National Family History Month August 2015

13 August 2015

2015 Web bannerAs voluntary coordinator of National Family History Month, I arrange to put events up on the NFHM website, liaise with sponsors, organise and manage the sponsors prizes giveaways, arrange the launch and promote NFHM through talks and a variety of social media platforms. This year has been a little more challenging as I had a fall in July and fractured my right elbow which required surgery. So I am doing everything with only my left hand!

For those new to NFHM, it is an initiative of AFFHO, the Australasian Federation of  Family History Organisations, a not for profit organisation. NFHM began as a week in 2006 and expanded to the whole month of August from 2013. It is a time when genealogy and family history societies, archives, libraries and other organisations host a variety of activities and events celebrating all aspects of genealogy and family history. There are hundreds of events across every State and Territory of Australia and even an online events category. View the web calendar here.

The major sponsor for 2015 is plus there are a number of prize sponsors. Without the sponsors AFFHO would not be able to continue to host this annual feast of family history. View the prize sponsors here and note how to enter the prizes giveaway.

Another major sponsor is the National Archives of Australia who have generously sponsored the launch of NFHM every year since 2006 in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and this year in Adelaide. Sadly I was unable to make the trip to Adelaide but reports tell me it was an excellent launch.

Adelaide launch Aug 2015

L-R Michael Piggott, Anne McLean, Tony Arthur, David Barber

Anne McLean gave a presentation on the National Archives of Australia, David Barber Vice President of AFFHO oversaw the presentation of the Nick Vine Hall Awards and Michael Piggott, the keynote speaker on White Lies, Archival Truths and George Henry Charles Piggott.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our major sponsors, the prize sponsors and the National Archives of Australia for hosting the launch and afternoon tea. I would also like to thank Jenny Scott for taking the photos used in this blog.

There are still two weeks of National Family History Month to go and it is not too late to add events or enter the prizes giveaway. If you are stuck for ideas have a look at my 31 genealogy activities to do during August or check out the web calendar to see what events are happening near you. Remember to look at the online events category too.

The NFHM Facebook page will have updates and the Twitter hash tag is #NFHM2015. Have a fantastic August and I hope you make some wonderful family history connections.

The Nile -Australia's Largest Online Bookstore

Related Posts

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2023

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2023

I invite you to take part in this activity by responding to the following statements/questions, several of which are new, in a blog post. Write as much or as little as you want and complete as many statements as you wish. If you wish to take part and don't have a...

RootsTech 2023: the in-person view of a first timer

RootsTech 2023: the in-person view of a first timer

RootsTech 2023 has come and gone, and this report is a bit delayed as I spent a further three weeks in the USA. A few days in Florida in Fernandina Beach with a friend then off to Fort Lauderdale for a 7 night cruise in the Caribbean. We visited the Bahamas, Jamaica,...

Report on Family History Down Under November 2022

Report on Family History Down Under November 2022

It was good to finally attend FHDU 2022 a four-day event in person after the delays of Covid. Getting to Castle Hill in Sydney and staying at the Hills Lodge was not cheap but worth it. Most of the speakers were staying there and quite a few of the attendees who I...

Review of Sands of Time Conference Redcliffe October 2022

Review of Sands of Time Conference Redcliffe October 2022

Despite the very unkind weather over the weekend, the Sands of Time genealogy conference was a big success. Three days of genealogy at the Dolphins Leagues Club at Redcliffe, Queensland. Just down the road from where I live if you don’t factor in the highway traffic....



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.