From Roots Tech to Olympia – and the first day of Who Do You Think You Are Live, the annual landmark genealogy event that brings together all the major players in the world of family history. Having previously spent the three days running around from talk to talk, this year I’m heading towards semi-retirement and doing only one presentation a day – in this case, the importance of using family history to promote personalised learning journeys in schools, with Colin McFarlane’s Making History project as an example. The audience were hugely enthusiastic, and thanks so much to Colin for making a personal appearance to talk about the future plans for the venture. We showed some of the students in action, featuring their brilliant presentations and discoveries from their past; and a few of them will be appearing again on Saturday to talk about their experiences on the My Heritage stand.

Tony Robinson
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Laura and I were at the Your Family History magazine stand – well, I was meant to be but ended up talking to people all day long! I was actually busier than in the past… Great meetings with Family Search about a variety of projects, similarly with Mocavo – looking forward to working with both organisations in the future, watch this space for more information. It was also fantastic to catch up with some of the regular visitors to the show, as it’s always nice to see some familiar faces.

Sadly I barely had time to sit in on any of the other presentations, but the feedback from those that did was really positive. This is the first year that the show is under new management, and the stands are looking better than ever with all the major exhibitors putting on shows, displays, talks, workshops and free opportunities to test their wares; Find Your Past released merchant seamen records, and Ancestry invited down Tony Robinson and some of their US team to talk about their plans of the future.  Tomorrow we’ll be filming all day, and will be making the most of the chance to talk to all the movers and shakers in the online and technology world and record their thoughts for you to look at during a future episode. I’ll also be unveiling plans about ancestral tourism on the main stage at 12pm, presenting an award for the Federation of Family History Societies at 1pm, and announcing the 2012 winners of the Your Family History Archive of the Year Award at 3pm.

Looking forward to seeing you then,

Cheers

Nick

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