Episode 81: The Genealogy Show in England

Family historians in the United States are likely familiar with our genealogical conferences–NGS, FGS, Regional Conferences and of course the mega conference that’s Rootstech, but there are other conferences held around the world. MyHeritage offered an international conference in Norway, then the Netherlands and this year its being held in Israel.  

In the United Kingdom, I attended the Who Do You Think You Are LIVE conference for several years running. It offered me an opportunity to explore resources to learn more about my UK ancestors, consult with professional genealogists that specialize in that geographic speciality and a chance to meet a lot of interesting people. 

Now there’s a relatively new conference on the circuit. It’s the Genealogy Show coordinated by Kirsty Gray. In full disclosure…I’m one of the keynote speakers in 2020. If you’re looking for a different conference experience, think about attending the Genealogy Show. It’s held in Birmingham, England and has a packed schedule. 

There are forty-eight different talks over the two days. The exhibition hall provides a great way to explore, network, and shop. I’ll let Kirsty tell you the rest. 


About My Guest:

Kirsty Gray, Director of The Genealogy Show,  has over 15 years research experience and has her foot in many genealogical doors around the world.

She took up genealogy professionally while training to be a teacher in 2002. Running Family Wise Limited, Kirsty has conducted research for private individuals, solicitors, academics and companies worldwide.

As an author, Kirsty has written for many international publications on various topics for beginners to more advanced levels and her first book, Tracing Your West Country Ancestors, was published in March 2013 by Pen and Sword. She has appeared on Qui-Etes Vous? (Who Do You Think You Are?) in Canada, researching the English roots of the opera singer, Marc Hervieux and in 2016, one of Kirsty’s success stories featured on the second series of the BBC’s Family Finders.

About Maureen Taylor:

Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com

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