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Time to relax at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2012

23 Feb

As weird as it may sound the thing I am most looking forward to about Who Do You Think You Are? Live this year is the chance to relax. Relaxation is probably going to be furthest from the minds of most people as they rush from workshop to workshop or explore the bustling exhibitors hall.

Perhaps it is not physical relaxation I am looking forward to but mental relaxation. A chance to unwind, to take my mind off everything, other than family history.

WDYTYA Live provides the perfect excuse for three days of “me” time. I have cleared my diary, so not having to go to work on Friday and a weekend free of commitments has left me with three whole days to do whatever I want to do.

I know I will probably be getting up as early as I would normally if I was to be going to work and will be spending the best part of two hours travelling each way, with plenty of opportunity for things to go wrong, but I am determined not to let that get in the way of my relaxation.

I mean what is the worst that is likely to happen, a train gets cancelled and I am late to the show, I might miss a workshop or two but never mind, it won’t be the end of the world.

And I won’t worry if one of the workshops I want to see is fully booked. It will give me the perfect opportunity to explore another part of the show or take in another workshop that I might not have considered otherwise.

I don’t think I have ever been looking forward to anything quite so much as I am looking forward to WDYTYA Live for a very long time. Even a simple thing like what to take for my lunch is getting me quite excited. How sad is that?

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Wordless Wednesday: Not long now …

22 Feb

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010 (26th February 2010)

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010 (26th February 2010)

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Postcard Album: Olympia, London

21 Feb

Here is a historial view of a scene that will become familiar to many family historians by the end of this week, the Olympia exhibition centre, London, home to Who Do You Think You Are? Live.

This postcard was Published by C. Degen, London and was posted in West Kensington on the 19th December 1924.

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Taking a short break from Finding Minnie

20 Feb

My most recent posts aboutFinding Minnie have generated some interest and useful information about Patrick Vaughan and the Canadian Expeditionary Force, but now I need to take a short break, both from writing about and researching the story.

The main reason of course is Who Do You Think You Are? Live at the end of the week. I need to take some time to get myself organised and prepared for this three day family history extravaganza.

Another reason for the break is the need to get all the material that I have gathered so far processed and recorded, before it all gets buried as more information comes to light. The story seems to be heading in so many different directions it is getting harder and harder to keep track of it all.

I still have lots more to write about Minnie, Kate and Patrick, but I also still have a lot more research to do. I can see this particular project lasting for many months to come, and it seems to be growing almost on a daily basis as new avenues of research open up.

I also have a lot more to learn about a couple of particular subjects, namely Canadian and Irish research. WDYTYA Live will hopefully provide some useful opportunites to expand my knowledge on at least one of those, but I need to make sure I am prepared to take advantage of those opportunities this coming weekend.

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One week and counting …

17 Feb

A week today sees the start of Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2012 at Olympia, London, billed as “the biggest family history event in the world”.

For those that can’t make it to the event Ancestry.co.uk are giving you chance to watch some of their Ancestry Academy presentations online.

In what I believe is a first for WDYTYA Live, Ancestry.co.uk have announced that the following presentations will be streamed live over the internet:

Friday 24th February 2012

10:30-11:15 GMT – First steps: Build your family tree with censuses and birth, marriage and death records

13:30-14:45 GMT – Ancestry.co.uk revealed: the brand new features in the best-selling family history software [not sure about this one, it looks like they might have their timings a bit mixed up]

15:30-16:15 GMT – Before 1837: Discover the events that shaped your ancestors’ lives, and the records they left behind (presented by Tony Robinson)

Saturday 25th February 2012

11:00-11:45 GMT – Going further: Discover your ancestors all over the world with our global records

13:00-13:45 GMT – Parish records: Uncover the records for your area and trace your family all the way back to Tudor times

15:00-15:45 GMT – Getting started: Build your family tree with censuses and birth, marriage and death records

The only drawback (for people like me that have an aversion to social networking) is that they can only be accessed through their Facebook page by following the instructions on their blog.

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