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Who Do You Think You Are? Live! comes to Scotland

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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!

Who Do You Think You Are Live logoBuilding 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, talks 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 –  30 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.

On Friday 29 August there will be a chance to see the award-winning TV and radio presenter Nicky Campbell reflect on his experiences of appearing in an adoption special of Who Do You Think You Are? where he traced the roots of his adoptive family in Scotland and Australia.

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 abroad, 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. The vast range of exhibitors range from the National Record of Scotland and to the Orkney Family History Society and Deceased Online.

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 the Highland Homecoming in Inverness and the Deep Roots in Strathclyde.

Get ready to unearth your family tree at Who Do You Think You Are? Live taking place for the first time in Scotland as part of the Year of Homecoming at the SECC on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August

Get ready to unearth your family tree at Who Do You Think You Are? Live taking place for the first time in Scotland as part of the Year of Homecoming at the SECC on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August

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

Are you attending the event? Why not pop by our stand to say hello and get some advice on planning and ancestral trip, or share your experiences on Facebook, Twitter or other social media channels using #homecoming2014?

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Miriam Brand-Spencer

Miriam likes walking her dog, BBC Radio 4, living in Scotland and promoting it with VisitScotland!

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