Unlock the Past Cruises

British Isles seminar - Brisbane

England -  Ireland  -  Scotland  -  Wales

Paul Milner is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author, specialising in British Isles research for over 30 years. Paul was born and raised in northern England and settled in the US in 1975. He is an internationally recognised speaker on British Isles research and migration. He is the lead presenter on the 3rd Unlock the Past history and genealogy cruise in February 2013. This seminar is one of a series he is doing in six cities around Australia either side of the cruise. 

WHEN: Tuesday 19 February 2013, 1.30pm - 9.00pm Broncos

WHERE:  Broncos Leagues Club, Fulcher Road, Red Hill


  • Pre-booked - by Saturday 16 February 2013
    $39.50 - full day
    $29.50 - morning or afternoon only
  • on the day - if not booked out
    - $60 - full day and evening
    - $40 
    - afternoon or evening only (after 5pm) 

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1.30pmregistration, exhibition, book sales plus Flip-Pal demos 
2.25pmWelcome and seminar introduction 
2.30pmAn overview of family history resources at the State Library of Queensland (changed from the topic previously announced)Stephanie Ryan
State Library of Qld
3.00pmEnglish parish registers: how to access, use and interpret
Paul Milner
3.50pmbreak and exhibition 
4.20pmFinding your Welsh ancestorsPaul Milner
5.10pmpromotions - partners/sponsors 
5.25pmpromotion - UTP 
5.40pmFlip-Pal mobile scanner demoRosemary Kopittke
5.55pmmeal break and exhibition 
7.00pmprize draws 
7.10pmScottish Kirk Session and Poor Relief recordsPaul Milner
8.00pmbreak and exhibition  
8.10pmIrish land recordsPaul Milner

Presentation summaries

Paul Milner

  • English parish registers: how to access, use and interpret - Learn how to access, use and correctly interpret the information found in the christening, marriage and burial registers of the English parish church. See examples of the problems to watch for and the clues given for further research. Learn what to do when your ancestor is not found.
  • Finding your Welsh ancestors - This presentation examines the major records used in Welsh research, highlighting the similarities and differences between English and Welsh research.
  • Irish land records - Understand Ireland’s land records and their importance to researchers, from the 17th through 20th Century. Learn what has survived in originals and transcripts, their strengths, weaknesses and how to access the originals and supporting indexes. 
  • Scottish Kirk Session and Poor Relief records - The Scottish Kirk addressed many moral and practical issues within the community leaving a vast collection of records. Learn how to locate and use these records to add flesh to the lives of your ancestors.

Stephanie Ryan (State Library of Quensland)

  • An overview of family history resources at the State Library of Queensland


details to come

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