52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

Week #24 – Genealogy Events

Week 24: Genealogy Events: When it comes to genealogy events, our cup runneth over lately. There are so many fabulous family history events being held across the globe. For which one are you most grateful? Is it an annual event or a one-time thrill? Who runs the event? Why is it special?

This challenge runs from Sunday, June 10 through Saturday, June 16, 2012.

This meme was created by Amy Coffin.

Now this is a particularly tough topic for me this week as there are a couple of events I wish to highlight.

I will of course plug the Unlock the Past Queensland Expo which is coming up in a couple of weeks from 25 - 27 June.  It will be held at Centenary State High School at Jindalee in Brisbane.  It starts at midday on Monday and goes til 4:00pm on Wednesday.  It will be open on Monday night til 9:30pm.

There are all sorts of fabulous speakers including fellow bloggers Shauna Hicks, Jill Ball, Judy Webster and Helen Smith.  My wonderful QFHS colleagues Ann Swain and Eric  and Rosemary Kopittke will also be speaking as well .  The gorgeous Stephanie Ryan from the State Library will kick things off on Monday morning talking about Shipping and Immigration to Queensland.  Kerry Farmer will be talking about DNA.  The featured visiting speaker is Audrey Collins from the National Archives in the UK who will talk about all sorts of things including GRO indexes, online newspapers and periodicals and the census in England and Wales.  I hope I get to meet Jill and Cassie Mercer the editor of the marvellous new magazine Inside History.

More than just speakers there will also be around 50 or more exhibitors showing their wares - from booksellers and publishers tocompanies specialising in genealogy cruises and tours  to societies and representatives from online content site companies such as Findmypast and Familysearch.

Best of all, it's cheap as chips - $20 for two days if you pay by 20 June.  A real bargain and money well spent I say.   $5 if you can only come on Monday night.  

On a smaller scale but nevertheless just as important is the annual bus trip to the Queensland State Archives organized by Moreton Bay Regional Council Library service.  You really need to prepare for a visit to the State Archives.  This Wednesday come along and get tips and tricks from Saadia Thompson-Dwyer at Caboolture Library from 10:00-11:30am.  Then join the bus group the following week on Wednesday 20 June.  This Wednesday's seminar is free but you will have to cough up $12 for the bus trip.    The bus departs promptly at 8:30am and you will need to bring two forms of  ID (e.g. Driver's Licence) with you if you don't have a Qld State Archives Researcher's ID already and some $1 coins for the lockers there to store your bags etc.  

Aren't we lucky to have such great events happening right here in Queensland? 

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