Family historians are preparing to gather in Birmingham this week for the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Show, which is being held at the National Exhibition Centre.
The event is billed as being the world’s largest family history show, a claim which those of us who have attended Rootstech might query, but it is certainly the largest such event in the United Kingdom, and well worth experiencing at least once.
I first attended in 2012 and have attended annually since then and always find something of interest. In 2013 I took the opportunity to Ask an Expert, which is hosted by the Society of Genealogists. This is a regular feature at WDYTYA? Live, and many visitors take the opportunity to book a 20 minute appointment with an expert genealogist. This year, I will be making debut as an “Expert” on both Thursday 6th and Friday 7th.
Another debut for me this year is that of “Speaker”. On Saturday 8th at 1.15 pm in Theatre 3. I will be speaking about “Delving into Workhouse Records”, illustrated with some of the Poor Law Union records which are held at my local studies library. I am fascinated by Poor Law Union records and enjoy digging around and uncovering the stories of people who came into contact with the Poor Law bureaucracy in whatever capacity. Most researchers will be familiar with admission and discharge records, but my talk will explore how financial records, committee meeting minutes , letter books and other records can be a treasure trove for researchers. I was stunned to see that more than 2 weeks ago, the workshop was sold out. No pressure then!
At other times I will be helping out with exhibitors including The University of Dundee’s Centre for Archives and Information Studies (Stand 268) and the Register of Qualified Genealogists (Stand 2) If you are coming to the show, do come along and say hello.
You can find out more about the show by following this link: