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2010 in review and 2011 in prospect

2011 is now upon us. We want to consolidate following a very busy and formative 2010 for Unlock the Past (UTP). In many ways we were pioneering with a number of new and innovative ventures. We have gained more experience, new skills, knowledge etc. to make 2011 better again. 

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The Unlock the Past Roadshow and the future

Here are a few photos and comments on the History & Genealogy Roadshow ANZ to complement Shauna Hicks’ superb and interesting daily blogs and her Roadshow overview.

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Do you have convicts in your heritage? Poll

Here are the results of our 24th Unlock the Past poll - Do you have convicts in your heritage? Votes were cast by 337 people.

Cruise update - limited places available!

For those who still wish to go on the History & Genealogy Cruise, you'd better make up your mind fast as places are VERY limited. There are only a few cabins left so make your interest known by clicking here.

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.

What is the earliest known arrival date Poll

Here are the results of our 23rd Unlock the Past poll - What is the earliest known arrival date of any of your ancestors? Votes were cast by 458 people. The results are summarised in the table below - most people responding had an ancestor arrive before 1860 though some are very recent arrivals.

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.

Which Genealogy Software Poll

Here are the results of our 22nd Unlock the Past poll - What genealogy software do you use? 239 people voted casting a total of 347 votes.

Search For Henry Spencer Ends

My partner Max's grandfather was a real mystery man. Unfortunately Max's father knew very little about his father so we only had vague family stories to follow.

What we did know was that Max's grandfather, Henry Spencer was from West Bromwich in Staffordshire and it was relatively easy to identify him and his parents and siblings in English census records and to trace them further back. Where we had a brick wall was how and when Henry came to Australia and where he died.

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