FIBIS 25 Year Celebration Conference Update

02 Feb | FIBIS Events, News,

Just to remind everyone that the 25 year Celebration Conference Early Bird rate ends in just 8 week’s time on Sunday March 31st 2024, so book now and save up to £76 on the cost of this three day Conference.

Dr Sophie Kay
Dr Sophie Kay

FIBIS would like to introduce Dr Sophie Kay as one of our Keynote Speakers who will be giving her talk at our 2024 Conference on Saturday morning at 9.15 am – she will be discussing Memsahib and Mother: Centring the Female Experience of the British Raj. Drawing on a blend of personal writings, autobiographical accounts and domestic advice guides, Sophie’s session will shine a light on women’s experiences of pregnancy, motherhood and loss, reconstructing the world of our female forebears in British India.

Dr. Sophie Kay is a professional genealogist and geneticist at Khronicle®,, and a Member of AGRA. She is also the ‘Ancestry and Genealogy Expert’ for the popular archaeology and history show, Time Team. A former cancer researcher, Sophie attained her D.Phil. in Systems Biology from the University of Oxford in 2015, where she also trained in DNA extraction and analysis.

Sophie is an experienced educator, international speaker, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She teaches historical mapping techniques and research methodology at Pharos Tutors and is the Tutor in DNA and Genetic Genealogy at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies.

Life as a professional family historian unites Sophie’s twin loves of genetics and historical records, and her specialisms include genetic genealogy, maps, historical occupations & research methodology. She’s the creator of the #OccupationOfTheDay hashtag across social media, which aims to get researchers talking about the jobs and working lives that appear in their family tree, and tackles all manner of family history subjects on her blog, The Parchment Rustler,

Sophie’s own family history journey has taken in Lancashire textile workers, Cornish soldiers, Irish agricultural labourers, and Middlesex carpenters who built a lot of London pubs: a welcome and never-ending voyage of discovery!