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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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Two weeks and counting …

10 Feb

Two weeks 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”.

Everything is in place for my three days family history extravaganza, all that I need now is for the snow to clear off and I am all set.

Looking through the list of exhibitors I noticed a rather surprising, but welcome, addition to the usual list of names. The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum from Singleton, West Sussex will have a stand in the Society of Genealogists’ Family History Show.

The description from the list of exhibitors gives a good idea of what the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is all about, “Over 45 rescued buildings rebuilt in a beautiful setting in the South Downs National Park, bringing to life homes, farms and workplaces of the South-east over the past 500 years.

Although there isn’t really a direct connection with family history (except there is in my case), it is a perfect fit for those wishing to learn more about the rural lives of their ancestors. Most rural crafts and occupations are represented at the Weald and Downland in one way or another, especially when you factor in the special events that are held throughout the year.

On top of that you can also take courses at the museum, from working with heavy horses to hedgelaying. As is to be expected from the once heavily wooded counties of Southern England there is a particular emphasis on the use of timber, from charcoal burning to construction techniques.

The museum is a superb place to explore, as I have done on several occasions, and not just because it is set in the Singleton in the South Downs, home to many of my ancestors. If you are at WDYTYA Live then make sure you stop by and find out what they have to offer.

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