Thursday 20 October 2016

Back To Our Past kicks off tomorrow in Dublin
Download the show guide from the BTOP website
Back To Our Past (BTOP) returns to the Industries Hall in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 tomorrow. It's Ireland's largest genealogy show and runs for three days (21–23 October, 11am–6pm).

In addition to the exhibitors – a mix of commerical suppliers of online records, dna kits and other genealogy products; national archives and institutions; genealogy and history societies; magazine publishers and other genealogy organisations – there is a programme of genealogy lectures running throughout each day. Most of the lectures are aimed at beginners but there are also some Question and Answer sessions for those who have already started their research and need some guidance.

In fact, the Industries Hall will be awash with people ready to give free advice to family historians of all levels. And there will, as always, be plenty of special offers and discounts on products and services of all kinds.

Running in tandem with the main genealogy show is the Genetic Genealogy Ireland conference, which not only presents a line-up of internationally renowned dna specialists as speakers, it also attracts a good number of genetic genealogists from around the world. While many of the lectures are aimed at an advanced audience, the schedule clearly identifies a number of talks as suitable for beginners and inbetweeners.

The schedules for both sets of lectures, as well as a list of exhibitors and a floorplan, can be found in the BTOP show-guide, which you can download from the organiser's site by clicking the image above.

The admission fee per day is €10; as of this morning you can still get half price tickets from the BTOP website.