This is a week of three cities for me: Stirling yesterday, Dundee tomorrow, and today it was Glasgow, with a great trip through to the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre to see Who Do You Think You Are Live – Scotland.
It took me about 90m to get from home to the venue, so I was so chuffed they’ve come to Glasgow. And so much cheaper than the trip to London I made in February to see Who Do You Think You Are 2014 for its last show in Olympia!
Last time I was in Glasgow it was for the Commonwealth Games, and we needed to make a 20m walking detour from the SECC railway to the SECC itself – I managed it in 5m today via the walkway, luxury! No crowds this time, but also no sunshine. But hey, the walkway was covered.
What I liked about the London show was that so many local family history societies were represented. I could get such a variety of local knowledge and information in one place for so many areas, saving me a lot of travel, searches, emails and phone calls. It was the same with this one – I came home with info from Argyll, Renfrewshire, various Glasgow parishes, the Borders and even Northumberland (they’d hopped up for a visit). Hopefully there will be a return to Scotland next year, and if so it would be nice to have more of a presence from Highland organisations.
So I picked up about 3 reams of paper in the shape of Alan Godfrey historical maps, leaflets, flyers, more maps (no such thing as too many maps!) and discs with various collections of local monumental inscriptions, registers, oh and some Ancestry jellybeans!
I sat in on Bruce Bishop’s interesting talk on kirk session and burgh records, which managed in 40 minutes to cover a variety of sources and cheerfully feature both fines for fornication and the town layouts of burghs. Lots of research ideas to follow up! And I caught various bits of various other talks as I walked in circles, well, squares, round the venue, with the big Ancestry banner being the only thing preventing total disorientation for most the morning.
As I use a lot of public transport and had a distance to travel I wrapped up well. I was almost wilting by mid-afternoon! The SECC staff were friendly, and of course everyone on the stands were really helpful.
I do feel almost dazed with the amount of information and sources I now know are out there somewhere. One of those days that you really appreciate that the more you learn, the more you find there is still out there to discover.