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...

Mar 23, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Exhibitors & Summary...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Exhibitors & Summary

This is the last post in my series on the Bridging the Past & Future Congress 2018 in Sydney. Read the earlier daily posts – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4. Sponsors and exhibitors help to make a Congress happen. The two major sponsors were Ancestry and FamilySearch and there were numerous sponsors and supporters as reflected on the conference satchel. The Sydney Convention Centre is huge and all the exhibitors were spaced around the...

Mar 19, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day 4 Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day 4 Report

It seems to be taking me longer to write these reports than it was attending Congress. Thanks to those who have been reading the posts and exploring some of the website links shared. It’s not quite the same as attending but my learnings may help some of you too. Day 4 started with a sponsor presentation – this time it was FamilySearch and it was given by Thom Reed, an excellent speaker. He focused on all the ways...

Mar 17, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Three Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Three Report

I was remiss in the Day 2 report by not mentioning the wonderful gift I received as a speaker. These wonderful drink coasters are almost too good to use. A lovely memento of a great Congress. A plenary session with Paul Milner on English Research – 18th Century Sources and Indexes and he did an excellent job of squeezing a 100 years into 45 minutes. Regnal years, the calendar change in 1752, Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act of 1753...

Mar 16, 2018

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Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Two Report...

Sydney Genealogy Congress 2018 Day Two Report

If you missed Day One, read about it here. Day Two started with a sponsor presentation with Ancestry. Without the sponsors, it would be very hard for any group to put on an event like Congress so thanks to all sponsors, especially the major sponsors. Ancestry have some exciting things planned for 2018 and it really is amazing how the interest in DNA has grown over the last few years. This was followed by Judy G Russell’s  (The...

Oct 7, 2017

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Report on Your Family Story: Telling, Recording & Preserving conference, Orange NSW, Sep 2017...

Report on Your Family Story: Telling, Recording & Preserving conference, Orange NSW, Sep 2017

Each year the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Organisations holds an annual conference and this year it was in Orange, NSW in September 2017. With the theme of Your Family Story: Telling, Recording & Preserving it was always going to be a conference to appeal to genealogy and family history enthusiasts. However, I think just about everyone was amazed to find that there were 345 delegates and Orange is not the easiest place to get to...

May 24, 2017

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Footsteps in Time family & local history conference review, May 2017...

Footsteps in Time family & local history conference review, May 2017

The second History Queensland family & local history conference was a wonderful success (apart from a very rainy Friday). With the theme Footsteps in Time it was held on the Gold Coast from 19-21 May 2017. Gold Coast Family History Society was the host and their volunteers were everywhere making sure things happened when they should. The Friday program had three free (yes free) public talks from Ancestry, the National Library of Australia (Trove) and FamilySearch. I attended all three...

Sep 12, 2016

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Report on Camden Cowpastures and Beyond Genealogy Conference Sep 2016...

Report on Camden Cowpastures and Beyond Genealogy Conference Sep 2016

Whenever possible I try to attend the annual NSW & ACT Family History Organisations annual conference. This year it was in Camden New South Wales and I flew to Canberra and then hitched a lift with a long time geneafriend who was also going. So a long day of travel and we arrived towards the end of the Fair on the Friday afternoon. There were a range of speakers during the day on topics such as getting start...

Oct 5, 2015

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Review of History Queensland conference 3-4 Oct 2015...

Review of History Queensland conference 3-4 Oct 2015

Why is it that genealogy conferences always seem to go so quickly? Must be because we are all so busy earning new things and catching up with old friends and making new ones. It was History Queensland‘s first conference and extremely well organised with a good venue, excellent catering, interesting program and excellent speakers. I am really glad that I decided to stay onsite as it saved travelling time but also I didn’t have to overtax my right...

Sep 17, 2015

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Review of Port Macquarie family history conference, 11-13 Sep 2015...

Review of Port Macquarie family history conference, 11-13 Sep 2015

Although my right elbow/arm is still out of action from my July fall in Germany, I still managed to get to the 31st annual genealogy conference of the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies held in Port Macquarie last weekend. It was one of the best ones I have ever attended for a number of reasons including the opportunity to catch up with many of my geneafriends. Port Macquarie is a great place to have a...

Apr 2, 2015

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AFFHO Congress 2015 Social Events & Sponsors/Exhibitors Report...

AFFHO Congress 2015 Social Events & Sponsors/Exhibitors Report

This is the third and final report on AFFHO Congress 2015. Post One on the first two days is here and Post Two on the last two days is here. In this post I will be looking at the two social events and all the sponsors/exhibitors as these are also a key part of any events success. The welcome meet and greet was Thursday night, before Congress started and was held at Anzac Hall in the Australian War Memorial....

Apr 1, 2015

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AFFHO Congress 2015 Days Three and Four Report...

AFFHO Congress 2015 Days Three and Four Report

This is the second part of a three post report on AFFHO Congress 2015 held in Canberra from 26-30 March 2015. Part One is here and an interim report posted during Congress is here. Day Three started with a keynote address by Michael McKernan on war on the home front. I have heard Michael talk before and as usual he had some moving accounts to share with the audience. He pointed out that with deaths in war it is...

Mar 31, 2015

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AFFHO Congress 2015 Days One and Two Report...

AFFHO Congress 2015 Days One and Two Report

This is the first of three posts on the 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry, hosted by HAGSOC (Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra) on behalf of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations). It was a four day conference with two major social events, group meetings and an exhibition area filled with sponsors and exhibitors. I will cover the conference days first and finish with the social events and exhibitors. I did manage one blog post...

Mar 15, 2015

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AFFHO Congress Thoughts – The First Congress 1977...

AFFHO Congress Thoughts – The First Congress 1977

With the AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) Congress 2015 just over a week away now, many people are excited at attending this geneaevent which only happens every three years. Over the last few months, the three official Congress bloggers, Jill Ball, Pauleen Cass and myself (Shauna Hicks) have been interviewing Congress speakers for tips on attending Congress. You can see those interviews by clicking on the links to each of us and scrolling back through our posts....

Nov 3, 2014

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Norfolk Island History & Genealogy Conference 29-31 Oct 2014...

Norfolk Island History & Genealogy Conference 29-31 Oct 2014

This was an Unlock The Past event held on the historic and picturesque Norfolk Island, an Australian territory in the Pacific. Australians with convict ancestry may have had an ancestor or two who were sent to either the First Settlement 1788-1814 or the Second Settlement 1825-1856 – brief outline of history here. This conference was mostly about the history associated with the First Settlement with a little bit on the Second Settlement and some overall genealogy topics. As...

Sep 24, 2013

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NSW & ACT Conference Sessions Canberra Sep 2013...

This is part of a series of blogs following my attendance at the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies annual conference – this year hosted by the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) in Canberra. My report on the Family History Fair can be read here and the social activities and other news can be read in the various entries on my blog Diary of an Australian Genealogist. This blog is all about the conference...

Apr 6, 2012

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Overview of AFFHO 2012 heraldry & genealogy congress...

Regular readers will know that I like to do a daily blog of genealogy events so that I capture things as I go and then do an overall summary at the end when I have had more time to think about how it all went. For my daily accounts of the 2012 AFFHO Congress in Adelaide see my Diary of an Australian Genealogist – Welcome Reception, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4. Overall I have to...