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Take the train…to ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Live

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If the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ has inspired you to delve into your family’s past, make sure you pencil this year’s live event into your calendar. It’s the world’s largest family history event, so you’re sure to come away with extra information and tools to help you to trace your roots – and you can see some of the stars of the show too.

You can save money when you travel to ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Live by rail too – just check out our journey planner for cheap train tickets.

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Live takes place at Olympia London on 24 – 26 February 2012 and it’s a must-attend event for anyone interested in tracing their family history. So whether you’re an old-hand at genealogy or just starting out on your journey into your family’s past, jump on board a train to London for a fascinating day out.

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Live highlights

Highlights of the event, which is being sponsored by UK family history website Ancestry.co.uk, include:

• The Society of Genealogists’ Family History Show – you can buy products and services from a range of exhibitors, and talk to leading genealogy experts at this well-established show.

• The Society of Genealogists’ Workshops – leading family history experts will be sharing their knowledge at more than 100 workshops during the three day event.

• Ask the Experts – you can book an appointment with a specialist for one-to-one advice about tracing your family history.

• Photography Gallery – learn more about how to identify, date, enhance and store old photos and video footage.

• DNA Workshop – find out how DNA testing can help genealogists.

• Military Pavilion – experts from some of the UK’s leading military museums, including the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum and the Tank Museum, will be on hand to answer your questions about different regiments and military memorabilia.

• Celebrity Theatre – listen to some of the stars of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ talking about their experiences on the show. Larry Lamb, Richard Madeley and Emilia Fox will all be appearing at this year’s event.

Make the most of your visit

There’s so much going on at ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Live, it’s essential to have a plan if you want to make the most of your visit. Our top tips will help you to save time and money, so you can get all the information you need to help you with your research:

• Book your tickets – you can save money by ordering your tickets through the ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Live website, leaving you more to spend when you’re in the Big Smoke.

• Plan your travel – organise your travel in advance to make sure you make the most of your time and money. Avoid the pricey petrol pumps by travelling to London by train, and check our journey planner before you book your tickets to see if you can make even bigger savings.

• Check the event schedule – take a look at the workshop schedule on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Live website and make a note of the workshops and talks you want to attend before heading off to the event, so you don’t miss out. You can also pre-book tickets to some of the events when you’re buying your main event ticket.

• Come prepared – you’ll get the chance to talk to a wide range of experts at the event, so don’t forget to bring any documents, photos or memorabilia that you’d like to discuss with you, as well as a copy of your family tree.

• Book your expert Q&A session when you arrive – if you want to take advantage of the ‘Ask the Experts’ one-to-one sessions, head to the reception desk on the gallery level of the venue when you arrive and book a slot. You can’t book these sessions online before the event unless you buy a Platinum ticket to the show.

Other family history fairs

If you can’t make it to ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Live, don’t worry – there are plenty of other family history fairs and shows going on around the UK in 2012. Here are just a few of events you can attend:

• Head off to Poole for the Dorset Family History Day (31 March 2012)

• Take the train to Sheffield for the Sheffield and District Family History Fair (21 April 2012)

• Jump aboard a train to York and enjoy the Yorkshire Family History Fair (30 June 2012)

• Visit the historic city of Worcester for the

• Take the train to Newcastle and nip off to the National Family History Fair (8 September 2012)

Are you going to ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Live this year? Which family history fairs do you recommend attending? Let us know…

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