You're in the right place. With essential advice from expert genealogists, our beginner's guide is the best way to sow the seeds of your research and watch your family tree grow.
If you have a mysterious family heirloom that you're eager to learn more about, the producers of an ITV show would like to hear from you
Family heirlooms can provide a fantastic connection to your ancestors and the world that they would have known – but it's often difficult to learn more about when they date from and what they may have been used for.
One of the features of this year's Who Do You Think You Are? Live, set to return to London's Olympia from 24-26 February, will be a series of special heirloom workshops with antiques expert Eric Knowles. Whatever the object, Eric will be on hand to help you discover more. Simply bring it along to the Photography Gallery (a photo of larger objects is fine) on any of the three days of the event.
That's not all, however: Eric will also be appearing on ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show on Monday, 6 February, and will be chatting to audience members about the stories behind family heirlooms. If you'd like to appear on the programme, and are free to travel to London on that day, simply send an email to Annie Dodd at Annie.Dodd@immediatemedia.co.uk before Friday, 13 January, including the following information:
Please note that applicants must be over the age of 18. All reasonable travel expenses will be paid, but not overnight accommodation.