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Program features

  • sessions are only held while at sea
  • 65 topics in the main theatre
  • 3 two-hour DNA workshops
  • 6 hours of one-on-one DNA help (30 minute 1 on 1 consultations with an expert)
  • A special Discover your family history program of 5 talks for beginners
  • Research Help Zone sessions – opportunity for one-on-one or small group help from experts

Preliminary program – subject to change

DAY 1 – Friday 29 Mar 2019 – depart Sydney 5pm

  • approx 1pm – 3pm – boarding & registration (in conference centre)
  • approx 3.30pm – all aboard
  • assembly drill – actual time to advised on the ship
  • 5pm-5.30pm – MEET and GREET – speaker introductions etc.  – time to be confirmed on the day
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm 9pm – Irish jurisdictions and reference works – Rencher

DAY 2 – Saturday 30 Mar 2019 – at sea

  • 9am-10am – ‘A faraway place’ – Gallipoli, Anzac and all that – Reid
  • 10am-10.30am – break
  • 10.30am-11.30am – Tracing immigrant ancestors back to the UK – pitfalls and possibilities – Gurney
  • 11.45am-12.45pm – Ireland civil registration of births, marriages and deaths – Rencher
  • 12.45pm-2pm – break
  • 2pm-3pm – DNA topic TBA – Smith
  • 3pm-3.30pm – break
  • 3.30pm-4.15pm – Discover your family history 1 – where to start
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm – topic and speaker TBA
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – ‘If only I could see your grave’ – Western Front, the crucible of WW 1 – Reid

DAY 3 – Sunday 31 Mar 2019 – Brisbane 8am-5pm

  • 8am-5pm – no scheduled talks
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – Finding Irish records on FamilySearch, Ancestry and Findmypast – Rencher

DAY 4 – Monday 1 Apr 2019 – at sea

  • 9am-10am – DNA topic TBA – Smith
  • 10am-10.30am – break
  • 10.30am-11.30am – topic and speaker TBA
         – DNA workshop in 2nd theatre
  • 11.45am-12.45pm – Australian resources for researching families of German origin – E. Kopittke
         – DNA workshop in 2nd theatre
  • 12.45pm-2pm – break
  • 2pm-3pm – Introduction to other Irish internet sites – Rencher
  • 3pm-3.30pm – break
  • 3.30pm-4.15pm – Discover your family history 2 – in Australia
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm – Research Help Zone
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – Milestones in German history that impacted my ancestors – E. Kopittke

DAY 5 – Tuesday 2 Apr 2019 – Airlie Beach 7am-6pm (tendered)

  • 8am – 5pm – no scheduled talks
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm 9pm – Churchmen, Dissenters and Papists – understanding English churches and their records – Gurney

DAY 6 -Wednesday 3 Apr 2019 – at sea

  • 9am 10am – ‘Now the war is over’- war recollections, records etc. – Reid
  • 10am-10.30am – break
  • 10.30am-11.30am – topic and speaker TBA
         – DNA workshop in 2nd theatre
  • 11.45am-12.45pm – Locating your ancestor’s place of origin in Germany – E. Kopittke
         – DNA workshop in 2nd theatre
  • 12.45pm-2pm – break
  • 2pm-3pm – Irish church records: Church of Ireland, Catholic, and Presbyterian – Rencher
  • 3pm-3.30pm – break
  • 3.30pm-4.15pm – Discover your family history 3 – in the countries they came from
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm – topic and speaker TBA
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – ‘That army of assisted emigrants’ – UK Government assisted emigrants to Australia, 1832 to 1914 – Reid

DAY 7 – Thursday 4 Apr 2019 – Cairns 7am – 6pm (tendered)

  • In port 8am-5pm – no scheduled talks
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – panel – details TBA

DAY 8 Friday 5 Apr 2019 – at sea

  • 9am-10am – Researching in Scotland: using the obvious and more obscure records part 1 – R. Kopittke
  • 10am-10.30am – break
  • 10.30am-11.30am – Irish probate records – Rencher
  • 11.45am-12.45pm – ‘Messing about in archives’ – a local history collection for everyone – Reid
  • 12.45pm-2pm – break
  • 2pm-3pm – The poor are always with us: English poor laws pre 1834 and the workhouse – Smith
  • 3pm-3.30pm – break
  • 3.30pm-4.15pm – Discover your family history 4 – what you can do online
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm – Researching your Freemason ancestor – Hamilton
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – Out of the ashes: Irish genealogical collections – Rencher

DAY 9 Saturday 6 Apr 2019 – at sea

  • 9am-10am – Detect that photo: getting the most out of your photos – Smith
  • 10am-10.30am – break
  • 10.30am-11.30am – topic and speaker TBA
         – DNA workshop in 2nd theatre
  • 11.45am-12.45pm – Australian government, police & education gazettes – R. Kopittke
         – DNA workshop in 2nd theatre
  • 12.45pm-2pm – break
  • 2pm-3pm – Using all the features of FamilySearch – Rencher
  • 3pm-3.30pm – break
  • 3.30pm-4.15pm – Discover your family history 5 – DNA (forget the hype), how it can really help
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm – Research Help Zone and Flip-Pal mobile scanner demonstration
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – ‘The Kingdom of the Ryans’ – an Australian settler family landscape, 1830 to 1970 – Reid

DAY 10 – Sunday 7 Apr 2019 – Darwin 10am – overnight

  •  8am-5pm – no scheduled talks
  • 6.15pm dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – nothing scheduled

DAY 11 – Monday 8 Apr 2019 – Darwin overnight – 4pm

  • 8am – 5pm – no scheduled talks
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – Irish valuation and tithe records – Rencher

DAY 12 Tuesday 9 Apr 2019 – at sea

  • 9am-10am – Researching in Scotland: using the obvious and more obscure records part 2 – R. Kopittke
  • 10am-10.30am – break
  • 10.30am-11.30am – FamilySearch historical records: tips and tricks – Rencher
  • 11.45am-12.45pm – ‘The scattered children of St Patrick’ – fantastic objects and places associated with the Irish in Australia, 1788 to 2011 – Reid
  • 12.45pm-2pm – break
  • 2pm-3pm – Tracing agricultural labourers using manorial and parochial records – Gurney
         – Reading and understanding German records (workshop) – E. Kopittke
  • 3pm-3.30pm – break
  • 3.30pm-4.15pm – topic and speaker TBA
         – DNA 1 on 1 help in 2nd theatre (25 minute consultations with an expert)
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm – topic and speaker TBA
         – DNA 1 on 1 help in 2nd theatre (25 minute consultations with an expert)
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – Online newspapers: what happened in the “dash” – R. Kopittke

DAY 13 Wednesday 10 Apr 2019 – at sea

  • 9am-10am – A Freemason in Changi – Hamilton
  • 10am-10.30am break
  • 10.30am-11.30am – Irish census and census substitutes – Rencher
  • 11.45am-12.45pm – topic and speaker TBA
  • 12.45pm-2pm – break
  • 2pm-3pm – ‘There is no person starving here’ – Ireland, Australia and the Great Famine in Ireland – Reid
  • 3pm-3.30pm – break
  • 3.30pm-4.15pm – Reading old handwriting 1: an introduction – Gurney
         – DNA 1 on 1 help in 2nd theatre (25 minute consultations with an expert)
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm – topic and speaker TBA
         – DNA 1 on 1 help in 2nd theatre (25 minute consultations with an expert)
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – Interpreting and evaluating name lists – Rencher

DAY 14 Thursday 11 Apr 2019 – at sea

  • 9am-10am – Researching a health history – Smith
  • 10am-10.30am – break
  • 10.30am-11.30am – Estate, land and property records in Ireland – Rencher
  • 11.45am-12.45pm – ‘All Irish history is here’ – a walk in central Dublin – Reid
  • 12.45pm-2pm – break
  • 2pm-3pm – Beyond just indexes: why we should check source records – R. Kopittke
  • 3pm-3.30pm – break
  • 3.30pm-4.15pm – Being German in the Australian region during World War 1 – E. Kopittke
         – DNA 1 on 1 help in 2nd theatre (25 minute consultations with an expert)
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm – Chasing the poor and landless – Rencher
         – DNA 1 on 1 help in 2nd theatre (25 minute consultations with an expert)
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm – The British Newspaper Archive – a treasure chest for worldwide research – Gurney

DAY 15 Friday 12 Apr 2019 – at sea

  • 9am-10am – topic TBA – Smith
  • 10am-10.30am – break
  • 10.30am-11.30am – Reading old handwriting 2: secretary hand – Gurney
  • 11.45am-12.45pm – topic and speaker TBA
  • 12.45pm-2pm – break
  • 2pm-3pm – Framing the problem for overseas research – Rencher
  • 3pm-3.30pm – break
  • 3.30pm-4.15pm – topic and speaker TBA
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm – ‘A map of the past … useful to the modern traveller’ – a journey around Ireland, ancient and modern – Reid
  • 6.15pm – dinner
  • 8pm-9pm WINDUP  with  prize draw and photos

DAY 16 – Saturday 13 April 2019 – arrive Singapore 8am