21 January 2020
Family history societies are the lifeblood of the family history community worldwide and offer a treasure trove of local knowledge and genealogy skills for anyone researching their ancestors. Meet some of the dedicated folk involved at Family Tree Live 2020.
Many family history societies come under the umbrella of the Family History Federation, an educational charity with more than 160 member societies across the globe. Lots of societies focus on a particular geographical area or on a specific surname, but there are also a variety of other specialist organisations.
Family history is a collaborative hobby and a great tip is to join your local family history society for support and advice from fellow enthusiasts – after all, a problem shared is a problem halved. It’s also well worth joining the society covering the area where your ancestors once lived, no matter how far away that may be. Members will know the locality well and you’ll be able to call upon them for inside knowledge and advice, or maybe get involved in a local transcription project – you may even be lucky enough to find your own ancestors recorded!
Discover your family's story at Family Tree Live
To get taste of just what different societies have to offer, head along to Family Tree Live at London’s wonderful Alexandra Palace on 17 and 18 April 2020 and chat to friendly volunteers from across the UK.
The Family History Federation has partnered leading UK family history magazine Family Tree to organise the show for the second year running, guaranteeing a unique event that welcomes family history fans of all levels of experience, along with their families.
Fun & learning on the Village Green
At Family Tree Live you’ll find the large Federation stand itself near the Village Green, which is the perfect place to relax with a cuppa or your lunch, meet up with friends and family and enjoy the variety of vintage games on offer. Head there to learn more about the Federation and its work in promoting interest in family history and supporting member societies. The Federation will also be laying on tablet computers for young genealogists to try their hand at researching their own ancestors with the help of experts.
Exhibition stands, lectures, workshops & advice
The show is sponsored by FamilySearch and FamilyTreeDNA, who will both be exhibiting along with a fascinating range of other useful organisations for family history researchers, from the Ministry of Defence to the National Library of Wales and the British Library.
And don’t miss the huge range of lectures, workshops and one-to-one advice sessions on offer – all included in the great-value ticket price!
Get your tickets
Day tickets cost just £13 in advance (£12pp group bookings) or £24 for both days, and children go free, so bring them along for a great family day out with re-enactors and living historians on hand to really bring their ancestors’ stories to life.
To buy tickets and pre-book your free lecture seats, workshop places and one-to-one expert advice sessions, visit here.
Main illustration by Gerd Altman at Pixabay.