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banner1 Special Society of Genealogists Offer for Exclusive Family History Conference ticket at Who Do You Think You Are? Live

If you’ve been researching your family history for years you probably know exactly what you want to get from your day at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE but have a look at the show highlights and make sure you’re making the most of your day.

We’ve created a special ticket to supply you with targeted information on advanced subjects from esteemed speakers – why not buy one of the Conference Ticket for Sunday 27th February to take advantage of a networking lounge and three exclusive seminars as well as all the other show features and workshops.

The usual price is £30* but the Society of Genealogists is delighted to be able to offer a special price of £28* for anyone booking this conference. Book tickets directly on the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE Website using the offer code CONFSOG

* £2 transaction fee applies.  Offer ends 25th February 2011. 

12.15-13.00 EXCLUSIVE FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE at WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?LIVE

Sunday 27 Feb

 

How to make Google work harder for your family history!

 

With Lisa Cook

Discover innovative ways to work smarter and find more family history golden nuggets than you thought possible with the power of Google. Create a Genealogy Research Homepage. Learn quick and easy ways to follow the best genealogy Podcasts and Blogs. Make Google Your own personal genealogy research assistant with Google Alerts. We’ll make Google search the web for you 24 hours a day and provide tips for how to get Google to deliver the best results to your email inbox.

 

 

Lisa Louise Cooke is the CEO of Genealogy Gems.She produces and hosts the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show, and the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast, both available at www.GenealogyGems.com, and in iTunes.

Lisa is the author of Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies, the DVD Google Earth for Genealogy, and Genealogy Gems Premium Audio Podcast Episode digital downloads. Her newest book Google for Genealogy is set for publication Fall 2010.

 

13.15-14.00 EXCLUSIVE FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE at WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?LIVE

Sunday 27 Feb

Surnames, DNA and Family History

With Dr Turi King

Advances in genetic technology over the last ten years have brought an exciting new element to genealogical research. Is genetics able to provide answers when the paper trail runs out?

During this lecture, Dr Turi King will speak about her work on the link between surnames and DNA, what it tells us about the history of surnames, and current research using surnames to explore population histories. This lecture covers material which forms part of the upcoming book written with Professor David Hey, and George Redmonds, entitled Surnames, DNA and Family History.

Dr. Turi King is currently working as a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester carrying out further work on the link between surnames and DNA.. Following a brief period working at Cambridge University, Turi moved back to Leicester to carry out a PhD under the supervision of Professor Mark Jobling in the Department of Genetics on a Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship. Turi was awarded the School of Biological Sciences PhD Prize for her thesis entitled “The relationship between British surnames and Y- chromosomal haplotypes”.

 

14.15-15.00 EXCLUSIVE FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE at WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?LIVE

Sunday 27 Feb

Are your ancestors frozen in time?

 

With Claire V. Brisson-Banks,

Inevitably there are brick walls in genealogy. These situations take extra time, effort and sometimes money to solve, giving up is not the answer. Using unusual and little known resources, thinking out of the box and taking advantage of Internet resources can be the answer to locating

Claire V. Brisson-Banks, B.S., MLIS, A.G. ®, accredited in England and a professional researcher for US/Canada, Scotland and Web 2.0 technology. Owns Timeless Genealogy and is currently on staff at the Family History Library, SLC, UT, as the Senior Staff Information Services Specialist & British Reference Consultant. She is a member of multiple societies and published in various genealogical and academic publications, a board member for both ICAPGen and CCLA and maintains multiple blogs and online social media. 

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“Oh my ears and whiskers – how late it is?”

white rabbit 200x300 Another successful Society of Genealogists Family History Show at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 26 28 Feb 2010

The next workshop is about to start. Has the speaker arrived – does her laptop work? Will the celebrities finish their shows on time so our next speaker can set up? Where did I put my notes for my talk? Have all the experts found their way to their allotted desks on time? Oops we have two people booked for advice at the same time – find a quick stand-in who can help with French military history or Dutch ecclesiastical records without the aid of Google. Where’s the key to the lockable cabinet?  – we’re running out of membership forms. Quick sign them up now. Life dissolves into a blur at the largest genealogical show in the world and we spend a lot of time scampering about but it’s all huge fun, if not a little bit stressful. You may have seen several of our staff and volunteers running at full pelt throughout the weekend but at the end of the day everyone had a great smile on their face because all the hard work has paid off.

A lot goes into preparing for the show. A small team of staff and trustees prepare our stand, create posters and displays focusing on the Treasures of the Society of Genealogists Library;  arrange how we look after new member sign ups, run the technology and deal with volunteers. Thanks to the team everything was ready for setup. We even remembered to take the ladder to build the SoG Tower.

We plan 100 talks for all levels of interest over the three days in the Who Do You Think You Are? Theatre and SoG workshops. They are always extremely well attended and this year we had Welsh and Irish key themes and speakers. Many of the speakers are exhibitors at the show but some come from other record offices and libraries to help and most are SoG members. So thanks to all the speakers who volunteered talks. You were all so professional and unflappable – and everyone finished on time!!

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Society of Genealogists workshop at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010

In addition to our speakers, over 160 SoG volunteers help out. Most work on the SoG Ask the Experts Area where over 1600 individual people who booked twenty minute sessions received individual help and advice. The queues snaked round the gallery yet everyone remained calm and dependable. A special thanks to the Census Detectives and Jean Bunting who wheeled up in her buggy despite a broken leg. Thank-you all!!

The Library staff and volunteers were on hand to answer questions on our own stand and do look ups on the library catalogue. The Library second hand books stall had some good items this year and brought a tidy sum for the librarian to spend on new acquisitions. The membership secretary tells me we broke all records for new members sign and as usual she dragooned her partner to help out  by handing out  membership special offer leaflets because that’s the only way she can get to see him on his birthday! How’s that for devotion?

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Generally attendance figures seemed higher though, I haven’t had final numbers yet. Friday was certainly busy and visitors had to be held outside briefly as the hall apparently reached capacity on Saturday and the venue had to arrange to open up more fire safety evacuation routes in case of emergency.  The SoG Family History Show was bigger this year with more exhibitors and tables booked. An American contingent including amongst others Boston University and the New England Historic Genealogical Society flew the Stars and Stripes and are very much looking forward to the screening  of the USA version of the Who Do You Think You Are? TV show. It was good to meet up with our Dutch equivalent the Central Bureau voor Genealogie. The DNA workshops, military memorabilia stands and photo galleries were all much bigger and attracted lots of people. New databases and books were launched on several of the commercial stands as well as an intriguing new DNA test from Familytree DNA  based on autosoma dan which allows comparisoms to be made between cousins  rather  than purely on eiether Y-DNA which is only passed down the male surname line or MtDNA which mostly passes down the female line.

I never get enough time to visit all the stands I want to see nor to speak to everyone I should. So sorry if conversation was fleeting, but I did find time to send some tweets on Twitter reporting our news. The most exciting of which is that Your Family Tree Magazine  readers awarded the Society of Genealogists the Best Book Publisher of the Year 2009  award for our My Ancestor Was … series  and the guide to the most important record launch of last year How to Get the Best from the 1911 Census by John Hanson. Thanks Guys.

 

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010Society of Genealogists Stand at Who Do You Think You are? Live 2010

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Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010

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