Ask the Experts
Bought to you by the Society of Genealogists' Ask the Experts area provides an opportunity to get some one-to-one guidance on your family history research. Whether you are stuck finding an elusive ancestor or just need help to start, this is a perfect chance to pose specific questions to an expert who can provide invaluable advice.
 
Twenty minute appointments can be booked on the day by simply visiting the reception desk in the Ask the Experts area. You will be asked to fill in a pre-booking form so that you can be matched to the appropriate expert. Please note that research will not be done for you but you will be given advice on how to further your research. It may be advisable to consider the following for making the most out of your session:

If you need advice on more than one topic, please book more than one session.
Collect your workshop tickets first so you know which time you are available for your session.
Have any paperwork (e.g. certificates) in order and ready to show during your appointment.
If a friend has a similar enquiry, then they can sit in on your session.
Before you book a session, check if any exhibitor is specialist enough to answer your question.

We have experts in the following areas: 
Irish
Scottish
London
UK Other
North America
Eastern Europe
Immigration
Emigration
Marriage & Divorce
Birth & Baptism
Death & Burial
Armed Forces
Adoption
Civil registration
Census
Church records
Of course, we welcome any question you may have!  
 
* Please note Ask the Expert sessions are not bookable in advance. 
 
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Society of Genealogists Workshop Programme
The Society of Genealogists will be running an extensive programme of workshops by leading genealogists over the course of the three day show. You can choose from a vast number of subjects, for instance: different research techniques, how to record your findings and using parish registers.
 
Taking place in four theatres (SOG Studios 1, 2, 3 and 4), sessions last for approximately 45 minutes with a fifteen minute break in between. All workshops are free to attend* and subject to capacity - for this reason, you are able to pre-book a seat at your preferred workshops for just £2 when booking your tickets to the show.
 
Click here to see the full workshop timetable.
 
Don't forget the Keynote Workshop** will talk place every day at 1.15pm - 2.30pm in SOG Studio 1.  Details tbc.
 
*Tickets are free to collect on the day from the Workshop Ticket Desk, located in the far right corner of the hall. However, tickets to the Keynote Workshop cost £3 each and are available in advance and on the day.
Please note, all workshops are subject to capacity. In case of unforeseen cancellation, an alternative workshop will be offered.
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Society of Genealogists Family History Show
The Society of Genealogists' Family History Show began in 1993 at the Royal Horticultural Halls. Now going into its 22nd year, it has become a highlight of Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE and we are delighted to welcome the society back for our ninth year of working together.
As the UK's largest collection of family history societies and specialist exhibitors, the Society of Genealogists' Family History Show is the perfect place to learn about local research resources and have your questions answered by local and regional experts. Also featuring will be specialist researchers and businesses that can provide expertise on a range of topics and products.
The Family History Show is unbeatable for the sheer number of resources it has available and is a fundamental part of Who Do You Think You Are? Live. It's located at the end of the hall and will feature over 50 societies from across the UK.
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Military History
Every previous show has played host to the Military area which always includes military exhibitors and experts, who are geared to help you find your ancestors in the military. And our Military Checkpoint has allowed visitors to bring all manner of military artefacts for identification. Countless of you have received expert help and advice regarding family who served in the forces. 
The 2015 show will be continue to pay homage to the centenary of WWI and we will have a larger number of exhibitors than ever looking at our military history. We will be playing host to some of Britain's largest museums and military organisations and hope to commemorate of our ancestors involved in conflict. 
The Military Checkpoint will continue to provide excellent help with military enquiries. Our specialists from a host of military museums will be on hand all weekend to help you with your military queries. Our experts will help you identify military heirlooms, artefacts, documents and medical records. Supported by The Army Museums Ogilby Trust, they will be available to deal with inquiries about documentation, medical records, badges, medals, photographs and other military memorabilia. The Checkpoint has previously been run by representatives from the following museums:
Airborne Forces 
Army Medical Services
Essex Regiment
Guards Museum
Gurkha Museum
Herefordshire Light Infantry
Household Cavalry
King’s Own Royal Regiment
Queen’s Royal Lancers
Royal Artillery
Royal Hampshire Regiment
Royal Logistic Corps
Royal Marines
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire)
Royal Welsh
The Highlanders
The Tank Museum
 
Experts on matters relating to their own regiments, their range of knowledge and expertise will also enable them to deal with inquiries of a more general nature. Let us help you find your military ancestors!
 
You can find the Military Checkpoint on the right of the hall. The Checkpoint is a free, unticketed service - simply bring your items to their front desk and they will make you an appointment with the relevant expert at a convenient time. 
 
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Photograph Dating
Visit the Photography Gallery for an exciting and informative investigation of your valuable family photos and artefacts. The Gallery is an area of the show dedicated to the photos of our past.

Experts are on hand to help you investigate your precious photos. Will styling, dress or background give you the clues to identify the subjects or tell you more about them?
Simply bring your photos to the Gallery and visit one of our experts who will study your photo carefully to help you with your family history research.
Neil Storey is the award winning author of over 30 books on social and military history subjects, is a regular Family Tree magazine feature writer and author of the now essential book 'Family Military Photographs and How to Date Them.' He is currently working on the follow-up volume 'Family Civilian Uniform Photographs and How to Date Them' which will include such organisations as the British Red Cross Society, St John's Ambulance Brigade, Boy Scouts, Guides, Salvation Army, Air Raid Precautions, police and fire units. So if the photograph has a uniform on it - bring it along!
Neil will be joined by Major Graham Bandy, Military Historian and moderator of www.rootschat.com. Neil and Graham will interpret family military photographs - date, identify and learn more about what the badges and insignia worn by your ancestors signify in their historical context.
 
 
This is a free, unticketed service. Simply head to the Photography Gallery and speak to one of our experts.

 
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The Heirloom Detectives
We are delighted to announce the return of Eric Knowles to Who Do You Think You Are? Live as our resident Heirloom Detective. Eric will be appearing on Friday and Saturday and will help date any family treasures important to your family and place them in their social context. 
 
Eric is a familiar face in the world of antiques and has fronted and participated in many a programme on the subject. He started his career as a porter at Bonhams auction rooms in the 1970s, working his way up to head of the ceramics department in 1981. Most widely known as the ceramics expert on the Antiques Roadshow on which he has now been working for twenty eight years, he has also presented the BBC's Restoration Roadshow and appeared in Going for a Song, The Great Antiques Hunt and The Antique Inspectors to name but a few. 
 
Please note, on Thursday, Marc Allum will become our Heirloom Detective. Marc is a freelance art and antiques journalist, writer and broadcaster based in Wiltshire. He has been a miscellaneous specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow since 1998 and has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes. Marc regularly writes for mainstream magazines and is an author, antiques consultant and lecturer.
 
 No ticket is required to see Eric or Marc but the following terms and conditions apply:
- Only one item per visitor, please.
- For reasons of health and safety, please bring a photo of any large or heavy items and not the items themselves.
- This is not a valuation service.
 
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