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John Donaldson

Family Tree Maker: people workspace & places
Family Tree Maker: media & sources
Family Tree Maker: reports, charts & books
Family Tree Maker: web & online trees


Cathy Dunn

Between the lines: using newspapers in family history — Newspapers are an important record of local, state and national events and their pages are a rich source of information about a community’s history and are a great source for family historians and history research. Many major newspapers in circulation today can trace their origins to publications from the colonial period. Most material published in the first twenty years of the New South Wales colony notified soldiers, convicts and private settlers of the many rules set by the Governor, Court records, shipping and other news.

Early church records: New South Wales, Tasmania & Norfolk Island — how to use the Early Church Records and Parish registries for NSW, Norfolk Island, Tasmania from  1788 to 1855. Where to obtain copies both online and in libraries and other History Repositories.

Old Sydney burial ground — history of the Old Sydney Burial Ground; discovery of grave and headstones; over 2400 burials from 1792–1820; just who is buried there … from Convicts … free settlers  … Military; what was the cause of death; burial practices in NSW 1788–1820.


Shauna Hicks

It’s not all online — this talk is a reminder that not everything is online and that researchers still need to use archives, libraries, historical societies and museums, genealogy and family history societies and so on.

Top ten online resources for Victorian family history — this talk looks at resources available for anyone with Victorian ancestors. Topics covered include archives, libraries, historical societies, cemeteries, newspapers, mining records and some lesser known resources.

To blog or not to blog, that is the question! — this talk looks at blogging, why do it and how to go about creating your own blog.

Are you making the most of online government archives & libraries in Queensland? — this talks looks at what is available online including state and local government archives, libraries, historical societies, cemeteries and specialist websites.

Carnegie @ Pumicestone: the story behind the headstone — this talk looks at how you can present a family story to others using Powerpoint.


Rosemary Kopittke

Government and police gazettes: unlocking the major untapped resource –  it is often thought that government gazettes contain only boring information and nothing of relevance to a researcher unless their family happened to work for the government. That is far from the truth!

Directories and almanacs — a look at the wide range of directories and almanacs available and why you should use them when compiling your family history.

Getting started on researching your German ancestors — the same principles apply to researching your German families as those anywhere else. The difference though is that civil registration in Germany commenced very late and it is essential to know an exact place of origin to do any research. The presentation will look at how you might do this using emigration records, certificates, wills, naturalisations, obituaries, gazetteers and maps. A quick overview of resources useful for going beyond Australia will then be discussed.


Carole Riley

Somewhere in Ireland: how can I found out where exactly? — to research Irish ancestors it is not enough to know that they came from ‘Ireland’; we need a county and parish, or even better, a townland. This information can often be found on records here in Australia. We will look at the types of Australian records that may give the birthplaces of the Irish, with examples. We will also consider how to decipher badly-spelt place-names.

Evernote for family history research — Evernote allows you to take notes, copy website pages and links, take photographs and make changes and notations, send emails, and synchronise the results between all your devices, your computer, and anywhere you have an internet connection. You can see everything you have about a topic, ancestor or other research project, all in one place, and everything is searchable! In this presentation we will see how to use these powerful tools to help us with our family history research.

Pre?1856 ancestors: beyond parish registers — 1856 is the year that civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was introduced in NSW. Parish registers recorded baptisms, marriages and burials before this date but are not nearly as informative. Fortunately there is a large number of alternative sources to help us research our ancestors such as censuses and musters, land deeds, wills, convict and immigration records, and government correspondence.

Finding land records — this presentation will introduce you to the main types of records you can find, such as deeds and grants , Torrens titles, crown leases, selections and conditional purchases, title applications, maps and plans. We will look at what they mean and where to find them in general. The records of the Australian States and New Zealand are broadly similar and only an overview will be given. This presentation is suitable for you if you are researching the history of your house or tracing the history of an ancestor through the property they owned.