Unlock the Past Cruises

Queensland Expo (Cairns) - Speakers

Mark Cryle

  • Special Feature - Bound for Botany Bay: the Irish in Australia in story and song
  • Wild Colonial Boys: Eureka, the Fenians, Ned Kelly and others

Mark Cryle has been manager of the Fryer Library at the University of Queensland. Fryer is UQ's special collection of Australiana. From September 2008 until recently he was seconded to be Project Manager of a digitised portal of sources on Queensland history and politics entitled Queensland’s Past Online. Mark is an historian who has published research on Queensland's indigenous past and other aspects of Queensland's history. He is a member of the Queensland Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography and has authored articles in that publication. He is currently doing a PhD.

Mark also writes and sings, plays the guitar and the mandolin and tries to be good. Noel Mengel of Brisbane's Courier Mail reckons he's one of the best songwriters in Australia. He'll take the compliment. Some time back, he used to play in Brisbane based band Spot the Dog. That band recorded three successful CDs Bedside Manners, Drunk on the Moon and Brand New Juliet. Click on Mark's web site for further infomation.

Kerry Farmer

  • Which genealogy program?
  • DNA for genealogists
  • Convicts, from trial to freedom

Kerry worked for many years designing, writing and testing computer software. Teaching family history classes since 1997, Kerry is on the Education Committee of the Society of Australian Genealogists, and presents seminars and classes there as well as at adult education colleges and elsewhere. She currently teaches online courses in “Australian and New Zealand Genealogy” through the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (see www.genealogicalstudies.com ). Kerry and Rosemary Kopittke recently wrote the book “Which Genealogy Program?” published by Unlock the Past. More recently Kerry wrote the book "DNA for Genealogists", also published by Unlock the Past. Kerry’s website is www.familyhistoryresearch.com.au. More details.

Jacqui Haraldstad

  • 1942: War comes to Australia and Irish Scottish Cruise

Jacqui is Business Development Manager for Clean Cruising, and is partnering with Unlock the Past in organising and managing the Unlock the Past cruises and War Comes to Australia tour of the Northern Territory.

Rosemary Kopittke

  • Connecting with family lines online
  • Findmypast.co.uk and Findmypast.ie
  • Findmypast.com.au: what is there, what is coming and how to use it
  • Google your family tree: tips & tricks
  • Queensland Family History Society
  • ScotlandsPeople: the place to launch your Scottish research
  • Tracing your ancestors in England

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 Service to Family History. More details.

Paul Parton

  • FamilySearch: ancestors at your Ffngertips
  • FamilySearch: more records to more people faster

Paul Parton is a presenter for FamilySearch in their Outreach program. He also gives technical support to 145 Family History Centres Australia-wide. He has had an interest in family history for more than 40 years. Paul was a professional trainer prior to his retirement as Pacific Area Director of Information Technology Services with FamilySearch’s parent organisation. He was also involved in the early development of data acquisition systems for Australia’s nuclear research facility.

Alan Phillips

  • 1942: War comes to Australia

Alan has been involved in local and family history since 1971. He was foundation President of the Torrens Valley & District Historical Society in 1976 and The Gumeracha and District History Centre soon after. He has contributed to, and published, a number of books and booklets on the Hannaford, Kelly and Randell families of South Australia - as well as assisting with 3 historical books on the North Adelaide Football Club. He established the following historical/genealogical services.

  • Gould Genealogy & History (1976)
  • Gould Publishing Services (1990)
  • Archive Digital Books Australasia (2003)
  • Family Photo Book (2009)
  • Unlock the Past (2009)

Carole Riley

  • Australian government & police gazettes
  • Social media for family historians

Carole Riley is a professional genealogist based in Sydney, Australia with a background in computer programming and an interest in using the web to further genealogical education and networking. Carole serves on the Council of the Society of Australian Genealogists  and is the Convenor of their IT Committee. She is also the founder of the Sydney User Group of The Master Genealogist (TMG) and is currently serving as a Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists . She has a Master of Applied Science (Psychology of Coaching) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, and a Diploma of Professional Counselling. Carole writes two blogs - Genealogy in New South Wales  about genealogy research in NSW and elsewhere; and Carole's Canvas, which is her personal blog about her own family history and other topics. More details.

Stephanie Ryan (State Library of Queensland)

  • Are you making the most of Trove?
  • The Immigrant journey to Australia: what was it really like
  • Military records for World War I and II
  • Shipping and immigration to Queensland

Stephanie has been the Senior Librarian in Family History at the State Library of Queensland for 15 years. Previously she was a high school teacher and has an Arts degree, majoring in anthropology, sociology and history as well as graduate diplomas in teaching and teacher-librarianship. She has participated in radio programs and been interviewed for newspaper and magazine articles in this capacity. The family history staff run regular presentations for societies, libraries and the general public, produce several dozen information guides available on the web as well as a collection of Useful websites for family historians, host an electronic noticeboard for family historians to which anyone can contribute, produce specialist indexes available on the family history home page http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/info/fh and provide a free enquiry service of up to 2 hours per enquiry for Queenslanders backed up by the extensive collections of the State’s main library.

Helen Smith

  • Breaking down brick walls (Australia, England, methods)
  • Death certificates & archaic medical terms
  • Its not all online: where else can I look?
  • Newspapers: bringing your family history to life
  • Organising your family history

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.

Regional Genealogy Societies

  • Cairns and District Family History Society

Regional History Society & Museum

  • Pauline O'Keefe & Suzanne Gibson

Regional Libraries

  •  Cairns Libraries