This week we talk to Jeanette Finlayson from the Central Queensland Family History Association. Queensland is a large state in Australia’s northeast.
Tell us a bit about yourself, Jeanette. How did you get into family history research and why are you so heavily involved with it now?
I am a retired teacher. Many years ago, I was having a conversation with one of my cousins from my Mother’s side. He was saying how fortunate we were that our ancestors had the foresight to migrate to this country. Of course, I agreed with him, and then thought how little I actually knew about their story, so I decided that as soon as I retired I would find out as much as I could about my maternal German ancestors and my Irish paternal ancestors. I have now been researching for 14 years, and have been richly rewarded by what I have found, and the people I have met. The story of my ancestors was one of hardship and sacrifices, and required great courage in their fight for survival in their new country. I am greatly indebted to them for the comfortable life I have today.
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.
This month is a big one for genealogy events. Last week in Victoria was the Unlock the Past history and genealogy expo at Geelong with over 70 exhibitors and 36 presentations. MyHeritage had a special presence with inserts in every show bag and they were joined by a large number of the leading genealogy and family history associations from Victoria and Australia who exhibited over the two days. I've posted a wrap up of the event over on my blog for those who weren't able to attend.
For New South Wales genealogists, there is the annual conference of the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies, 16-18 September in Inverell. There is a great program of talks and exhibitors but unfortunately I can’t make it this year. I just hope someone blogs it!