Unlock The Past will be at


Exploring and writing family and local history

Event Information

  • 5 May 2017 9:00am - 6 May 2017 4:30pm
  • The German Club, 223 Flinders Street
  • Adelaide SA
  • South Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: $87 for both days, $57 for one day

seminar 2017

This two day Exploring and writing family and local history seminar is part of South Australia's History Festival 2017, a month-long program of over 600 events – tours, talks, walks, exhibitions, concerts – about all kinds of history.

EARLY BIRD OFFER - all who book by 28 February (extended to Tues 7 March, 11pm) will be in the draw for three $100 vouchers for your selection from our range of 80 Unlock the Past publications. Early bird deadline extended a week due to late distribution of key publicity.

5 top reasons to be there

  1. LEARN - over two days to learn from some the foremost historians and genealogists
  2. DNA - find out why the interest in this emerging technology, what it can do for you - and what it can't
  3. PUBLISH - write and publish your story to ensure it endures. Here you will get encouragement to do so and advice on how to do it better
  4. NETWORK - two days to interact with exhibitors and others with similar interests
  5. German ClubSAVE - with seminar specials and hundreds of $$$ worth of prizes

When and where

Friday and Saturday 5-6 May 2017, 9am-4.45pm

The German Club, 223 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA


Click here for more information on presenters and their topics

Peter Donovan - professional historian and SA Historian of the Year 2015
KerryKerry Farmer (NSW) - professional genealogist, historian, author, speaker and online course director
Graham Jaunay - professional genealogist
Doreen Kosak - Genealogy SA Family History Writers Group
Richard Merry - Genealogy SA DNA project 
Dr Sally Stephenson - oral historian 
David Sweeney - Openbook Howden Print & Design
State Library of South Australia speaker
State Records of South Australia speaker 


COST (pre-booked)         both days - $87         one day (Fri or Sat) - $57

Early bird offer - all who book by 28 February will be in the draw for three $100 vouchers for your selection from our range of 80 Unlock the Past publications

CLICK HERE or the icon below to go to the booking page


Friday 5 May 2017

9.00amregistration and exhibition
9.25amwelcome and seminar introduction
9.30amDNA for genealogists - an introduction (K. Farmer)
10.20amOral history for family and local historians (S. Stephenson)
11.05ambreak and exhibition
11.35amHow old is my house? Researching house history (P. Donovan)
Finding the Black Sheep: looking at how our crime and social welfare records can assist in
researching a person (State Records of SA)
12.50pmlunch break and exhibition
2.00pmGenealogy SA DNA project (R. Merry)
2.30pmState Library of SA - topic to be advised
3.00pmFinding historical photos online for family & local history (K. Farmer)
3.45pmbreak and exhibition
4.00pmDNA - I've done the test, what next? (K. Farmer)

Saturday 6 May 2017

9.00amregistration and exhibition
9.25amwelcome and seminar introduction
9.30amSo, you want to write history? (P. Donovan)
10.20amImmigration to Australia (K. Farmer)
11.05ambreak and exhibition
11.35amIdentifying and dating 19th century photos (G. Jaunay)                                             
12.25pmFamily & local history resources and services from Gould Genealogy and Unlock the Past
12.40pmprize draw
12.50pmlunch break and exhibition
2.00pmWriting your family history: some  things to think about before you begin (D. Kosak)
2.30pmPrinting your book (D. Sweeney)
3.00pmResearching military ancestors  (P. Donovan)
3.45pmbreak and exhibition
4.00pmHow local history can help family history (K. Farmer)

Other information 

Exhibition - an exhibition with information and sales tables will be open in all breaks and before the first presentations each date. Check out the seminar specials.

Food - this is not included in the seminar cost. We recommend the German Club's bistro and bar for food and drink at the venue - a delightful environment.


Access - the seminar room is normally accessed via a flight of stairs. There is a lift for those who need it, but this has limited capacity.

Parking - there are parking stations operated by Wilson and the city council within a few hundred metres of the venue. Early bird parking (entry before 9.30am) is available from about $16 on week days and $5 on weekends. We are checking this further and will advise more details when we know more.

Sponsors and exhibitors

Genealogy SA       Openbook      SLSA        SRSA

Gen-eboooks      Gould Digital       Gould      ADBA

UTP      UTP cruises