Unlock the Past Cruises

British Isles seminar - Melbourne

Ireland  -  Scotland  -  Wales  -  British Isles migration

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: Monday 4 March 2013, 9am - 5pmMelbourne Celtic Club

WHERE: The Celtic Club
316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne


  • pre-booked - by Saturday 2 March 2013
    $39.50 - full day 
    - $29.50 - morning only 9am to 2pm
    - $29.50 - afternoon only 12 noon to 5pm 
  • on the day
    $60 - full day
    $40 - half day

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9.00amregistration, exhibition, book sales plus Flip-Pal demos 
9.55amWelcome and seminar introduction 
10.00amIrish land recordsPaul Milner
10.50ambreak and exhibition 
11.30amFinding your Welsh ancestorsPaul Milner
12.10pmFindmypast.com.au: gateway to the world collectionRosemary Kopittke
12.40pmFlip-Pal mobile scanner demoRosemary Kopittke
12.55pmlunch break and exhibition 
2.00pmprize draws 
2.10pmpromotions - UTP and seminar partners and sponsors 
2.30pmOverlooked sources for 19th and 20th century Scottish researchPaul Milner
3.20pmbreak and exhibition  
3.40pmFollow your migrating ancestorsPaul Milner

Presentation summaries

Paul Milner

  • Finding your Welsh ancestors - This presentation examines the major records used in Welsh research, highlighting the similarities and differences between English and Welsh research.
  • Follow your migrating ancestors - Our ancestors moved over long and short distances within the British Isles. See examples of the records that show where our ancestors moved, where they went, and often why they moved as well.
  • 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.
  • Overlooked sources for 19th and 20th century Scottish research - Going beyond the basics learn what records, published and originals are available for 19th and 20th century Scottish research.

Rosemary Kopittke

  • Findmypast Australasia: gateway to the World Collection - Learn what a great range of unique records are available for researching family and local history on this new site and learn the best way to do it. Recent developments have seen the data available here more than double!


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