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British Isles seminar - Adelaide

England  -  Ireland  -  overcoming dead ends

Paul Milner is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author, specialising in British Isles research for over 30 years. Paul was born and raised in northern England and settled in the US in 1975. He is an internationally recognised speaker on British Isles research and migration. He is the lead presenter on the 3rd Unlock the Past history and genealogy cruise in February 2013. This seminar is one of a series he is doing in six cities around Australia either side of the cruise. 

WHEN: Tuesday 26 February 2013, 1pm - 9pm

WHERE: Unley Town Hall, 181 Unley Rd, Unley

COST: $39.50 pre-booked - by Monday 25 February 2013 (12 noon)
on the day $60

evening only (after 5pm) $29.50 pre-booked - on the night $40

Genealogy SA

This seminar is hosted and organised by Genealogy SA
in association with Unlock the Past  

by calling (08) 82724222
emailing saghs.admin@saghs.org.au
or at the Genealogy SA library

 subject to minor change

1.00pmregistration, exhibition, book sales plus Flip-Pal demos 
2.15pmWelcome and seminar introductionRichard Sullivan
2.20pmOvercoming the dead end doldrumsPaul Milner
3.10pmpromotion - UTPAlan Phillips
3.20pmbreak and exhibition 
3.50pmBuried treasures: what’s in the English parish chestPaul Milner
4.40pmFindmypast.com.au: gateway to the world collectionRosemary Kopittke
5.10pmFlip-Pal mobile scanner demoRosemary Kopittke
5.25pmGenealogy SARichard Sullivan
5.40pmprize draws 
5.50pmmeal break and exhibition 
7.00pmEnglish civil registration: tips for use and problem solvingPaul Milner
7.50pmEnglish Special Interest Group 
7.55pmshort break 
8.00pmFinding your ancestors in IrelandPaul Milner
8.50pmIrish Special Interest Group 

Presentation summaries

Paul Milner

  • 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.
  • 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 utilised in the research process.
  • 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.

Rosemary Kopittke

  • 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!


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