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WDYTYA? Live 2017

Thank you to all those who visited the Deceased Online team at last week's Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Birmingham
Jamie and the team stayed busy over the three days of this year's show
Jamie and the team from Deceased Online are all back home now, resting their feet after a fun few days in Birmingham's NEC at Who Do You Think You Are? Live. As usual, our stand (198) saw a constant flow of visitors keen to find their ancestors in the Deceased Online database. We love meeting database users and would like to thank everyone who dropped by to see us on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April.

We had a hectic but happy three days helping countless family historians with their brickwalls. Across the arena, there were loads of great bargains and special offers unique to the show. Deceased Online was no exception and we were delighted that so many of you were keen to take up our special WDYTYA? Live offer of a 6 month subscription for just £49

As ever, we were surrounding by the delights of the Society of Genealogists stands, and we enjoyed meeting exhibitors and friends from family history organisations from across the country. We were pleased at the enthusiasm so many of you have for our website, which we've been carefully building over the past 8+ years. 

Other highlights of the 2017 show included the team behind Danny Dyer's BBC WDYTYA? episode, hearing from the stars of BBC's Victorian Slum, a DNA talk by Tony Robinson, interactive military displays, and a chance to see Sunetra Sarker sharing her fascinating experiences of featuring in the recent series of the UK WDYTYA? television show

Screengrab of Sunetra Sarker's Who Do You Think You Are? episode on the BBC website
Another highlight this year was the Dig For Victory area, which brought a little bit of the 1940s to Birmingham via the Dig For Victory Show and Shopland Collection from Somerset. Among their exhibits was this magnificent civilian car.

A wartime Austin from the Shopland Collection

We always love meeting new database users and old friends at family history shows across the country. Did you visit WDYTYA? Live this year? If so, let us know and feel free to tag us in your social media posts! We are @DeceasedOnline on Twitter and "Deceased Online" on Facebook.


  1. Hi Emma,

    I want to let you know that your blog is listed in this week's Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!


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