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Presenters and their topics

DonovanPeter Donovan - professional historian. Peter was the founding president of the Professional Historians Association (SA) and one of the prime movers in the development of the Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations Inc. He belongs to other relevant professional bodies such as Australia ICOMOS, the (American) National Council of Public History, and the Oral History Association of Australia (SA Branch).  
Photo: Peter, Historian of the Year, receiving the certificate from South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le, 30 July 2015
  - more about Peter
  - historian of the year - biographical information
  - web site

Topics

  • How old is my house? Researching house history
  • Researching military ancestors
  • So, you want to write history?

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FarmerKerry Farmer - Kerry will speak on DNA, immigration and other topics. Kerry began teaching classes in “Family History Research using the Internet” in Sydney in 1997, and is now 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 (3rd edn 2015) and Arrivals in Australia from 1788 (2015) published by Unlock the Past. She is one of the most highly regarded presenters in Australia. She has spoken at Unlock the Past history events and on genealogy cruises.

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).
  - more about Kerry
  - web site

Topics

  • DNA - an introduction 
  • DNA - what next? 
  • How local history can help family history 
  • Immigration to Australia 
  • Photographs: finding photos online for family & local history   

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JaunayGraham Jaunay - Graham has been an accredited professional genealogist and record agent since mid-1994 and operates his own business trading as Adelaide Proformat. He has served SAGHS as president, a councillor and a member of several committees. He has been a volunteer at the Society in various fields and in 2005 he was elevated to a Fellow of the Society. Graham has served as President of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisation (AFFHO) and editor of their newsletter. He presents seminars and tutorials on a wide range of family history topics on behalf of many organisations, libraries and groups. He has been a WEA tutor in family history since 1995. From 2004 to 2012 he was an adjunct lecturer presenting post-graduate courses in genealogy for the History Department of the Flinders University. Graham is a life member of the Australian College of Educators. He has been a member of the Friends of South Australia’s Archives committee since 2000 and the Australasian Association of Genealogists and Record Agents since 1995.
  - more about Graham
  - web site

Topic

  • Identifying and dating 19th century photos

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Doreen Kosak - Doreen has been passionate about genealogy and family history from an early age—an interest she shared with her parents. In 2004 she became a member of the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc. (Genealogy SA), and in 2008 she formalised her genealogy studies by completing the Practical Genealogy for Family Historians certificate at Flinders University. She joined the Genealogy SA Family History Writers Group at its inception in 2011 and has been the convenor since February 2013. The group is vibrant, supportive and just as passionate about recording their family stories for the benefit of future generations.

Topic

  • Writing your family history: things to think about before you begin

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Richard Merry - Richard administers four DNA projects and is convenor of the Genealogy SA DNA Interest Group. He is also Australia South regional representative for the Guild of One Name Studies.

Topic

  • The South Australia Geographic DNA Project - The DNA Interest Group of Genealogy SA has a Geographic DNA Project covering Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA. It is open to anyone with SA connections who has had DNA testing through FTDNA. It aims to collect together information on the DNA backgrounds of South Australians

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StephensonDr Sally Stephenson - Sally has worked professionally as an oral historian for more than a decade.  She has used oral history to produce documentaries, to provide lively and meaningful text for interpretive panels in museums and on heritage walks and for sound installations in museums.  She has also used oral history interviews to provide critical information about the living history of places to inform urban renewal and landscape design (for example at Tonsley and Bowden in South Australia).  She has undertaken projects for Australian Federal and State Government departments, local councils, the South Australian Maritime Museum, local museums and community groups.  Sally is a member of Oral History Australia. 

Topic

  • Oral history for family and local historians - This presentation will introduce you to oral history, and why you should consider using it in your history projects. You will learn about the many benefits of oral history and how it enriches our understanding of the past.  Oral history is not just having a chat with someone; this presentation will give you an understanding of what is involved in oral history interviews, and the skills and equipment required.  The presentation will also cover how to get started.

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David Sweeney - Openbook Howden Print & Design

Topic

  • Printing your book - A brief overview of the various options available for the production of your history. Covers aspects from set up to binding styles and cost effective options for publications of all shapes, sizes and quantities.
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State Library of SA presenter - speaker and topic to be avised

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State Records of SA - speaker to be advised

Topic

  • Finding the Black Sheep: looking at how our crime and social welfare records can assist in researching a person
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