Sep 7, 2019

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Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 2 Aug 2019...

Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 2 Aug 2019

I was privileged to be an ambassador for the Unlock the Past DNA Down Under tour and went to both the one day Brisbane and 3 day Sydney events. Read about my report for Brisbane here. As Sydney was over 3 days I have written the report in two parts. Read about Days 1-2 here. This post is about Day 3 and a general overall review. The third day was a bit sad as quite a few of...

Sep 4, 2019

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Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 1 Aug 2019...

Sydney DNA Down Under Report Part 1 Aug 2019

I was privileged to be an ambassador for the Unlock the Past DNA Down Under tour and went to both the one day Brisbane and 3 day Sydney events. Read about my report for Brisbane here. As Sydney was over 3 days I will report first on Days 1 and 2 and then a second blog post for Day 3 and an overall review. A lot of DNA topics were covered and I was really glad to have...

Aug 17, 2019

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Brisbane DNA DownUnder Report Aug 2019...

Brisbane DNA DownUnder Report Aug 2019

Bribie Island is about an hour’s drive from the event venue and the highway traffic can be unpredictable. After an early start I arrived about 15 minutes before registration was about to commence. Totally shocked to find the car park almost full but I managed to get one of the last spots. Then more shock as I joined the queue to register and slowly shuffled in. There were some familiar faces in the crowd but also a lot...

Dec 31, 2018

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Finding Truth in Family History Through DNA...

Finding Truth in Family History Through DNA

Since 1977 I have been tracing my family history through the more traditional methods. Buying certificates, using archives and libraries and perhaps most importantly talking to the ‘oldies’ and learning what they knew about our family. By 2015 I thought I knew it all – I’d uncovered lots of family skeletons, discovered their crimes, their secrets and all the hardships along the way. I didn’t think there were any surprises left. Then along came Ancestry DNA in 2015...

Sep 21, 2018

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Review of Unlock the Past in Seattle One Day Seminar...

Review of Unlock the Past in Seattle One Day Seminar

In conjunction with the Unlock the Past genealogy cruise to Alaska (a separate blog post to follow), there was a one day seminar in Seattle open to cruise registrants as well as those in the Seattle area of the USA. There were four speakers – Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle and Wayne Shepheard. The event was also live streamed and recorded for those unable to attend. As with any conference with multiple streams, it was often a...

Jun 12, 2018

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Report on Unlock the Past Perth genealogy seminar, 8-9 Jun 2018...

Report on Unlock the Past Perth genealogy seminar, 8-9 Jun 2018

Unlock the Past held a genealogy and local history two day seminar in Perth on 8-9 June 2018 at the State Library of Western Australia. Friday’s program started with a comprehensive talk on Immigration to Australia by Kerry Farmer. This covered everything from the arrival of convicts, free settlers, emigration schemes and certainly gave the audience  lots to think about. In the break someone said that their ancestor still ‘swam’ and I think there will always be those...

Sep 9, 2017

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Archives, Skeletons & DNA: National Family History Month 2017 Closes in Townsville, QLD...

Archives, Skeletons & DNA: National Family History Month 2017 Closes in Townsville, QLD

In previous years the end of National Family History Month and the giveaway prize draw has piggy backed on existing events in south east Queensland. For the first time we had a dedicated event with the Family History Association of North Queensland based in Townsville. An all day seminar was organised for 2 September 2017 with two speakers Shauna Hicks (also voluntary coordinator of NFHM) and Louise Coakley a DNA specialist from Cairns. My two talks were Archives You...