There are also a goodly number of exhibitors ready to sell you all manner of genealogical goodies, maps, books, training courses, magazines, software and nostalgia.
This being the show launched on the back of the eponymous TV show, there will also be a few celebrities hanging around. Other negatives are the crowds, the noise and the heat, and the shock of the £22 entrance fee if you haven't bought an advance ticket.
But there's plenty of plus for Irish genealogy researchers. This year the organisers have arranged the Irish exhibitors into a dedicated Irish section (top left of the hall). You'll find the majority of the following exhibitors in that section, but a handful will be on stands in the main run of the hall:
- Association of Professional Genealogists of Ireland (APGI)
- Certificate of Irish Heritage
- Find My Past Ireland
- Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS)
- National Archives of Ireland
- North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS)
- Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
- Roots Ireland (IFHF)
- Tourism Ireland
- Friday, 10.30-11.15am: What's online for Ireland? with Paul Gorry, MAPGI
- Saturday, 11.00-11.45am: Irish land and property records, with Helen Kelly, MAPGI
- Sunday, 1.00-1.45pm: Early Irish Marriages, with Roz McCutcheon, IGRS.
If you're going along to the show, it's worthwhile planning your day in advance. You'll find floor plans, a full list of workshops (the Irish-themed ones are identified by a shamrock) and other helpful information on the organiser's website.