Christmas 2011 has come and gone and over the holidays you spent time catching up with family members. Family stories have been shared as well as questions asked about events and people in your story. 2012 is the year that you want to begin or continue your family history research in earnest. 

If you like to plan ahead there are already some  family history events confirmed in Australia this year that might help in your search.

First of all from 28 to 31 March in my lovely home city of Adelaide there is the 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry with the theme ‘Your Ancestors in their Social Context’ hosted by the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society. The conference will feature a a range of international and Australian speakers.

On Friday 30 March I will be presenting on ‘Publicans and public servants : some ideas for researching the occupations and working lives of your female ancestors from the collections of the State Library of Victoria’. This topic was prompted by research into the life of my grandmother, Ann Marie Burrows who was publican of the ‘Dover Castle‘ in North Adelaide, South Australia for some fifteen years from 1926.

burrows, anne marie Ann Marie Burrows c1930 (family collection)

The conference also provides the opportunity to visit and perhaps use the resources of the State Library of South Australia and State Records of South Australia especially if like me you are researching South Australian ancestors.

On Monday 30 July 2012 the State Library of Victoria will again host the annual Family History Feast, a day of free family history information sessions organised jointly by the Library with Public Record Office Victoria and National Archives of Australia (Victorian Office). The day will conclude with the annual Don Grant Lecture organised by the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations.

don grant lecture 2011 Dr Andrew Lemon presenting the Don Grant Lecture 2011

Stay tuned for booking and program details!

The members of the Genealogy Team would like to wish you a very happy and safe 2012 and a successful year of family history research.

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