The eyes of the genealogy world turn this week from Salt Lake City, which recently hosted FamilySearch’s RootsTech conference, to London, where the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event is going on today through Saturday.
This vibrant event, an outgrowth of the popular British “Who Do You Think You Are?” television series, is expected to attract 10,000 to 15,000 visitors.
In addition to familiar genealogy companies such as Ancestry.co.uk, Family Tree DNA, findmypast and MyHeritage, organizations with “stands” in the exhibit hall include other genealogy websites, libraries, museums, family history societies, publishers, heritage travel planners, archival suppliers and others.
Educational opportunities include Society of Genealogists workshops and a special section in the exhibit hall; workshops on Ancestry.co.uk, DNA research, MyHeritage, and how to do genealogy; consultations with heirloom and photo experts; and a “Military Checkpoint” in the exhibit hall for help with military research. World War I should be a hot topic in the military arena, due to its upcoming centennial. The Great War began July 28, 1914 (the United States joined April 6, 1917).
In the Celebrity Theater, visitors also have the opportunity to meet guests from the “Who Do You Think You Are?” BBC show.
We’ll keep an eye on developments from the show and pass them on.
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