History & Genealogy National Roadshow - Speakers

Elaine Collins

United Kingdom

  • Findmypast.co.uk

Elaine Collins, Business Development Director, findmypast.co.uk. Elaine Collins was editor of Ancestors, The National Archives' family history magazine, and author of the second edition of The Good Web Guide to Genealogy. She is Business Development Director of leading UK family history site, findmypast.co.uk (formerly 1837online), and a founder member and President of the Anglo-Italian Family History Society. A regular lecturer and broadcaster, she is the guest expert for BBC Radio 5 Live's genealogy phone-in programme.


Shauna Hicks

Australia

  • Treasures of the National Library of Australia
  • You can't do it all online: where else can I search for ancestors?
  • Archives you may not know - but should!
  • Treasures of the National Library of Australia
  • Happy hunting grounds - asylums for missing ancestors

Shauna Hicks has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years primarily in libraries and archives in Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne. She is currently Director of Shauna Hicks History Enterprises and a collaborative partner in Unlock The Past. Shauna has a number of tertiary qualifications from Queensland universities as well as the 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 in 2009 received the AFFHO Services to Family History Award. More details.


Rosemary Kopittke

Australia

  • ScotlandsPeople: the place to launch your Scottish research
  • Findmypast.com.au: what is there, what is coming and how to use it

Rosemary has been tracing her family since 1985. A statistician by training, she has worked as an hydrologist, teacher and biometrician though now works as a consultant for Gould Genealogy & History. She has published numerous indexes but is best known for Emigrants from Hamburg to Australasia 1850-1879. A current member of the AFFHO Council and the Queensland FHS Management Committee, Rosemary is a Fellow of QFHS and in 2006 received the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Services to Family History. More details.

 

Dan Lynch

United States

  • Google Your Family Tree: the basics
  • Google Your Family Tree: advanced
  • Google Your Family Tree: other Google tools for historians
  • Google Your Family Tree: images and Video

Dan Lynch is a technology marketing consultant and professional genealogist based in Connecticut. After 15 years in the computer industry, Dan turned his focus to the emerging online market for genealogy and in 1998 joined Ancestry as vice president of business development. In 2003, he founded Mattatuck Consulting, a private firm specialising in Internet and search engine marketing solutions. Dan is a Life Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a Life Member of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, a consultant to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, and a frequent lecturer at local and national genealogy conferences. In 2008 he wrote the award winning book, Google Your Family Tree, which is currently in its third printing.


Louise St Denis

Canada

  • Can I learn everything I need about records and research strategies online? Genealogical education from a distance...
  • I found it once, why can’t I find it again!

Louise St Denis is a bilingual international speaker; produced an instructional video tape; publishes the HERITAGE BOOK SERIES with over 100 titles (www.genealogystore.com); author of 10 books; founding president of the Société franco-ontarienne d'histoire et de généalogie-Toronto Branch, Past-president of its' provincial organization; Past-treasurer and founding member of the Association of Professaion Genealgists-Ontario Chapter; studied Mathematics/Business at the University of Windsor; starting in 1984, she researched her ancestors to the 1600s. As Managing Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, Louise established a partnership with the University of Toronto to offer comprehensive Certificate programs in Genealogical Studies provided entirely online; this program has received over 65,000 course registrations to date with students from all over the world! (www.genealogicalstudies.com).

 

Local Supporting Speakers - Adelaide


Suzanne Maiden

  • Wills: a fascinating and valuable source

Andrew Peake

  • Government & police gazettes for local & family history

BA, Grad. Dip. Local & Applied History and Master of Letters (Australian History). Co-founder with Dr T T Reed of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society in 1973 and at various times its President, Vice President and Secretary. Fellow of FSAGHS. President of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO), 1984-87 and 2009+. In 2003 awarded the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Service to Family History. Author of over 30 publications largely with a history and family history focus, the most important of which is South Australian History Sources.

Richard Sullivan (SAGHS)

  • The South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society

Tamara Wenham (State Records of South Australia)

  • Getting to know State Records of South Australia


Local Supporting Speakers - Perth


Tricia Fairweather & Leonie Hayes (State Library of Western Australia)

  • Netting your ancestors

Marjorie Bly (National Archives of Australia)

  • Finding damilies in the National Archives of Australia

Mike Murray

  • www.familysearch.org - how to find hidden secrets in this great FREE family history website

My wife and I are family history specialists. We specialise in genealogical and historical research, education, publishing and film-making. If you want to trace your ancestors, or find out what their lives were like, we can help you. If you want to tell your family story, and preserve it for the future, we can produce a DVD, a book or a series of elaborate charts for you.

Lise Summers (State Records of Western Australia) 

  • Getting to know State Records Office of Western Australia

Karen Tregenza The Western Australian Genealogical Society

  • Genie Gems at WAGS

Karen is a WAGS member and Outside Speakers Coordinator

 

Local Supporting Speakers - Melbourne


Katie Flack (State Library of Victoria)

  • Making the most of Australian census records

The Genealogical Society of Victoria

Linda Gray

  • The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies: Who we are and benefits of membership

James McKinnon

  • Public Record Office Victoria: services and collections

Bruce Smith

  • Family history & sports archives

 Consultant Archivist Bruce Smith holds an MA (Archives & Records) (Monash Uni) and has over 25 years experience as an archivist and archive and records management educator. Over the years Bruce has also been involved in genealogical research and has been on the Councils of both AIGS and AFFHO and has presented papers at genealogy and local history conferences and seminars. In 2004 Bruce was awarded the inaugural Ian Maclean Award from the National Archives of Australia. 

Susie Zada

  • Look local: it's not all on the web

 Susie Zada has been researching her family since the late 1960s and working as a genealogist, historian and researcher since 1990.  She completed an Associate Diploma in Local and Applied History at University of New England (Armidale) in 1996 and has been working in the area of the built Heritage since 1996.  Susie has been guest speaker on various topics at genealogical and historical societies and community groups across Victoria and has worked on Heritage Studies in various municipalities in Victoria. She has researched and published five books as well as historical interpretive displays, CD-Roms, indexes and extensive web sites on local history.  Susie is currently Assistant Resources Manager at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Local Supporting Speakers - Canberra


Tom Foley (National Library of Australia)

  • Treasures of the National Library of Australia

Cora Num

  • Irish research in the electronic age
  • How did they get here?: Locating shipping and immigration records

In 1981 Cora joined the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) and gradually her interest in family history developed beyond a personal interest. In 1988 she was awarded the Diploma in Family Historical Studies from the Society of Australian Genealogists in Sydney. Cora has been writing and publishing quality Australian genealogy guides since 1995. In 1997 she established the Web Sites for Genealogists Internet site at www.coraweb.com.au. Cora now lives on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales where she continues to pursue her interest in family history. In 2009 she developed a series of family history and internet classes which she now teaches for the local Adult Education program.

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra

 

Local Supporting Speakers - Brisbane


Niles Elvery (Queensland State Archives)

  • Getting to know the Queensland State Archives

John Graham

  • The Ryerson Index: 2.6 million deaths from Australian newspapers

 John has been actively involved in genealogy since he started researching his own family in 1975. His interests subsequently expanded to embrace local history, in particular the area of the South Coast of NSW centred on the town of Gerringong. He has written four books on aspects of local history of the area, co-authored a fifth, and has a sixth underway. From 1998 until 2005 John was head of the Sydney Dead Persons Society, during which time the DPS founded the Ryerson Index. He's currently President of Ryerson Index Inc. He is a member of Shoalhaven FHS; Gerringong HS; Richmond River FHS; Richmond-Tweed FHS and Toowoomba-Darling Downs FHS. In his spare time, John runs an IT consultancy in Toowoomba (see www.strategicbc.com.au).

Helen Smith

  • 'No medicare for them' - how our ancestors accessed health care

 Helen has been researching her family in Australia, England and Ireland since 1986. She has spoken to a wide variety of audiences including Genealogical Society of Queensland Day Conferences, Library Technician Conference and numerous family history society meetings. Professionally, she is a Molecular Epidemiologist specialising in Public Health Microbiology and has a strong interest in infectious diseases and Public Health through the ages. She has a Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Bachelor Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Science and Associate Diploma in Clinical Laboratory Techniques.

Ann Swain

  • Genetics and family history

 Educated in Queensland, Ann was a biology teacher at various schools, including adult education. She has researched family history for 33 years and is a founding member of Queensland Family History Society, and is currently its president. Ann has been a guest speaker at numerous society meetings in South East Queensland, and has published in several journals. She is married and has 3 children.

The Genealogical Society of Queensland


Local Supporting Speakers - Sydney


Jill Ball

  • The 21st century genealogist: combining both new and old tools to get results

An amateur genealogist for 25 years, Jill, (aka Geniaus) has worked as a librarian and teacher in public and school libraries and, most recently, was Head of Information Technology in a Sydney Private School. Semi-retirement has given her a chance to indulge her passions for genealogy and technology and spend too much time blogging and tweeting about genealogy.

Gail Davis

  • Getting to know the State Records of NSW

Heather Garnsey

  • The SAG treasure chest: how the Society's collections can help you

Heather Garnsey has worked full-time with the Society of Australian Genealogists since 1984, where she is also a Fellow and holds the Diploma in Family Historical Studies. She regularly lectures on a wide range of family history topics and contributes a monthly genealogy column to Australian Personal Computer magazine.

Jeremy Palmer

  • The British parish chest
  • Tracing your Irish Ancestry

 Jeremy Palmer is a professional genealogist with over 17 years full time experience of the subject. After graduating with a History degree from the University of Kent, he trained at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies in Canterbury, England, where he obtained the Diploma in Genealogy. Jeremy progressed to become the Registrar of the Institute where he taught and lectured on a wide range of genealogical and family history subjects. He was also a genealogist for its supporting commercial company, undertaking research into families in the UK and abroad. Having relocated to Australia in 2006, Jeremy formed his own research business, Anzestry, to bring his family history expertise to clients with UK and European origins. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Society of Australian Genealogists.

 

Local Supporting Speakers - Christchurch


Fiona Brooker

  • The New Zealand Society of Genealogists


Local Supporting Speakers - Wellington


Jan Gow

  • A 48 hour journey with ScotlandsPeople - Jan Gow

Jan has been a tutor, author and lecturer at local, national and international levels since 1985.  And on cruise ships! She has served three years Treasurer and then three years President New Zealand Society of Genealogists and various appointed Offices - presently the Liaison Officer for FamilySearch/NZSG.  NZSG Life Member (earned, not purchased). Past Board Member Association Professional Genealogists. Jan is the owner of Beehive Books (since 1987), the one-stop-shop for genealogists and Hooked on Genealogy Tours (since 1992) – each year preparing and escorting genealogists to Salt Lake City for three weeks and on to the UK for a further three weeks. She was awarded the AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) Award for Meritorious Service to Family History in 2006. She was on the organising committee for the AFFHO Congress in Auckland in 2009, and the NZ Family History Fair in 2010. She has for ten years been writing a monthly genealogy column for NZ’s Netguide magazine.

Brenda Joyce

  • The New Zealand Society of Genealogists - assisting your research

Brenda has been researching her family history since 1995 and has been a member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc since then.   She gained an NZSG award for a published family history.  Brenda has served on Council for three terms, standing down at the 2010 AGM.  She writes book reviews for the magazine and is a speaker on the subjects of NZSG and Māori whakapapa research.   She is presently Secretary and Treasurer of the NZSG Māori Interest Group.

Heidi Kuglin

  • It's Not All On-line - Searching the original records at Archives New Zealand

Heidi Kuglin has been a family historian for 35 years and an archivist at Archives New Zealand for 6 1/2 years.  She was the Archives New Zealand Wellington project coordinator for the passenger list digitisation project carried out in conjunction with Family Search of Utah.  She writes articles for the New Zealand Genealogist and Australian Family Search magazines and frequently does presentations for groups.  She has a strong interest in encouraging researchers to visit respositories holding genealogy records to mine the many groups of records relevant to family historians that are not and may never be available on-line.

Geraldene O'Reilly

  • Peter Grace: An Irish settler in early New Zealand

Geraldene O’Reilly, a member of the N.Z. Society of Genealogists since 1995 is currently the Convenor of the NZSG Irish Interest Group Auckland.  Geraldene conducts tutorials on Irish research and writes articles on how to research Irish ancestors for The New Zealand Genealogist. In researching her family for the past 20 years, Geraldene uncovered several Irish family lines immigrating into New Zealand’s North & South Islands, from the first Immigrant ship ‘Strathallen’ in 1859, the Auckland Provincial Immigration Scheme from 1853, through to the Vogel Immigration Scheme of the 1870’s.  These discoveries have led to a wider interest into Irish immigrants in New Zealand and the use of a variety of sources that record their everyday existence.


Local Supporting Speakers - Auckland


Jan Gow

  • A 48 hour journey with ScotlandsPeople - Jan Gow

Jan has been a tutor, author and lecturer at local, national and international levels since 1985.  And on cruise ships! She has served three years Treasurer and then three years President New Zealand Society of Genealogists and various appointed Offices - presently the Liaison Officer for FamilySearch/NZSG.  NZSG Life Member (earned, not purchased). Past Board Member Association Professional Genealogists. Jan is the owner of Beehive Books (since 1987), the one-stop-shop for genealogists and Hooked on Genealogy Tours (since 1992) – each year preparing and escorting genealogists to Salt Lake City for three weeks and on to the UK for a further three weeks. She was awarded the AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) Award for Meritorious Service to Family History in 2006. She was on the organising committee for the AFFHO Congress in Auckland in 2009, and the NZ Family History Fair in 2010. She has for ten years been writing a monthly genealogy column for NZ’s Netguide magazine.

Geraldene O'Reilly

  • Peter Grace: An Irish settler in early New Zealand

Geraldene O’Reilly, a member of the N.Z. Society of Genealogists since 1995 is currently the Convenor of the NZSG Irish Interest Group Auckland.  Geraldene conducts tutorials on Irish research and writes articles on how to research Irish ancestors for The New Zealand Genealogist. In researching her family for the past 20 years, Geraldene uncovered several Irish family lines immigrating into New Zealand’s North & South Islands, from the first Immigrant ship ‘Strathallen’ in 1859, the Auckland Provincial Immigration Scheme from 1853, through to the Vogel Immigration Scheme of the 1870’s.  These discoveries have led to a wider interest into Irish immigrants in New Zealand and the use of a variety of sources that record their everyday existence.

Seonaid (Shona) Lewis (RLIANZA)

  • The treasures of the Auckland Research Centre (Auckland Library)

The New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Happy hunting grounds - aslyums for missing ancestor - Shauna Hicks

The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies: Who we are and benefits of membership - Linda Gray

Treasures of the National Library of Australia - Shauna Hicks
Lunch and displays
Google Your Family Tree: Images and Video - Dan Lynch
Public Record Office Victoria: services and collections - James McKinnon
Making the most of Australian census records - Katie Flack, State Library of Victoria
MELBOURNE - Saturday 13 November
Registration and displays
Archives you may not know - but should! - Shauna Hicks
The Genealogical Society of Victoria
Break and displays
Family history & sports archives - Bruce Smith
Lunch and displays
Google Your Family Tree: other Google tools for historians - Dan Lynch
Look local: it's not all on the web - Susie Zada


Heidi Kuglin has been a family historian for 35 years and an archivist at Archives New Zealand for 6 1/2 years.  She was the Archives New Zealand Wellington project coordinator for the passenger list digitisation project carried out in conjunction with Family Search of Utah.  She writes articles for the New Zealand Genealogist and Australian Family Search magazines and frequently does presentations for groups.  She has a strong interest in encouraging researchers to visit respositories holding genealogy records to mine the many groups of records relevant to family historians that are not and may never be available on-line.
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