From the office: One week to go until the new series of WDYTYA? begins!

By Jon Bauckham, 17 November 2016 - 5:25pm

With just seven sleeps until the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? finally hits our screens, Sarah Williams looks at the ways in which you can take part in the conversation

Sarah Williams is editor at Who Do You Think You Are? MagazineThursday 17 November 2016
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One week to go before the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? starts and the excitement is mounting here in the office. We've been expecting this series for some time (we were initially told 'after the Olympics' – well I guess it was!), so I'm delighted to now be counting down the days.

Those who read Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine will know that we have been running a 12-week challenge, put together for us by Laura Berry, one of the genealogists behind the TV series.

Laura has played an integral part in putting together celebrity family trees for many years and has even appeared in some of the episodes - she was the genealogist who broke the news to John Hurt that he wasn't Irish!

Our 12-week challenge hopes to encourage those new to family history to get out there, ask some questions, order some certificates and start building a family tree. We hope that by following Laura's advice, most people should be able to take their family tree research back to their great great grandparents (or at least some of them) in just three months.

But family history isn't just about how far you can get back. During the 12 weeks Laura looks at military records, occupations and how to explore newspaper records to help put flesh and bones on the names you will discover.

So, to tie in with the new series, this Monday we are going to be launching the 12-week challenge online. We will also be running celebrity stories and tutorials before and after each episode. If you haven't joined us on Facebook and Twitter yet, then do it now and join in the live tweeting during each episode.

You would have to be living in a media vacuum not to know that EastEnder Danny Dyer discovers a royal connection in the opening episode but we will try to keep spoilers to a minimum and just provide more in-depth coverage of some of the records used.

Our forum also gets busy when the series is on TV. We will be setting up a thread for each episode before it starts so feel free to add your comments. It's a great place to ask more in-depth questions that need more than a 140-character tweet. We might even be able to persuade someone from the production company to come on and answer any questions that other forum users can't solve.

It's been a long road waiting for this series, but now it's just seven sleeps to go. I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas. Bring it on!

 

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