Ancestry presents Ask the Experts in association with the SOG
Bought to you by the Society of Genealogists' the 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.
Check your booked 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
Immigration
Emigration
Marriage & Divorce
Birth & Baptism
Death & Burial
Armed Forces
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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Meet our celebrity guest Sunetra Sarker on Saturday 8 April
We are very excited to announce that our celebrity guest at this year’s show will be Casualty star and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Sunetra Sarker!
At the show you will have the opportunity to hear about her experience and question her yourself about her family history journey. 
“My experience on WDYTYA was a gift of a lifetime. To be submerged in a family history I had never cared to know about opened my eyes to the strength of characters that had been in my family. ...I look forward to sharing my thoughts with the audience at the Live Event.”
Sunetra Sarker Sunetra will be joining us on Saturday 8 April in Theatre One at 10.15 - 11.00 and again at 12.15 - 13.00. You can book tickets to these workshops here as we advise booking in advance for the best price and to avoid disappointment.
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Behind the Scenes of BBC Two’s hit series The Victorian Slum
Meet the matriarchs of the epic living history series recently shown on BBC Two. Mandy Howarth and Heather Potter moved their families into poverty stricken Victorian London where their genealogy became a reality. They’ll talk about what life was like in the slum, they’ll discuss their motivation, what they learned and what it means to really explore the day-to-day life of your ancestors.  To put it all in context, they’ll be joined by historian Carl Chinn who also appeared in the series. 
The Victorian Slum session will be running on Friday (7 April) at 12.15. We recommend booking tickets in advance here to secure your place for just £2 (workshops will be £3 on the day). 
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Society of Genealogists' Workshop Programme
The Society of Genealogists will be running an extensive programme of talks by leading genealogists over the course of the three day show. There will be a choice of over 80 different talks to attend covering a vast array of subjects from: Different Research Techniques, How to Record your Findings and Using Parish Registers to My Ancestor was an "Alien," The Luck of the Irish and My Ancestor's made Hats. 
 
Taking place in three theatres (SOG Theatres 1, 2 and 3), sessions last for approximately 45 minutes with a fifteen minute break in between. All workshops should be booked in advance for just £2 and will be charged at £3 on the day subject to availability. You can add more workshops to your order at a later date and pay just one transaction fee (available up until 2 weeks before the show). Click here to book your workshop tickets. 
 
Click here to see the full workshop timetable.
 
 
 
 
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
All previous shows have played host to the Military area which includes military exhibitors and experts who are there to help you find your ancestors in the military. Our Military Checkpoint has allowed visitors to bring all manner of military artefacts for identification. 
The 2017 show will continue to host some of Britain's largest museums and military organisations and commemorate our ancestors involved in conflict. 
Our specialists from a host of military museums will be on hand all weekend to help you with your military queries. The 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
 
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 Daters
Visit the Photo Daters for an exciting and informative investigation of your valuable family photos and artefacts. 

Experts are on hand to help you investigate your precious photos and will be looking at the styling, dress and backgrounds to give clues to identify the subjects and tell you more about them. 
Neil Storey is the award winning author of over 30 books on social and military history subjects, is a regular magazine feature writer and author of the now essential book 'Family Military Photographs and How to Date Them.' He has worked on the follow-up volume 'Family Civilian Uniform Photographs and How to Date Them' which includes 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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The Education Zone
We are very pleased to announce The Education Zone will be returning to our 2017 show. One of the exciting features in the zone will be the Battle of the Somme road show. This is expected to be a poignant and moving exhibition presenting a range of information displays and artefacts for visitors to explore. They will also be bringing original and replica artefacts which will be available to handle and touch. 
In addition to this there will be 11 short 20 minute inspiring talks a day from our genealogy and family history experts discussing family history and inspiring visitors to get started. You will not require tickets to attend these talks, they will be on a first come first served basis.
 
 
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The DNA workshop in partnership with Family Tree DNA
Each year Featured Partner Family Tree DNA brings top speakers to WDYTYA? Live to talk about DNA testing for ancestry and genetic genealogy in the DNA Workshop.
For the 2017 show, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) have collaborated with FTDNA to organise the best programme yet! The DNA Workshop is a non-ticketed theatre and the schedule will be released soon so you can start planning your day. 
Whether you're new to DNA testing or an expert at genetic genealogy, you’ll find topics that entertain and inform you.
 
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