Last week, as you know, I was in London for the Who Do You Think You Are? 2010 event. It was fantastic fun, just like last year.
I was on the job meeting British fans of this column and looking at lots of pictures. There are subtle differences between photos taken here and overseas. For instance, tintypes weren’t very common in the U.K., but ambrotypes (images on glass) were in abundance.
I have a few photos of the event to show you and I’ll have another report in a week or so.
This year there was a North American section in the exhibit hall. Guess who was there? Josh Taylor of the American “Who Do You Think You Are?” program, and Michael LeClerc, both friends from Boston’s New England Historic Genealogical Society. Traffic in their booth was steady. It appears that many Brits were looking for information on family who ended up in America <smile>.
The folks at FindMyPast.com used costume guides to help visitors search their site.
It wasn’t strictly genealogy. Marks and Spencer staged an exhibit of material from its corporate archive. If you’re not familiar with the name, it belongs to one of England’s largest department stores.
Family Tree DNA had another huge booth this year and business was brisk with lots of folks taking DNA test kits. I stopped by (in my new English woolen sweater) to chat with Emily Auclino, a Facebook friend. I’m a bit jet-lagged in this picture.
Sunday, I spent a couple of hours in the military pavilion talking about photo projects. I’ll have more to share next week. It was fascinating. I loved the mix of history and genealogy at this event.
Organizers of this London event estimate that at least 15,000 people attend this three-day trade show. There are lectures, too. Attendees pay a per day ticket price of about $33. This includes admission to lectures, if you’re lucky enough to get one. You have to wait in a line for tickets for specific lectures.
With Friday’s successful launch of the American version of “Who Do You Think You Are?”, I predict that a similar event in the United States is in our future.