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World wide

Ten top tips for tracing your hard-to-find ancestors

What happens when you can’t find them and you know they should be there in the records? In this demonstration, Mike will take us beyond the obvious and give some tips and tricks to help your research. Thinking like a forensic detective will help you to work from the evidence you already have.


Search like a professional: how to make your online searching more effective

Professional researchers need to maximise their efficiency in searching online resources. Daily use of the major online sites such as ancestry, findmypast and familysearch hones their search skills and allows the professional to keep up with the subtle changes and ‘improvements’ that are a constant feature of these sites. This session will demonstrate a number of useful search principles common to all these three sites and also some key differences between them.


Medicine or magic: the medical marketplace in the past

In past times the practice of medicine was carried out by a number of practitioners of different status and expertise. Our ancestors could choose between university trained physicians, barber surgeons, apothecaries, midwives and ‘cunning-folk’, as well as spiritual healers. This discussion will delve into the past to explore the medical marketplace of our ancestors.


Anointed: Given names in history

Most family historians never explore the given names of our ancestors, yet these names can provide information about our ancestors’ families and the society they lived within. This seminar provides insights into the meanings of given names and the historical patterns of naming.  

-    30/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Blessed! The tricks and traps of church register research

As General Editor of the Biographical Database of Australia, Carol Baxter edited every baptism, marriage and burial entry found in every surviving NSW church register for the years 1787 and 1830.  As a historian and researcher with more than 30 years experience in the industry, she has used church registers from all over the world. This seminar provides you with the skills to get the most out of these important registers, and helps you to learn the tricks and overcome the traps in their usage.

- 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Writing and self-publishing a “how to” book

Are you interested in writing and self-publishing your own book? This talk will provide you with simple guidelines to follow, and direct you to more detailed sources.

– 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Writing a non-fiction book in 15 easy steps

Have you a topic you would like to write about? Perhaps you are a “how to” expert. Perhaps you give seminars and would like to write a back-up book. Perhaps you wish to write a history of your local school or church or hospital, or a building or other physical structure, or anything else that might interest you. This talk will provide you with simple guidelines to follow, and direct you to more detailed sources.

– 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Writing: structuring a family history

How do you turn your reams of notes, photocopies and certificates into a family history? This seminar provides you with simple guidelines to help you structure a family history.

– 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Writing narrative non-fiction

Narrative non-fiction is a writing genre that is rapidly growing in popularity. Carol Baxter is the author of three works of narrative non-fiction – in her case, history told as a gripping story rather than a dry analysis – with more to be published in 2013 and 2014. This seminar provides guidelines to help you write books or articles or stories for family members that you can be proud of and that others will want to read.

– 45/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


Don’t assume! Dealing with errors in original records

While researchers have to assume that most historical records are accurate (or there would be little point in undertaking historical research), everyone makes mistakes, including those producing the historical records of interest. This seminar explores the subject of inaccuracies in original records and provides strategies for overcoming the problems they can create.

– 30/60 minutes – Powerpoint presentation


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