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History & Genealogy Expo Sydney 2010 Evaluation

The second Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Expo was held in Sydney on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 October 2010 at the Parramatta RSL, Parramatta. Approximately 550 people attended, with the majority coming for both days. The venue had a very different atmosphere over the two days: Friday felt alive and buzzing as people hurried from exhibits to talks and back again; Saturday was more low-key, with attendees passing their time leisurely and without the need for rush.

History & Genealogy Expo [video]

Have you wondered what the Expos are all about? Can they really help with your genealogy, history & heritage interests. Take a look at this video for just a taste of the atmosphere, the exhibition and some of the speakers you will enjoy if you come along to a History & Genealogy Expo hosted by Unlock the Past.

Scottish expert comes to Australia [video]

Professional Scottish researcher Chris Paton recently came to Australia and spoke at meetings in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Australian genealogy blogger, geniaus reports on his talks at the History & Genealogy Expo in Sydney in her blog. Feedback from others was just as glowing for Chris.

History & Genealogy Expo Adelaide 2010 Evaluation

The first Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Expo was held in Adelaide on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 July 2010 at the West Adelaide Function Centre (Football Club), Richmond, close to the Adelaide CBD.

History-Genealogy Magazines Poll

Here are the results of our 19th Unlock the Past poll - What do you generally read in history/genealogy magazines? One hundred and sixty-eight people voted casting a total of 1605 votes.

Most of the article categories listed are read by more than 50 percent of readers (just a few exceptions).

The Accidental Finding of a Long Lost Relative

I’m sure most - if not all - people interested or acquainted with the field of genealogy have experienced that moment of surprise mixed with a bit of excitement when they discover that someone who they already know is related to them. With my interests lying in history, not genealogy, and my heritage still waiting for proper investigation, I had yet to experience such a classic moment. My attempts at discovering my family tree have been minimal at best and my knowledge shamefully limited of whence I came.

The usefulness of digitised records when researching

For the past 2 years I have been researching Lutheran history in South Australia and their response to Hitler. It’s a fascinating topic and one that’s never been looked at before so there’s not much information and only a small portion compiled.

Cruise poll results

Here are the results of our 6th Unlock the Past poll. 214 people voted. 35 said they had been on a cruise before and 28 sent comments.  With over 205 indications of strong interest (definite, probably and partner)  it would seem that a block booking for 300 could be filled. Inevitably some may not be able to come at the time selected, but perhaps some of the 67 “maybes” could be persuaded. And of course we have only given very limited notice to date.

Age of researchers poll results

Here are the results of our fifth Unlock the Past poll. Two questions were asked:

  • What age bracket are you in?
  • What year did you start researching?

What age bracket are you in? – 460 responses

Age bracket              #votes             #voters

Shauna Hicks interview on ABC radio SE SA

Shauna Hicks was interviewed on radio by Stan Thomson during his Mornings program on ABC SE South Australia during her visit to Mount Gambier on Monday 2 Nov 2009.  She talked about her visit to the Mount Gambier History Group to speak on Discovering Military Ancestors Online.

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