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Echoes of the Past 2014

This weekend sees the second family history fair to be held at The Lincolnshire Showground. Echoes of the Past will be on this Sunday 26th October from 10am to 4pm at the EPIC Centre, Lincolnshire Showground. Entry is £4 per person and there is free parking.

There is also a free hourly bus shuttle service to and from Lincoln city centre.

There will be free talks throughout the day including the popular ‘Breaking down brick walls’ talk from Mark Bayley of TheGenealogist. It promises to be another great event, if you live in or near the Lincoln area, it’s well worth attending the event!

There’s more information from the Lincolnshire Echo website who are organising the event.

Echoes of the Past
Echoes of the Past returns to the Lincolnshire Showground this Sunday 26th October.

Yorkshire Family History Fair 2014

This forthcoming weekend, Saturday 28th June, sees one of the major family history shows in the North of England, the Yorkshire Family History Fair. It is one of the largest family history shows in the UK , now in its 19th year and there are over 70 exhibitors expected on three floors.

There is plenty of parking, refreshments are available all day and lifts to take visitors to all three floors.  The fair is open from 10am to 4.30pm and features a number of free talks including Mark Bayley from TheGenealogist.

If you’ve not been before, the fair is at The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York YO23 1EX. Admission is £4.50 for adults and children under 14 have free admission.

There’s more information available on the Yorkshire Family History Fair website.

It promises to be a great fair. Hopefully see you there!

Yorkshire Family History Fair
Mark Bayley will be talking at the Yorkshire Family History Fair this Saturday





New venue confirmed for Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015

Following rumours circulating for a while, it has now been officially confirmed that Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 will be relocated at the NEC in Birmingham.  With the shortage of major exhibition venues following the closure of Earls Court in London, show organisers have taken the decision to base the show in a more central location.

The WDYTYA Live offical website remarks that “Bringing the show to the world-class NEC allows us to offer visitors a central location, opening it up to more exhibitors and visitors from across the whole country, giving even more people the chance to unravel their family history.”

What do you think of the venue change for 2015? Will you be going? Let us know.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live fair
Who Do You Think You Are? Live moves to Birmingham

Another successful Who Do You Think You Are? Live Show

In a flash the major family history show of 2014 has been and gone. Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014 at London Olympia (and its new opening days of Thursday to Saturday) seemed to generate a healthy number of visitors. Attendees were steady although it was felt not exceeding the levels of previous years.

However, there was a healthy number of exhibitors and as expected a focus on the commemorations of the start of The Great War, with the Imperial War Museum present. All the usual main family history websites were present in what was as ever, a very enjoyable family history exhibition. Did you attend or exhibit, let us know what you thought of Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014!

Talks at Who Do You Think You Are?
Mark Bayley of TheGenealogist delivers one of his popular talks


Another busy Who Do You Think You Are? fair
Another busy Who Do You Think You Are? fair

The Bracknell Family History Fair

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

Bracknell Family History Fair
The popular Bracknell Family History Fair returns on Sunday 26th January

Preparations continue for Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014

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:


West Surrey Family History Open Day

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

A wide selection of stalls and information on offer
A wide selection of stalls and information on offer


Forthcoming Family History Fair

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

Glamorgan Family History Fair
Glamorgan Family History Fair on Saturday 12 October

Family history event this weekend

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



Family History Fair in Blackburn

Tomorrow (Saturday 14th September) sees  the North West Group of Family History Societies and Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society (who are proudly celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2013) presenting their Family History Day Fair in Blackburn, entitled “From Cradle to Grave”.

It’s at King George’s Hall, Northgate, Blackburn from 10am to 4pm and entry is £3.00. There’s some great speakers lined up including Mark Bayley from TheGenealogist, Ian Hartas talking about BMDs on the Internet and Dr Brenda Hustler is exploring Irish ancestry. There’s more information at http://www.lfhhs.org/home.php  If you’re in the area, why not make it along?

Lancashire Family History Fair
The Lancashire Family History Fair in Blackburn