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Event Information

  • 13 Oct 2017 9:30am - 5:00pm
    14 Oct 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
    15 Oct 2017 9:30am - 4:00pm
  • Venue R.S.L Address: 72 End Street,
  • Deniliquin
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: $10 Per Day / Seminar $25 DGS & VicGum members $35 for non members

The Deniliquin Genealogy Society Inc.


A Family History Expo

Friday 13th & Saturday 14th October 2017.
Friday 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm.

$10 entry fee per day
Entry fee allows access to Seminars and the Main Hall.

38 Exhibitors Registered

Val – ph 03 5881 3980
Carol – ph 03 5881 4314

  • Research your ancestors with the help of Professional Genealogists
  • 50 + Exhibitors including Gould Genealogy, Vic GUM and Ancestry
  • Ten guest speakers throughout the two days 
  • Various Demonstrations including information on the NEW Family Tree Maker 2017. If you are a user of FTM, Don’t miss this exciting update.
  • Lucky door and other prizes both days and raffles drawn Saturday 3pm

To partake in one of the prizes on offer participants are asked to bring photographs of their ancestors one photo is one entry

These can be on a USB stick copyright remains with the participant.

Check our website for the latest exhibitors http://members.bordernet.com.au/~denifhg 

We have stall holders from S.A. Victoria, NSW, Tasmania, Qld and ACT

List of Speakers

All Presentations will be in the Mountbatten Rooms at the RSL


FRIDAY 13th October - Auditorium Opens at 9.30 am

10am - 11am

Jason Reeves - Acquisition Manager for Australia and New Zealand

Conducting Thorough Searches on Ancestry.com

Everyone in the Family History world is familiar with Ancestry.com – but how do you effectively use the general search, or card catalogue?  What are wildcard searches or 'exact / sounds' like filters? How can you find the help you need to overcome obstacles with your access or research?  Join Jason Reeve, Ancestry.com’s Content Acquisition Manager for Australia and New Zealand as he explains how to get the most from your time on Ancestry.com.

11.15am - 12.15pm

Anne Burrows –State Library Victoria

Anne Burrows has been Genealogy Librarian at State Library Victoria since October 2000.

Presentation Topic –:  ‘Story of Susannah Nicholls through the collections of State Library Victoria’

Join Anne in finding out about the Susannah Nicholls story. Many of these records/resources could be a solution to finding your own ancestors story using the collections of State Library Victoria.

1.30pm - 2.30pm 

Andrew Gildea – The creator of the finderscafe.com concept

Presentation Title: Online Sharing – protecting the truth in history research

Synopsis: The problem – Online sharing is accelerating the loss of artefact provenance, where historical fact is becoming fiction through plagiarism, unfounded claims and lack of source recognition.

The solution – preserving truth by systematic capturing and validation of information at the source before publication and then protecting the artefact by regulating its sharing, through copyright and ownership control.

The urgency – finderscafe.com preserves, protects and allows you to research share and control your artefact’s provenance. As the history protectors of today, it is time for us all to ensure online sharing of our history does not corrupt the truth.

2.45pm - 3.45pm

Joy Roy - A Fellow of the Genealogical society of Victoria

Presentation Topic: - Shipping All States

One of the major questions asked is when, where and how did my ancestor come to Australia. In the 1700s & 1800s early settlers came by ships taking months to get here. Join Joy and explore the ways and means to research shipping records available in most states of Australia.

 Auditorium Closes at - 5PM

 Friday Continued

Room 1 at 7pm - 9.30pm

Dr Tim Sherratt -  University of Canberra

Dr Tim Sherratt is a historian and hacker who researches the possibilities and politics of digital cultural collections.

Presentation Topic - Trove tips & tricks

With online access to more than 200 million newspaper articles, Trove has changed the way we do history. But Trove is more than newspapers, and more than a search box. In this talk you'll learn how you can extend your Trove-ing – refine your searches, save your collections, and even build your own online exhibition!


Followed by

8.15pm – 9. 15pm

Lieutenant Colonel Neil C SMITH, AM Retired

Mostly Unsung Military History Research and Publications

Presentation Topic is...Tracing your World War Two Australian Military Ancestors

Few Australians would not have an ancestor who served in World War Two between 1939 and 45. Neil Smith’s presentation will provide essential background historical knowledge of Australia’s part in the conflict and outline the appropriate resources needed to successfully build your family history of those who served. The war witnessed different enlistment and service experiences to earlier conflicts with newcomers on the research scene such as Prisoners of War in large numbers, aviation, War Crimes and new and evolving technical aspects of warfare – all of which demand a different set of resources to be considered.

 We will see you all tomorrow Saturday 14th October for another action packed day of Family History



Day 2 - SATURDAY Auditorium opens at 9am

10am - 11am

Jason Reeves - Ancestry.com’s Content Acquisition Manager for Australia and New Zealand

Using Ancestry.com for Family History & An Introduction to AncestryDNA (Including Q&A)

Have you heard of Ancestry.com? Why should you use it? How can you find the help you need to overcome obstacles with your research and where does AncestryDNA fit in to the picture? Join Jason Reeve, Ancestry.com’s Content Acquisition Manager for Australia and New Zealand as he explains using Ancestry, taking an AncestryDNA test and discovering your own family history.


11.15am - 12.15pm

Dr Kate Bagnall, University of Wollongong

Dr Kate Bagnall is a historian who specialises in Chinese migration and settlement in Australia, particularly in New South Wales before 1940.

Presentation title: Researching early Chinese Australian families – 8 sources to know

Talk blurb: In this talk you'll find out about the history of Chinese Australian families from the 1860s to the 1930s, and about how to research them. Focusing on 8 essential sources, we will explore topics such as understanding Chinese names and how to trace ancestors back to China.

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Suzanne Voytas – Suzanne has been a family historian for over 40 years her knowledge also includes DNA for family history

Her topic will explore certain aspects of - It is not all on the Internet

In recent years many new researches have become depended on the internet which has led some to believe that if it is not on the internet the required information does not exist and if it is there then it is all true and no further research is required. Suzanne's presentation will detail the many and varied primary documents that are available, as well as provide clues to think outside the box.

2.45pm - 3.45pm

Debra Parry - Melbourne Conservation Services

Debra Parry is a qualified conservator with a Master of Art in Cultural Materials Conservation from the University of Melbourne.

Presentation Topic: - ‘Preservation of your collections’

Many people have precious items such as documents, photographs, memorabilia, artwork, or other items that they would like to preserve and pass down to descendants. Such items are often in poor condition due to improper storage, display or handling.  Conservator, Debra Parry will talk on how to care for your collection items. The presentation will discuss how materials deteriorate and how to properly handle, store and display items to preserve them for the future. Debra has given many presentations on looking after collections, the most recently in Bairnsdale to the Local History Groups, and at Rare Book Week in Melbourne. 

2.30pm Raffles Drawn  

4pm Close of Expo

but there is more to come on Sunday

FTM  Seminar Sunday 15th October 2017

9.30 - 4pm

$25 DGS & VicGUM member’s $35 non members

Bookings: Pre Payment required at time of booking Deniliquin RSL Club

or Deniliquin Genealogy Society - Direct Debit Contact denifhg@bordernet.com.au for instructions

or Phone Val 03 5881 3980.

Internationally renowned Presenters

Doug Elms & John Donaldson

John and Doug will cover the latest update with Demonstrations and practical hints for using Family Tree Maker to record your family history information.

The presentation will also include information about places, media, sources, reporting, charts and book preparation.

Closes at 4pm

Our Exhibitor List for the Expo

Our Exhibitor List

Ancestry - Jason Reeve

Archive Digital Books Australasia

Unlock the Past publications

Unlock the past cruises

Genealogy ebooks

Gould Genealogy & History

Gould Digital

Familyhistory.link - NEW

Victorian GUM

Finders Cafe

Mostly Unsung - Military

Scottish Ancestry Group

State Library Victoria

Guild of One Name Studies

CSU Regional Archives also showcasing the NSW State Archives

Teapot Genies

First Fleet Fellowship

Ballarat Heritage Services

Port Phillip Pioneers Group

Echuca/Moama Family History group

Shepparton Family History Group

GenTree Australia - Tasmanian Records

Baker Writing Services

NSW Association of Family History Societies

Bendigo Family History Group

Cornish Association of Victoria

Victorian Mining Accident Index & Goldfields Research

Swan Hill Genealogical & Historical Society

HAGSOC Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra

Convict Connections Group

Photos People Places & Things

Deniliquin & District Historical Society Museum

West Gippsland Genealogical Society

Katandra & District History Group

Dr. Kate Bagnall - Chinese Research

Dr Tim Sherratt - Trove tips & tricks

Clan Mac Millan Society of Australia

Archival Survival

Melbourne Conservation Services

NSW Family History Transcriptions