Dig down to your roots at North Yorkshire’s family history show

11 March 2013

Experts in family history will be on hand to give top tips on how to find out about your roots at a major event in Harrogate next weekend.

The Local and Family History Day, organised by North Yorkshire County Council’s County Record Office, will bring a wealth of expertise and tips – all for the price of a £2 entry ticket.




As well as keynote talks from leading figures – including Kate Williams, the royal historian and presenter of BBC Television’s Restoration Home programme – the fair will have around 30 stalls and trade stands run by a wide range of archaeology and history organisations.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Library and Information Services said:

Finding out about your family’s roots can be one of the most interesting and rewarding of all activities.

But knowing how to make the best of the hundreds of diverse sources available to you can be difficult. That’s where the experts and organisations we are gathering together can be a real help and make all the difference.

The Fair will be held at the Harrogate Pavilions on Saturday 16 March. Tickets are just £2 each, payable at the door. Ticket-holders are also eligible for half-price admission (£1) to the Antiquarian Book Fair taking place in a neighbouring section of the Pavilions on the same day.


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Organisations with stands and stalls include family history groups from Great Ayton, Cleveland, Harrogate, Keighley, Morley, Ripon, Ryedale, the Upper Dales, Wakefield, Wharfedale and York. Ripon Historical Society will have a stand, as will the Iron-Age (Nidderdale) Community Archaeology Group, and the Ripon Community Archaeology Project.

For more information, including details of talks and a full list of stallholders, visit  www.northyorks.gov.uk/archives

Places on talks (£5 each) are limited so early booking is recommended: call the County Record Office on 01609 777585 or email archives@northyorks.gov.uk


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