Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And if you're in London...


Who Do You Think You Are? If you have ancestors from the Isle of Man, we may have the answer at Olympia Stand No 903 where brand new state of the art research facility the iMuseum is previewing at Olympia on the 25th February 2011.
One lucky visitor will win an exclusive visit to the Isle of Man, courtesy of Isle of Man Tourism with VIP access to the Manx National Heritage archive, associated collections and a personal genealogist from the Isle of Man Family History Society to research their Manx family connections!
Have you ever wanted to research your Manx family connections, but are not quite sure what steps to take? Wondered what dark and mysterious secrets lurk in your family's past? Thought you might be related to a celebrity, royalty or a great Manx Worthy? Then come along to the Isle of Man stand at ‘Who Do You Think You Are. Live!’, Europe’s largest family history research exhibition at London Olympia on 25th - 27th February 2011.
This major exhibition will be attended by representatives from Manx National Heritage, the Isle of Man Family History Society and Isle of Man Stamps and Coins who have joined forces with Isle of Man Tourism to promote the Isle of Man at the exhibition and provide great advice about getting started on your journey into Manx family history research. 
Manx National Heritage will launch an exclusive preview of the new iMuseum, the Isle of Man’s groundbreaking digital research facility, set to open in March 2011. 
Visitors to “Who do You Think you are” will be able to try out the new facility which features a fully searchable digital archive of almost 200 years of Manx Newspapers from the first ever Manx Newspaper printed in 1792 to the start of the 1960s.  Over 400,000 pages of newsprint have been scanned and digitized for the iMuseum project, with the contents broken down into articles, photos and advertisements and the text extracted, so that the entire Newspaper Archive is searchable, by keyword as well as dates. Newspapers Online is only one of many elements of the iMuseum development.  Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to see some of the many thousands of photographs, portraits and museum collections, which will be added to the iMuseum over the coming months. 
Isle of Man Stamps and Coins will showcase the world’s first ever genealogy stamps with a unique set of stamps approved by Her Majesty the Queen.  The stamps celebrate the resources available for the many people interested in uncovering more about their Manx ancestry, with the stamp content inspired loosely by the seven images of the cycle of life from birth to death. 
To complement the Isle of Man’s presence at ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, well known genealogist Dr Colin Chapman, will be giving a talk on the Isle of Man’s family history records at 4.15pm on Friday 25th February. 4.15pm. 
Volunteers from the Isle of Man Family History Society will also be on hand throughout the exhibition to help and encourage anyone interested in researching their Manx family connections.  The Isle of Man Family History Society will be positioned at stands number 32 and 33, directly adjacent to the main Isle of Man stand. 
With the popularity of family history research exploding in recent years, ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ is set to attract its biggest audience yet with up to 17,000 visitors over the three day event. 
In addition to top genealogists and researchers, a range of celebrities will add an entertaining element to the exhibition including Tony Robinson, who will look at what it was like for our ancestors in 1911, along with Monty Don and Hugh Quarshie who will also take to the stage to recount their experiences of filming the television show ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ and provide a fascinating account of their personal experiences of uncovering their own family tree.
For one lucky visitor, there will also be the opportunity to win a return trip to the Isle of Man to research their Manx family connections in the new iMuseum and a day’s services from a researcher from the Isle of Man Family History Society. 
If you want to get started on researching your Manx family tree, don’t miss the ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, Exhibition at London Olympia on 25th - 27th February 2011.
 For further details on the exhibition, visit http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.co.uk/

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