If you have ever seen Who Do You Think You Are? on the TV, then if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably wondered what family secrets would be revealed if there was a whole team on-hand to help you research your family history. Well, you too can get advice from the experts!
Building on the success of the popular BBC series in which celebrities trace their family history, Who Do You Think Your Are? Live is coming to Scotland for the first time this year. Packed with genealogy experts, free workshops, a celebrity theatre and specialist exhibitors, the show will take place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow from 29 August – 31 August, 2014. More information and tickets will be available later in the year.
If your roots are Scottish then you’re in luck, as records have been kept for a long time in Scotland, making it straight forward to find out about your family history. In fact, recently a friend of mine decided to investigate if family tales of being related to Scotland’s National Bard were true, and was astonished to find out that Robert Burns was indeed a very distant cousin! Discovering your family’s past is a very special experience, and in many cases it’s possible to visit the locations where your ancestors lived, and soak up the atmosphere. Perhaps you’ll find out that you belong to a Scottish clan, and have a family tartan?
Throughout the Year of Homecoming 2014, which is a year-long programme of events that celebrate all that is best about Scotland, there are many more ancestral events which can help you to get started, including at Bannockburn Live in Stirling, the Highland Homecoming in inverness and the 10th Clan Munro International Gathering in Ross-shire.
Find out more about researching your ancestry
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