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# Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Who Do You Think You Are? Live Wrap-up Report with Lisa Louise Cooke
Posted by Lisa

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.

Additional News:

  • 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

And here's a few more photos from the event:

Ancestry.com scanning booth

Lisa with Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor.

Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives booth


Lisa interviews a representative of the Western Front Association.


"Who Do You Think You Are?" | Ancestry.com | Genealogy Events | Podcasts | UK and Irish roots
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 9:14:25 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 3:58:49 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hi Lisa,

I managed to video 12 separate interviews with folk at the event, which may be of interest - they are:

Debra Chatfield, FindmyPast
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuHksUBZ8M8

Tom Dennis, editor of Your Family Tree magazine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsVtEUO0gRE

Jeanette Rosenberg, Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq74s1xo9LA

Karel Kiely, Roots Ireland (Irish Family History Foundation)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIOmuxvoH84

Alasdair MacDonald, Scottish DNA Project
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=509DWMVw9sQ

Janet Hancock, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGUPWqZ5LUE

Bob Blatchford, Family and Local History Handbook
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nvk8e3XmGA

Audrey Collins, The National Archives
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1620ec4BlIg

Patricia Whatley and Caroline Brown, University of Dundee genealogy courses
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFjY5Qa-rAI

Sherry Irvine of Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh-9MWWp6fY

Valmay Young of FIBIS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPCytVTnSMg

Nigel Bayley, The Genealogist.co.uk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrkmsYPXOT4

They were recorded for my Scottish GENES blog (http://scottishancestry.blogspot.com), hence the Scottish bias on them, but there's still a lot of info in there which might be of interest. (Apologies for the wobblyvision!)

Chris
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