Speakers Announced For 2019 Family History Shows

The Family History Shows 2019

York 22nd June  –  South West 6th July  –  London 24th August


Expert Speakers Announced! The Family History Shows have released the details of the experts giving talks at the upcoming events. In this post we take a look at some of the speakers who will be offering free talks throughout the day at selected shows.

Don’t forget to book your tickets to The Family History Show and you can save on entry price. These events are on track to be a fantastic day out for family historians this summer. Book now before the offer ends!

South West

Tickets on the day are £6
Early Bird: Two for £8!

Buy Bristol Tickets


Tickets on the day are £6
Early Bird: Two for £8!

Buy York Tickets


Tickets on the day are £8
Early Bird: Two for £10!

Buy London Tickets

Gill Blanchard

Professional genealogist, house historian, tutor and author

Gill Blanchard has an academic background in history, sociology and politics to post-graduate level. She has been a full time researcher since 1992, including six years at Norfolk Record Office. She set up her own historical research business called Past Search in 1997, qualified as an adult education tutor the following year, and is a full member of AGRA. Gill has conducted much background research for authors, journalists and academic researchers, including the BBC Who Do You Think You Are? television series.

Gill will be speaking at the York, South West and London shows.

Debbie Kennett

DNA Expert & Author

“I am a surname researcher and genetic genealogist. I am an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at UCL. I am the author of two books published by the History Press: ‘The Surnames Handbook’ (2012) and ‘DNA and Social Networking’ (2011).”

Debbie will be speaking at the York and South West shows.

Jayne Shrimpton

Fashion historian and photo dating expert

Jayne Shrimpton MA, a trained, professional dress historian and photographs/artworks specialist has dated and interpreted numerous family pictures over a career spanning 30 years. She writes regular articles for Discover Your Ancestors and other genealogy magazines, is the author of seven books, and is a picture consultant on the TV series Who Do You Think You Are?

Jayne will be speaking at the York and London shows.

Chris Baker

Military Historian & Author

“Over the years many people have asked me for help in researching a soldier. I initially did this as a hobby, but with so many people asking and me being busy at work, something had to give. I decided to make a living out of my passion and left my old career behind on 25 April 2008. I now work full time on writing, researching and touring. My business FourteenEighteen | Research is always bursting at the seams; in all, I have completed research of well over 8000 soldiers.”

Chris will be speaking at the London and South West shows.

Keith Gregson

Sport and Social Historian & Author

Keith Gregson has been writing for over 40 years, including many family history books and contributions to popular magazines including Discover Your Ancestors. In his talk at The Family History Show, Keith shares his top tips & techniques for finding elusive ancestors, illustrated by some fascinating case studies.

Keith will be speaking at the York show.


This is what the organisers say:

What will be available?

Each show will have two lecture areas with Free Talks given by various expert independent speakers including Photo Dating Expert and Fashion Historian Jayne Shrimpton, DNA Expert Debbie Kennett and others we have lined up and will announce in later emails and on our Facebook page.

The extremely popular face to face Free ‘Ask the Experts’ section will be run at all of the Discover Your Ancestors Family History Shows this year. We’re also expanding this area to cover your questions on DNA, Dating Photographs, Medals, Military Service and Research Problems. So don’t forget to bring your ancestors’ medals, records and photos along!

New for the 2019 shows we are also introducing Q&A panel sessions, where you can get your family history queries answered by a group of experts. So make sure you have time to ask those family history questions when planning your day.

With over 100 tables already booked, space is filling up fast! If you or anyone you know may be interested in exhibiting you can find out more on our bookings page.

We are making The Family History Shows affordable events to attend with low-cost entry, Free Talks and Free Parking. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Keep up with our latest announcements for all our shows on Twitter and Facebook.


I hope to be at all three shows this year. Putting the dates in the diary now!

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