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, this summer 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, workshops, a celebrity theatre and specialist exhibitors, tickets are now on sale for the show, which is part of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 and will take place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow from 29 – 31 August, 2014.
Hear professional genealogist Marie Dougan of Ancestral Consultants speaking about technological advances in research and find out how you can share your experiences and tips with fellow researchers.
During the weekend there will be over 40 workshops including many on how to use research resources, from traditional records to social media. There will also be sessions offering fascinating insights into the past, including the First World War, the Battle of Bannockburn, the Highland Clearances, and clan heritage.
With opportunities to explore DNA testing, get one-to-one research guidance, meet over 50 genealogist societies from across the UK and the chance to have old family photos and artefacts analysed, Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland is the perfect place to discover your family roots.
More ancestral events
Throughout the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014, which is a year-long programme of events that celebrates all that is best about Scotland,there are many more ancestral events to help you uncover your past, including at Bannockburn Live in Stirling, the Inverness Highland Meeting and the 10th Clan Munro International Gathering in Ross-shire.
Researching your Scottish family history
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. 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?
Find out more about researching your ancestry