20 December 2017
Find out what fantastic family history events 2018 has in store...
The family history world is poised for an exciting year with several major conferences in the pipeline, filling the gap left by the demise of Who Do You Think you Are? Live, which ended in 2017.
Kicking off the 2018 genealogy calendar is the world’s biggest family history event, RootsTech, which takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from 28 February to 3 March, hosted by FamilySearch International. Several UK genealogists attend this popular global event, but if you’re not one of then, lectures are usually streamed online for family history fans who have to stay home.
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The Federation of Family History Societies is holding two big public conferences this year, Every Ancestor Matters from 13-15 April in Bristol and Beyond the Census III in London on 29 September. Visit the website and email [email protected] to register your interest.
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Another exciting new date for your diary is Secret Lives 2018 – Hidden Voices of our Ancestors. Sponsored by Family Tree magazine, this major conference is being hosted from 31 August to 2 September at Hinckley in Leicestershire by four more leading UK genealogical organisations: The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA), Guild of One-Name Studies, Halsted Trust and the Society of Genealogists.
Aimed at family historians tracing ancestors who may be less represented in mainstream records, overlooked or elusive, the lectures and talks are expected to feature nationally and internationally-known speakers. Visit here for early bird tickets and find the dedicated website here.
In addition, AGRA is celebrating its 50th year in 2018 and the gala dinner/drinks reception on the Saturday of the Secret Lives conference will celebrate this special anniversary, along with other events through the year, kicking off with a recruitment/open day for professional genealogists at the Society of Genealogists in London on 27 January 2018; tickets are £10 and you can find full details here.