30 January 2010

WDYTYA Live: Research guides, workshops, Feb. 26-28

Who do You Think You Are Live - The National History Show in the UK - has published online a series of guides for those researching ancestors.

The show is set for February 26-28, at the Olympia in London.

Click here and see the left menu. click on "What's Your Story?" and see the list of available guides.

In addition, to Jewish Ancestors, the other guides are Getting Started, Army Ancestors, Criminal Ancestors, Divorced Ancestors, Irish Ancestors, Migration, Scottish Ancestors.

Each has additional links and resources within the text. Additional Jewish resources listed in the guide are Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain and JewishGen.

The Jewish guide covers immigration; birth, marriage and death certificates; census records and wills.


Several workshops at the show will feature well-known individuals in several fields.

On Sunday, February 28, Laurence Harris and Daniel Horowitz will each present a workshop.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, DNA workshop presentations feature Bennett Greenspan, Max Blankfeld and Michael Hammer of the University of Arizona.

All speaker biographies are available here.[Note: Speaker biographies are listed by first name - not surname - which I found strange for a genealogy-focused event. Also, not all biographies are listed.]

-- Sunday details:

Laurence will provide the top 10 tips for tracing Jewish ancestors - which he uses for professional and personal genealogical goals - from 12-15-1pm.

He's a professional genealogist and family historian. He has researched for the Who Do You Think You Are TV series and specialises in tracing Jewish Ancestors and living relatives in the UK and overseas. He is the former chairman and genealogical inquiries officer of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain.

Daniel's workshop is set for 2.15-3pm, titled "Face Recognition and Photo Tagging for Genealogy Research,"in which he'll cover this state-of-the-art technology available at MyHeritage.com.

Daniel is the genealogy and translation manager at MyHeritage.com, an IAJGS board member, Israel Genealogical society member, a genealogy educator and wears other hats as well.

-- DNA workshop details:

FamilyTreeDNA.com founder Bennett will present "New frontiers for DNA and genealogy" all three days, from 12-12.45pm, and "21st century tools for genealogists" 5-5.45pm Saturday; Max will present "DNA for genealogy - basic concepts" 10-10.45am each day and "National Geographic's DNA project - The Genographic Project," 4-4.45pm Friday and Saturday and 3-3.45pm Sunday.

While our friends will be enjoying this London event, I will be speaking in Hong Kong and Australia - a really exciting journey! Tracing the Tribe hopes to be at the London event in 2011.

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