Family history events: February 2024


09 January 2024
A selection of online and onsite family history events taking place this February.


The Family History Show, 10 February

Enjoy free talks, interact with experts who can help you find answers to your questions, and explore a diverse range of exhibitors, family history societies and genealogy companies in the virtual exhibition hall. Get your ticket here.

Scottish Family History Month, throughout February

Now in its third year, Scottish Family History Month is hosted by Family Tree and History Scotland and brings together some of the best speakers from the world of Scottish family history. Join us for one (or all!) of these expert talks: 

  • Mary Evans: where did they live? Using maps for Scottish family history research
  • Michelle Leonard: Using DNA in Scottish family history
  • Emma Maxwell: locating Scottish burial records
  • Ken Nisbet: understanding and interpreting Scottish birth, marriage and death certificates
  • Chris Paton: Scottish burgh and trade incorporation records
  • Alison Spring: sailing to Philadelphia: where did my Scots ancestors go?

Find out more and book your place here.


Legion: life in the Roman army, 1 February to 23 June

From family life at the fort to the brutality of the battlefield, Legion tells the story of life in the Roman army from the perspective of ordinary soldiers. What was family life like at a Roman fort? How did the newly-conquered communities react to the arrival of the Roman soldiers? Find out in this brand new exhibition.

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British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG; website.

Martyn Pitt, until 18 February

Discover the career of Martyn Pitt, National Photographer for the final years of the Coal Industry. His work chronicled the successes and failures, development and decline, and throughout his 30+ years in the industry, Pitt built friendships with the miners he recorded.

With a focus on Pitt’s underground photography, the exhibition uses images that portray the conditions, practices, and stories of the last 20 years of coal mining.

National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH; website.

Blaenavon: a townscape celebration, until 1 March

Discover more about the history of Blaenavon, the ‘birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. This exhibition has been inspired by a community activity as delivered by Blaenavon Heritage History Group. Blaenavon Heritage History Group research and record local history to ensure local stories are not lost and forgotten whilst providing a resource for future generations.

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Torfaen NP4 9XP; website.

Text extracted from event listings in the February 2024 issue of Family Tree magazine. Get your copy HERE.