This year’s Back To Our Past event was a must for all those with the Family History bug! Eneclann’s stand was buzzing with attendees wanting to avail of our expert research service and signing up to our free genealogy newsletter. We had some great prizes to give away and met some wonderful people over the three days.
Once again we shared our stand with our friends in The Irish Ancestral Research Association who travelled all the way from Boston to be at the show. TIARA is one of the biggest North American Irish family history societies, very knowledgeable and exceptionally friendly.
The atmosphere at this year’s show was great. There were lots to do throughout the three days, from listening to expert lectures on a range of topics, to finding record’s online and availing of DNA research. In fact the DNA strand of talks brought in some fantastic speakers from across the sector.
Back in the main genealogy presentation area, our own Fiona Fitzsimons and Brian Donovan both gave presentations on “The basics of sound genealogy research” and “Irish Soldiers & Rebels: tracing WW1 and Irish revolutionary ancestors”. Turnout was excellent, as was the case for all the lectures.
All the stands seem to have talked to bigger numbers than last year. Eneclann had an increase of over 30%, which was reflected across the room. Everyone reported a big increase in new attendees, which is heartening. While it’s great to link up with our friends throughout the sector, the event is about show casing Irish genealogy to the uninitiated.
So overall it was an important improvement on the last couple of years where the numbers of interested attendees had dropped significantly. A lot of this is due to the promotional work by the organisers S&L, and also to the calm organisational skills of their key operatives Maretta & Brian. All of us at Eneclann sends them both our thanks and best wishes for the show next year.