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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!

Blaine Bettinger at DNA Down Under in Sydney 2019

DNA to the Max ~ Sydney 2019

I’ve just spend three days attending the DNA to the Max event in Sydney, part of Unlock the Past’s DNA Down Under roadshow.  My verdict: phenomenal!

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Auckland Family History Expo ~ 2019

Auckland Libraries and the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) Computing Group organise the annual Auckland Family History Expo, as part of the August’s Family History month festivities here in New Zealand. Last time I attended was two years ago, so I was looking forward to this year’s event.

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1857 marriage register entry for George Tunnecliff and Elizabeth Barber, Auckland (NZ Births, Deaths & Marriages 1857/929)

George Tunnecliffe of Taranaki — and Tean?

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Tunnecliffes of Taranaki

My 3 x great grandfather George Tunnecliffe (or Tunnecliff/Tunnicliff/Tunnicliffe) arrived in New Zealand aboard the Dinapore, landing in Auckland on 5th of August 1857. Three days later he married a fellow passenger, Elizabeth Barber, and they made their home in the province of Taranaki.

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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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