If you have been reading this newsletter for the past couple of days, you know that I have been reporting from the "Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE!" event in London, England. Today was the third and final day of this exposition, and I have just returned to my hotel room. I'm exhausted, so I know that it must have been a successful event!
The final day was essentially a repeat of the first two. The crowds were a bit reduced today compared to Saturday although bigger than Friday's numbers. I never obtained a final count of the attendees as a few last-minute folks were still arriving when I was leaving. However, the crowds appeared to be significantly bigger than last year's report of nearly 13,000 people. I'm guessing the total attendance at this year's event was well over 15,000 paid admissions, perhaps 17,000 or more. I'll report the final numbers when I hear them. Whatever the final count, this has to be considered a successful show and one for others to emulate.
In response to someone who asked in e-mail, I did get some still photographs of "the hat lady" and her latest genealogy bonnet. If you did not see the video from last year's event (available at http://www.rootstelevision.com/players/player_conferences.php?bctid=931731244), Jacqueline Depelle wears some of the most original ladies’ hats I have ever seen. They have a genealogy theme, listing her ancestors. It is a great way of showing her interests as well as honoring her ancestors. Jacqueline's newest hat is just as interesting as last year's model.
You can see the Day #3 photos at: http://blog.eogn.com/photos/wdytyal2008day3.
I also had an opportunity to talk with many people at the conference. Many of those talks will be available in coming days and weeks on Roots Television at http://www.RootsTelevision.com.