While WDYTYA is really a trade show, there are a few different lecture tracks. Some are even free. At American genealogy conferences you pay a general admission fee, but at the London event you only purchase tickets for specific lectures on a first-come first-served basis.
If you took a look at the two pictures you get a sense of just how popular this event is. The Facebook friends I posed with wanted to get there early. We waited in line for about an hour, but it was worth it. Guess who secured the number one spots in the queque? We did.
When the doors opened we were ready. Estimates for Saturday’s attendance were as high as four thousand people. On Saturday the crowds were even larger and the line continued around the building even at noon. Each new Olympia/Kensington train brought loads of new folks to the event. I have lots to share over the next few weeks.
I’ll start with a few photos so you can get a sense of the size and scope of the show.
Here’s one of the free lectures taught by FindMyPast.com.
2009 is the year of the Gathering in Scotland. I spend some time in the booth talking about my McDuff line. He told me that there currently isn’t a Chieftain of the McDuff clan. The Gathering brings all the clans together for events. I put my name in for a free drawing. My fingers are crossed.<smile>.
The crowds on day 2.
I’ll be back in the next few weeks with more. I’ll also post an album on my FaceBook profile.
I can’t wait until next year!