WDYTYA? LIVE 2017 kicks off at the Birmingham NEC

By Guest, 6 April 2017 - 4:29pm

The 11th annual Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE show opened its doors to visitors this morning, attracting hundreds of family historians from across the UK and beyond


Showgoers have been getting expert help with their family history brick walls in the Ask the Experts area (Credit: Jon Bauckham)

Family historians from across the UK and beyond have been flocking to the West Midlands for this year's Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE show.

Kicking off at the Birmingham NEC this morning (Thursday 6 April), the event has been giving researchers the chance to break down their brick walls with help from top genealogy experts and more than 100 specialist exhibitors.

As in previous years, several subscription sites are using the occasion to promote brand-new record releases, including:


Living DNA has been promoting its "high-definition" ancestry test, which launched last last year (Credit: Jon Bauckham)

First-time exhibitors Living DNA have also been welcoming visitors to the show, with managing director David Nicholson delivering a well-attended talk on the new DNA testing service this morning.

Elsewhere in the NEC, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine spotted genealogist Celia Heritage giving a presentation in TheGenealogist's lecture theatre, and representatives from tech company Software MacKiev speaking to visitors about the new edition of Family Tree Maker.

However, some of the opening day's biggest crowds were seen in SoG Theatre 1, where the researchers from Danny Dyer’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? revealed their behind-the-scenes secrets...

Although the first day of Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE may already be over, it’s not too late to plan a last-minute visit. The show will remain open to visitors on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 April between 9.30am and 5.30pm.

For details of tickets, click here.

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