The program offers:
- 100 topics in up to three streams – lots of choice
- 50 different sessions – choose those that suit you
- 11 Research Help Zone sessions for:
- one on one or small group sessions with an expert
- special interest groups (some will be be listed in advance others can be added on the cruise)
- a few special interest topics
- possibly some historical/genealogical shore tour options – see below
A wonderful opportunity to network and interact with all cruisers – genealogically and socially.
Note: this program is provisional. It is subject to change (rooms and times), though all topics listed are expected to be offered.
Special interest groups - based on research interests from a pre-cruise survey nearer the cruise, e.g. Kent, Italy, handwriting. These will be worked into the program later. But we are open to offers from any who wish to convene a discussion group on a topic of interest.
The Research Help Zone is for many the most valuable part of the program. To find out more click here to see Helen Smith’s blog about Research Help Zones and advice on how to prepare (it is the same at sea as it is at an Expo).
Genealogy shore tours – we are considering offering some genealogy related shore tours. At this stage the following are being considered, but we will seek interest via as survey beforehand before firming up plans. Pre-bookings will be needed. There will be costs for these (transport and in some cases admission) – to be advised when confirmed.
- In Melbourne – a guided tour which could include some/all the following:
- the Melbourne General Cemetery
- the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Victoria, including museum and talk by records staff
- Victoria Market with guided tour of Melbourne’s first and second cemeteries
- free time for lunch in Victoria or Lygon Streets, tour of the Public Record Office
- visits to the State Library or Genealogy Society of Victoria (admission fees for non-members may apply) could also be done (not part of a tour to the other places above)
- Adelaide – group transport will be offered to the following:
- Genealogy SA library (South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society) – the society has offered free admission for the day to our cruise group. This is a major location for South Australian research. Option for full visit or short visit. Travel time to the library needs to be allowed for (45 minute trip each way)
- State Library of South Australia
- Hobart visits with introductions and guided tours
Click here for general shore tours offered by Royal Caribbean.
Blogs, newsletters, etc. – if you expect to blog or otherwise report on the the cruise during or after please let us know so we can add you to the list below. For now we have just added a starter list of a few well known blogs below, but we believe there are quite a few others that could be added.
- Anglers Rest - Julie Goucher
- British GENES - Chris Paton
- Campaspe Genealogy (Campaspe Library) – Victoria Green
- Family history across the seas - Pauleen Cass
- GeneaBloggers - Thomas MacEntee
- Geniaus - Jill Ball
- Helen Smith
- Lonetester HQ - Alona Tester
- Picture This Scrapbooking - Maggie Clarke
- Shauna Hicks