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This page is preliminary – an outline without any speakers or topics assigned at this stage


Overview

  • sessions are only held while at sea
  • 45 topics in two theatres
  • major cruise themes
    – Scotland
    – Ireland
    – Britain/ England
  • other topics will range over Europe, Australia & New Zealand, DNA as well as a variety of general topics

Program outline

Where two talks are listed for the same time they are in two separate theatres

DAY 1 – Sunday 1 December 2024 – depart Sydney 5pm

  • afternoon – boarding & registration (in conference centre)
  • time TBA – all aboard
  • time TBA – assembly drill
  • 5.00 pm – cruise departure
  • 6.00pm – dinner
  • 8.00pm – meet & greet

DAY 2 – Monday 2 December 2024 – at sea

  • 9.00am – Discover Your Scottish Ancestors — C. Paton
  • 10.00am – break (30mins)
  • 10.30am – Timelines as a Genealogical Tool — H. Smith
  • 11.30am – Hunting through matches — M. Bennett
  • 12.30pm – break (90mins)
  • 2.00pm
    • Australian Genealogy Online — S. Hicks
    • Europeans in Early New Zealand — M. Patient
  • 3.00pm – break (30mins)
  • 3.30pm
    • Topic and speaker TBA
    • Schooling the Victorians — M. Gaffney
  • 4.30pm
    • Dating Photographs — M. Patient
    • Using signatures to identify a family — E. Kopittke
  • 6.00pm – dinner
  • 8.00pm – British and Irish Newspapers — C. Paton

DAY 3 – Tuesday 3 December 2024 – Hobart 8am – 6pm

  • 6.00pm – dinner
  • 8.00pm – What is Ireland? Understanding the Lay of the Land — C. Paton

DAY 4 – Wednesday 4 December 2024 – at sea

  • 9.00am – Using DNA to Support Family History Research — M. Bennett
  • 10.00am – break (30mins)
  • 10.30am
    • Finding the Irish in British Records — C. Paton
    • Discover your Family History: Beginning family history research — R. Kopittke
  • 11.30am
    • Visualising Family History Data — H. Smith
    • Accessing records – using Archion, Matricula and GenTeams — E. Kopittke
  • 12.30pm – break (90mins)
  • 2.00pm
    • Finding Ancestors with Scottish Censuses — C. Paton
    • Using school records to learn more about your families — R. Kopittke
  • 3.00pm – break (30mins)
  • 3.30pm
    • What did your family really get up to? — H. Blanford
    • Discover your Family History: Your family in Australia — H. Smith
  • 4.30pm – Scottish Research Resources before 1800 — C. Paton
  • 6.00pm – dinner
  • 8.00pm – Probate: Where there is a Will — M. Bennett

DAY 5 – Thursday 5 December 2024 – Kangaroo Island 9am – 7pm

  • 6.00pm – dinner
  • 8.00pm – A Life at Home and at Sea — M. Bennett

DAY 6 – Friday 6 December 2024 – Adelaide 8am – 8pm

  • 6.00pm – dinner
  • 8.00pmSecrets behind the Mysteries — M. Patient

DAY 7 – Saturday 7 December 2024 – at sea

  • 9.00am – Discover Ireland’s Vital Records — C. Paton
  • 10.00am – break (30mins)
  • 10.30am
    • Why Can’t I Find It?: searching tips & tricks you may not know — S. Hicks
    • Discover your Family History: Where did they come from? — E. Kopittke
  • 11.30am
    • Tracing property in England – from Domesday to present day — M. Gaffney
    • Celebrating Cousins — M. Patient
  • 12.30pm – break (90mins)
  • 2.00pm
    • Scottish Kirk Session Records — C. Paton
    • Discover your Family History: What you can do online — R. Kopittke
  • 3.00pm – break (30mins)
  • 3.30pm – Examples of using WATO and other tools to help analyse a set of matches — M. Bennett
  • 4.30pm
    • Convicts Galore or the Allenders – Awful or Amazing? — H. Blanford
    • Government Inquiries: A Treasure Trove for Genealogists — H. Smith
  • 6.00pm – dinner
  • 8.00pm – Irish Family History Resources Online — C. Paton

DAY 8 – Sunday 8 December – Melbourne 8am – 6pm

  • 6.00pm – dinner
  • 8.00pm – Sharing Your Family History Online — C. Paton

DAY 9 – Wednesday 9 December – at sea

  • 9.00am – The Faversham Union Workhouse (Kent, England): a study — H. Smith
  • 10.00am – break (30mins)
  • 10.30am – Australian Probate Records — S. Hicks
  • 11.30am
    • In Print: Here, There and Everywhere — M. Patient
    • Discover your Family History: DNA: is it really useful? — H. Smith
  • 12.30pm – break (90mins)
  • 2.00pm – Instantly Buckled for Life: Scottish Marriage Records — C. Paton
  • 3.00pm – break (30mins)
  • 3.30pm – Fake news and fearsome truths: what you’ll find in newspapers about your family — M. Gaffney
  • 4.30pm – Intelligent Clustering — M. Bennett
  • 6.00pm – dinner
  • 8.00pm – WINDUPMore Than Just Doing Research! The Many Ways a Genealogist Can Work — C. Paton

DAY 10 – Tuesday 10 December – cruise ends 6.30am