How Eneclann got on at Back to our Past 2014.

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This year was another well attended event with lots for those with an interest in family history. Eneclann had one of the busiest stands in the center of the Industries hall, where the “back to our past” component of the event is held. Its all a small part of the Over-50s show which occupies the main RDS hall and half of the Industries hall. As a consequence its a great opportunity to meet people just connecting with the world of genealogy for the first time. While there were significantly fewer stands this year, and number of attendees were much lower, there was a great atmosphere among participants.

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 Attendees had an opportunity to do a great many things while they were there, from listening to lectures on a large range of topics, discovering the scientific breakthroughs with ancestral DNA research, getting free assisted access to the main online genealogy web sites with over 120 million records between them (findmypast and ancestry), discovering the lively genealogy societies here and abroad (both the British Society of Genealogists, and Boston based TIARA were there). There was also a huge number of locations to get free advice to help research puzzles, from the main research consultancy companies like Eneclann and the sole traders who promote their services through APGI.

Eneclann gave three talks at the event,  Fiona Fitzsimons gave a talk on the Friday on Records of BTOP 2014 talksChildren raised in care, Brian Donovan gave a talk on Soldiers and Rebels: Tracing WW1 and Irish Revolutionary ancestors on the Saturday. Our scheduled speaker for the Sunday was Eileen O’Duill but had to cancel, due to a death in her family.Carmel Gilbride delivered this talk, and gave a knowledgeable and informative talk on the Introduction to Irish Civil Registration researching Births, Marriages and Deaths. Our sincere sympathies are with Eileen and her family at this time.

 

Tony Hennessey Great Great Great Family Tree's

Tony Hennessey Great Great Great Family Tree’s

Its also a great chance for those involved in the genealogy sector (businesses, societies and state services) to catch up. These are the exhibitors, and also the mainstay of promoting the event each year. All these participants contributed hugely to the success of the event, assembling and attending exhibit stands for long hours, helping the public with all types of esquires and genealogical problems, delivering lectures and workshops, assisting access to online services, and more. Many stands were staffed by volunteers representing a huge commitment by those who gave their time for free. Many more were staffed by employees from businesses and state services, representing a huge financial commitment by those organisations.

The decline in exhibitors and attendees is a little worrying, especially given the good will and support from the sector. The event needs to promoted properly by the organisers, who are naturally more interested in the bigger components of the Over-50s show. However, by our reckoning they are making a significant sum from this part of the event, and a requisite portion needs to be spent on proper advertising so that the public actually know the Back to Our Past show, as opposed to the Over-50s show is happening.

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