15    Sep 20110 comments

MyHeritage at The National Family History Fair 2011

Laurence Harris (UK Head of Genealogy) and I recently returned from The National Family History Fair in Newcastle, UK. The Fair was a chance for family history experts and amateur genealogists to meet, exchange ideas and discuss the latest developments in the field.

Laurence speaking with a MyHeritage user.

With over 650 people attending and 35 exhibitors including MyHeritage, Laurence and I were kept busy introducing MyHeritage products and speaking with potential new users throughout the day. It was particularly enjoyable to speak with users at the Fair who’d used our Smart Matching system to find new relatives around the world. We’ll soon be featuring some of these stories on our blog.

Both the free pens and Family Tree Builder CDs were very popular with those passing the MyHeritage stand, as always, we ran out of the CDs rather quickly!

At the fair, we were able to provide demonstrations to new and potential users. Being able to demonstrate some of the MyHeritage products and features on my personal family tree was of real interest to many fairgoers. Take for example, The Guild of One Name Studies. The Guild has quite a few MyHeritage users, so it was useful to explain how MyHeritage could help in their one-name research.

Laurence was one of the three invited lecturers who gave presentations at the Fair. His presentation entitled ‘Collaborative Genealogy, Family Networks & Smart Research’ was well received. Laurence talked about current trends in these areas and demonstrated how MyHeritage Family Sites were at the forefront of this genealogical revolution.

All in all, this was a successful and enjoyable Fair. We will be posting a short video of the event in the next couple of days.

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