This is a guest post by Shauna Hicks.
Shauna is a professional genealogist, former archivist and librarian who has been researching her own family history since 1977.
It's been another busy week in Australian genealogy and with lots more to come over the next few weeks being a family history buff in Australia is going to be a busy time!
The Week That Was
This week I was really pleased to finally see the Society of Australian Genealogists (Sydney, NSW) offering a webinar to its members. Their first one was offered to 100 members and was booked out very quickly so there is obviously a need for this kind of service to members.
It should be said that the Genealogical Society of Victoria has been offering podcasts to its members for years but a podcast is not as interactive as a webinar but still good if you can’t get along to society talks.
With that in mind, here’s hoping that SAG start offering webinars to non-members and that other societies will also follow their lead.
New Heritage Databases
It’s really hard keeping up with all the new indexes and databases that are coming online all the time and that’s one of the reasons I like Twitter so much.
Other genealogists tweet about their discoveries and it’s a great way to learn about what’s new online. For example, this week I learned about a new Brisbane heritage database which allows researchers to search places, heritage buildings and places of significance. It gives physical details, historical information, builders, architectural period and style and even photographs. I like putting in just a postcode and then browsing the entries – it brings back so many memories of Brisbane, my home city.
Perhaps the biggest upcoming event is the Unlock the Past History and Genealogy Expo in Geelong on 2-3 September. With over 70 exhibitors and 36 presentations there should be something for everyone.
That same Weekend in Sydney on 3 September is the inaugural Australian Huguenot Conference, a one day conference for anyone with an interest in Huguenot history both in Australia and overseas.
The following week is a big week in New South Wales with History Week running between 3-11 September and with a theme of EAT History the program sounds fantastic. EAT is Edible, Appetising and Tasty and explores the history of food
Over in the west, the Western Australian Genealogical Society is running its annual Western Ancestor competition (open to both members and nonmembers) and the theme is Your Favourite Female Ancestor. It’s a great incentive to write up the story of one of your ancestors (and may even spur you on to write up the others too! It closes 13 November 2011 so there is still time to work on your entry.