Congress Program

Congress 2015 will be held over four days, Friday 27 to Monday 30 March 2015. Genealogists of all skill levels can enjoy four streams of presentations covering a broad array of topics. Each session has been classified by level from beginner to advanced. General sessions are noted as suitable for all levels. The speaker’s profiles provides more detailed information on each speaker and their presentation topics. Please be aware that the scheduled program and speakers may vary for reasons beyond our control.  If this should happen, we will attempt to advise such changes as soon as possible. To stay up-to-date on Congress 2015 news subscribe to our free newsletter Canberra Calling.

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Stream 1 Stream 2 Stream 3 Stream 4
DAY 1: Friday 27 March
Welcome
Opening address Dr Mathew Trinca National Museum of Australia
Morning Session 1
Shovelling out paupers: Researching assisted emigration in English archives.
Simon Fowler
Advanced
Early Chinese Australian families Putting your Chinese ancestors in context
Kate Bagnall
Intermediate – advanced
What can I find using eRecords
Cora Num
Beginner – intermediate
Tracing your ancestors in the digital age: the digitisation of collections at the State Library of New South Wales.
David Berry
All levels
Morning tea
Morning Session 2
WW1 – New Zealand remembers 100 years on.
Seonaid Lewis
All levels
Buried treasures – what’s in the English Parish Chest.
Paul Milner
Intermediate – advanced
TBA
Shaun Rohlach (NAA)
DNA for genealogists: Introducing the DNA tests that can be used as tools in family history research.
Kerry Farmer
All levels
Lunchtime session David Holman Breaking down brickwalls in your research
Keynote Roger Kershaw Tracing free emigrants to Australasia
Afternoon Session 1
Far from home: researching stories of First World War military service.
Jennie Norberry AWM.
FamilySearch future and vision.
David Rencher
All levels
Dropbox and Evernote for family historians
Carole Riley
Intermediate – advanced
Help! Which information is correct?: Tried-and-true strategies for determining historical truth.
Carol Baxter
Beginner
Afternoon Session 2
Not just the facts Ma’am: give me the big picture.
Colleen Fitzpatrick
All levels
The Joint Copy Project – making Parish Registers accessible to researchers.
Heather Garnsey
Intermediate – advanced
The English workhouse and its records
Helen Smith
Intermediate
Using British Medals to help fill out your family tree.
David Holman
All levels
Afternoon Tea
AFFHO AGM
DAY 2: Saturday 28 March
Keynote Joshua Taylor Connecting Across Past, Present, and Future
Morning Session 1
Hardship and boredom, marauding and drink – researching British Military Deserters.
Simon Fowler
Advanced
Wills from England and Ireland
Jenny Joyce
Intermediate
Following the gold.
Carole Riley
All levels
The marriage of local and family history.
Pauleen Cass.
All levels
Morning Session 2
Scotland – maps and gazetteers for research.
Paul Milner
All levels
Finding your Chinese roots: tips for tracing your Australian family’s Chinese origins
Kate Bagnall
Intermediate – advanced
Work choices – shaping our lives.
Cora Num
Beginners – intermediate
Probably you have read of the fight for Bullycourt … Ancestors on the Western Front, 1916-1918
Richard Reid
All levels
Morning Tea
Morning Session 3
Irish census and census substitutes.
David Rencher
Beginner
Surnames: the personification of history.
Carol Baxter
Beginner
Did your ancestor serve in the British Military during WWI
David Holman
All levels
The UK Gazettes – A Treasure Trove of Information for Family History
Jenny Joyce
All levels
Lunchtime session Roger Kershaw Volunteering at The National Archives
Keynote Richard Reid If you ever go across the sea to Ireland … Realities of 19th century Ireland.
Afternoon Session 1
Across the centuries – the Huguenots and their Australian descendants
Robert Nash
Beginner – intermediate
Learn more from autosomal and X-chromosome DNA.
Kerry Farmer
Intermediate to advanced
Heraldry and the genealogist
Stephan Szabo
Separation and divorce Scotland 17th to 19th Centuries.
John Blackwood
All levels
Afternoon Session 2
Finding your family in New Zealand – did your Aussies move across the ditch?
Michelle Patient
All levels
Sporting ancestors – discovering forgotten athletes
Shauna Hicks
All levels
Memory, remembering and commemoration: erecting memorials.
Perry McIntyre
All levels
Friendly societies and family historians.
Helen Smith
Intermediate
Day 3: Sunday 29th March
Keynote Michael McKernan ‘Meeting People at War: writing war on the home front’
Morning Session 1
Bankrupts and insolvents in mid-nineteenth century England Some available records and sources
Sue Reid
Intermediate
How did that Kiwi get in your tree
Seonaid Lewis
All levels
Tracing Your Pre-WWI British Soldier.
Paul Milner
Intermediate – advanced
Migration schemes to Australia.
Kerry Farmer
Intermediate to advanced
Morning Session 2
A different kind of DNA talk.
Colleen Fitzpatrick
All levels
Crossing the great generational divide using social media
Carole Riley
Beginner
Interpreting and evaluation name lists (Ireland)
David Rencher
Beginner – advanced
Hidden Gems: finding and using unusual record collections in English archives.
Simon Fowler
Intermediate – advanced
Morning Session 3
One-name studies what use are they to you.
Helen Smith
Intermediate
Mapping our families – putting them in their place.
Cora Num
Intermediate – advanced
A history of British Child Migration Schemes.
Roger Kershaw
Beginner – intermediate
‘the infernal villain will be sent away’ Convict Case studies in the National Archives of Ireland
Perry McIntyre

All Levels
Lunchtime session Paul Milner Genealogical lecturing skills. Proposal to Presentation
Keynote Grace Karskens Men, women, sex and desire: family history on Australia’s first frontier.
Afternoon Session 1
Finding your ancestors in the Genealogical Haystack.
Heather Garnsey
Beginner to intermediate
Source for Mr Goose and Mrs Gander
David Holman
All levels
From Dorfprozelten to Australia: how social media reunited the emigrants’ descendants across time.
Pauleen Cass
Intermediate – advanced
Writing up your family history for pleasure and profit.
Simon Fowler
Intermediate – Advanced
Afternoon Session 2
Bring your ancestors to life – Using Court of Petty Session Records
Shauna Hicks
All levels
Chasing the poor and the landless (Ireland).
David Rencher
Beginner – intermediate
The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers – an unknown resource.
Jenny Joyce
Intermediate
For king and empire – services rendered: WW1 Medical Records.
Roger Kershaw
Beginner – intermediate
Day 4: Monday 30th March
Keynote David Holman Fascinating facts and figures from five centuries
Morning Session 1
Topic Digging for gold locating British miners and their records
Paul Milner
All levels
The many meanings of TROVE.
Tim Sherratt
All levels
Crossing the ditch – an overview of trans-Tasman migration.
Michelle Patient
All levels
The abandoned child – social changes 1850-1870 through the records of the Randwick Asylum for Destitute Children.
Jan Worthington
All levels
Morning Session 2
Topic Connecting the community through FamilySearch.
David Rencher
All levels
Getting the most out of nationalarchives.gov.uk
Roger Kershaw
Beginner – intermediate
A general and indiscriminate stigma – the Irish Famine Orphans, 1848–1850.
Cheryl Mongan
All levels
House and Home – finding NSW house and land records (Part 1).
Carole Riley
All levels
Morning Session 3
Topic Distressed cotton weavers emigration scheme
Helen Smith
Intermediate
Discovering the hidden riches in public libraries Fostering family history in Local Studies Collections
Michelle Nichols
Beginner to intermediate
Genealogy and the six degrees of separation: how to find anyone in the world.
Colleen Fitzpatrick
All levels
House and Home – finding NSW house and land records (Part 2).
Carole Riley
All levels
Keynote Cora Num Front page to back page using online newspapers.
Panel Family history research- why leave home to do it? Panel members: David Holman, Carole Riley, Michelle Patient, Joshua Taylor
Announcement of raffle winners
Call to Sydney
Congress Close