Monday, 25 March 2019

Port Macquarie and Districts Family History Society

Another opportunity to speak to family historians at Port Macquarie on Saturday 13 April 2019.

The topic will be Introduction to Land Records and Parish Maps.

We will be travelling to Port Macquarie via Armidale to visit the Regional Archives to undertake some research. On the way down to Port will stop off at Riverglade and Green Vale, both properties owned by my ancestors.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Mapping your Ancestors

Presenting at Richmond Villa for the Society of Australian Genealogists on Saturday 6 April at 1.30pm. The topic is Mapping Your Ancestors where will talk about maps in general, where to source maps and then looking at an alternative means of telling your family story through Google Maps.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Christmas Greetings and Welcome to a New Year

Christmas is fast approaching and the New Year following shortly afterwoods. It has been a busy year and next year does not look as though it will let up.

Congress is coming in March where I will be speaking twice. Please check out the full Congress program. I have also received invitations to speak at Port Macquarie and Camden in 2018. This will be followed by the NSW Association of Family History Societies annual conference in September at Batemans Bay. The theme in 2018 is Sailing into History - see you there.

I wish one and all a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. Happy family tree hunting!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dutch Australian Cultural Centre

Gave a presentation on Digitising Historical Records at the Annual General Meeting of the Dutch Australian Cultural Centre. This was held at the Netherlands Consulate in Bondi Junction. They have many historical and immigration records waiting to be digitised and made available for their members.

Monday, 6 November 2017

LOST in Photographs at S.A.G.

Gave a short presentation at the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) on the weekend relating to the work being undertaken to digitise the manuscript collection of the Society. We discussed the proposal for equipment and methodology used in selecting the equipment. We also spoke about the user guides that had been written to assist volunteer staff in using the two scanners which were purchased.

Much work has been done in the last twelve months and digital images are being stored and ready for viewing by members. Check in MIDAS to see whether a particular file has been digitised.

Monday, 9 October 2017

MAPS Focus Day at Richmond Villa for SAG

A successful day on 5th October with a small group of people wanting to learn where maps could be sourced for using in their family history research and to help tell the story of their ancestors.

Michael Smith, Archivist at City of Sydney also gave a presentation on what is happening with the celebrations for the 175th anniversary of the creation of the Council in 1842. They are also planning to update their databases so that their is a geospatial interface to the data underpinning locations within the city. Looking forward to it!!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Successful day at Bega Valley Genealogical Society

Over 20 people turned up to listen to our presentations and went away to go home and get out their scanners and move on with the task of digitising their family records. Many indicated that the presentation showed them what and how to achieve good results from their equipment.

Others were interested in where to get the maps to use in their family stories.

All round a successful weekend. Thanks to the organisers at Bega Valley Genealogical Society.