Last call for major family history fair in Harrogate

North Yorkshire’s County Records Office is making a last call to amateur historians and family tree enthusiasts to take the chance to visit North Yorkshire County Council’s major family history fair at the Harrogate Pavilions in March.

The County Record Office, which will be hosting the event on March 10th, is reminding people to make the most of this golden opportunity to learn about up-to-date developments in research and the art of making family archives from a wide range of experts – all for an entry price of £1.

Attendees can browse over 30 society and trade stands with exhibitors to include family tree experts ‘Find My Past’, and enjoy screenings of rare film footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive. Visitors will also have the privilege of a preview of a new interactive genealogy website called Family Film Tree. The website will allow people to add moving images to their genealogy research and create playlists to tell the story of their family history.


An exciting programme of six one hour talks priced at £3 each is also planned throughout the day, with guest speakers to include TV personality and editor of Your Family History magazine Dr Nick Barratt.

Support and advice on tracing a family tree will be also available from professionals.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for the Record Office said:

This is a chance that should not be missed for the growing numbers of people who want to research their family’s history. Our local and family history events are always popular, but the fair at the Pavilions is offering a wonderful range of attractions for a very reasonable admission price of £1. We’re also delighted that Dr Nick Barratt will be attending to give a behind the scenes talk on the BBC programme ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ We are delighted that as many people as possible can enjoy this fantastic event.

For more information call the County Record Office on 01609 777585 or email

Talks on offer:



Jackie Depelle – family history tutor

Researching Your Yorkshire Ancestors



Nick Barratt – TV personality and editor of Your Family History magazine

Family History and the Media in the 21st century: behind the scenes of Who Do You Think You Are?



Marion Moverley – adult education tutor and member of local and family history societies

Sick in Body but Perfect in Remembrance: wills for local and family history research



Gillian Hovell – landscape historian, teacher and writer

A Muddy History of Britain – A Local View



Malcolm Neesam – Harrogate historian

Researching Harrogate – some documentary sources



Barbara Dixon – former registrar of births, deaths and marriages

Registration for Family Historians


11.00 and 2.00

Graham Relton – Archive manager, Yorkshire Film Archive

Yorkshire Film Archive introduce ‘Family Film Tree’ – a new genealogy website


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