One of the largest family history events held every year is the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! show, often abbreviated as WDYTYAL. It is held at the huge National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England. The location is near junction 6 of the M42 motorway and is adjacent to Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International railway station. While it is not in the middle of a city, the confluence of highways, railroad, and airport makes this location ideal for holding large conferences. Several modern hotels are also within walking distance of the National Exhibition Centre although I might describe the distances as “a healthy walk.”
More than 10,000 visitors are expected at this year’s event, to be held on 7 to 9 April 2016. This year, Who Do You Think You Are? Live will continue to be sponsored by Ancestry.co.uk.
Inspired by the very popular Who Do You Think You Are? television series, the show will offer expert advice to help you uncover more information about your ancestors. While the focus obviously is on UK ancestry, genealogy records and advice can be found for many other countries as well. For instance, the Families In British India Society (FIBIS) always has a large and active exhibit. In the past, I have also seen exhibits from genealogy organizations devoted to German, Polish, Italian, and other ethnic origins and even one exhibit by the British Deaf History Society (BDHS). The aim of the BDHS is to research, preserve, and promote the histories of deaf people in the UK. You can learn more about this worthwhile organization at http://www.bdhs.org.uk.
If you can be in Birmingham on any of the three days of this conference, I would strongly invite you to attend. You won’t want to miss it!
I have attended eight of the past nine Who Do You Think You Are? Live! shows and have always met other attendees from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and from quite a few European countries as well. Indeed, WDYTYAL is an international event. I plan to be at this year’s event as well.