16 April 2007

London: "Who do you think you are?" LIVE

I'd like to be in London from May 5-7, but I can't. However, if you can attend a genealogical fair hosted by the popular British TV show, "Who Do You Think You Are?," you'll be in for a treat in several ways.

This genealogy-oriented program is hosting the huge fair at the National Hall and upwards of 15,000 attendees are expected.

As part of the fair, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain will have a stand (number 390) on Sunday and Monday, May 6-7. Their stand will not be open on Saturday, May 5.

Experts will be present to help with your family research and answer questions. Resources will include books, leaflets, newsletters and magazines to look at and purchase.

At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6, a public launch of "The Jewish Community in mid-19th Century Britain is planned. Edited and coordinated by Petra Laidlaw, the database covers mainly England, Wales and Scotland with some additions from Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Island of Man.

Most names are linked to the 1851 census, and there are some 18,000 names, about half the British Jewish population at the time. Some entries date back to the 1740s to the 1950s. Most entries include the core information of where and when a person was born, their parents, spouses, children, residence and occupation.

1.45 p.m. Sunday: "Tracing your Jewish Ancestors" with Laurence Harris.

2.45 p.m. Monday: "Jewish Ancestors from Eastern Europe" with Dr. Saul Issroff.

Members of the JGSGB can buy two all-event tickets for GBP20.00. This price appears to be a 50% savings. For more information, click here, and use the code JGSGB241. The deadline for this special price is April 22.

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