Posted by on 15 February 2012 in General, Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE

In celebration of the world’s largest family history show next week from the 24-26 February, of which is the title sponsor, we’re giving away three pairs of tickets to Who Do You Think You Are? Live*. 

To whet your appetite here are just a few things that will be at the show next week.

– Industry-leading genealogy experts and exhibitors from the online resource holders such as, to libraries, museums and dozens of family history societies from across the UK
– Informative workshops and celebrities, including Emilia Fox and Tony Robinson, to help you with your own family history research
– Photo-dating experts in the Photography Gallery to help you date your photos and learn more about when and where they were taken  
Military Pavilion to provide you with the answers to your questions about your military ancestors
Free computer access at the Ancestry Stand (616)
– FREE tutorials and workshops on everything from building your family tree to searching our records
– FREE scanning facilities to digitize your old documents
– Hands-on displays of objects, archives, records, photographs, films & books to shed light on the working lives of your ancestors

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is tell us in one sentence what your favourite family history discovery is*

All entrants will be entered into a prize draw and three winners will be selected at random to win one pair of tickets to the show.

Good luck everyone!

*By leaving a comment, you agree to accept these terms and conditions. The Promoter of the prize draw is Europe S.à r.l., 31 of rue Philippe II, L-2340 Luxembourg, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. The prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 or over except employees or agents of the Promoter or its group companies. Only one entry per person. Closing date is midnight GMT on the 21st February 2012. No responsibility can be accepted for comments that are not correctly posted or received for whatever reason. The Promoter will enter all the correct responses into a prize draw and two winners will be drawn at random after the closing date. The prize consists of three pairs of tickets to Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2012.  The prizes cannot be exchanged for money. The winners will be notified by e-mail within one day of the closing date. If a winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours of being notified, the Promoter reserves the right to award the prize to an alternate winner. The Promoter’s decision is final and binding. No cash alternatives to the prizes will be offered, and the prizes are not transferable. The Promoter reserves the right to modify the prize draw terms and conditions at any time without notice. Any personal information received by the Promoter in connection with this prize draw will be used solely in accordance with the Promoter’s Privacy Statement and you also consent to the Promoter using your name for administrative and promotional purposes relating to the prize draw. For details of the winners, write to the Promoter at 3rd Floor, Waterfront Building, Hammersmith Embankment, Chancellors Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9RU.



Christine Hall 

I have never found my grandfather on any census but after years of research have found him travelling to his various jobs on the passenger lists, thank you.

15 February 2012 at 5:33 pm
Karen Acton 

Finding my long lost relatives in Australia,and actually having the chance to go and meet them all next year.

15 February 2012 at 5:33 pm

That my husbands GREAT GREAT Grandfather Henry Coney was born 1881 in Bangalore India.

15 February 2012 at 5:35 pm
Penny Harris 

Discovering my GGGrandmother was killed by one of the early bicycles in Shrewsbury, at Christmas. A bit gruesome, but the inquest report is a fascinating piece of social history, and there have been 3 generations of keen cyclists since!

15 February 2012 at 5:35 pm
Amanda Prowse 

I have recently found a record of my 4 x great grandfather in the Old Bailey records – he was robbed of a watch and was giving evidence against the man. Sadly he was found guilty and sentenced to death. It was a really interesting find!

15 February 2012 at 5:38 pm
Jacob Collins 

Discovering my grandfathers cousin whom he knew nothing about, nor did she know anything about him. It has helped to fill in some important missing details on my tree. Also discovering that I am descended from William the Conqueror.

15 February 2012 at 5:38 pm
Margaret Easter 

Discovering that I am related to Sir Adrian Boult, the conductor; he and my grandmother were 5th cousins.

15 February 2012 at 5:43 pm
Linda Bruce 

Discovering my husband’s maternal g/grandfather was a totally different person from whom we’d always believed – totally different surname too!

15 February 2012 at 5:43 pm
Elaine Mulvey 

Discovering my Great Grandfather was a bigamist

15 February 2012 at 5:54 pm
Margaret Frank 

Finding out what my grandfather Frank Eccles Ordish had been up to. I “lost” him after 1891 census and couldn’t find any trace of him until his marriage in 1912 He had run away and enlisted in British Army in 1900 under an alias of Harry Sumerset.But for I,d never have found his missing years from 1900 to 1912.

15 February 2012 at 5:58 pm

A distant cousin wrote the theme tune to Dogtanian and the Three Muskahounds!

15 February 2012 at 5:59 pm
Katie Hawkins 

My grandfather had always remained somewhat of an enigma to us, we knew where he lived and a very small amount of his background. His childhood wasn’t a happy one, his mum ran off and left him, his sister and his dad when he was 11 and it was only when he was an adult and had my mum that he went looking for her. Using has helped me find his cousins and who his grandparents were and that he had another sister born 3.5 years after him, something we never knew. And that a lot of his family still live in Hastings. Unfortunately he has passes away and i am doing this in his memory, hoping to spend some time in Hastings this summer, meeting some of his family that he never knew. Love you gramps.

15 February 2012 at 6:09 pm
Jane Beatty 

I found that my fathers mother wasn’t married when she fell pregnant – my father never knew as he died before I found out.

15 February 2012 at 6:13 pm
Katie Hawkins 

Oops sorry just read one sentence! So its
Discovering a family my grandfather never knew he had, in my grandfathers memory.

15 February 2012 at 6:13 pm
Crys Smith 

Discovering the identity of my paternal grandmother and subsequently finding a cousin I didn’t know I had and meeting up with her and her husband last summer.

15 February 2012 at 6:15 pm
Elaine Jones 

Finding out that my Grandad’s own Grandad was born in Boston USA and came over to the UK in the 1870’s

15 February 2012 at 6:19 pm

Finding a photo of my grandad as a young man when he joined the merchant navy, and that he had tattoos on his forearms!

15 February 2012 at 6:24 pm
Ann Forrest 

Not a nice discovery, but finding my Grandmother in the Workhouse at 4 years old explained a lot of her character.

15 February 2012 at 6:37 pm
Sarah Bolton 

I found a great great uncle left his wife and 2 daughters. There’d been a rumour in the family that someone had gone to Australia. Well, I was finally able to trace that it was in fact this “gentleman” who went to Bendigo in Victoria to take part in the gold rush – who remarried and never came home.

15 February 2012 at 6:42 pm
Donna Grayson 

Finding out my maternal grandparents were never married as she was already married to someone else.

15 February 2012 at 6:53 pm
Alicia Nolan 

That I am possibly related to Wiston Churchill.

15 February 2012 at 6:54 pm
Steven Palmer 

I was amazed to find that my wife had 3 relations who were on the Titanic. Two of whom left the sinking ship on the last lifeboat, Emily & Frankie Goldsmith, sadly leaving the husband and father behind to perish.

15 February 2012 at 7:04 pm
Steven Palmer 

I was amazed to find that my wife had 3 relations who survived the Titanic sinking.

15 February 2012 at 7:08 pm
Susan Cousens 

I found out that four young siblings got on a boat from Ireland, heading for New York, two joined the Buffalo Police Department, one was a lieutenant the other was the first officer to die in the line of duty.

15 February 2012 at 7:19 pm
Chris Brooks 

Discovering that my grandmother’s sister married Michael Caine’s grandfather’s brother.

15 February 2012 at 8:03 pm
Annabel Emslie 

The joy of discovering eleven first cousins and meeting two unknown aunts last year!

15 February 2012 at 8:34 pm
Kirsty Knight 

Being able to finally find out the truth about what happened to my paternal grandparents and giving my dad a happy ending after 60+ years.

15 February 2012 at 9:15 pm
Wendy Griffiths 

My favourite discovery is finding Metropolitan Police orders from 5th June 1861 which included my 2nd great grandfather who was PC 265 Henry Ettery.

15 February 2012 at 9:22 pm
Stacey Woods 

I was thrilled to find a medal card for my 2x Great Grandfather James Jupp and, ultimately, a photo of his WW1 war grave. I also found out that his son Charles Jupp fought alongside him and was able to find that his service record is among the burnt records. They were among my first discoveries so really fuelled my enjoyment of family history…

15 February 2012 at 9:55 pm

Finding distant relatives all over the world. They had old photos and memories of my father who died when I was a child and my grandparents who died before I was born.

16 February 2012 at 3:57 pm

Finding proof that my supposed connection to an overseas royal family was in fact the total myth I always thought it was.

18 February 2012 at 11:58 am
Wendy Davies 

Discovering that my frilly panted, tightrope walking Great great grandfather left a legacy of a wonderful family (both legitimate and illegitimate), with all descendants all over the globe, now in regular contact.

18 February 2012 at 5:52 pm

As a ‘newbie’ begining to see that it hopefully won’t be as difficult to flesh out any of those skeletons I might find : )

18 February 2012 at 7:22 pm

Being “found” by aunties and cousins in the North East -(families had lost touch over 50 years ago)and then meeting up with them all and keeping in touch.

19 February 2012 at 3:01 pm
Alan Phillips 

I found a gateway ancestor – Sir John Garrard, and from his family and Sir Thomas Lowe’s family got the family tree back to William the Lion of Scotland and the early anglo-saxon Kings.

20 February 2012 at 11:48 am
sue willshee 

I was thrilled to find out that my great great grandad on my maternal side and my grandad on my paternal side were landlords of the same pub 60 years apart and neither my Mum nor Dad knew about the link!

20 February 2012 at 1:16 pm
claire woods 

I found out my great great grandad was French and that my grandad came from London. That might explain why I love both of these places so much and feel at home there.

20 February 2012 at 8:29 pm
Steph Hutchinson 

Discovering i have two half sisters, one from my mother & the other is my fathers from different relationships. A well kept family secret or two!!!!!

22 February 2012 at 7:09 pm
Karen Acton 

I was thrilled to find out that i had won tickets to the show.I spent a wonderful day at the exhibition, the sun shone all day long which was a bonus.

Met lots of lovely, interesting people, who where all enthusiastic, friendly and very helpful.

I would encourage any one interested in tracing their family tree….wether you are a beginner or more experienced, to go to the show as lots of information can be had from the exhibitors.

A big thank you to Annabel and her team, it was lovely to meet you, and i think you do an amazing job. Keep up the good work.xx

28 February 2012 at 4:47 pm