Elite in Liverpool 1780-1850

20 March 2021, Anglo Scots, Dr alan Crosby, Online

Tracing the Irish in Scotland

20 Feb 2021, Anglo Scots, Chris Paton, online

Anglo Scots Quiz and Social

16 Jan 2021, Anglo Scots, Social Event, online

Festive Quiz and New Website

17 Dec 2020, Anglo Scots, Hilary Hartigan, online

DNA: Why Cousins Don't Share DNA

21 Nov 2020, Anglo Scots, Hilary Hartigan, online