Oh my goodness. What a day… So many people to thank, and so much to update you on; we decided to bring our intrepid cameraman Seb to the show to film various people and organisations, and we have enough material for about 2 films, which we’ll put up on the site. Here’s just a flavour of what we covered.


First off, we chatted about the link between Family History Show and Your Family History magazine, where Laura is editor, before moving across to talk to Chris Paton – who’s been helping promote the Family and Local History Handbook and the recently launched Irish equivalent, along with his fascinating insight into the way family history is heading as a sector. We’re delighted to announce that Chris will be contributing guest blogs to our site, as well as promoting his own resource British Genes. www.britishgenes.blogspot.com. Them over to Debra Chatfield – kitted out in period costume as the captain of HMS Findmypastic, more of a time and space ship of datasets and ancestral opportunity fuelled by the technology of Find My Past, as well as news on their involvement in the US – was it co-incidence that all the new datasets seemed to be in places where her ancestors lived?!? We also spoke to the face of Find My Past in the US, Josh Taylor – who is a leading advocate of mobile technology for a younger generation, and who yearns for the day when we have an app that will recognise old handwriting and translate foreign languages for you (and let’s face it, wouldn’t we all love one of those!)


We dropped in to film with a range of other people, hearing more about Ancestry’s plans, the work of AGRA and FamilySearch, and a really smart new piece of software that you can upload onto your PC – no matter how old it may be – that transforms it into an easy to use, simple and intuitive operating system, so you don’t have to have the first clue about technology to be able to use it. The lovely Valerie Singleton was there to enthuse about the technology, and she presents the tutorial that shows you how to use it; worth a look – www.simplicitycomputers.co.uk  In a similar vein, Peter Christian talked about the tension between the need to digitise, the commercial benefits to the sector, and a subtle difference between pay per view mass datasets (eg census) and local, crowd sourced free resources. It was great fun chatting to Dick Eastman about his own views of the future of genealogy – DNA features strongly – and you can find his latest updates at www.blog.eogn.com, whilst Michael LeClerk talked about his work with www.mocavo.com.


In between all this, we still managed to film with Else Churchill, who has put so much work into making the show happen; present the winners of the Federation of Family History Societies competition to find the most interesting member of your family tree; and announce the winner of the Your Family History magazine Archive of the Year Award – which I’m delighted to reveal went to Surrey History Centre.


And just when you thought it was all over – I gave a talk with Brian Ashley on ancestral tourism, and met up with Colin McFarlane at the My Heritage stand to talk with some of the truly inspirational young people who worked on the Making History education project.


Tomorrow – I may take a bit of a break and only come in for half a day (did I mentioned semi-retirement yesterday??) but will be around and about to chat in the afternoon, before giving a talk at 4pm on the Future of Family History.




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