Is there anything better than the buzz of a bunch of genealogists gathering for a day of learning? Even before the presentations begin it’s so much fun to hang out with genimates who you talk to online and only occasionally in person. The sponsors’ stands offer treats to buy or activities to get engaged with eg joining a society.
Day 1’s speaker was the well-known GENES blogger, presenter and researcher, Chris Paton. I’ve been lucky enough to hear Chris speak on the Unlock the Past cruise a few years back and to do a Pharos course on Scottish records, so I knew we were going to learn a lot.
I don’t intend to steal Chris’s thunder for those attending the Roadshow in other cities so I will limit my disclosures here though I can guarantee you’ll learn a lot and get lots of laughs thanks to Chris’s quirky sense of humour.
What are my take-away points:
- Check multiple online versions of the same documents eg newspapers, check the editions
- Browse around a date, not just rely on the specific search
- Search beyond your ancestors’ names
- There are more online sources than I have found previously and I thought I was well across the various websites
- Scotland is not England: its legal and cultural structures are different and so are the records as Chris will explain in useful detail.
- Enjoy your research
Finally, through our research we remember (and honour) those from whom we come.
And if you’re still dithering about whether to attend the Roadshow, jump online and register now before it’s too late – you won’t regret it! I had so much fun I forgot to take photos of the event.
Disclosure: I have been accepted as an Ambassador for the Road Show in exchange for a free entry pass. My reports on the Roadshow are my honest opinions