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Dick Eastman to give keynote speach at WDYTYA?LIVE

Who Do You Think You Are? Live has announced the name of the Keynote speaker for the event in April. Its to be the Internationally renowned genealogist and blogger Dick Eastman. With more than 30 years of expertise, Dick Eastman is the founder of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, which has reported on family history news for 19 years and is read by more than 75,000 genealogists around the world. Eastman will be speaking on all three days of the event, which is set to take place between 16-18 April at the Birmingham NEC. In his talk, the US blogger will be looking to the future of family history, considering how technology is changing family trees and the genealogical community. To mark the show’s move to the West Midlands, Who Do You Think You Are? Live will also feature special Birmingham-themed displays and lectures, including sessions from popular local historian Carl Chinn on the real Peaky Blinders and a workshop on tracing Black Country ancestors with genealogist Michael Pearson. In addition there will be the usual wide range of experts in attendance, including military historians, photograph specialists and representatives from family history societies across the UK and further afield. Tickets are currently on sale from just £16 in advance and can be purchased at: www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com.

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A new Prestigious Award announced for the Genealogical Community

Society of Genealogists

New award given by The Society of Genealogists

The 'Society of Genealogists' based in London has recently created an award for those people making an outstanding contribution to the field of family history research. Details of the 2013 award from the Society are as follows: "A special Certificate of Recognition has been newly created by the Society of Genealogists to recognise exceptional contributions to genealogy by individuals and institutions worldwide.  In the first year nomination forms were made available to Fellows of the Society for their suggestions and four candidates have been recognised by the newly formed awards panel for the new Certificate in 2013.  The successful candidates were: Dick Eastman for having the vision to promote family history through the CompuServe Genealogy Forum and by founding and maintaining the daily Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Dr Hugh Kearsey for actively ensuring a wider availability of materials enabling others to pursue family history in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Rosemary Cleaver for her continuous back-room contributions to all aspects of the West Surrey Family History Society over many years. The Polish Archive of Przemyślu in recognition of outstanding maintenance of local family records, particularly appertaining to Akcja Wisła (Operation Vistula) was the codename for the 1947 forced resettlment of post-war Poland’s Ukranian Minority carried out by Soviet controlled Polish Communist Authorities)  and in the efforts to making them accessible to researchers from far and wide. Formal presentations will be arranged over the coming months." Congratulations to the winners this year from Family History Social for their well-deserved awards! Nominations for 2014 are now open to the public and forms (along with nomination guidelines) are available from the Chief Executive, June Perrin at ceo@sog.org.uk
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