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HAGSOC Continental Special Interest Group: Exchange of recent findings

Event Information

  • 25 Jun 2011 9:30am - 11:30am
  • HAGSOC Library, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton St
  • Cook
  • Australian Capital Territory
Other Information
  • Cost: Free - membership required

The Continental Special Interest Group of The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc (HAGSOC) meets as a forum for discussion and exchange of information on ancestry in continental Europe.

Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of even-numbered months except December from 9.30 to 11.30 am.

The topic for the next meeting is:  Exchange of recent findings, new members’ interests, etc.

More critically than is the case if your ancestors came from England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales, searching for your ancestors on the Continent of Europe always involves needing to establish the exact state (or province) to which your ancestor’s places of birth, marriage and death belong at the time of each event, especially given the fact that documents are held in local archives and, if formerly the capital of an independent territory, that historic territory’s state archives.  Your European ancestors may well have been born in one country and died in another while both events, decades apart, took place in the same town. This situation arises in a number of continental countries. Most widely known perhaps are Polish speakers who did not have their own country between 1795 and 1918, and yet were born and died in the same town, or nearby ones. These are the sort of issues we face individually, and wrestle with together in our discussions at the bi-monthly meetings of the HAGSOC Continental Special Interest Group.