Genealogy Delights: Unlock the Past Roadshows

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What a wonderful array of genealogy delights we’ve had in South East Queensland recently. Firstly we had the Footsteps in Time conference at the Gold Coast where Gould Genealogy and Unlock the Past had a stall promoting their books and cruises. Only a week later, it was a packed day of Irish content from the Ulster Historical Foundation hosted by Genealogy Sunshine Coast.

And the treats keep coming: In only a few weeks Unlock the Past is hosting another series of Roadshows: Researching Abroad: Finding British Isles and European Ancestors.

Brisbane gets to kick off proceedings on 8th-9th August. It’s going to be a great couple of days, learning about Scottish, Irish and German records. With ancestry from all those countries I’m especially looking forward to the presentations. You can check out the video promotion here.

The well-known Irish-Scots presenter and blogger, Chris Paton is a featured speaker. If you haven’t heard Chris’s family history talks before, you’re in for a treat. He has a wealth of knowledge to share with us and an engaging way of presenting the information. Chris chats about the roadshow here.

20170210_102305(0)The other speaker is Dirk Weissleder, who will present on European and German genealogy. I was lucky to meet Dirk briefly in Salt Lake City at RootsTech 2017.  While I haven’t heard him presenting, he is an engaging character who thoroughly enjoyed the bout of madness from the Down Under mob’s RootsTech photoshoot. We’re lucky in Queensland that we have Rosemary and Eric Kopittke to share their knowledge of German ancestry and migration, so we have high expectations of what Dirk will share with us. Here’s what Dirk has to say about his upcoming trip. I’m especially keen to hear more from a new-to-me expert in German research. Who knows what insights it will provide into my Bavarian ancestor George Kunkel.

It’s pleasing to see that local family history societies are having the opportunity to share what resources they hold which can help with our research. It’s common these days for people to think it’s all online whereas societies can offer so much more in terms of indexes, libraries, microfilms and expertise.

With DNA high on many genealogists’ radar at present, it’s good to know there will also be information available from new DNA companies: Living DNA and My Heritage. Not to mention the opportunity to win some great prizes. You can read about all the sponsors here.

In short, it will be two days of high-level education combined with the fun of meeting other genimates – don’t miss it! If you’re near enough to travel to Brisbane, it’s only a month until this fantastic two-day event – best head on over and book now. If you live further afield click here to learn when the roadshow comes to your area.

Disclosure: I have been accepted as an Ambassador for the Road Show in exchange for a free entry pass. After, or during, the show I will be blogging about the content.

Brisbane event: 8th – 9th August 2017

Place: Kedron-Wavell Services Club, 21 Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside South Qld, 4032

Schedule for other states: click here.

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