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Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011 : My early Christmas present

10 Dec

Today I have finally got around to buying my tickets for Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011. Taking advantage of one of the many special offer codes that have been available from various organisations I have booked tickets for all three days; Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th February 2011.

It is a bit early for buying train tickets yet, besides I haven’t decided whether I am going to travel up to London everyday or stay at a hotel in the city (working for a hotel company has its benefits).

Now all I need to do (apart from making a decision on whether to book a hotel) is sit back and wait to see what else the organisers announce and possibly book some workshop tickets when they become available. Hopefully they will publish a copy of the show guide in advance like they did last year so I have some ideas about who I want to see and decide what questions I need to ask.

Perhaps I should start thinking about getting some business cards printed and possibly a t-shirt or two printed with my blog URL on it and maybe some postcards as well. Nothing like a bit of self-promotion!

My genealogy diary is starting to fill up

3 Jan

I’ve been updating my diary for the first few months of the year, and it looks like I shall be quite busy attending family history events. Like last years most of the events are at the beginning of the year, but I am sure I will find something else to do for the rest of the year.

The Sussex and South London Family History Fair
(14th February 2010)

This small one-day fair is held at the K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley, West Sussex. It is a mixture of trade stands and family history societies, with a few postcard dealers thrown in. An excellent warm-up for the next big event.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live
(26th to 28th February 2010)

Three days of family history at London’s Olympia, so far I have only booked tickets for two days (Friday and Saturday), but I shall probably book for the Sunday as well because they have a special one-day conference which looks very interesting.

Sussex Family History Group Annual Conference and AGM
(20th March 2010)

Not many stands here, but three talks, two of which are of particular interest to me (Mills and Millers of Sussex and Inns, Alehouses and Taverns of Sussex). Held at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

The South Coast Fair
(25th April 2010)

This is similar to the Sussex and South London Fair, except that it is held at the seaside at Worthing, West Sussex. A good excuse for an ice cream and a stroll along the sea front in the spring sunshine (if I am lucky).

I would also like to attend some of the talks at the National Archives and Society of Genealogists, these could hopefully be combined with research trips to the repository concerned.

Go to GENEVA to find UK family history events.

22 Oct

I have recently been looking for family history events to attend in the UK, and I came across the GENEVA website. I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere else before so I thought I would share it with you.

GENEVA describes itself as “an online calendar of GENenalogical EVents and Activites” and is run jointly on behalf of GENUKI and the Federation of Family History Societies. Most of the events seem to be located in England, although any events relating to UK and Ireland family history can be included.

It is not a comprehensive list, as it relies on the event organiser submitting the details of their event. Some of the events are society conferences, like the Sussex Family History Group conference on March 20th next year, so make sure you check details and membership requirements before attending. The calendar provides links to the event website where available.

Some are national events, like Who Do You Think You Are? Live next February and The Family History Event in May 2011, some are commercial family history fairs, whilst some are lectures or educational events.

There is a real mixture of events here, and certainly enough to keep me busy in between visits to the archives and visiting ancestral homes and churches (especially now winter is coming). If you are looking for family history events in the UK, then this calendar is a great resource.

I think my next event will be the West Surrey FHS Family History Fair and Open Day on the 31st October at Woking, Surrey. As well as lots of family and local history societies attending, I notice there will also be several postcard dealers as well, could be an expensive day out!

Help! I’ve run out of genealogy events this year!

7 May

When I looked in my diary last night it appeared that I had no more family history events to attend this year! Can that really be true? It certainly looks that way, no more large family history events in south-east England this year. Surely I must have missed something?

It has been a busy four (and a bit) months, two local family history fairs, the Sussex Family History Group conference, Who Do You Think You Are Live and last weekend The Family History Event.

Perhaps this is a good thing, it will give my wallet chance to recover and I have no shortage of other things to do with my time, but I will miss spending time in the company of other genealogists and listening to expert lectures.

All is not lost, perhaps all I need to do is cast my net a little wider. Maybe I could travel further a field within England, like the National Family History Fair at Gateshead in September.

There are probably some smaller events and lectures going on, not necessarily full days, that I could attend and maybe not just family history, but local and general history as well.

Then again perhaps I don’t need to travel at all, perhaps I could get more involved in some of the online communities, although I think my ageing PC will probably not be up to the likes of Second Life.

Of course there is always Roots Television, there is probably enough content on there to keep me occupied for several days, some of the presentations may not be strictly relevant to my research but I am sure they will be interesting nevertheless.

Actually in retrospect it looks like things could be getting quite busy again! If you have any suggestions for genealogy or history events in England (or online) that I (and my readers) could attend then leave me details in a comment.

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