What we enjoyed about WDYTYA?LIVE 2014

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24 February 2014
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Findmypast-parish-church-lecture-theatre-300x225-21947.jpg The stand at findmypast in the style of a parish church.
What a great few days of genealogy! It's impossible to say how many new family history leads and discoveries will have bee

What a great few days of genealogy!

It's impossible to say how many new family history leads and discoveries will have been made by the thousands of visitors to Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE at Olympia this weekend, but we would guess it's a very large number. There were genealogists on hand to help from the Society of Genealogists' ask-the-experts, speaking at the show's workshops and talks, and on the stands too of course. From The National Archives, the Imperial War Museum, the major family history data sites, the family history societies, and dedicated family history book publishers too, the hall was buzzing with genealogy advice - all visitors probably needed was more time to soak it all up.

Thanks to everyone who popped by our stand where we were celebrating Family Tree being 30 years old this year. We were also delighted to have photo-dating expert Jayne Shrimpton (http://www.jayneshrimpton.co.uk) providing her superb family history photo tips to visitors on Saturday. And it was lovely to get a chance to catch up and see so many friendly family-history faces as ever.

Here's a little round-up of some highlights of the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2014 from the Family Tree team.

The WDYTYA? LIVE view from the gallery.
The WDYTYA? LIVE view from the gallery.     

The FFHS celebrates its 40th birthday this year with a cake at the show. Vice-President of the Federation Lady Mary Teviot, cuts the cake!
The FFHS celebrates its 40th birthday this year with a cake at the show. Vice-President of the Federation Lady Mary Teviot, cuts the cake!     

We’ll drink to that! It’s our Family Tree mug to celebrate our 30th birthday.
We’ll drink to that! It’s our Family Tree mug to celebrate our 30th birthday.     

The Family Tree team: Belinda, Helen & Karen.
The Family Tree team: Belinda, Helen & Karen.     

Jayne Shrimpton casts her expert eye over this family heirloom – thought to be a bonnet from the 1830s that’s been treasured by one family all this time.
Jayne Shrimpton casts her expert eye over this family heirloom – thought to be a bonnet from the 1830s that’s been treasured by one family all this time.

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Jayne Shrimpton takes a look at an unusual family album.         
Jayne Shrimpton takes a look at an unusual family album.     

Readers and authors popped by with some lovely family history treasures. Author Keith Gregson with his family’s WWI silk embroidery from the Front.
Readers and authors popped by with some lovely family history treasures. Author Keith Gregson with his family’s WWI silk embroidery from the Front.     

Twitter buddies at a WDYTYA? LIVE tweetup. (Back row) Maggie Gaffney, Paul Carter, Amelia Bennett, Luke Mouland; (front row) Simon Last, Sharon Grant, Emma Jolly and Kirsty Wilkinson.
Twitter buddies at a WDYTYA? LIVE tweetup. (Back row) Maggie Gaffney, Paul Carter, Amelia Bennett, Luke Mouland; (front row) Simon Last, Sharon Grant, Emma Jolly and Kirsty Wilkinson.     

Photography gallery including Family Tree’s very own Neil Storey.
Photography gallery including Family Tree’s very own Neil Storey.     

New this year, the benches on the FamilySearch stand meant visitors could learn in comfort while they explored the millions of records on FamilySearch.
New this year, the benches on the FamilySearch stand meant visitors could learn in comfort while they explored the millions of records on FamilySearch.

Members of the family firm TheGenealogist were on hand to help visitors explore their records.
Members of the family firm TheGenealogist were on hand to help visitors explore their records.     

Filming at Forces War Records.
Filming at Forces War Records.     

The Ancestry WWI records will be very useful to researchers this centenary year.
The Ancestry WWI records will be very useful to researchers this centenary year.     

Visitors queued to learn more about The National Archives’ centenary plans.
Visitors queued to learn more about The National Archives’ centenary plans.     

And when it was time to pack up and go home, we were really pleased to have help from the kind folk at FamilySearch - David Rencher, and two of his colleagues - thank you!

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