Today’s blog is a little later than usual, for obvious reasons. I am not in the office but I have been ‘working’ all day at the SECC in Glasgow. Who Do You Think You Are? Live has gone ‘north of the border’ for the first time – in terms of the exhibition show – and for a change, I have ‘just been me’! As I had not committed myself as a volunteer on any of the stands, I had hoped to have the opportunity to wander around and meet people, see some of the lectures, pick other genealogist’s brains and generally mingle.
How wrong I was! Two and half hours on Ask The Experts – advising interested members of the public about how to break down their brick walls – was a fascinating time. Some amazing missions …. a lady wanting to find out what possibilities there were for finding her father’s parents, having been deposited at a boarding house or church establishment nearly one hundred years ago …. numerous attempts to find individuals who had been erroneously transcribed in censuses in various parts of the United Kingdom …. and a gentleman who had not begun his family history journey yet, at 80 years of age, and just popped in to the event, to ‘find out more’. And that is just the highlights!
So, having planned just to do a lecture, I have passed on many gems of knowledge, some which I would consider rather minor and not very valuable ones seem to have been received as if they were diamonds. Tomorrow will undoubtedly be another hectic day at ‘the office’ and I have already been tapped up for another stint on Ask The Experts. Sadly, Sunday is no longer part of the WDYTYA plan, so the word count for the book will be damaged further by a whole day, in the Ibis, with no distractions…. yeah right!