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Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011 : The Countdown Begins

19 Nov

The dates have been announced, the first celebrity guest has been announced, the new website is now live and tickets go on sale next week, it can only mean one thing – the countdown to Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2011 has begun.

Next years event will be the fifth and will be held between Friday 25th February and Sunday 27th February 2010 at Olympia National Hall, London. According to the website tickets will be available to buy online from next week.

The first celebrity guest has been named as Monty Don (who was in the most recent series), with more apparently lined up to take part.

I can’t wait to find out what else the organisers have got up their sleeves, but one thing is for certain, I will be booking the time off work next week and ordering the tickets as soon as I can.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010

Notes from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010: SOG Family History Show

12 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.

The Society of Genealogists Family History Show has now become an integral part of Who Do You Think You Are? Live. It provides the opportunity to meet (and question) various family history societies and suppliers.

SOG Family History Show

The stands may have been smaller down this end of the hall than down the other end, but that doesn’t lessen the value of these exhibitors. These are the people with specialist knowledge, and if by any chance they don’t have the answer to your question they will almost certainly be able to point you in the direction of someone who can.

SOG Family History Show 2010

The Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010 website lists the exhibitors at the SOG Family History Show, where you can click on the links and find out more about each exhibitor as well as contact details and a link to their website.

Notes from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010: Findmypast.co.uk

11 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.

The other big UK genealogy site, Findmypast.co.uk had a prominent stand at the show. It was divided into two, one side being a mock-up of a tram (serving as a mini-theatre) and the other side had computer terminals where you could access the website for free.

The Findmypast.co.uk stand

You can find a report of their activities at the show over on their website and also on their blog. It doesn’t look like any of the presentations have been put up, although they do have a useful set of video tutorials on their site. The video entitled Digitising the records, is especially interesting as it shows the preparation work involved in getting the 1911 census online.

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Notes from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010: Ancestry.co.uk

10 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.

Ancestry.co.uk had a large presence at the show (not surprising considering they were main sponsors), with their main stand (with many computer terminals and shop), the Ancestry.co.uk Academy (a small theatre), a members lounge and their scanning service.

The main Ancestry.co.uk stand

You can find out more about what they had to offer at the show on their website. Of particular interest is the Ancestry.co.uk Academy, here you can download copies of the four presentations which could be seen at the show.

  1. The Journey of a Record
  2. The Guide to Using Ancestry.co.uk for Beginners
  3. The Guide to Using Ancestry.co.uk for Intermediate Users
  4. The Guide to Using Ancestry.co.uk for Advanced Users

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live: Day Three

28 Feb

The third and final day of Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010 got off to a rather damp start (more rain), but at least I didn’t have to get up quite so early today.

As expected the crowds were smaller today, but still plenty of people about. I arrived a few minutes late for Josh Taylor’s (from the NEHGS) talk on "Online tools for learning US research strategies", this was really interesting for someone who hears/reads a lot about US research, but hasn’t really been actively doing any. You will be pleased to hear that Geneabloggers got a mention!

Next up were the three talks that were part of the one-day conference:

  • Peter Christian on Where is the Genealogists’ internet going? – a look at what could or should happen in the genealogy field in the coming years.
  • Julian Litten on The English way of death – a fascinating talk on the history of funeral arrangements and coffin design over the years.
  • Nick Barratt on The mists of time: researching your medieval family history – a whirlwind tour of the sources available for medieval and early modern family history.

Then I had an appointment with Ancestry.co.uk to scan some documents, that was a lot quicker than I expected, and I came away with a memory stick of images of some larger documents and one large photo which had previously been scanned by me in sections.

As things had quietened down at the Ask the Experts area I decided to give them a try. Picking their brains on Mercy TROWER and her missing marriage and dying husband. I was relieved to hear that I had pretty much covered all options, they could suggest no further avenues of research.

Then all that was left was a final walk around the stands, many of which were starting to pack up and go home, as had most of the visitors. I had a quick chat with a gentleman from My History about the virtues of the Family Historian software and then made my way home.

Another great show, I felt I gained a great deal from my visit, probably more than last year, but I wonder if I could have been better prepared. It is hard to get away from the commercial side of things and remember that there are literally hundreds of experts (including the attendees) willing to share their knowledge.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live: Day Two

27 Feb

The second day of Who Do You Think You Are? Live was another successful and enjoyable experience.

WDYTYA3 The crowds didn’t seem too bad today (or was it just me getting used to lots of people), perhaps a little busier than yesterday, but not as busy as I had expected, especially in the later afternoon.

There were some great talks today, first I attended the celebrity interview with Kate Humble, then a talk on the resources of the Imperial War Museum and the UK National Inventory of War Memorials. Michael Gandy spoke on problems with London ancestry and Mark Pearsall on Apprenticeship Records at The National Archives. Again I shall probably go into more detail next week.

I spent a bit longer talking to some of the exhibitors, I got some useful answers, places to look and people to contact, as well as some clues to identifying one of my unidentified photos.

Tomorrow should be a bit more laid back, there are still a couple of stands I need to visit and hopefully I will have time to get Ancestry to scan some of my documents, that are too big to fit on my scanner.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live: Day One

26 Feb

Today was the first day of Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010 and although it was tiring, I picked up some useful information, was entertained and it was extremely rewarding.


As you can see it was pretty busy, but not too crowded (it was a Friday after all). There appeared to be more space, but I am not sure if that is down to fewer people or fewer stands.

One noticeable absence was The National Archives, probably not surprising considering the cut in services they have already suffered in the name of financial cost-cutting.

The talks I attended were quite diverse, first an interview with celebrity Rory Bremner, then Ian Waller talking about 20th-century research. Michael Gandy’s talk on breaking through brick walls was inspirational and Celia Heritage on interpreting churches and gravestones has opened my eyes to some of the features in parish churches, which I would otherwise pass by in my rush to get at the monumental inscriptions.

The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering the stands, see what was on offer and trying to work out how I can benefit from them when I return tomorrow.

Tomorrow should be a lot busier, I only hope the crowds are not too bad. For a simple country boy used to wandering alone in the countryside, so many people can be a bit overwhelming. Plus it was a bit too warm in the hall for my liking.

Over the next week I shall try and write in a bit more detail about the talks and stands, and what I learnt from my visit. Now I must go to bed, it is going to be another long day tomorrow!


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