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WDYTYA 2017 & beyond

Hello there,

@WDYTYALIVE posted a tweet asking  “What do you want to see at the 2017 show?”

So this is just somewhere to list ideas etc for future WDYTYA events.

Just some of the suggestions & ideas I’ve had so far, (which I have already tweeted to them)

A longer block of time (after all the talks are finished) for people to look around etc

Would like to see MORE Local Family History Societies, such as Kent, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Essex, Norfolk etc.

Workshop/talk ideas
– Illegitimacy  / Workhouses / Causes of Death / House history / Finding Living Relatives
– Ways to organize your family history documents etc (could also be in the showing heading too)

Social History aspect – Occupations, Health, Religion, Crime/Law, Education, Leisure, Fashion etc

Industrialization – Farming, Transport, Railway, Mining,

Historical & Political events over the years – Various Battles, Domesday Book, Suffragettes, Slavery, Guy Fawkes, Historical Royal events
A Showcasing Area
– The clothes/fashions of our ancestors
– Old money (how much would say £50 from 100 years ago be today)
– More old things & artifacts (like the world globe in its wooden stand, which was in the heirloom detective area)

A mock shop/store, kitchen/front room (a little tea shop or even old sweet shop perhaps?)

A quiz that relates to the event (& maybe the talks even) & people find the answers though out the event.

So I ask YOU my blog readers  …. “What do you want to see at the 2017 show & beyond?”

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


Things I learnt -WDYTYA 2016

Hello there,

Things I learnt from this years WDYTYA event

– DON’T get try getting yourself & bags off the train all in one go! (get the rollater off first then your bags!)

– DON’T mess around with your digital voice recorder (need to get one that had has a memory card!)

– Take a surname & place print out with you (Just key surnames & places)

– Book talks a lot earlier (I only booked any of the talks the month just before the event)

– Plan & structure your days (which I did for 2nd & 3rd days so they went really well)

– KEEP CHEEKING WHAT WORKSHOPS YOU HAVE ON EACH DAY! (I pretty much missed my last talk on the first day)

Did you go to the event & what did YOU learn?

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Birmingham Adventure Index

Hello there

This is just an Index of all my Birmingham Adventure posts

A two part summary of my Birmingham Adventure

My Brum Diary – day 1

My Brum Diary – day 2

My Brum Diary – day 3

My Brum Diary – day 4

My Brum Diary – day 5

WDYTYA 2016 – Exhibits

WDYTYA 2016 – Outfits & Stands

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

WDYTYA 2016 – Outfits & Stands

Hello there,

These are photos I took while at the WDYTYA, so dive in and enjoy.

These are some of the outfits that a few of the exhibitors wore

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The second one is a bit out of focus sorry folks.

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These are some of the stands that where at the event this year


This wasn’t really a ‘stand’ as such, but just one of the sections  at the event

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That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

WDYTYA 2016 – Exhibits

Hello there,

These are photos I took while at the WDYTYA event, so dive in and enjoy.

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That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

My Brum Diary – day 5

Hello there,

It is 10th April 2016,  my returning home

This was a photo of just my room door


Decided to finally have some “hostel breakfast”, I had a couple of helpings of the orange juice & croissants


I took a closer photo of one of the yogurts, so you can see it a bit better


While having my breakfast a couple come in with an elderly chap who was having problems moving his legs & trying seat himself. I quickly went over to help. Helping by touching the leg the elderly chap was trying to move, while saying to him “Move this leg”, while gently pulling the leg forward a bit, so getting him seated.

Took a few photos on the hostel I had been staying at over the past 4-5 days

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I also took a few photos of the metro/shuttle train which back & forth between the Airport & Birmingham Internal train station

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Before I went on to get my train, I took a photo of these (which I would go past each day, going too & from the NEC)


In getting to the platform I needed for my train home, I recognized this woman sitting perched on her suitcase.


Briefly got a bit stuck in my words, but she was like “Yea & nodding, she was also at the NEC. She said in how we met, apparently we met on the first day of WDYTYA (but I don’t really remember) & she helped me or something. As I was trying to figure out where things were in relation the to the workshop theaters. (I was doing this a lot over the course of the 3 days) We had a bit of a natter till my train came. So that was pretty cool

I’m now on the train home, I was able to get a photo of the lovely old building at Lemington Spa which I was pleased about.(as well as another old building)

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I get to my change over stop where I nearly forget to get off! I then notice where I was and exclaim “Oh sh**, need to get off”

I’m now at my destination, as I was passing one of the train doors I notice an empty buggy and was going to call one of the train staff over. Then I saw a little head & another little head so I look a bit further in to the carriage & see a family still sitting there. As they thought the train was going to go on to where they were going.

I manage to get them off and over to the where the buses were, but the buggy spaces were full. So they had to wait a few minutes for the next bus, I waited with the family till they got on the bus.

So that is the end of my diary. Have lots of photos that I took, which I’ll add separately in the next few blog posts.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

My Brum Diary – day 4

Hello there,

It is 9th April 2016, the 3rd & final day of WDYTYA


I forget to get my water bottle refilled & get a sandwich.

Again I get to the NEC nice & early, go straight to Find my Past for the days challenge of trying to find Mary Spencer & her father, as well as trying to find Charlotte Moyes/Moise. Once again a bit of a fail, just have to keep looking.

Managed to have 2 slots in a row with the FMP chap, as the person who would have been next had wondered off. So was able to ask about a quick few things about occupations, workhouses & about a cause of death.

I manage to catch Eric Knowles for an autograph & photo!

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After the second talk I go to quickly see if I could catch Anita Rani for & autograph & photo, managed to very briefly speak to her before she was whisked off to something else. Which was rather unfair really, since the woman before I got there had been speaking to Anita for more than a few minutes.


I decided not to bother going to my 3rd talk of the day, as I wanted to have good go at trying to find more on Mary who married a chap who’s surname was “Franke” I asked at FMP but was told they didn’t have more slots. (whether that was true or not I don’t really know, I had taken up enough of their time anyway)

So went over to try at the “Ask the Experts” area. I showed the chap the only thing I had on Mary, which was a snippet of the marriage register. We go though a few things, he then looks the marriage up. The chap mentions he thinks the “Franke” surname could be Huguenot or Jewish & so suggests I go see Huguenot & Jewish stands. What the chap was saying  was all quite interesting.

So I go over to the Huguenot & Jewish stands, I speak to first to the Huguenot people (Then the Jewish stand),  explain & show them the marriage register snippet, they do a name look up on their computer & stuff. The people on the Jewish stand said the “Franke” surname was unlikely to be Jewish due to the marriage being in a church. Jewish people have Synagogue’s & not churches.

Had a couple of sausage rolls for lunch. Then had my final two talks of the whole event, & before you knew it, WDYTYA was ALL OVER for the year.

Who knows what the coming year will bring!, I may likely go again next year, this time with people in tow!

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

My Brum Diary – day 3

Hello there,

It is 8th April 2016, day two of WDYTYA


My breakfast was

– Chicken & stuffing sandwich
– Orange Juice
– Chocolate Biscuit
– Some of the Snack box Chedders


Got to the NEC nice & early then realized I had left my lunch back in my room at the hostel. (Agh, brain fail!)

Today was trying to find my Paternal Grandmother’s father, (Joseph Peter Tognoli/Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli)

Tried at both Find my Past & Family Search, still nothing coming up. (Feeling a bit frustrated at this point) going to try at the TNA stand

Got my first autograph & photo with Marc Allum (Antiques Roadshow) How cool is that!

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I had sort of met him the day before, (but didn’t really know who he was til was back in my at the hostel & I had a chance to properly look though the showguide) when I took some photos of some really nice artifacts (a globe atlas in a wooden stand and a table)

Was a solid day of talks from 11am til 3pm. At some point before my 3rd talk I rechecked my tickets against my showguide, which is just as well otherwise I could have totally missed it. (Aaaahhh) This was one of my MAJOR ones

Shifting over to my 3rd talk of the day the line was long & huge!.


I go to get in line but one of the event staff said for me to go up to the front, so that was nice. So I was one of the first people to go in, I quickly go in to get a good seat.

And there was Tony Robinson (was talking to Eric Knowles for a few minutes). I was sitting right in front of Tony!!


Then once Eric went off, I go to nervously go to ask Tony for an autograph & photo or two, but get slightly caught up with the Rollater (darn thing!) which Tony must have clearly noticed as he says “I’ll come over to you”, so Tony signs both the book (which so happened to be his own book – The Worst Jobs in History, don’t know if Tony really noticed that) & my autograph book.  OMG!! I am freaking out a bit right now, Tony Robinson just spoke to me! (Aaaaa)

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Had meant to record the talk, but it went a bit wrong. Thought I was recording,  about 5 or so minutes into the talk I noticed there weren’t any “voice bars’ and the previous talk was playing.

The day was much better & things went much more smoothly,

Tried catch Eric Knowles a few times during the day, but failed each time,. Just need to try again tomorrow, last chance.

I did have a few tiny hiccups during the day.

– I thought I had left a couple of my (photocopied) docs at the Deceased Online stand, I went to this to see there might have been a burial record for Josepgh

– Somehow losing the sandwich I was going have just before the last talk of the day, (had only eaten the bit of cake,).


Then back at my room, ‘spaced out’ a little, but who can blame me? after meeting TONY ROBINSON

Later in the evening, I proceed to have a MAJOR FAIL. I was looking over the audio I had recorded, I wanted to delete my “note to self” one, I hit the the wrong thing and completely wiped all the talks I had recorded from that day &a the day before.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

My Brum Diary – day 2

Hello there,

It is 7th April 2016, day one of WDYTYA


Going to down to see what the breakfast here at the hostel is like. The breakfast didn’t really interest my, so got a sandwich at the Station/NEC instead.

Was my first time in going to a big event like this, so didn’t really know what it would be like, nor did I really have a plan or structure of what I wanted to get from the day etc, so by the end of the day I had a bit a headache.

As I was going along the NEC walkway


I initially thought “Oh, no how am I going to get down to the events area with my Rollater?” (You have to go down a level on the escalator, stairs or lift, but it didn’t seem to appear that there was a lift.)


As I got closer & closer, I saw that there WAS a lift, it was just tucked round the corner!

So here we are just about to go in to the WDYTYA event.


I mentioned, last night that I was going to focus on my maternal Grandmother (Verna Terry), Things didn’t go quite as well as I thought. Trying to fit things in between is quite tricky!, the time just goes by so fast you just can’t fit it all in, lots of things going all around you.

At Find my Past, I asked regard trying to find my Grandmother’s father (Sydney Terry), (they couldn’t find anything either, so is going to be a case of going to the British Library (which is in London), I think!.

Had my sandwich (which was Salmon & Soft Cheese) for lunch


Is difficult trying to remember, everything I did, people I spoke to, what they said of suggested to me.

A few things I do remember,

– Asking at Ancestry DNA about the the trace Jewish DNA that me & my dad seem to have, yet my sister doesn’t have any Jewish DNA. (Am not convinced that we do have any Jewish DNA, I strongly believe that it should in fact be Europe East)

– One of the guys on the Find my Past stand was kind of “friendly arm twisting me’ into having a tree in their website. I use the site a lot anyway, so why not have a tree there as well.

– Speaking to one of the Military Stands regarding my Maternal Grandfather (John Burdett Clark) & his service records.

– The marriage certificate of my maternal grandparents (John & Verna)
On the marriage certificate my Grandmother (Verna) is down as English even though she was born in India. (*1)

– An unknown Marriage. In my Grandfather’s service records it appears to have him married to a “Barbara Mary” (*2)

– The slight name change (from John Burdett Clark to John Burdett-Clark) (*3)


*1 – Seems that it was my grandmother’s (Verna) choice to be put on the marriage as English

*2 – This is quite likely to be wrong & very much just an admin error

*3 – The slight name change seems to have been an unofficial thing

Went to 3 of my 4 talks, as I forgot I had another one right after the 3rd talk.

Back at the hostel, I sorted stuff out for the next few days, so as to have a better focus. Going to work on my paternal grandmother’s father (Joseph Peter Tognoli/Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli) a bit more focused hopefully.

Evening food was
– Prawn sandwich
– Orange Juice
– Chocolate Biscuit
– Snack box Chedders


That is about all I can think of & remember really, probably lots of bits I forgotten & stuff. I can’t remember everything ya know! (wink face)

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

My Brum Diary – day 1

Hello there,

Today (6th April 2015) i am off on a n exciting adventure! I am off to Birmingham for the WDYTYA event at the NEC.

Left the house just before 12pm, had a few bits I still to do in town, then went to get some food for the trip and evening, then on to the station and buy my tickets.

Were a quite a few train spotters milling about, as I waited for my trian. Got off at Winchester for another train.

While I waited in Winchester, I had a bit of a picnic, which was
– Salmon & Soft Cheese Sandwich
– Orange Juice
– Apple Pieces (snack bag)
– Chocolate Biscuit


I think from about Oxford, I took a number of “scenic” come “selfie” shots, what they’ll turn out like I don’t know! hahaha.

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At Lemington Spa took a photo of a lovely old Church (which at the time I didn’t know if it would come out ok) so hoped to get a better photo of it on the way back home.

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(The first one was on the way to Brum and the second was on my way home from Brum)


Finally I arrive in Birmingham, is about 5pm now.


Where I have a bit of a big hiccup EEK!. Both my rucksacks fell off my Rollater DOUBLE EEK!!, I thought they were gonna fall under the train TRIPLE EEK!!!, but train step sort of ‘buffered’ my bags & the chap helping me get off quickly grabbed them up and put back on the Rollater PHEW!. So that was a bit scary!

Got to the hostel, started to go in, stopped & went out again, as was slightly puzzled as to if I was at the right hostel or not, the woman on the desk but over to help me.  So went in again, booked in and up to my room (on the 1st floor) by way of the lift.

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Sorted stuff out for first day of WDYTYA event. The folder I’m going to focus on is my maternal Grandmother (Verna Terry)

Had my evening picnic, which was
– Ham & Cheese Sandwich
– Orange Juice
– Apple Pieces (snack bag)
– Chocolate Biscuit


Feeling quite tired now, so am away to bed

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

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