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Grouped by presenters under the following headings:
 - International presenters
 - Australian and New Zealand (main) presenters 
 - others presenting on the cruise 

This list will be developed further as the program is developed and outlines are supplied by presenters

International presenters

Paul Milner

  • Are you lost? Using maps, gazetteers and directories for British Isles research - Learn what maps, gazetteers and directories are available for researching your ancestors in the British Isles. Learn from examples how to make good use of these tools to find where your ancestors are, what they did, when, where, and why they may have moved. 
  • Buried treasures: what’s in the English parish chest - The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest.  This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers.
  • English civil registration: tips for use and problem solving - Tips for use and problem solving - Learn the process by which English vital records (birth, marriage and death) are created and collected. See examples of the information they contain and the problems they can create. Learn how to access the national indexes and economically obtain certificates.
  • English parish registers: how to access , use and interpret - Learn how to access, use and correctly interpret the information found in the christening, marriage and burial registers of the English parish church. See examples of the problems to watch for and the clues given for further research. Learn what to do when your ancestor is not found.
  • Finding your ancestors in Ireland - This is a good overview of procedures to follow in performing Irish research. Lots of examples illustrate the wide variety of records that can be utilized in the research process.
  • Finding your ancestors in Scotland: the big five - This is a good overview of procedures to follow in performing Scottish research. Lots of examples illustrate the wide variety of records that can be utilised in the research process.
  • Finding your Welsh ancestors - This presentation examines the major records used in Welsh research, highlighting the similarities and differences between English and Welsh research.
  • Follow your migrating ancestors - Our ancestors moved over long and short distances within the British Isles. See examples of the records that show where our ancestors moved, where they went, and often why they moved as well.
  • Irish land records - Understand Ireland’s land records and their importance to researchers, from the 17th through 20th Century.. Learn what has survived in originals and transcripts, their strengths, weaknesses and how to access the originals and supporting indexes. 
  • Occupation and Guild records - Learn about apprenticeship, freeman and guild records and how they controlled your ancestor’s trade. Identify sources to put your ancestor into a true occupational context.
  • Overcoming the 'dead end doldrums' - All researchers at some time enter the doldrums and feel they have reached a dead end in tracing a particular line. Learn clear steps to overcome the doldrums and get around the dead end.
  • Overlooked sources for 19th and 20th century Scottish research - Going beyond the basics learn what records, published and originals are available for 19th and 20th century Scottish research.
  • Scottish Kirk Session and Poor Relief records - The Scottish Kirk addressed many moral and practical issues within the community leaving a vast collection of records. Learn how to locate and use these records to add flesh to the lives of your ancestors. 
  • The messages our ancestors leave behind - A humorous and thought provoking look at the messages our ancestors left behind and why? Plus raising the question about what we will leave behind.
  • Tips and tools for navigating the English probate system - Learn how the English probate system works and what records it contains. Learn tips and tools for procedures which will simplify the search process, whether the ancestor’s location in England is known or unknown.

Louis Kessler

  • Evidence-conclusion modeling. What it is. How to do it. - You already know how important it is to record your sources, but it's so tedious. Here are ways to streamline the process and make it work for you.
  • Genealogy software: choosing & using - Are you using the right tools to help with your genealogy? The range of software is amazing. You're bound to find a few for you in this quick rundown.
  • Gensoftreviews: reviews and ratings of all the genealogy software - Did you know there are well over 600 computer programs available for genealogy? GenSoftReviews is the like TripAdvisor, but for genealogists. It uses user reviews to judge the quality of each program. Come learn how you can use GenSoftReviews to help you find and decide on new genealogy software to try.
  • Jewish genealogy: what's different and where to find it - If you are researching a Jewish connection in your family tree, here is everything that's different about Jewish Genealogy that you'll need to know, and the resources you'll need to do it.
  • Using life events and ages to solve genealogy problems - There's a wealth of data in important event dates of your ancestors' lives. The dates provide ages which not only allow consistency checking, but also help you solve problems.
  • Warning! Data won't transfer: GEDCOM transfers - Don't lose the data you've spent hundreds of hours entering into your genealogy program. Learn about GEDCOM transfers, its limitations, and what you should do about it.
  • Why Behold? - Are you ready for: Seeing all your data in one report; Instant organization; Multiple languages everywhere; Editing like in a word processor; Source-based data entry; Evidence/conclusion modeling; Virtual Merging. The template has been laid.
  • Why genealogy is everyone's solemn duty - We know you're an avid genealogist, and you know genealogy is one of the best hobbies in the world. What you don't know is why you and everyone else must do it. Here are two dozen aspects of genealogy that will inspire you. How many have you tried?

Bob Velke

  • 5 presentations on The Master Genealogist - 

Australian and New Zealand (main) presenters
presenters in alphabetical order and topics alphabetically under presenter

Jill Ball

  • A genealogist's toybox: gadgets and tech toys - Jill will share the contents of her toybox and lead a discussion on how these gadgets assist with various genealogy tasks. Participants are welcome to share details of their favourite toys.
  • Android genealogy - More than 50% of mobile devices sold in the US and Australia and the US are Androids. In this session we will examine the uses of Android phones and tablets for genealogy and learn about apps that genealogists will find useful.
  • Blogging for beginners with Blogger - After hearing about the benefits of geneablogging we will learn how to set up and maintain a genealogy blog using the free Blogger software from Google.
  • Case study: a story of the clock - Internet resources and a distant English cousin helped the Ball family track down a family heirloom, a grandfather clock, made by a Scottish ancestor. This presentation tells the story of the clock and its journey to Australia.
  • Digital images for genealogy: tips for the beginner - Jill will proffer tips on capturing, saving, storing and organising your digital images. These may include photos, maps and documents. She will show how Picasa can be used to organise one's collection.
  • Family Historian software - In an exploration of The Family Historian Genealogy database software (www.family-historian.co.uk/) from the UK Jill will demonstrate its features and show why it is a genealogy program for the 21st century.
  • Flip-Pal mobile scanner - Lots of old photos to scan and organise? Learn how to use the light and portable Flip-Pal mobile scanner to capture images of photos, documents and artefacts from tiny black and white images to large maps at home, in libraries or in cousin's homes.
  • Getting younger generations into genealogy - We must reach out to our young people. This session will focus on practical suggestions for getting young people involved in genealogy in schools, libraries, societies and our families.
  • Social media for genealogists: where, why and how - A discussion of the Social media tools that allow family historians to connect with cousins, collaborate on projects, discuss issues, market and promote genealogy services and perform acts of genealogical kindness.
  • The wonders of Weebly: easy website creation for genealogists - After a tour of some genealogy websites  made with Weebly we will learn how the free Weebly software can be used to develop sites for individual, societies and events without any knowledge of .html.

Carol Baxter

  • Fleshing out the bones of your military ancestors’ lives - Case study, NSW Corps & 73rd Regiment
  • Scandal and skulduggery in early NSW - (description to come)
  • Tracing your ancestors in colonial NSW - (description to come)
  • Writing 1: structuring a family history - (description to come)
  • Writing 2: writing an interesting family history - (description to come)
  • Writing 3: writing narrative non-fiction - (description to come)

Stephen Dando-Collins

  • Captain Bligh's other mutiny - The true story of the military coup that turned Australia into a two-year rebel republic. Macarthur’s coup led to a two-year reign of terror in New South Wales, as he and his New South Wales Corps cronies plundered the colony while ruling it as their own little republic. Bligh, in the meantime, spent a year as a prisoner of the rebels, before escaping to sit off the entrance to Tasmania’s River Derwent for close to a year, acting like a pirate. All the while, he plotted his revenge. (click here for further details)
  • Crack Hardy: From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme - Crack Hardy: From Gallipoli to Flanders to the Somme - 'Crack hardy', the title of Stephen's bestselling and highly acclaimed World War One book was a saying among Anzacs in the trenches. It meant 'put on a brave face', 'grin and bear it'. The three Searle brothers and their family back home had to crack hardy, as the boys fought in some of the toughest battles of the war. From the April 25, 1915 landing at Gallipoli to Lone Pine. In Flanders' muddy trenches, and in desperate Somme battles at places that would become household names. (click here for further details)
  • Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred - As heard on Richard Fidler's ABC Radio 'Conversations Hour'. Little did the people of Orange, NSW know that when they twice elected Windsor-born Joe Windred their mayor he was a wanted man in the USA. In fact, Joe had twice been wrongly convicted of identical crimes in Sydney and San Francisco committed eleven years apart to the day. Hear how Stephen unearthed this amazing true story while researching the Sydney Ducks - the 30,000 people who flooded to the California Gold Rush from Australia.
  • Pasteur's gambit - In 1887, the desperate NSW Government of Sir Henry Parkes advertised an international competition for a biological cure for the rabbit plague then ravaging the farms of Australia and New Zealand. The competition, with a prize equivalent to $10 million today, would attract 1500 entries, and would generate a sensational episode in Australasian history that combined science, subterfuge, and scandal. In Paris, famous biologist Dr. Louis Pasteur, struggling to raise the funds to open his prestigious Pasteur Institute, saw the Australasian rabbit competition as the answer to his financial prayers. For, Pasteur was convinced he had the biological remedy to the rabbit plague ... (click here for further details)
  • Stephen will also give a talk on writing and chair a writing panel on the final day

Jan Gow

  • Ancestry.co.uk - (description to come)
  • FamilySearch - (description to come)
  • Genealogy in 2020: a fun look at what might be to come - Gow
  • Legacy software - (description to come)
  • New Zealand's BDM records online - hints, tips, features - (description to come)
  • ScotlandsPeople - (description to come)
  • Ten ways to research family history: with or without a computer (comparing old ways and new) - (description to come)

Shauna Hicks

  • Ancestors in church: using church publications - This talk explores an under-utilised resource that can provide information on our ancestors not likely to be found elsewhere.
  • Behind bars: convicts and criminals - This talk explores a wide range of resources for those with convicts or criminals in the family and draws on the speaker's experience in researching her own family history. All Australian states are covered.
  • Family history on the cheap: tips & tricks - This talk highlights a wide variety of tips and tricks that researchers can use to save themselves time and money when researching their family history. Areas covered include family sources, archives and libraries, online resources, technology, travel tips and so on.
  • It’s not all online: where else can I look? - This talk is a reminder that not everything is online and that researchers still need to use archives, libraries, historical societies and museums, genealogy and family history societies and so on.
  • Military ancestors: discover their stories - This talk looks at tracing military ancestors from the Boer War plus WW1 and WW2 and draws on the speaker's own research for her military ancestors. Resources available online are highlighted.
  • Mining ancestors: knowing where to look - This talk explores how to trace your often elusive mining ancestors and their families and looks at a wide variety of resources.
  • TROVE and other NLA treasures - This talk highlights the National Library of Australia’s resources including TROVE, E-Resources, Picture Australia, and the web archive Pandora.
  • Victorian resources for family history research - This talk looks at resources available for anyone with Victorian ancestors. Topics covered include archives, libraries, historical societies, cemeteries, newspapers, mining records and some lesser known resources.
  • Warning warning: tips and tricks to avoid common family history mistakes - This talk draws on the speaker's own experiences and provides some tips on avoiding common mistakes when starting out family history research. It also provides some tips and tricks to save time and money when researching.

Rosemary Kopittke

  • Australian government, police & education Gazettes - Examines the hidden material in Australian Government, Police and Education gazettes - mostly we consider them to be irrelevant and uninteresting but that is definitely not the case. The gazettes contain information about people we would never find in other records.
  • Connecting with family lines online - We used to write letters to discover family connections but now there are many different ways we can find others searching the same family lines. This presentation has a look at Genes Reunited, MyHeritage, Ancestry and other websites to see how we can use the resources of the internet to make those family connections. What does each of them offer and which is best for you?
  • Family Photo Book - Why just leave your photographs on your computer. The Family Photo Book software is easy, fun and free to use (versions for Windows and Mac). An album is the perfect gift for anyone and any occasion - for recording family history, family reunions, weddings, birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, memorials or any special occasions. Share your travels with pictures, write a journal, create a stunning business portfolio or presentation - the possibilities are endless.
  • Findmypast Australasia: gateway to the World Collection- Learn what a great range of unique records are available for researching family and local history on this new site and learn the best way to do it. Recent developments have seen the data available here more than double!
  • Findmypast: the World Collection - Exactly what is happening at findmypast? The last couple of years have seen huge growth in multiple directions – in records from Australia and New Zealand, Ireland, America, in the original UK site itself and the launch of the British Newspaper Archives by brightsolid. All this means much better access to records for local and family historians and is very exciting to see. Where to now?
  • TheGenealogist.co.uk: what's the difference? - Apart from the English and Welsh census and BDM records, TheGenealogist.co.uk has many unique records to offer - official non-conformist registers, PCC Wills and images, electoral rolls and more. As well, it has some innovative search options which can help break down your brickwalls.

Helen Smith

  • Bringing your ancestors to lifeSome people are lucky enough to inherit boxes of photos, letters and memorabilia which are wonderful ways to add life to the dates and facts we research. But how do you add life to your ancestors’ story when you don’t have the photos or letters? This presentation shows way of adding life to your ancestors and how to place them in their social context using available historical resources.
  • Friendly Societies and family history - Friendly societies were mutual aid organisations designed to help people protect themselves against hardship. Subsidised health care was only one of the services offered by Friendly Societies to our ancestors and the Friendly Societies played an integral part in many of our ancestors’ daily educational and social world.
  • Genealogical education - There comes a time in your research where you want to enhance your research skills. This presentation shows the range of options available online both free and fee based that will allow you to customise your education.
  • Just what did cause their death? - Death certificates, while fantastic documents providing essential information, were never designed for family historians. Establishing the cause of death is important for completion of our research but also for establishing a medical health history of a family. However unfamiliar terms are common. Exactly what does marasmus, apoplexy, scrofula inanition mean as the cause of death? This presentation explains the evolution of the death certificate, the advances in medical knowledge and shows how some of the pitfalls of death certificate research can be avoided.
  • One Name Studies: what can you get from them? - One Name Studies are a neglected resource for family historians. In a One Name study information about a specific surname is collected and collated. This information can include civil registration, church records, probate, electoral rolls, parish chest records, maps, photographs and much much more. The study co-ordinator finds any reference to the surname and usually establishes family linkages where possible. This presentation shows the wide range of material that is available in most One Name studies and explains how the author does her One Name Study of the name Quested. It also explains ways of finding if a One Name Study exists of your surname of interest.
  • Ryerson index - This presentation showcases the Ryerson Index: a fantastic resource for family historians of death notices, mainly contemporary, published in Australian newspapers.
  • Tracing your ancestors in Queensland - Highlighting researching your family history in Queensland, the resources available both on and offline with a discussion on immigration and movement in Queensland.

Others presenting on the cruise 

Neil Bradley

  • Second Site (for TMG)Second Site is a companion product for The Master Genealogist. It enables users to produce high quality genealogy web sites using the information contained in TMG databases. The web site can be published to the web or shared with relatives and friends on CD. This talk will take you through the simple steps to create an initial database and then offer show you how to “jazz it up”.
  • Tracing Your Ancestors in Western Australia - Highlights the key websites to use to discover information about your WA Ancestors and relatives. Will also cover other key sources of information in WA including what is available at WAGS and on the WAGS website.

Geoff Doherty

  • The Disappearing Dunne's: How the collapse of a family in Brisbane in 1900 led to uncovering a world encompassing journey spanning the years 1891-1914Several years ago I was doing some research in the Queensland State Archives concerning the contingents sent to the South African War, 1899-1902. I was looking through packets of Colonial Secretary's Inwards Correspondence when I came across a file that was almost an inch thick. The top letter was from the British Consul in Mexico and was dated 1902. I quickly determined that the file did not concern men of the Queensland contingents and turned it over and went on looking through the rest of the packet. But that letter from Mexico preyed on my mind, and I returned to the file and photographed it all - about 100 pages - to read through when I got home. Well, I read through it all right - and an obsession was born. This is the story of what the Dunne's did, and where they have taken me over the years, and how I have tracked them.
  • "Oh, What a Tangled Web....". How two small Australian National Archives files led to uncovering the story behind Australia's first, most successful military deserter: Private Alfred McGhie, 1st Victorian Contingent, South African War, 1899-1900 - this is a case study about how you never know what you are going to find on a research trip to the archives. The two files mentioned concern the actions of two different people, though they are related by marriage, and concern two separate time-periods, some months apart. When they are considered together, the first file clearly gives an indication as to why Alfred McGhie might have taken the actions that he did. But it is not the whole story - it is never that simple. With the aid of information from several other sources, the (almost) complete story of Private Alfred McGhie comes to light.
Linda Elliott
  • English parish registers - Parish registers are the backbone of family history once the researcher has traced beyond 1837 and civil registration. It is important to understand the changes that have occurred through the centuries, what information was collected & why and what you can expect to find. Lastly where you can find parish registers online as scanned images, as transcripts and as indexes.
  • Researching New Zealand ancestors at a distance ‐ (description to come)
  • What to do with the body; a Victorian solution - This talk is about the run up to the Burial Act 1852 which closed churchyards within London and the establishment of the large cemeteries which are now known as the Magnificent Seven. It touches on the Victorian's attitude to death and funerals, the difference between a churchyard & a cemetery, symbols on tombstones and where cemetery records may be found both off and online.

Diane Foster

  • Preservation or perish - this talk covers the ideal way to store your records and a practical solution if funds are a problem. Content looks at environment, enclosures, access and purchase of materials.
  • Preservation of photographs - this talk covers the safe storage of black and white, colour and digital photographs. Discussion includes the ideal storage facilities and what do to when cost is a factor.
  • Genealogy and family history - this PowerPoint presentation illustrates the differences between genealogy and how family history research will enhance the journey as you delve into the life of your ancestors.

Dawn Springett

  • Case study: The loss of HMS Sturdy in 1940 on the Isle of Tiree, Scotland - 70 years later a reunion was held, a memorial service was conducted and a cairn unveiled. How did this special story unfold? A reflective talk. This short presentation is paired with another interesting case study within a one hour time slot.