Who are you? Find out at England’s largest family history fair

Are any of these people familiar relatively speaking? This family portrait was taken in the 1920s on Lowther Street. It shows Robert Field, his wife Nellie Sadler and their family. Photograph: Explore York Library and Archives
28 Jun 2016 @ 10.40 am
| Entertainment, History

Ever wondered who you are and where you come from? The Yorkshire Family History Fair could help you find out.

Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, York Racecourse

Sat July 2 @ 10am-4.30pm

£4.80, children under 14 free

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You don’t have to have Yorkshire ancestors to come to the convention, you could have family from anywhere, as there is plenty to see from the exhibition.

The fair is said to be the largest event of its kind in England. It includes more than 70 exhibitors and speakers from across Britain and there is parking and refreshments available all day.

There’s also DNA testing which is linked to the largest genetic genealogy database in the world, matching you to your ancestors to fill those gaps in your research.

With the rise of the digitisation of records like these, including census records, religious documents, marriage, birth and death certificates and shows like Who Do You Think You Are?. finding out your heritage has become easier and ever more popular.

If finding more of your family takes your interest, whether you’re brand new to the search or have been researching for a while, come and uncover what companies and societies can help you in your personal search.

Talks and exhibitors

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There will be free talks held throughout the day on the mezzanine floor. Run by experts, they offer new insights into how to conduct your research.

Online genealogy expert Mark Bayley will be discussing how to resolve blocks in your research by using keyword search tools, and unusual data sets such as non-conformist records and newspapers.

If the roots of your family tree are firmly planted in this neck of the woods, it would be worth a visit to the Yorkshire Roots stand. They offer a search service with access to copies of the G.R.O. Indexes to births, marriages and deaths for the years 1837-1930.

With a host of other indexes available, including parish church registers and national probate calendars, this organisation will be invaluable for searching for northern relatives.

And the British Association for Local History is also at the fair, with resources to help you discover what local history records can add to your family tree.