Special welcome to our August guest blogger Shauna Hicks, coordinator of National Family History Month in Australia.

August is National Family History Month in Australia which is an initiative of AFFHO, the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations. This year major sponsors are Ancestry.com.au and AFFHO with the National Archives of Australia again hosting the launch, this year in Adelaide. There are hundreds of events across Australia. The NFHM web calendar is divided into the individual States and Territories, events are then listed in postcode order and date order within postcodes. Remember to look at neighbouring postcodes as it might be an easy drive to an event in a nearby suburb. Some events may even be worth travelling some distance to attend. The Online Events category has events to do at home.

It is fantastic to see State Library of Victoria continuing the tradition of Family History Feast. This is the 12th Feast and the 2015 program with its World War One theme looks really interesting and relevant in this centenary year. I am sorry that I do not live in Melbourne anymore as I do miss attending the Library’s events. However I am enjoying lovely warm winters in Queensland.  All is not lost as I can still listen to the sessions as the Library puts podcasts of the presentations online shortly afterwards.

As well as the major NFHM sponsors mentioned above, there are prize sponsors with a giveaway prize draw for genealogy and family history societies and individuals. Instructions on how to enter the prize giveaway and terms and conditions can be found on the NFHM home page and a list of prize sponsors and the prizes are on the NFHM sponsors page.

The NFHM Facebook page will be used to keep people informed of any new events or changes and Shauna Hicks, national coordinator on behalf of AFFHO, will also be doing updates in her Diary of an Australian Genealogist blog. Others will also be tweeting (hash tag #NFHM2015), using Facebook, Google +, blog posts and other social media to highlight events across Australia. There is even a Pinterest board for NFHM where Shauna posts any media coverage or other images of people celebrating NFHM 2015.

So please join us in celebrating genealogy and family history throughout August.



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