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Exploring family & local history - Adelaide 2018

Event Information

  • 18 May 2018 9:00am - 19 May 2018 4:45pm
  • City Mazda Stadium (West Adelaide Football Club) 57 Milner Road
  • Richmond
  • South Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: $87 for both days, $57 for one day, FTM workshop only $27

English family history research - researching a health history
pandemic influenza in Australia in 1918-19 with a South Australian focus
Freemasons - DNA - military - Lutheran migrants - adoption & foster records
historical gems from the streets of Adelaide
getting the most out of your photos - Family Tree Maker workshop

This two-day Exploring family & local history seminar is part of South Australia's History Festival 2018, a month-long program of over 600 events – tours, talks, walks, exhibitions, concerts – about all kinds of history.

4 top reasons to be there

  1. LEARN - over two days to learn from leading historians and genealogists
  2. A WIDE VARIETY OF TOPICS - something for everyone
  3. NETWORK - two days to interact with exhibitors and others with similar interests
  4. SAVE - with seminar specials and hundreds of $$$ worth of prizes

brochureWhen and where

Friday and Saturday 18-19 May 2018, 9am-4.45pm

City Mazda Stadium (West Adelaide Football Club) 57 Milner Road, Richmond SA

Click here or the image at the right to download a brochure


Click here for more information on presenters and their topics [link to come]

Principal speaker

HelenHelen Smith (Qld) - popular speaker at events in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, US and Canada

Other speakers

Nancy Baldock (Genealogy SA)
John Donaldson (Vic)
Doug Elms (Vic)
Rob Hamilton (Vic)
Adam Kauschke (Lutheran Archives)
Neil Smith (Vic) - military historian
Dr Jeff Nicholas - author of Behind the Streets of Adelaide
Anthony Laube & Stamos Ganiaris (State Library of South Australia)



PRE-BOOKED (by close of Wed 16 May) $87 for both days, $57 for one day
(pre-book to be in the prize draw for several hundred $$$ in prizes)

ON THE DAY $90 for both days, $60 for one day

    - included in a full-day or two-day booking
    - $27 if done on its own - pre-booked by 16 May
    - $30 if done on its own - booked at the event
      (note: the FTM workshop on its own does not give entry into the prize draw) 

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



Friday 18 May 2018

9.00amregistration and exhibition
9.25amwelcome and seminar introduction

Getting the most out of your DNA matches - Helen Smith
   - Ancestry DNA matches
   - Family Tree DNA matches
   - MyHeritage DNA matches
   - with brief reference to Living DNA
11.00ambreak and exhibition
11.30amUnderstanding your World War One ‘Digger' - Neil Smith
12.15pmPandemic influenza in Australia in 1918-19 with a South Australia focus - Helen Smith                                    
1.00pmlunch break and exhibition
2.00pmAdoption & foster records - Nancy Baldock (Genealogy SA)
2.30pmDiscovering the displaced Lutheran migrants of the post-war era - Adam Kauschke
3.00pmResearching your Freemason ancestor - R. Hamilton
3.45pmbreak and exhibition
4.00pmWhy use a computer program for Genealogy? - VicGUM
4.20pmGedmatch: helping hand for genetic genealogists - Helen Smith
5.00pmclose of the day program
6.30pmFamily Tree Maker Workshop (2-1/2 hours)- John Donaldson and Doug Elms of VicGUM - see note below
9pmClose of the evening program

Note: the Family Tree Maker workshop may be done at no extra charge with a full-day or two-day booking. It may also be booked on its own ($27), but entry in the prize draw is limited to those booked for a full day or two days.


Saturday 19 May 2018

9.00am   registration and exhibition
9.25amwelcome and seminar introduction
9.30amThe English parish chest: more than just hatch, match and dispatch - Helen Smith                               
10.15amSome historical and hysterical gems from the streets of Adelaide  - Dr Jeff Nicholas
11.00am  break and exhibition
11.30amTracing your World War Two Australian military ancestors - Neil Smith                                          
12.15pm11 reasons to join a society - Helen Smith
12.25pmGould / Unlock the Past - more than just a bookseller and events organiser                
12.40pmprize draw
12.50pmlunch break and exhibition
2.00pmHeavy hand of the law: SA government gazettes, police gazettes, newspapers and directories online - Anthony Laube & Stamos Ganiaris (State Library of South Australia)
2.30pmThe poor are always with us: English poor laws pre 1834 and the workhouse - Helen Smith
3.20pmResearching a health history - Helen Smith
3.50pmbreak and exhibition
4.00pmDetect that photo: getting the most out of your photos - Helen Smith

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. The Club has a bistro and bar for meals and drinks

Parking - free onsite

Sponsors and exhibitors

Genealogy SA      Openbook      SLSA

Lutheran Archives   Torrens Press  Dragon Genealogy   


Familyhistory.link   Gen-eboooks      Gould Digital 

Gould   ADBA  UTP      UTP cruises

Rob Hamilton (Freemason ancestors display)

Pioneers Association of South Australia