Jersey Family History Forum attending Who Do You Think You Are?
Jersey Archive is now home to the new Occupation Tapestry panel, until the final stitch is The 2016 Who do you think you Are? Live Show takes place at the NEC in Birmingham this week from 7 th – 9 th April.
The Jersey Family History Forum will once again be manning a stand at what has become the largest family history event in Europe. Forum members will be passing on information about tracing your family history in Jersey and encouraging people who discover that they have ancestors from the Island to come and visit. Who do you think you Are? Live brings together over 160 exhibitors from across the country including major players in the family history industry such as Ancestry.com to smaller local family history organisations. This year, the Jersey Family History Forum has been able to attend thanks to sponsorship from Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture.
The Jersey Family History Forum is a partnership between Jersey Heritage, the Channel Islands Family History Society, the Société Jersiaise, Jersey Library and the Superintendent Registrar. The Family History Forum has attended the show for the past five years and has received a significant number of enquiries from individuals with Jersey ancestry. The Jersey Family History Forum attendance at the show has been organised by Jersey Heritage. Archives and Collections Director, Linda Romeril said, “In 2015 over half of new readers registered at the Jersey Archive were non-Jersey based so there is a significant interest in local genealogy from abroad. The Who do you think you Are? Fair allows us to make people aware of the resources available in the Island and online and encourage them to visit and find out more.”
She went on to say, “At the event last year we were inundated with people interested in how to conduct research and wanting to know more about visiting the Island. It is a great opportunity to promote the Island and our local family history providers.” “The Jersey Family History Forum has been in place together for over 10 years and is a fantastic example of heritage organisations working together in partnership. We are looking forward to jointly promoting the services we provide and telling the stories of Jersey to a wider audience.”