My tickets arrived this morning for Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 – the first at the NEC, Birmingham.
I’ve opted for all three days Thursday-Saturday 16-18th April, but have not yet completely picked out the expert talks from the wide range of workshop topics that are up this year.
I do have my eye on a few though, including:
- Learn to love your brick walls – Mary Evans (Thursday)
- The Parish Chest – Alec Tritton (Thursday)
- Copyright and Family History – Margaret Haig (Friday)
- Preserving tomorrow’s history today: writing your family history book is vital for future generations (including genealogists) – Nicci Fletcher (Friday)
- Finding nonconformist records online – Alec Tritton (Saturday)
I’ve also opted to stay in nearby Coventry, so will be hopping onto the train for a few minutes east > west each day.
I do have a few ‘to-dos’ though:
- Sync the Reunion10 files on my iPad. I found this so useful last year, when I was able to talk to the Devon Family History Society, and compare what was in their database with what was in my tree without folders of papers to wade through.
- Collect a spoon from my mother. Yes, a spoon. I’m hoping to show this spoon to Eric Knowles, in a bid that he might use his expertise to give it a date that may reveal that it is more likely to be one of the spoons that an ancestor went to court over, after being accused of theft, and was found not guilty by a jury because of conflicting evidence. Does this carefully handed-down spoon have significance. More on that after the show!
If you’re going to the show (tickets still seem to be available), how are your preparations coming along? Any workshops that you’re interested in attending? Or maybe you’re one of the presenters – in which case, are you ready?
I’m also really looking forward to re-connecting with those people who I’ve met at previous shows, and who i’ve enjoyed the discussions and witty comments from on this blog and other social media. The event really helps to make that spare room hobby, feel like part of a combined effort to preserve the history, heritage, and collective memories of generations.
For now though, happy tree surgery!