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The latest news and information from the Achievements team.

  1. WDYTYA? Live at the NEC 2017

    We had great time at Who Do You Think You are? Live catching up with students and tutors on the IHGS Correspondence Course in Genealogy and the latest genealogical news. Advances in DNA testing dominated the show but it was nice to see so many Family History Societies attending.

    Our sister company, IHGS The School of Family History launched their brand new course, Awaken Your Ancestors. For more details go to their website.

    Before the doors open

    Before the doors open

    Les Mitchinson and Richard Baker manning the stall.

    Les Mitchinson and Richard Baker manning the stall.

  2. WDYTYA? Live at the NEC 2017

    Alongside our sister company, The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, we are all busy getting ready for the event next week. If you are interested in any aspect of family history, then a visit to Who Do You Think You Are? Live at the NEC s not to be missed.  It is on between Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th April this year, and includes talks and workshops on all kinds of genealogical subjects.

    And don’t forget to come and say hello to us at Stand number 71.

  3. Who Do You Think You Are? Sunetra Sarker

    Tonight actress Sunetra Sarker traces her Indian and Bangladesh roots, finding along the way that her family were champions of education for both men and women. She also learns about their experience during the war of independence in Bangladesh in 1971.

  4. Who Do You Think You Are? Warwick Davies

    On BBC1 tomorrow [15th February] at 8pm the 8th episode of the series features the family History of Warwick Davies.  “Actor Warwick Davis owes his big break aged 11 to his paternal grandmother Edith, who heard a radio ad ‘looking for short people to appear in Return of the Jedi’. Warwick takes a non-judgemental approach as he researches the family line stretching back from Edith, finding humanity and humour in some uncomfortable stories. On his maternal side, Warwick is equally open-minded when he finds out about his three-times-great-grandfather – a postman who lived a double life”.

  5. WDYTYA? Live 2016

    Last week we had a successful 3 days at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event at the NEC in Birmingham.  We attended with our sister organisation the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, and had an enjoyable 3 days there meeting all sorts of people from the genealogical research community.

    The picture below shows our Principal Dr Richard Baker alongside IHGS tutor Karen Cummings. We are very much looking forward to next year’s event!

    IHGS stand at WDYTYA Live

  6. Brick walls in your family tree?

    Have you come across any of those proverbial “brickwalls” in your family tree?  Have you found a stumbling block that you just can’t get over?

    Then why not come and chat to our experts at Who Do You Think You Are? Live next week at the NEC in Birmingham.  Running from 7th-9th April, our genealogists will be at the stand of our sister organisation, the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, and would be happy to discuss any genealogical mysteries in your family tree.

  7. Who Do You Think You Are gets started.

    The new series of Who Do You Think You Are was kicked off last week with Paul Hollywood’s episode, tracing his grandfather’s military service in World Ward Two, as well as his family history in Scotland.

    Interesting tidbits which emerged during the programme, included the information that the city of Glasgow had the first police force, established in 1800.  It was also fascinating to learn that during the eighteenth century the post was literally run across Scotland, by “post runners”!

    We are looking forward to this week’s episode, looking at Jane Seymour’s Polish ancestry.

  8. Who Do You Think You Are? release date 2015

    We are excited that the release date of the new Who Do You Think You Are? series has now been given, of 13th August this year.  This week will not go quick enough!

    Back for a 12th series, the ever favourite WDYTYA? programs start off this summer with Paul Hollywood, who investigates his grandfather’s WWII military service.

    If you can’t wait, why not contact us to find out about your own ancestry.  Where will your story take you?

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