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News from MyHeritage Australia – 23 September 2011

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. She is also a MyHeritage member.


Lots going on since my last news update, so let's get started!

First of all, we were pleased to learn that season 2 of the US version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” (WDYTYA) was to be screened nationally on Channel 9.

The first episode – with Gwyneth Paltrow – was screened last Wednesday night. The starting time was set for 10pm, obviously a ratings decision, but it would have been nice for it to be shown earlier.

Wikipedia has a useful WDYTYA article listing the celebrities and the locations visited for each episode.


The UK Federation of Family History Societies has scheduled a family history competition - Who is the Most Interesting Person in Your Family Tree? Write 1,000 words or less and  enter before 31 December 2011. For full details, click here.


Another competition closer to home is the 2011 Janet Reakes Memorial Award.  This year’s topic is My Most Unusual Ancestor. Entries are limited to 2,000 words, must be fully referenced and the deadline for entries is 16 December 2011. It will be nine years this November since she died. I always remember as it was just after my own birthday. For more details, click here.


Last weekend was the annual conference of the New South Wales (NSW) & Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Association of Family History Societies, held in Inverell.

I usually try to go as it is a great way to catch up with friends from all over, but this year it was just too far to drive from Melbourne to Inverell and back – a 1360km, 16 hour trip.

While there were some tweets over the weekend I have yet to see any blogs or reports about the conference. For more information about this year’s event, click here.

Next year’s event is already planned for Botany Bay. You can find out more about it here.


The final major genealogy event for 2011 is Unlock the Past’s 14-day Scottish-Irish themed genealogy cruise to New Zealand, Tasmania and back to Australia in November. MyHeritage is a sponsor of the cruise.

There are some cabin price reductions now on the website, so if you want to meet Irish-born Scottish genealogist Chris Paton, here’s your opportunity!

I met Chris when he visited Australia in 2010 and he is an excellent speaker. With Irish and Scottish ancestry myself, I follow his Scottish Genes (Genealogy News & Events) blog which always has the latest news.

For information on the cruise, click here.

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  1. I am looking for my sister Bernadette Lungley, She was born in Limpsfield Home Woolfs Row roughly August maybe July 1951. Was told babies born there went to Australia. Can anyone help be most grateful thanks x

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