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Genie Party on the Sunshine Coast ~ Family History Down Under 2021

Last year after Unlock the Past’s fabulous DNA Down Under events in Australia, there was talk of a future event in two years’ time.  The venue has been confirmed and the headline speakers announced, and already there’s been a flurry of bookings.  Family History Down Under is taking place on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, on March 22 – 26 in 2021.

If you’ve not been to a large genealogy conference before, this would be an amazing place to start.

Okay, so I found out on Friday that I’ve been appointed an Ambassador for the event, so I may be a little biased!  I was honoured to fill that role last year for DNA Down Under, and thrilled to be selected again.  (Ambassadors get a small discount for conference extras in return for highlighting the event.)

Family History Down Under conference, March 2021The conference program is still being finalised, but here’s the line-up of  keynote speakers:

I’ve heard these speakers present before (apart from David Rencher),  and I’m excited they will all be in one place next year!  And I’ve been told Rencher is a brilliant speaker on Irish records and research, so am looking forward to sitting in on his talks.

Early bird tickets are available up to August 2020, and if you’re worried about booking so far in advance, you can cancel with a full refund up to 30 days before the event.  Details on the venue and booking information are on the Family History Down Under website.

If you want to keep up with the latest news of the event and “meet” fellow attendees, join the Family History Down Under Facebook Group.

Maybe see you in Queensland!

Family History Month 2019

August is Family History Month in New Zealand and Australia, and there’s quite a bit going on for both hardened researchers and those just starting out. Here are a few events happening in the Wellington region and a couple further afield.

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The Travelling Genie

It’s been over a month since we arrived back from a family trip to the UK, where I managed to squeeze in a few genealogy-related activities.

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RootsTech 2018 ~ livestreaming from Salt Lake City, Utah

RootsTech is the annual genealogy-meets-technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and this year is being held Wednesday 28th February to Saturday 3rd March. Not all of us can make it over there in person, but we can watch some of the presentations at home. Inspired by Sylvia Valentine who has “translated” the timetable…

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The Next Stage ~ GOONS seminar

Alas, my poor neglected blog! I have been racing around the last few months doing all manner of research, attending seminars and tutorials, and yes, even writing and submitting some IHGS assignments. Sadly, this has left little time for posting. But today I was reminded how much I missed blogging, when I met one of…

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My Genealogy Year 2012 : Accentuate the Positive!

Jill from Geniaus came up with a wonderful idea to celebrate the high points of 2012:  Accentuate the Positive 2012 Geneameme, rather than concentrate on what we didn’t achieve during the year. So instead of feeling a bit depressed over all the things I didn’t quite manage to do this year, I get to feel…

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Task list ~ Sorting Saturday

Well, we’re over halfway through December already and I haven’t even thought about a task list for the month!   So much for being more organised… Anyway, a quick look at how I did on my November tasks: outstanding emails    –  half done, need to finish the rest before Christmas lecture 3 assignments   –   a miracle…

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November task list ~ Sorting Saturday

I am still behind in all my filing and sorting and such like, and not much, if any, progess has been made since September. Happily though, my grandfather’s biography is finished.  Shrieks of joy and jubilation! Two weeks ago I finally submitted my Lecture 2 assignments for the course I’m doing with IHGS.  It’s taken…

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Celebrating the Census at the National Archives, Kew

So much for getting back to blogging regularly, I keep getting distracted by other tasks.  One of the more pleasant ones was attending the Celebrating the Census conference at the National Archives on Saturday. It was an all day event with two streams of presentations.  Of course, there’s always a session or two where I’m…

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Hitting the books ~ Sorting Saturday

I had a couple of kid-free hours today, so I could tackle some assignment work.  This current block of assignments are all focussed on family records, and I’m currently drafting an appraisal of the records I have in my possession, and how they’ve helped (or hindered) me in my research.  I also did a little…

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