One of the drawbacks of running your own business is that your diary can quickly run away with you, unless there’s someone to say NO! every now and again to meeting and speaking requests. I’ve just sat down to plan some pieces of work, and have realised that the schedule for the next few weeks is getting very cramped! It shows, though, how active the family history community is and that the supposedly ‘quiet’ months – January to March – are actually some of the busiest in the year.

First up, Roots Tech which is next week – I’m very much looking forward to attending the conference as (I’m ashamed to say) it will be my first visit to Salt Lake City. I hope to catch up with some of the leading developers for the benefit of the Open Genealogy Alliance and the FreeGEN projects – there are some exciting proposals for an open source transcription tool that everyone could use (Family History Societies, community archive project and other groups alike) and I’ll keep you posted as the plan progresses. It should be an interesting few days, and I’ll write about it next week. I’d also like to thank in advance various members of the LDS for kindly assisting with my arrangements for the trip.

Almost as soon as I’m back, I head into a round of meetings relating to public history, including a speaking engagement at Kingston University on 22 February relating to ancestral tourism, digitisation and heritage. However, before that comes the Listed Property Owners Club event at Olympia on 18 and 19 February, where I’ll be talking about house history; it’s free entry but you need a ticket – if you’d like one, drop me an email via the website and I can send one out. My lecture is on Saturday morning.

Finally, the big one – Who Do You Think You Are Live on 24, 25 and 26 February, again at Olympia and through our website you can obtain special offer discounted tickets. I’ll be talking about Family History and Education on Friday, Family History and Ancestral Tourism on Saturday and The Future of Family History on Sunday (at great personal sacrifice, I might add – being a lifelong Liverpool fan, I was naturally delighted that the team are returning to Wembley after 16 long years to contest the Carling Cup Final, tempered only by the realisation that my lecture on Sunday clashes with the game!) As I’ve mentioned in previous weeks, we’ll be filming for the website on Saturday and will be looking to interview you about your amazing discoveries and incredible personal archives; as always, more details to follow once I’m back from the US.

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I’m then due to deliver a workshop on house history on 3 March in Peterborough, a talk on family history on 10 March in Harrogate, and various talks in the following weeks; for those interested in attending, I can put together a mini-events calendar for the website. However, at this rate I think my next free weekend is likely to be in April!



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