Oct 082013

I was notified that I had been accepted to give three presentations at the 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry 26-30 March 2015 being held in Canberra.

This is the three yearly major Australian and New Zealand Conference so I was very pleased for my topics to be chosen:

  • Friendly Societies and Family Historians
  • One Name Studies – what are they, how are they done and what use are they to you?
  • Distressed cotton weavers emigration scheme

Then I was accepted to be a speaker on the 5th Unlock the Past cruise. 19-29 July 2014.
This is the British Isles discovery tour and it has a great itinerary as apart from London and Dublin I have not been to any of the other ports.

  • day 1 – depart Tilbury, London – 6pm (boarding from 12.30pm)
  • day 2 – at sea
  • day 3 – Invergordon, Scotland – 7.30am-10pm
  • day 4 – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands – 7am-6pm
  • day 5 – Stornoway, Outer Hebrides – 7.30am-10pm (transfer to shore by tender)
  • day 6 – Tobermory, Isle of Mull – 7.30am-4pm (transfer to shore by tender)
  • day 7 – Dublin, Ireland – 8am-5.45pm
  • day 8 – St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly – 9am-6pm (transfer to shore by tender)
  • day 9 – St Peter Port, Guernsey – 7.30am-6pm (transfer to shore by tender)
  • day 10 – Honfleur, France –  9am-5pm
  • day 11 – arrive Tilbury, London – 9am

And there is a a great range of speakers Paul Blake (England), Jackie Depelle (England), Marie Dougan (Scotland), Jayne Shrimpton (England) (I’ll have to look out some of those photos I am trying to date!) and Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems fame from the USA as well as Rosemary Kopittke, Mike Murray, Lesley Silvester and myself from Australia!

And to add the perfect cherry on top of an already fantastic chocolate cake…..


I had a proposal accepted to speak at  Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London 20-22 February 2014

Researching Australian World War 1 Military Personnel
Friday Feb 21 2014
SoG 4 /First World War Ancestors
So I have had a pretty amazing few days!

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