In recent years, an enormous industry has sprung up around ancestry research and the compiling of family trees.
Companies, magazines, websites and clubs all exist to help you discover whether your great great great great great great grandad was a pillar of his community, or the key to a closet in which there are more skeletons than your local graveyard.
Either way, the journey of discovery is often a fun and fascinating experience, as you piece together the family jigsaw bit by bit, never quite knowing what information you're going to stumble upon next. Imagine, you might find out you're related to royalty!
The popular BBC television programme, Who Do You Think You Are?, has reflected the growing interest in ancestry, and for the fifth consecutive year, the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE Show is coming to Olympia.
The event provides an outstanding opportunity for anyone to interested in their family history to delve a little deeper and find out more.
Whether you're just starting out, or are already able to go back several centuries, the event offers excellent tips and advice for getting on with your research.
There'll be a range of experts on hand, 100 workshops, 200 exhibitors, the opportunity to have a personal talk with an experienced genealogist, and loads more besides.
TV presenter Tony Robinson will be there sharing anecdotes about the quest for historical knowledge, and Monty Don will also be in attendance, regaling visitors with stories about his family past, which include a bitter family feud.
A major feature of the event is the Society of Genealogists' Family History Show. The society brings together family history societies and specialist exhibitors from around the UK, providing visitors with a valuable resource for their research.
If you've always been curious about what happened in your family's history but don't know where to start, this popular event is the perfect place to begin your journey.