London Exhibition Hall Highlight
We are getting so excited to join so many of you in London for the first ever RootsTech London. With this first international conference, we are excited to be including a broad range of classes and exhibitors in the exhibition hall from the industry’s biggest companies, such as Ancestry, to new start-ups and family history societies. Here are five of the stands you won’t want to miss in the exhibition hall:
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, or JGSGB, was founded in 1992 as a resource for both beginning and more experienced researchers. The JGSGB also works to promote the preservation of Jewish genealogical records and resources. This secular organization has become an internationally acclaimed Jewish genealogical society and is widely recognized as an important resource for anyone with Jewish roots.
The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, or IHGS, was established in 1961 as an independent educational charitable trust. The IHGS has published its journal, Family History, since 1962 and is known for its library. The library boasts a large Heraldic collection and parish registers. The IHGS also offers a number of courses in Heraldry, Broadening Your Family Tree, Tracing Your British Ancestors from Overseas, and more.
With members as far-flung as Canada, Australia, and South Africa, the Hampshire Genealogical Society, or HGS, is a well-established resource for those researching their Hampshire ancestry. Helping beginners and experts since 1974, the HGS holds a number of events throughout the year, including lectures, visits, and meetings. As a charity run by volunteers, the Society has “collected, transcribed, published, and made accessible, in various formats, a large catalogue of Family History Records, data, and historical documents relating to the County of Hampshire.” The HGS has countless resources for anyone researching their Hampshire ancestry.
The Guild of One-Name Studies has two main objectives: “to advance the education of the public in one-name studies (defined as research into the genealogy and family history of all persons with the same surname and its variants), and to promote the preservation and publication of the resultant data and to maximize its accessibility to all interested persons.” The Guild publishes a register annually listing all the current one-name studies registered with the Guild. If you are interested, you can also register your own one-name study.
The Register of Qualified Genealogists aims to provide a record of genealogists who may be willing to provide professional services. Genealogists must work within the field of genealogy and have been educated at an accredited institution at the post-graduate level in order to be qualified for the register. You can learn more about their services by visiting their stand!