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Queensland Expo (Cairns) - Talks

1942: War comes to Australia—Alan Philips & Jacqui Haraldstad

In 1942 Australia was attacked from outside for the first time. Soon after the sinking of the cruiser Sydney (Nov 1941), bombing of Pearl Harbour (Dec 1941) and fall of Singapore a series of attack on the Australian mainland occurred. Darwin was bombed in February 1942, and Broome in March. The Coral Sea battle occurred in May and subs enter Sydney Harbour in May/June. Sydney and Newcastle were bombarded from the sea in June. Numerous other air raids on towns in NT, WA and Qld began in 1942 and continued into late 1943, many with minor damage and only occasional casualties. This presentation will give an overview of these attacks. It will conclude with a brief look at some of the 70th anniversary commemorations coming in 2012 and some of the WWI and Gallipoli Centenary commemorations already being planned for 2014 and beyond.

Are you making the most of TROVE?Stephanie Ryan

This talk highlights what the National Library of Australia can offer remote researchers (ie those not living in Canberra). It covers various E-Resources, the Library's comprehensive catalogue TROVE and its various subsets including Picture Australia, Historic Newspapers and More and the NLA's web archive PANDORA.

Australian government & police gazettesCarole Riley

Government and Police Gazettes can not only help you find the detail of the lives of your ancestors; they can also help you solve those puzzles. Government Gazettes contain details of laws and regulations that affected the general population, land transactions, unclaimed mail, assigned covnvicts, government employees court notices, and much more. Police Gazettes contain the victims as well as the perpetrators of crimes, missing persons, police appointments, details of publicans' licenses, escaped convicts and other prisoners, and more. This talk will demostrate the wealth of material that can be found in these wonderful resources, with examples of problems solved from my own client research.

Breaking down genealogy brick wallsHelen Smith

How to continue in your research when you have come to a halt in your research? This talk gives strategies and ideas to enable you to get around that brick wall and change that stop sign in your research to full speed ahead.

Connecting with family lines online—Rosemary Kopittke

We used to write letters to discover family connections but now there are many different ways we can find others searching the same family lines. This presentation has a look at GenesReunited, MyHeritage, Ancestry and other websites to see how we can use the resources of the internet to make those family connections. What does each of them offer and which is best for you?

Convicts, from trial to freedomKerry Farmer

From trial and newspaper reports as well as government records, convict ancestors are generally better documented than almost any other group of early arrivals. This talk follows the document trail to see what information can be found.

Death certificates and archaic medical terms—Helen Smith

Death certificates are an essential part of family history research but were never designed for family historians which can have implications for the usefulness of the certificate. The cause of death is of particular interest but it is often vague or an unfamiliar term not in use today. This talk explores the evolution of death certificates and  how you can better understand or determine the meaning of those archaic medical terms such as marasmus, inaniation and Act of God.

DNA for genealogists—Kerry Farmer

Learn how the genetic markers in DNA can help you find your ancestors, when genealogy is combined with genetics. How do you decide which DNA tests and which DNA testing companies best suit what you want to know? Links for further reading about the subject as well as for the DNA testing companies and DNA databases can be found at familyhistoryresearch.com.au/courses/DNA

Family history at the State library of QueenslandStephanie Ryan

The State Library is not just for those who can get to Brisbane. It offers a research service without charge for those outside Brisbane and has considerable online resources including   convict database. Learn more in this talk

FamilySearch: ancestors at your fingertips—Paul Parton

FamilySearch is developing exciting, free, on-line tools to assist family historians and has released a beta version of ‘England Jurisdictions 1851’. A map of England is displayed, underneath which is a database of the jurisdictions of England as they existed in 1851. Knowing a jurisdiction is a vital clue to finding records for family history research. By clicking on a location on the map of England, a link will take you to the Family History Library Catalog where a list of filmed records for that location will be found. These records could be census, church, poor law, family history, tax, land, school records and many more categories.

FamilySearch: more records to more people faster—Paul Parton

An aim of FamilySearch is to bring ‘more records to more people, faster’. A major initiative in achieving this is FamilySearch Indexing. This is an on-line community based transcription project consisting entirely of volunteer indexers. With 300,000 volunteers currently registered we are the world’s largest community-based transcription service. A major project, using our own equipment and services, is digitising and indexing 2.4 million rolls of microfilm held in the FamilySearch vaults. Take a peek in the vaults and see how this project works and the benefits it provides.

Findmypast.com.au: what is there, what is coming and how to use it— Rosemary Kopittke

Findmypast.com.au  Learn what a great range of unique records are available for researching your families on this new site, what is coming and learn the best way to do your searching.

Findmypast.co.uk: an introduction— Rosemary Kopittke

This presentation looks at the hundreds of millions of records currently available on Findmypast.co.uk and how they can help you with your family history – records predominately covering England and Wales though there are people from elsewhere in the passenger lists and other documents. It will also look at what is to come – more military records, Manchester records and much more. Also we take a quick look at the new Findmypast.ie.

Google your family tree: tips & tricks—Rosemary Kopittke

Learn how to use Google more effectively. Instead of getting millions of hits and only checking the first few, discover how to target your search and get results that really matter to you - results that will tell you more about your family than you thought you would ever find.

The Immigrant journey to Australia: what was it really likeStephanie Ryan

It's not all onlineHelen Smith

Online databases are fantastic but less than 2% of records are ever likely to be digitised so where else do you look?

Military records for World War I and II: a select listStephanie Ryan

It can be a challenge finding immigrants arriving in 19th and 20th Century Queensland. This session will explore the places to look in addition to the official Queensland lists and the problems to An increasing amount of digitised material is available on the servicemen of World War 1 and 2 and it is easy to use. This presentation will look at records at the repositories of the State Library of Queensland, National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial and consider some strategies for the use of them. In particular material for North Queensland will be covered.in searching the indexes and lists. It will also be an opportunity to look at the new information becoming available.

Newspapers: bringing your family history to lifeHelen Smith

Newspapers are routinely used for hatch, match and dispatch notices but contain so much more. This talk showcases the wealth of North Queensland resources available (Rockhampton, Cairns and Townsville) and shows how they can give life to your family history.

Organising your Ffmily HistoryHelen Smith

Have the paper pile monsters taken over? Are you able to find that marriage date to give your new-found cousin? Have you ever bought the same certificate twice? This presentation will give some options on organising your family history.

ScotlandsPeople: the place to launch your Scottish research— Rosemary Kopittke

An overview of ScotlandsPeople – the official online source of parish register, civil registration, census, wills and testaments records for Scotland. Containing almost 80 million records, the ScotlandsPeople database is the primary source of information for those researching Scottish families.

Shipping and immigration to QueenslandStephanie Ryan

It can be a challenge finding immigrants arriving in 19th and 20th Century Queensland. This session will explore the places to look in addition to the official Queensland lists and the problems to resolve in searching the indexes and lists. It will also be an opportunity to look at the new information becoming available.

Social media for family historyCarole Riley

The internet has made social interaction possible on a scale unimagined a few years ago, and is a boon for family historians. Information and photos can be shared more easily than ever before, and communication with distant relatives can become a part of everyday life rather than an annual Christmas card. Social media will be defined and described, and some social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and some genealogy-related blogs will be shown.

Tracing your ancestors in England— Rosemary Kopittke

An overview of basic resources – civil registration, church records, census, cemetery records, directories, electors registers, maps, newspapers and wills. Includes many examples and covers a variety of ways of accessing the data – free and subscription.

Which genealogy program?—Kerry Farmer

People delving into their family history often ask, ‘Which genealogy program is best?’ There is no simple answer. Everyone has their own research practices and aims, as well as varying technology skills – all of these, and even individual personality, may influence the best software ‘fit’. This was the subject of a recently written publication, “Which Genealogy Program?”, written by Kerry Farmer and Rosemary Kopittke and published by Unlock the Past. This presentation introduces the major genealogical programs available and highlights some aspects of each, encouraging users to determine for themselves the program most likely to suit their needs.

Wild colonial boys: Eureka, the Fenians, Ned Kelly and others—Mark Cryle

This is a companion presentation to Mark's Bound for Botany Bay: the Irish in Australia in story and song, which is programmed shortly after