Wednesday 6 April 2016

Irish interest at WDYTYA?Live in Birmingham, UK
The annual genealogy feast called WDYTYA? Live gets underway tomorrow (7 April) at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) near Birmingham. Prominently sponsored by AncestryDNA, this is the 10th anniversary of the three-day show, and will (as always) be the 'biggest and best', according to the organisers.

On offer will be all the best-loved features – lectures, exhibitors and Ask The Experts – which provide plenty of opportunity to get advice and learn more about family history and general history. As you'd expect, the show concentrates on English, Welsh and Scottish genealogy and history, but there's a small Irish contingent, too.

Irish genealogy exhibitors include the North of Ireland Family History Society (Stand 289), who will be launching a new booklet in their Researching Your Ancestors series; The National Library of Ireland and National Archives of Ireland, who are sharing Stand 168; the Irish Family History Society (Stand 268); (Stand 272), Ireland Reaching Out (Stand 270), Irish Ancestors 4U (Stand 38), and the Irish Genelealogical Research Society, who will be celebrating their 80th anniversary on Stand 205.

There is also a handful of Irish-themed lectures included in the Society of Genealogists Workshop Programme.

I shan't be attending the show this year (family wedding), but I'm sure anyone who's attending in the hope of exploring their Irish genealogy will find plenty of free advice and guidance.