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Expo presenters & presentations

Feature presenters

Dr Tom Lewis, OAM - an Australian author, military historian, editor, and former naval officer. See Tom Lewis web site

  • consultant military historian
  • former naval officer
  • author of 13 books, many on northern Australian history in WWII
  • led two military museums to new success
    - Royal Australian Naval College Historical Collection in Jervis Bay
    - Darwin Military Museum, where he was Director for five years
  • in popular demand on radio and TV, appearing in several documentaries 
  • Military Historian on The Territory Remembers, commemorating 75 years since the first attack on Darwin
  • awarded the OAM in 2003 - and other service decorations

Lewis 

PRESENTATIONS

  • Big and small myths of the big war: they run when they see white men. The actuality of the Japanese forces in WWII - Saturday
  • Why the Japanese nearly won: ambition, possibilities, but strategic mistakes - the Pacific in 1941-42 - Friday
  • Your military ancestor: more than just basic service records: How to get the full picture on their war experiences - Saturday

Professor Philip Payton - leading international authority on Cornish history, the Cornish in Australia, Cornish emigration and Australia and the First World War.

  • Professor of History, Flinders University
  • Adjunct Professor, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
  • Hon. Fellow (FAHA) Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Emeritus Professor of Cornish & Australian Studies, University of Exeter
  • former Commander, Royal Navy (for 12 years)
  • author of numerous books on
    - the Cornish - internationally with some specific to Australia
    - Australia in the Great War
    - other historical topics
  • frequent lecturer at conferences, cruises and other events
Payton

PRESENTATIONS

  • Cornwall's great emigration: to the ends of the earth - including South Australia - Friday
  • Cousin Jack and Cousin Jenny: the Cornish in South Australia - Saturday
  • Regional Australia and the Great War: Moonta and Northern Yorke Peninsula - Friday

Other presenters

Brad Argent (UK) - Ancestry - Brad Argent is International Commercial Development Director for Ancestry and is responsible for driving category growth, informing business strategy, and optimising revenue and margin performance in international markets.  The best part of his job is helping people find stories, and the worst part is having to let them go.  His own family history is peppered with a healthy mix of convicts and free settlers mostly from the UK.  Brad has been with Ancestry since February 2007.

  • Ancestry DNA - ADiscover how AncestryDNA combines advanced scientific testing with Ancestry’s extensive database of historical records and millions of family trees to revolutionise family history research - Friday
  • Getting to know Ancestry.com.au - Brad Argent explores ‘what’s new’ at Ancestry, offers research tips and discusses strategies for dealing with the dreaded ‘brick walls’ in your research - Friday

Bernard Arnold (SA)

  • Flour milling and millers in SA - Friday

Associate Professor Jeremy J. Austin (SA) Australian DNA database project

  • Australian DNA project - Friday

David Ballinger (SA)

  • Learn more about using your computer for family history - Saturday
  • Why did the Irish leave Ireland in the 19th century? - Saturday

Fiona Brooker (New Zealand) - Findmypast

  • Findmypast: A to Z - Friday
  • Findmypast: headlines and smallprint - Saturday
  • Findmypast: 1939 Register - Friday

DonaldsonJohn Donaldson (Vic) - John is a Life Member of VicGUM, was an Alpha tester of FTM with Ancestry, now on the SMK testing team for FTM. Author of several FTM books.

The following Family Tree Maker (FTM) topics will be presented by John Donaldson, Doug Elms, David Stephen and Duff Wilson

  • Charting in FTM - Friday & Saturday
  • Commencing a tree in FTM - Friday & Saturday
  • Media in FTM - Friday & Saturday
  • Places in FTM - Friday & Saturday
  • Reports from FTM - Friday & Saturday
  • Sources in FTM - Friday & Saturday
  • Using “green leaves” in FTM - Friday & Saturday
  • Web snipping in FTM - Friday & Saturday

Greg Drew (SA) - South Australian Mining History - Greg is a noted expert on South Australia’s mining history and heritage and has published a number of books on the subject. He is convenor and webmaster of the South Australian Mining History Group.

  • The Relevance of South Australia’s mining history to family historians - Saturday

ElmsDoug Elms (Vic) - Doug, a Life Member and President of VicGUM, has been a user of FTM for 30 years and presents training sessions for FTM.

Doug will be presenting some of the Family Tree Maker topics - see full list under John Donaldson


Genealogy SA

Genealogy SA will give Starting your family history presentations at the theatre at their stand


Andrew Gildea (Qld) - Finders Cafe

  • Finders Cafe: The Global Social History Project: capabilities as a history research and preservation tool - Friday

GleghornNick Gleghorn (SA) National Archives of Australia - Nick Gleghorn is Director, South Australia State Office at the National Archives of Australia.

  • Family history at the National Archives - The National Archives holds a wealth of information for genealogists. This talk will provide an overview of the collection and highlight new areas of interest.

GowJan Gow (New Zealand) - Hooked on Genealogy tours - Jan says she has been ‘Hooked on Genealogy’ since 1981 when she won an airfare to the States. She has been a tutor, author and lecturer at local, national and international levels since 1985. And on cruise ships! She has served three years as Treasurer and then three years President New Zealand Society of Genealogists. She is presently the Liaison Officer for FamilySearch/NZSG, is a NZSG Life Member and Past Board Member Association Professional Genealogists. She has owned Beehive Books since 1987, the one-stop-shop for NZ genealogists and led Hooked on Genealogy Tours (since 1992) – each year preparing and escorting genealogists to Salt Lake City for three weeks and on to the UK for a further three weeks.
 Jan was awarded the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service to Family History in 2006. She was on the organising committee for the AFFHO Congress in Auckland in 2009, and the NZ Family History Fair in 2010. She has for ten years written a monthly genealogy column for NZ’s Netguide magazine, with a feature article most years.
 Jan says “I need another category on my passport – that of Auskiwi – born in Australia, but live in Auckland NZ”. Jan was a presenter at 2011 RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City and at the 2011 Who Do You Think You Are? Live! show in London, two of the largest family history events in the world.

  • The Genie is out!! Wishes can be granted! Hits, smart searches, filters - extraordinaire!! Just click www.thegenealogists.co.uk. Unique Search Tools, unique Search Hits, unique Search Resources - Friday & Saturday
  • The Legacy storehouse! information in and information OUT! Let’s look at effective use of OUR info with Legacy Family Tree. Especially creating ways of using small clumps of time - Friday & Saturday
  • VIP!!!! VIPC!! Very Important Pedigree Chart!! How do you know what you know?? Or what you don’t know? Or what you should or could know? - Friday

John Graham (Qld) - Ryerson Index

  • Using the Ryerson Index - Saturday

Rob Hamilton (Vic)

  • What does Freemasonry offer genealogists - Friday

HicksShauna Hicks (Qld) - Shauna has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years in libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. Since retiring, she has written a number of family history guides and is a regular speaker at genealogy cruises, conferences and seminars. She now operates a small part time research and consultancy business Shauna Hicks History Enterprises at www.shaunahicks.com.au and is the author of the blog, Diary of an Australian Genealogist.
 Shauna has a number of tertiary qualifications from Queensland universities including a Master of Arts in Australian Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Library Science and a Diploma in Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists. She is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society; a recipient of the Australian Society of Archivists Distinguished Achievement Award and the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations’ Award for Meritorious Services to Family History.

  • Make the most of digitised newspapers: Trove and other major online collections - Friday
  • Sporting ancestors: every family has them! - Saturday

Ben Hollister (SA)

  • Changing names: places and people. An introduction to the changes to place names and surnames, both due to WWI and more generally - Friday
  • Don’t mourn, organise! - Document and image management for historians - Many family historians find themselves left with a pile of photos and documents to manage. This presentation gives a broad overview of tips and tricks to manage them effectively - Friday

JaunayGraham Jaunay (SA) - Graham was educated at Glenelg Primary, Brighton High, Wattle Park Teachers College and Adelaide University where he majored in history and politics. He was as a teacher and principal in a number of country postings before returning to Adelaide in 1982. He has been an accredited professional genealogist and record agent since mid-1994 and operates his own business trading as Adelaide Proformat.
   Graham has served SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society as president, a councillor and a member of several committees. He has been a volunteer at the Society in various fields since mid-1994 and in 2005 he was elevated to a Fellow of the Society. Graham served two terms as President of the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies and is a past editor of their newsletter, Newsflash. He presents seminars and tutorials on a wide range of family history topics on behalf of many organisations, libraries and groups. He has been a WEA tutor in family history since 1995. From 2004 to 2012 he was an adjunct lecturer presenting post-graduate courses in genealogy for the History Department of the Flinders University. Graham is a life member of the Australian College of Educators. He has been a member of the Friends of South Australia’s Archives committee since 2000 and assists with their newsletter. Graham has been a member of the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents since 1995.
   Graham has written a significant number of books on the methodology of re‑searching family history in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland and France as well as more specialised research topics. He has also written a number of books on individual family and local histories.

  • Identifying and dating 19th century photos - Friday
  • Issues with Scottish migration - Friday
  • Researching WWI ancestors - Friday

Fran Kitto (Qld) - Late to being passionate about genealogy Fran Kitto's background is marketing and technology management. As both the Facebook and Online Interest Group Coordinator at her local family history society she regularly shares, teaches and guides family historians how to get the most out of technology, devices and family history online. Her blog is travelgenee.com.

  • How to start blogging your family history - Saturday

Kopittke EEric Kopittke (Qld) - Eric has been researching his family history in Australia, Germany, England and Wales since 1985. In the same year he joined the Queensland Family History Society where he has been convenor of the Central European Group for over 20 years. He is also President of the Baptist Historical Society of Queensland.
 Academically, he studied at the University of Queensland where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science (Physics and Mathematics), a Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Computer Science) and a Diploma of Education. He recently retired after teaching Physics and Mathematics at St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly. He regularly speaks at family history societies and at other events. In June 2012 he spoke on German research at the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Conference.
 Eric has received the Queensland FHS Award for Services to Family History (1990); was made a Fellow of the Queensland FHS (2000); and in 2006 was awarded the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Services to Family History.

  • German BDM records: what are available - Saturday
  • Reunion for Mac intro help (at Eric's Reseach Help Zone table) - Friday & Saturday
  • Understanding the system: German overview - Friday

Kopittke RRosemary Kopittke (Qld) - Rosemary Kopittke (Queensland)—Rosemary has been tracing her family history since 1985. A statistician by training, she has worked in that field as an hydrologist, teacher and biometrician.
 Her tertiary qualifications include a BSc (Mathematics) and BA (Computer Science) both from the University of Queensland. More recently she has completed the Certificate in Genealogical Studies (English Records) with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She currently works as a consultant for Gould Genealogy & History, is regularly invited to speak at events in Australia and New Zealand and has presented on all the Unlock the Past cruises.
 She has published numerous indexes to cemeteries and government records though is probably best known for her work with husband Eric on the Emigrants from Hamburg to Australasia 1850-1879 publication. She is editor of Unlock the Past publications and author and contributor to several.
 A member of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) Council from 2009 to 2013 and a current member of the Queensland FHS Management Committee, Rosemary is a Fellow of the Queensland Family History Society and in 2006 received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious10Services to Family History.

  • Flip-Pal Mobile scanner - Friday & Saturday
  • Government, police and education gazettes - Saturday
  • Introduction to Family Historian (genealogy program)- Friday & Saturday
  • ScotlandsPeople: the place to begin your Scottish research - Saturday

Doreen Kosak (SA) - Doreen has been passionate about genealogy and family history from an early age—an interest she shared with her parents. In 2004 she became a member of the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc. (Genealogy SA), and in 2008 she formalised her genealogy studies by completing the Practical Genealogy for Family Historians certificate at Flinders University. She joined the Genealogy SA Family History Writers Group at its inception in 2011 and has been the convenor since February 2013. The group is vibrant, supportive and just as passionate about recording their family stories for the benefit of future generations. 

  • Writing your family history: things to think about before you begin - Friday

Janette Lange (SA) - Lutheran Archives - JanetLangete Lange is Acting Director and Archivist at Lutheran Archives. Prior to joining the archives profession two years ago, she spent over two decades in education. Janette has had a long-standing interest in German family history research. She knows from personal experience some of the issues family historians face trying to track down their German ancestors, both in Australia and overseas.
  Her research has taken her back to archives and villages in Germany and Poland. With Lois Zweck, she has written the guide ‘Finding Forebears: Researching German family history in present day Poland’ to assist researchers in this area. In 2012, she and Lois presented on this topic at the 13th Australasian Genealogy Congress in Adelaide. Janette has run several interactive workshops to assist family historians to plan their research trips in Germany and Poland. In 2014, she led a tour visiting ancestral villages and sites of historical interest in Germany and Poland.

  • Lutheran Archives: Aboriginal and German family history records. Lutheran Archives holds many Australian records and resources useful for Aboriginal and German family history research, including church registers, mission records, passenger lists and church magazines. Janette will describe how these records can be useful for your research, provide tips for understanding German-language records, and outline Lutheran Archives’ other services.

Anthony Laube & Stamos Ganiaris (SA) -State Library of South Australia

  • Useful online family history resources from the State Library - Friday

Marie Maddocks (SA)

  • Victorian England - Friday

MansfieldMike Mansfield (US) - MyHeritage.com - Mike is the Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage. In this role he is responsible for defining and executing the company's strategy for growing its collection of 7 billion historical records, and supervising content acquisition and publication on MyHeritage. Mike’s professional career has been heavily focused in electronic publishing, search and retrieval systems, and content acquisition and strategy. After completing his B.S. in Computer Science at Brigham Young University in 1994 he worked for Folio Corporation a technology company which developed cutting edge CD-ROM publication and search technology. Mike joined Ancestry in 1999 and held key rolls in its development of the search engine and publication platform still in use today. As the Senior Director of Search and Content he led the team that created the record Hinting system that helped to revolutionize the way in which users interact with online genealogical records. In 2008 Mike joined FamilySearch International where he was a Senior Product Manager. Mike first meet the MyHeritage team in 2011 and in 2013 he joined MyHeritage. Mike recently completed a Master of Science in Library and Information Science at Syracuse University with emphasis in digital libraries and data science. 

  • MyHeritage's powerful technologies for genealogy discoveries - Learn about content, technologies, and services at MyHeritage designed to help you discover new information about your family and to find previously unknown ancestors - Friday
  • Researching your Nordic ancestors - Have Nordic ancestors? Count yourself lucky – the records are amazing. An overview of available records in the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, & Finland) will be presented - Friday
  • Book matching at MyHeritage - This session will present newly invented technologies that greatly assist and streamline how genealogists can discover amazing content in digitised books - Saturday

Richard Merry (SA)

  • The South Australia Geographic DNA Project - The DNA Interest Group of Genealogy SA has a Geographic DNA Project covering Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA. It is open to anyone with SA connections who has had DNA testing through FTDNA. It aims to collect together information on the DNA backgrounds of South Australians - Friday
  • One name studies - Saturday

Nick Miller (SA) - State Records of SA

  • Family history records at State Records - Friday

MunceyRichard Muncey - Engineering Heritage Australia (SA) - Richard is a recently retired civil engineer who has been involved with many significant infrastructure and building projects in South Australia, including a number of Adelaide’s heritage-listed public buildings.

  • Engineering a city: stories of Adelaide’s engineering - Friday

Sylvia Murphy (NSW) - Families in British India Society (FIBIS)

  • FIBIS advances British India research - Friday

Dr Jeff Nicholas (SA) - Torrens Press Behind the streets of Adelaide

  • Behind the streets of Adelaide: a cavalcade of reformers - Saturday

PartonPaul Parton (NSW) - FamilySearch - Paul is a volunteer presenter with FamilySearch in their Outreach program. He also gives technical support to 145 FamilySearch Centres Australia-wide. He has had an interest in family history for more than 40 years. At the time of his retirement he was Pacific Area Director of Information Technology Services with FamilySearch’s parent organisation. During that time he was instrumental in establishing fibre backboned computer labs in many high schools in eight different islands of the Pacific. He was also involved in the early development of data acquisition systems at Australia’s nuclear research facility. He has a BA from the University of New England specialising in computers in education.

  • Place naming conventions in family history software - Saturday
  • The FamilySearch online catalogue - Friday & Saturday

Alan Phillips (SA) - See Alan at the Unock the Past stand and theatre for short individual or small group information sessions

  • Which genealogy program? - Friday & Saturday - at Gould/Unlock the Past stand
  • Publish to preserve your research - Friday & Saturday - at Gould/Unlock the Past stand
  • Genealogy cruising - Friday & Saturday - at Gould/Unlock the Past stand

Pioneers Association of South Australia

  • The Pioneer story: a brief introduction to the Pioneers Association - Friday (and at Pioneers Association stand Saturday)

Madeleine Regan (SA) Veneto market gardeners oral history project

  • From the Veneto to Frogmore and Findon Roads: Stories of Italian market gardeners 1920s – 1970s - Saturday

Christeen Schoepf (SA) - women on the Cheer-Up Society of WW1 Roll of Honour

  • Women who worked at the Cheer-up hut - Saturday

Lyndal Simmonds (SA)

  • Using Facebook and Ancestry.com for organising a family reunion - Saturday
  • Using maps to tell your family history - Saturday

Smith HHelen Smith (Qld) - Helen has been researching her family since 1986 when her mother lamented the fact she had never known her grandfather, George Howard Busby. Helen found some information and a newspaper photo of him, was hooked and has been addicted ever since with research in Australia, England and Ireland.
 She is researching the surname Quested anywhere, anytime and has registered the name with the Guild of One-Name Studies.
 She is the author of Death certificates and archaic medical terms and Google: the genealogist's friend. She has written for Inside History, Australian Family Tree Connections and other family history journals as well as scientific publications. She is the author of a number of blogs which can be accessed via http://helenvsmithresearch.blogspot.com.au
 She has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including Genealogical Society of Queensland Day Conferences, Library Technician Conference, all the Unlock the Past cruises, Unlock the Past Expos and Roadshow, major events in the UK, Canada and the US - and numerous family history society meetings.
 Professionally, she is a Molecular Epidemiologist specialising in Public Health Microbiology and has a strong interest in infectious diseases and Public Health through the ages.
 She has a Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Bachelor Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Science and Associate Diploma in Clinical Laboratory Techniques. She is currently studying with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies towards the Certificate in Genealogical Studies: English Records.

  • Genealogy studies at home: online course providers - Friday
  • Google: the genealogist’s friend - Saturday
  • One place studies - Saturday
  • Researching a health history - Saturday
  • Whose DNA? Ethics and genetic genealogy research (panel convened by Helen) - Saturday

Helen Stagg (Vic) - Historian and author, Helen Stagg, completed a BA at Melbourne University followed by a Diploma of Education and more recently a Master of History at University of New England. Helen has presented conference papers and published articles, including in the Flinders Journal of History and Politics and Inside History. The focus of her research has been the communities of people who moved from one location to the next along the Murray River, engaged in lock and weir construction.
  Her self-published book Harnessing the River Murray: stories of the people who built Locks 1 to 9, 1915-1935 was launched at Lock 1, Blanchetown in 2015 on the centenary of the start of this great engineering project. Helen has intertwined history and genealogy in her work, with a sound archival research basis supplemented with the oral history of those who were children in the lock camps.
  Helen’s aim is to bring forward the stories of the unsung men, women and children who were involved, over many years, in this under-recognised work. Helen has been researching her own family history since 1987 and she is the president of the Mildura and District Genealogical Society and edited its newsletter for the past six years.

  • Locking the River Murray one hundred years ago - Friday

StephenDavid Stephen (Vic) - VicGUM secretary and uses FTM. He also assists with training presentations. He has been involved in researching his family history for 25 years.

  • David will be presenting some of the Family Tree Maker topics - see full list under John Donaldson
     

Dr Sally Stephenson (SA) - Oral History Australia SA/NT

  • Oral history - Friday

David Sweeney (SA) - Openbook Howden Design & Print

  • Print options for your family history - Saturday

Kaye Vernon (NSW) - Teapot genealogy - Kaye Vernon and Billie Jacobsen have indexed a variety of original State Records NSW documents. These are available to you on CD (some are also available in book form) without the task of having to search through reels and reels of microfilm or volumes of dusty old books.
   The research resources include:Gold Records, Court Records, Convict, Police Prison Staff, Gaols, Seamen Discharged, Commissions of Peace (JPs), orphan records and many more. Although these records are from State Records NSW, the information is not exclusively related to NSW and often includes names of people from other states and countries. The records below include other States and Countries:

  • The plight of children in the 19th and early 20th Century - There are have found some amazing stories of how children were treated, both in their own family homes and Institutions. The treatment given to children by the authorities of the time is difficult to imagine. Some of the stories also come from the research conducted while they worked on Who Do You Think You Are? - Saturday 

WaltersRachel Walters (ACT) - Vivid Recollection - Rachel Walters: Daughter of a mad-keen family historian, Rachel’s passion for history was ignited as a child as she stared at the myriad of black-and-white photographs on the walls at home and loved hearing the story of each portrait. Rachel went on to major in history at university and has since co-founded Vivid Recollection, with her brother James. Vivid Recollection is a national photo and document digitisation and restoration service. It has an impeccable track record for quality and service across both private and institutional clients. Rachel is a strong advocate for keeping family history alive by putting photos where everyone can enjoy them: displayed in pride of place in the family home. Rachel has a BA in History and French, a Master of Arts in International Studies and an MBA from Tsinghua University in China.

  • Digitising and preserving historical documents & photos - Friday & Saturday

Therese Willis (SA)

  • History services in councils and public libraries - Saturday

Wilson DDuff Wilson (US) - Family Tree Maker (MacKiev) - Duff was Senior Product Manager for Family Tree Maker development at Ancestry for 10 years and is the absolute Authority on FTM.

  • Duff will be presenting some of the Family Tree Maker topics - see full list under John Donaldson


Richard Wilson (Vic) - DatacomIT 


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