Once again, the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show in London attracted thousands of eager visitors anxious to learn more about their family tree. It was my great pleasure to not only participate as a speaker this year, but also to report on the event for the Genealogy Insider.
The exhibition hall was packed for WDYTYA? Live.
According to Else Churchill, genealogist for the Society of Genealogists in the UK and organizer of the society’s workshops at the event, BBC Magazines Bristol has purchased a major share of the show from Brand Events, who has organized it for the last five years. The new owners will be managing the event from this point forward, and they are already busy making big plans.
I was very excited to bring a technology topic to the event with my Make Google Work Harder for Your Family History workshop. On the heels of RootsTech, WDYTYA? Live will be looking toward technology and social media and their role in genealogy, expanding those topic areas next year.
Lisa teaching her Google workshop at WDYTYA? Live.
Churchill and her team worked tirelessly to organize the Society of Genealogists workshops, and their Ask the Expert booth, spearheaded by Lori Weinstein, was a big hit once again. I participated in a 2 hour shift on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed working one on one with eager attendees.
Visitors also really appreciated the expanded gallery area upstairs and from what I could see, they made very good use of it. They found more room to roam in the military and photographic exhibit areas, plenty of tables and seating (where my husband and I held an impromptu family reunion with three other distant British Cooke cousins!), and even a pasty pie stand (which, of course, I felt obligated to taste test – yummy!).
One of the unique aspects of WDYTYA? Live is the inclusion of celebrities profiled on the BBC TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?” Monty Don (“Gardener’s World”), Hugh Quarshie (“Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”), and celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott kept audiences riveted as they recounted their personal family history journey.
- The British Library announced its digitization of the India Collections
- Deceased Online has added Scottish MIs
- FindMyPast.co.uk will be adding transcriptions of Scottish census records only
- The Genealogists is adding war memorials
Lisa interviews a representative of the Western Front Association.