Sunday, 25 August 2013

National Family History Fair on September 7th at Newcastle

Yesterday's family history event in Motherwell was great - now news of another fair coming shortly, one I've attended for the last few years, and always a lot of fun!

The National Family History Fair 2013
Saturday, September 7 between 10.00.a.m and 4.00.p.m, entrance £3.00.

ONE of Britain’s most prestigious history events is being held once again in the Newcastle area for the 11th year. There will be many exhibitors, talks from nationally renowned experts, internet demonstrations and free advice from genealogy experts. You will be able to search for your ancestors with Family Search and the major internet websites.

This year after the very successful event in 2012 it will again be held at the Tyne Suite, Newcastle Central Premier Inn, Newbridge Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8BS.

This venue is in the heart of Newcastle city centre. Saturday, September 7 between 10.00.a.m and 4.00.p.m, entrance £3.00.

Prizes and subscriptions and other special offers are being made available by Genes Reunited,, My History and other exhibitors at this event.

The entrance ticket provides every visitor the opportunity to win one of 10 (TEN) 6 month subscriptions to Genes Reunited courtesy of GenesReunited worth £49.95.

In addition there will be a FREE draw to win one of 15 (FIFTEEN) copies of Family Tree Maker Deluxe software worth £39.95 which includes 3 months 'Essentials' subscription access to - worth £30.00 Courtesy of

Advice on researching your family history will be available throughout the day from leading genealogist Doreen Hopwood. Doreen was the lead Genealogist for Birmingham City Libraries and is a regular contributor to the leading Family history Magazines.

Talks & Presentations
In addition there will be a series of talks from 12.00.p.m. onwards. One of the many themes at this year’s event is Irish Ancestry with Dr William Roulston who will a talk on Researching Irish Ancestry. In addition The Ulster Historical Foundation will have a stand at the event.

Our second talk of the day is at 2.00.p.m. By Mike Wood from The Society of Genealogists on Using the Society of Genealogists Website & Library. The Society of Genealogists will also have a stand at the event.

Talks are £3.00 for each talk and are limited to 80 places.

There will be FREE presentations thought the day by Ancestry and Genes Reunited

Software and other demonstrations will take place throughout the day with My History; Genes Reunited;; and Family Search will provide a lookup and search service. Local archives will be represented by Durham County Record Office, Northumberland Archives and Teesside Archives.

We have a first this year with an exhibitor from Australia - Unlock the Past Cruises (International) and Gould Genealogy & History – who will reveal exciting plans for Genealogy Cruises from The British Isles.

Robert Blatchford, organiser of The National Family History Fair and publisher of The Family and Local History Handbooks and The Irish Family and Local History Handbook will showcase his worldwide bestsellers at the event – see

Advance Ticket Sales
Advance sales of Admission tickets and talks tickets are available online through the links on our website at

Refreshments will be available throughout the day at the event and The Premier Inn will also provide special Meal Deals.

The venue, in central Newcastle, is accessed easily by Rail, Metro and bus services and there is plentiful parking near by. See the website for more information.

(With thanks to Bob Blatchford)


My new book, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, is now available from Pen and Sword. My Scottish land and church records ebooks are available at, whilst my next Pharos Scottish course, Scottish Research Online, starts Sep 4th - see Time to smash a few brick walls...!

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