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Exploring family & local history - Perth 2018

Event Information

  • 8 Jun 2018 9:00am - 9 Jun 2018 5:00pm
  • State Library of WA, 25 Francis Street, Perth Cultural Centre
  • Perth
  • Western Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: $87 for both days, $57 for one day

A two-day Exploring family & local history seminar with

  • Shauna Hicks (Qld) 
  • Kerry Farmer (NSW)

4 top reasons to be there

  1. LEARN - over two days to learn from leading Australian genealogists
  2. DNA - find out why the interest in this emerging technology, what it can do for you - and what it can't
  3. NETWORK - two days to interact with exhibitors and others with similar interests
  4. SAVE - with seminar specials and hundreds of $$$ worth of prizes

When and where

SLWAWHEN: Friday - Saturday 8-9 June 2018 

WHEREState Library of WA
             25 Francis Street
             Perth Cultural Centre
             Perth WA

Presenters - further details to come

ShaunaShauna Hicks (Qld) - click here for full biography
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’ Services to Family History Award.

KerryKerry Farmer (NSW) - click here for full biography
Kerry is the Director Australian Studies, developing the Australian Records certificate for the internationally recognised National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Kerry is the author of DNA for genealogists and Arrivals in Australia from 1788. Together with Rosemary Kopittke, Kerry also wrote Which genealogy program? and a number of handy guides - all published by Unlock the Past.
     Kerry has served on the Education Committee of the Society of Australian Genealogists, and presents seminars and classes there as well as at other conferences and forums and undertakes commissioned family history research assignments for others.
     Kerry has researched her own family history for over 30 years, researching ancestors predominantly from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. She has also tackled the family branches in Canada, United States, South Africa, India, Germany, Poland, Norway and Russia. Kerry graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Pure Mathematics), and also with a Bachelor of Arts (Literature).
     Kerry is a frequent speaker for Unlock the Past (genealogy cruises and land events) and many other events.



PRE-BOOKED (by Wed 6 Jun 2018) $87 for both days, $57 for one day
(pre-book to be in the prize draw for several hundred $$$ in prizes)

Pre-bookings have closed, but you can still come and register on the day

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

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


Program - subject to change

Friday 8 June 2018 - in the Great Southern room

9.00amregistration and exhibition
9.25amwelcome and seminar introduction                                                           
9.30amImmigration to Australia - K. Farmer
10.20amOnline newspapers: new pathways to finding ancestors 
(Australian & overseas newspapers) - S. Hicks
11.10ambreak and exhibition
11.40amUK RECORDS - K. Farmer
     - English & Scottish BMD
     - UK census records & valuation records
12.40pmlunch break and exhibition
1.50pmWhy use a computer program for genealogy? - D. Elms
2.15pmWhy join a society? - WAGS
2.30pmSchool days: education records for family history - S. Hicks
3.20pmbreak and exhibition
4.00pmFinding historical photos online - K. Farmer

Saturday 9 June 2018 - in the State Library Theatre

10.00amregistration and exhibition
10.25amwelcome and seminar introduction                                                          
10.30amFamily history on the cheap: tips and tricks - S. Hicks
11.20ambreak and exhibition
11.50amDNA: I’ve done my test, what’s next? - K. Farmer                               
12.40pmprize draw
12.50pmlunch break and exhibition
2.00pmUnlock the Past: what's coming up in 2019 and beyond - A. Phillips
2.10pmGEDmatch: tools for DNA and genealogy research - K. Farmer
2.40pmMining ancestors: knowing where to look - S. Hicks
3.30pmbreak and exhibition
3.50pmUsing local history to 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 day.

Food - this is not included in the seminar cost. Options are
               - Aroma Cafe - which offers light refreshments (limited capacity to serve large numbers)
               - other cafes are available in the courtyard outside or nearby
               - bring your own - to eat in the courtyard

Parking - available on site

Sponsors and exhibitors 


  WAGS         Gen-eboooks     Gould Digital     
Gould      ADBA     UTP     

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