October 20th, 2012
In 2006 I was invited to give a talk on my personal involvement with family history at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival. The event was held at the historic Melbourne Athenaeum which celebrated its 170th anniversary in 2009.
To learn how I became hooked on tracing my own family history, have a look at All In The Family: Researching Your Family History.
In July 2011 I started an online blog Diary of an Australian Genealogist to record my research (both here in Australia and overseas), links I like, articles or newsletters I read, family history news that excites me and so on.
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Shauna Hicks History Enterprises Overview
Shauna Hicks History Enterprises is a small personal part time business specialising in local and family history research. Established in August 2009, it seeks to assist people in researching their own family and community histories. One of the primary projects I am involved with, as lead presenter, is Unlock the Past which is a series of history and genealogy events in Australia and New Zealand.
What Was The Voyage Like?: A Brief Guide to Researching Convict and Immigrant Voyages to Australia and New Zealand , Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010
Your Family History Archives: A Brief Introduction, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010
Family History on the Cheap, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010
Family & Local History Resource Directory for Victoria, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010
It’s Not All Online: A Guide to Genealogy Sources Offline, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2011
Trove: Discover Genealogy Treasure in the National Library of Australia, Unlock The Past, St Agnes SA, 2012
Finding Ancestors in Church Records: A Brief Guide to Resources, Unlock The Past, St Agnes SA, 2012
All publications can be ordered online at Gould Genealogy
I was delighted to be nominated for an Ancestor Approved Award and you can read all about it here. As part of my response I listed ten websites that I believe researchers should be aware of, so please have a look.
It was really nice to be recognised in MyHeritage.com’s Top 100 Genealogy Site 2010 awards. It was also good to see other Australian websites make the list, including Genealogy in New South Wales, Geniaus, Patten Project Genealogy and Twigs of Yore
I love getting feedback from people, both the positive and the not so positive. Most of it is anonymous so I can’t personally thank or reply to anyone. I always ask attendees to complete evaluation forms and below are some comments from my most recent talks.
The not so positive usually relates to how fast I speak, how much I cover in talks, longer question time, and the need for handouts or copies of talks so that they can go over what I have covered again when they get home.
So I have placed a copy of the Cobram presentation on Demolishing Brick Walls up on the Resources page. My March 2010 talk at the National Jewish Genealogy Conference in Melbourne was on Caring for your Family Records which is the basis of my new book Your Family History Archives: A Brief Introduction which is available for sale online from Gould Genealogy & History and I will have it for sale at all future talks and events I attend.
One attendee at my Darwin seminars in February 2010 on Asylum Records: A Place to Look for Missing Ancestors and Online Trends in Family History even went home and wrote a blog on both talks. Check out both reviews but you need to scroll down. Other presentations and handouts will be added to the Resources page following any talks I do so please check regularly for new additions.
The positive feedback is always good to read and below are just a few of my favourite comments.
- Thought the material and whole presentation great – made me realise just how ineffectively I’ve been using the net! (Warrnambool VIC, May 2010 – Demolishing Brick Walls)
- Very interesting and I learn a lot -thanks (Melbourne VIC, Mar 2010 – Caring for your Family Records)
- I could have listened to her for hours – so interesting (Cobram VIC, Mar 2010 – Demolishing Brick Walls)
- Would have like longer and more details (Cobram VIC, Mar 2010 – Demolishing Brick Walls)
- You have given me a lot more work to do, thanks for the nudge, great presentation (Melbourne VIC, Mar 2010 – Caring for your Family Records)
- Fantastic presentation – very well put together/prepared and presented – many thanks (Melbourne VIC, Mar 2010 – Caring for your Family Records)
- Appreciative of your extensive knowledge based on 35 years in archives and libraries (Darwin NT, Feb 2010)
- Keep up the good work – Thank you, come again (Darwin NT, Feb 2010)
- Excellent list of resources, can’t wait to use them! Well organised session (Stawell VIC, Oct 2009 – What Was The Voyage Like?)
- Your talks are always very informative, clear and often entertaining. Also, your chosen subjects are relevant to beginners and the more advanced. Could listen all day. Genealogists are very lucky to have you as a researcher (Brisbane QLD, Oct 2009 – Make The Most of PROV Online: What you can do without leaving home!)
- A very interesting well learned speaker (Mount Gambier SA, Nov 2009 – Discover Your Military Ancestors Online)
- I could have listened and learnt for hours more! (Mount Gambier SA, Nov 2009 – Discover Your Military Ancestors Online)
- I could have listened to Shauna all day! (Mulwala NSW, Nov 2009 – Behind Bars: Convicts & Criminals)