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The tickets have arrived

Last year I missed out on Family Tree Live but this year I got myself organised in good time. I like “real” tickets so had to wait a bit,  but they have arrived this week.

I’m just going up for the day (and avoiding Saturday having looked to see who is playing at home on that day ….) and I’ve got two workshops and two lectures booked around time for exploring the exhibition stands and lunch. I’m glad I didn’t wait too long as I see that both workshops are already fully booked. I found at RootsTech that my brain started to hurt after a while so I think four sessions will be about enough.

Hidden in plain sight – free sources we often overlook with Amelia Bennett: A journey through where to find useful genealogical records that are often not known about, or forgotten, in preference for the more commonly used websites

Working with DNA matches with Michelle Leonard: Covering how to work with DNA matches across the different testing sites and including practical tips to help attendees make progress

Of mines and mills – learn about how your mine, mill and factory workers lived with Keith Gregson: Many researchers have mill, factory and mine workers in their families and this will help them to discover more about their working and social lives

How to successfully combine DNA & traditional research with Michelle Leonard: This talk will demonstrate why it’s essential to combine DNA testing know-how with traditional research methods to be successful with DNA research.

I don’t have any miners, but I do have cotton mill workers from Glasgow, carpet weavers from Kidderminster, glass workers from Shropshire/Staffordshire as well as my Glaswegian pottery workers. Free resources sounds good and they will make a good contrast to DNA.

I  am looking forward to learning new things but also looking forward to meeting up with fellow enthusiasts, some I will have met at RootsTech, some I have yet to meet in person.  I shall go equipped with business cards and a few badges for Family Tree Forum and see if I can find some new members!

UPDATE: Three of us are travelling up for the South Coast and although we’ve never met, we are travelling up together the evening before and staying overnight not far from the exhibition, thus avoiding getting up at sparrow’s fart and having to negotiate the rush hour. It also has the advantage of cheaper train travel even though the hotel needs to be paid for!

ANOTHER UPDATE: It seemed to take a long time to do what we all expected and that was to cancel, but it was and then I had an interesting time trying to cancel the hotel. All was well until I pressed the Cancel button and no matter which way I went in to their site at that point it denied that I existed. I spent half an hour listening to dire music and then twenty minutes on a bizarre phone call with a terrible time lag but something got through and I received the refund today. The issue was the apostrophe in my surname. Really? In this day and age? I await the ticket refund for the show now – I don’t envy the Ticket Factory workers, they must have thousands and thousand of cancelled events to work their way through!

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