The team behind the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event have just announced the third celebrity appearing at the Olympia Show in February.
Former Eastenders actor Larry Lamb will be appearing in the Celebrity Theatre at 'Who Do You Think You Are? Live' on Friday 21st February along with series creator and Executive Producer, Alex Graham, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 'Who Do You Think You Are?' series.
Alex and Larry (who appeared in the series in 2011) will also be joined by several members of the production team. There will be an in-depth conversation on how the series is made, a look at some personal highlights and the team will reveal some of the secrets from behind the scenes.
Tickets are available on the day but you can guarantee a seat in advance if you wish.
More details can be found on the Who Do You Think You Are? Live website.
A reminder that this weekend sees the Bracknell Family History Fair at Bracknell Leisure Centre. It's open this Sunday (26th January) from 10am to 5pm and there'll be a selection of free talks, including a few from TheGenealogist on 'Breaking down Brick Walls' and 'A Window into the Past' photo talk.
Admission to the family history fair is £3.
It's regarded as one of the major regional fairs so it's well worth attending for the great selection of exhibitors present offering all sorts of great resources for us family history researchers.
Hopefully see you there!
The latest news from the organisers at Who Do You Think You Are? Live is that due to work commitments, John Simpson has unfortunately had to cancel his scheduled appearance as a celebrity guest speaker and has been replaced by newsreader and TV personality, Natasha Kaplinsky, who appeared in the Who Do You Think You Are? series in 2007.
Whilst a disappointment at the withdrawal of John Simpson with his links to the flamboyant showman and early aircraft pioneer Samuel Cody, Natasha's family history story was just as fascinating and very tragic in parts. Natasha Kaplinsky will be celebrity guest speaker on Thursday 20th February at 10.15 and 11.15am at London Olympia.
Another celebrity appearing is former athlete and now sports commentator, Colin Jackson CBE. Colin appeared in a previous series of Who Do You Think You Are? with an international tale of family originating from Jamaica and Panama. Colin will be celebrity guest speaker on Saturday 22nd February. If you'd like more information, visit http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com
The first family history fair of the New Year is shortly upon us. The popular Bracknell Family History Fair is on Sunday 26th January at Bracknell Sport & Leisure Centre. Admission is £3 and doors open from 10am to 5pm. There is free parking available and a cafeteria for drinks and snacks.
The Bracknell Family History Fair has been voted Number 3 in the country by Your Family Tree Magazine and is widely regarded as a family history fair well worth attending. This year, the Society of Genealogists will be attending, there'll also be a military history advice desk, specialist groups and a number of family history societies present. S&N Genealogy Supplies and TheGenealogist will also be present, providing talks on family history research.
There's more information at http://www.familyhistoryfairs.org/dateloc.html#wirr
As the main family history fair in the world gets ever closer, the organisers have been issuing regular updates and promotions to entice people along for the 2014 event. With the first of the celebrities -John Simpson now confirmed, it promises to be another good event.
With the usual main exhibitors, excellent speakers and family history societies sure to be present and the Imperial War Museum launching their new First World War initiative at the show, there's many reasons for those both new to family history and the more experienced family historians to attend.
Don't forget the show runs from Thursday to Saturday this year with no Sunday opening:
Thurs 20th February 09.30 -17.30
Friday 21st February 09.30 - 17.30
Saturday 22nd February 09.30- 17.30
To whet your appetite, this is their latest video promoting the show:
If you live in or are visiting the South Devon area, you may want to take advantage of a free local family history event In Newton Abbot, Devon this weekend. It's a 2 day event, starting today and continues on Saturday 16th November from 9am to 3.30pm.
It's run by the South Devon Family History Club, along with Devon Family History Society, and is the sixth Family History Weekend they have organised.
The event will be held at the Passmore Edwards Centre in Newton Abbot.
It should be of interest to family historians of all levels. There will be researchers on hand to help with all those frustrating genealogy queries we all come across!
This Saturday, the 26th October, (in what promises to be a busy weekend for family history fairs) sees the West Surrey Family History Society Open Day in Woking. After a popular fair last year, it promises to be a good one again this year.
Open from 10am to 4pm, there's a number of family history societies, suppliers and specialist help desks available. With a number of 'taster talks' on offer including looking at the information you can find from a photograph, local war memorials and the topic of DNA in family history, there's a talk of interest for everyone!There's also free parking available. More information is available from the West Surrey Family History Society website at http://www.wsfhs.org/pages/openday.php
If you live in Ireland or have an interest in Irish family history, you may wish to make it along to the Irish genealogy event this weekend in Dublin. It's called 'Back to our Past' and is at the RDS Industries Hall in Dublin. From Friday the 18th October to Sunday 20th October the event is on, with doors open from 11am to 7pm.
There's a number of exhibitors and also The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) will be offering a free advisory service, so if you have any queries the experts are on hand!
If you'd like more information, please go to the organisers official website at http://www.backtoourpast.com/mysitecaddy/site3/index.htm
This Saturday (12th October) sees the annual Glamorgan Family History Society Fair. It promises to be another popular fair held in South Wales at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre, Merthyr Tydfil from 10am to 4pm.
Both admisssion and car parking are free and there's also a number of free talks available to attend. If you'd like to make it along and need more details visit the Glamorgan Family History Society website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wlsglfhs/openday2013.htm
The Oxfordshire Family History Society 2013 Open Day is this forthcoming Saturday, 5th October and is to be held at The Marlborough School just outside Woodstock.
The Open Day will feature an assortment of visiting Family History Societies, publishers, dealers in second hand books and postcards, and more.
Opening times are 10am to 4pm and there is ample car parking available. Admission to the Open Day is free, as is the on-site car park.
There's more information available at http://www.ofhs.org.uk/OpenDay.html