Mark Your Calendar: the next Who Do You Think You Are? Live! show will be held in Birmingham, England, on April 7 through 9, 2016

After a successful Who Do You Think You Are? Live! this week, the conference organizers have announced that the next several Who Do You Think You Are? Live! shows will be held in the same location as this year’s event: in the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England. The next one will be held April 7 through 9, 2016.

The NEC is an excellent choice. It is very modern and has room for multiple simultaneous conferences, should the need arise. In fact, there were other events going on this week at the NEC but nobody seemed to notice. (The two nearby hotels were crowded, however.) For instance, the last two days saw a national convention of dentists being held in a different part of the NEC but the place still had 18 available, empty exhibit halls available. No problem!

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is a very short walk from a large railway station and less than two miles from the Birmingham International Airport. I took a direct, non-stop flight from the U.S. to Birmingham International Airport and I believe there numerous other direct flights to and from several other countries as well. Access is very easy, plenty of automobile parking space is available, and attendees do not need to fight the hassle of commuting to and from a downtown location in a major city. On the downside, the NEC is well outside the city with very few restaurants or other nearby attractions other than what is inside the hotels. I stayed at the very nice Hilton and enjoyed it but, after five days, I was ready to go eat someplace else. The food at the Hilton was excellent but I simply wanted a change of scenery.

I suspect hotel room reservations will fill up quickly. If you would like to be at next year’s Who Do You Think You Are? Live! Show, you might want to make your plans and your reservations now.

See you in Birmingham next year?

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The dates quoted differ from those displayed at the show, which were 28~30 April 2016. See also Seetickets – http://wdytya.seetickets.com/tour/who-do-you-think-you-are-live

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    The original plan for next year’s event was April 28 to 30. During this year’s event, the organizers announced a change. The event now is scheduled for April 7 to 9, 2016.

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There is a very efficient bus service into Birmingham from a bus stop alongside the exhibition centre.

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Hi Dick, good to catch up briefly at the show! The organisers sent out a newsletter a day or two before the show announcing the dates next year as April 28th-30th in Birmingham. I’ve just emailed them to clarify which is correct. Birmingham is definitely a better venue!

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    The original plan for next year’s event was April 28 to 30. During this year’s event, the organizers announced a change. The event now is scheduled for April 7 to 9, 2016.

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Further to my previous post, which has for some reason been removed from this page, there seems to be some confusion about the 2016 show dates:
7 to 9 April 2016 – Dick Eastman
28 to 30 April 2016 – http://www.seetickets.com (Early Bird tickets on sale)
28 to 30 April 2016 – Posters at the show and the 2015 Official Showguide
Any thoughts Dick?

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    The original plan for next year’s event was April 28 to 30. During this year’s event, the organizers announced a change. The event now is scheduled for April 7 to 9, 2016.

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    The original plan for next year’s event was April 28 to 30. During this year’s event, the organizers announced a change. The event now is scheduled for April 7 to 9, 2016.

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I wonder why they are running it Thursday-Saturday, rather then Friday-Sunday? As you noted, Saturday had the biggest attendance being the only day people who work Monday to Friday could attend, so why not cover both weekend days? The hotels may be less busy Saturday and Sunday nights as well, with fewer business travellers and business exhibitions on.

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It is now 7th-9th – both Else Churchill from the Society of Genealogists and the WDYTYA Live team have confirmed the change – due to the fact that the NEC can confirm a run of two or three more shows in that slot, as of next year. The bigger news therefore is that London has had its day – and that is good news, because the NEC is a much better venue! Thanks to Dick for flagging up the change.

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I believe the organisers are now thinking about ways to relieve the “cabin fever” of exhibitors in the complex without access to a car. Perhaps a group could get together in a taxi to go elsewhere – to a country pub for instance or outings into the “wilds” of Warwickshire. There are plenty of heritage sites around to visit with Stratford upon Avon and Warwick Castle not far away and I know one American visitor went to visit Worcester on the train. It may mean a bit of prior planning but there is a year to research after all!

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Hi Dick. What shows similar to this one take place in the USA? Wendy

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    —>What shows similar to this one take place in the USA?

    None.

    The RootsTech conference held in Salt Lake City every February is equally large or larger, but is a very different format. All the other genealogy events in the US are much smaller and are also a different format.

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