A chance to trace your ancestry

Dumfries and Galloway residents are being invited to trace their ancestry in a special one-off event in Glasgow this August.

Ever wondered how you came to have the poetry skills of Robert Burns or the artistic flair of Charles Rennie Mackintosh? Or do your roots lie further afield in Australia, Canada or Europe? 2014 is the year to find out.

Tracing your ancestors and discovering your family history has become easier now that Who Do You Think You Are? Live is coming to Scotland for the first time.

From beginner to experienced researcher, locals and visitors to Scotland will have the perfect opportunity to discover their family ancestry at the event, which takes place at the SECC in Glasgow from Friday to Sunday, August 29-31.

The show’s arrival in Scotland marks the first time the event has been held outside of London.

With over 50 million people across the globe claiming Scottish ancestry, the scope and potential of the ancestral market is huge. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the world choose to visit Scotland, either to explore their ancestry further by accessing more information or simply to get a feel for the place where their ancestors lived.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live builds on the success of the popular BBC series, in which celebrities trace their ancestry, discovering secrets and surprises from their past

Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said: “There is tremendous curiosity to uncover family roots, especially in the USA, a country that boasts an estimated 9.4 million Scottish descendants. The Year of Homecoming 2014 will provide a unique opportunity to encourage more and more visitors, both international and domestic to come and enjoy Scotland and will position Scotland on the international stage as a dynamic and creative nation. This family history event, Who Do You Think You Are? Live, will help tourism business across Scotland tap into the ancestral tourism market gold mine this year.”

Tickets for Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland will be available on the event’s dedicated website, www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com, later in the year.