Thursday, 6 April 2017

Day 0 Who Do You Think You Are

For those who have never been to WDYTYA in England here's a short primer. 

Held in Birmingham at the NEC there are over 100 exhibitors and an expected audience in 2017 of over 10,000. It was previously held in Olympia Centre in London but to draw people from all areas of the country the show moved to Birmingham (considered central in the UK) a few years ago.

Travel to Birmingham from London is quite easy, there are a number of options. I have been told there is an express bus (coach) from the London airports. Otherwise you should expect to pay a maximum £20 for a train trip return to London. (There are ways to save on train tickets - one tip is to buy a single or one way ticket to and from your destination.) Accommodation : Budget hotels are plentiful especially in the centre of the city and I have even stayed at a hostel or two. If you are not squeamish about a) sleeping on a bunk b) sharing facilities it's great for a couple of nights to save 100s of ££.

Compared to Rootstech, WDYTYA is just a flash in the pan but just as exciting. This is my first year  exhibiting although I have attended for many years as an 'expert' in the Ask the Experts area for the Society of Genealogists. I decided to take the plunge to provide a Canadian presence at the show in recognition of Canada's 150th birthday. Happily the Ontario Genealogical Society and Genealogy Quebec stepped forward to provide support for my idea.

Last night, Wednesday, I spent quite a few hours setting up the Canadian Genealogy Stand 21 + 22.

Perhaps someday this event could lead to your research trip of a lifetime?

Keep an eye out for my reports on the end of each day.
Day 1    

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