"Who Do You Think You Are? Live" - What's the benefit of attending?

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I recently learned that there's a genealogy conference, Who Do You Think You Are? Live that's happening in a few weeks time (April 7-9, 2016) in Birmingham, UK. As it's a relatively short flight away (now that I'm living in the EU), I'm considering attending. However, as I've never been to a genealogy event before, I'm wondering if it's worth the time and effort. I see that a few WikiTree folks attended last year, and some have attended a related event in Glasgow. Also, there are other similar events (e.g. I see "RootsTech" mentioned frequently here!) that many of you have attended. So perhaps you could help me to understand:

What's benefits have you experienced going to such events? 

What is there to do?

How have you participated?

Did you learn anything about your own family tree / history / lineage by attending that might not have happened otherwise?

Do the exhibitors sell stuff? Provide consultation? Access to resources? Anything useful? (e.g. What might Ancestry DNA be offering: "Visit the Ancestry stand to take advantage of exclusive show offers and find out more."??)

Greatly appreciate any advice and answers.



P.S. Is anyone from WikiTree attending this?

in The Tree House by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (136k points)

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