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Notes from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010: The Workshops

13 Mar

In this series of posts I hope to provide you with some of the highlights from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010.

There were a wide range of workshops over all three days of the show. There were seven simultaneous strands (including the Ancestry.co.uk Academy and TheGenealogist).

By my reckoning there were 145 talks (not including the Sunday Conference)across all three days, some of these were duplicates, for instance, all the celebrity interviews took place twice, and most of the talks at the Ancestry.co.uk Academy and TheGenealogist were repeated on all three days.

I could only attend a fraction of the talks on offer, and those that I did were excellent presentations. I didn’t attend any of the SOG (Society of Genealogists) Regional, DNA Workshop, Ancestry.co.uk Academy or TheGenealogist talks, either through clashes in the programme or lack of relevance to my research.

My only complaint would be with the screens in SOG2 and SOG3 which were a bit too low, so the bottom of the screen was not visible from the back of the audience.

The Society of Genealogists have made available a selection of handouts or notes from some of the speakers on their website. Although it is not the same as attending the talks in person, there is still some interesting information and useful resources there, well worth taking the time to have a look through. Some of the highlights are:

  • More Than Scraps and Paste (Maureen Taylor)
  • My top 10 websites (John Hanson)
  • World War One Army Service Records (Chris Watts)
  • My ancestor was a shopkeeper (Sue Gibbons)
  • Using the census records online (Peter Christian)
  • Finding and Using Parish Records (Else Churchill)
  • Looking at family pictures 1850-1940 (Jayne Shrimpton)

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!

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