All routes lead to Glasgow in hunt for family history

THOUSANDS of fans of hit BBC show Who Do You Think You are?

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are heading to Glasgow to delve into their past.

They will be able to consult with leading genealogists, track down their ancestors and even undergo a DNA test.

The TV show, first screened 11 years ago, has featured several well known Scots including presenter Nicky Campbell, actors Brian Cox and David Tennant as well as singer Annie Lennox while others such as former Newsnight anchorman Jeremy Paxman and the late singer/songwriter Robin Gibb traced their family tree to Glasgow and Paisley respectively.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland 2014 is is billed as the world's largest genealogy showcase.

The two-day event, at the SECC on Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30, is supported by Homecoming Scotland and sponsored by Ancestry.co.uk

Organisers predict up to 4500 people will attend the event to try and trace their family trees.

Attractions will include an Ask the Experts area, where leading genealogists will give free one-to-one guidance on how to research family trees and find elusive ancestors.

The Society of Genealogists will also also be laying on free workshops, while others will have the chance to go online and search the comprehensive files of Ancestrey.co.uk without charge.

A DNA testing service is also available.

The event has been staged each year in London since 2006. This is the first time it's been staged outside the capital.

Show director Andy Healy said: "Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland will be a must-attend event for anyone with an interest in family history."

He said such an event "helps genealogists, from beginners to experts, to further unravel their family history stories."

Scotland's Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said the event will help businesses and community "tap into the ancestral tourism market."

He said: "With Scotland's rich culture and heritage, ancestral tourism is hugely important to our economy and events like this help to raise the profile and reach an even wider audience."

gordon.thomson@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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