As Australians prepare for their major genealogy event, we invited Alona Tester from Unlock the Past to tell us more.
Unlock the Past's Australian History & Genealogy Expo 2016 is coming and it's big ... ok, it's not to the size of RootsTech or Who Do You Think You Are? Live! ... but it's big by Australian genealogy conference standards. In fact, it's the biggest we've had.
The Expo is being organised by Unlock the Past, who along with being one of Australia's leaders in promoting history and genealogy, have organised Expo's and other events around Australia and as well as held genealogy cruises over the past few years.
This Expo will be held over two days (Friday and Saturday), and has over 35 guest speakers, 90 talks, and over 100 exhibitors. Many exhibitors and speakers are making the trip to Adelaide from interstate, with some even coming from overseas.
There will be workshops, getting started talks, advanced talks and one-on-one Research Help Zone sessions with experts, together with demos and more happening in the Expo hall.
October 7-8, 2016 is the date to note in your diary, and it is being held at Immanuel College, 32 Morphett Road, Novar Gardens, South Australia. Admission cost is $15/1 day; $20/2 days, 18 and under free.
The speakers are coming from all around Australia with a few from overseas too:
- Dr Tom Lewis (author and military historian)
- Philip Payton (well-known authority on Cornish history, and Australia in WW1)
- Brad Argent (Ancestry UK)
- Jeremy Austin (Australian DNA Database Project)
- John Donaldson (Family Tree Maker specialist)
- Greg Drew (South Australian mining history)
- Andrew Gildea (from Finders Cafe)
- Jan Gow (well-known speaker from NZ, who will be talking on Legacy and other topics)
- John Graham (from Ryerson Index)
- Rob Hamilton (expert on Freemasonry records)
- Shauna Hicks (well-known Australian genealogy presenter)
- Rosemary Kopittke (expert with online sites, and other topics)
- Janette Lange (from the Lutheran Archives)
- Sylvia Murphy (from the Families in British India Society)
- Madeleine Regan (from the Veneto Market Gardeners Oral history Project)
- Christeen Schoepf (from the Cheer-up Hut)
- Sally Stephenson (from the Oral History Association SA/NT)
- Helen Smith (expert in medical history, DNA, methodology and many other topics)
- Richard Wilson (from DatacomIT)
and many more ... click here for the full list.
The list of topics covered is extensive, and covers everything from Cornish emigration to DNA, health history, using maps, German genealogy, using FamilySearch, MyHistory, dating 19th century photos, oral history, Findmypast, Family Tree Maker, print options for your family history, police history, military history, digitising and preserving historical documents, basic charting, Family Historian, sporting ancestors, mining ancestors, flour milling ancestors, Ryerson Index and the list goes on. View the current program here.
The exhibitor list is long, and you can look through the full list for yourself here, but there are all the big name players (Ancestry, Findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage), there is a photo restoration business, a video/audio/old movie conversion company, libraries, societies, football club archives, a researcher, history and military publishers, several printers for those looking at doing a book, MacKiev (new owners of Family Tree Maker), the local oral history group, and the Society of One Place Studies will be there, and a whole heap of others including: Geopast, Finders Cafe, and Teapot Genealogy.
It’ll be a whole lot of fun, a whole lot of learning, and there’s bound to be lots of specials on offer from the vendors.
Phone: (08) 8263 2055
Book: click here
Although the Society for One-place Studies is not able to have a stand, we hope that the Expo will be an opportunity for one-placers to get together and exchange ideas.