Then up early this morning, ready to face the day which was chilly (well chilly to a Queenslander) but was fine and sunny. We were greeted at the venue by one of the famous Geelong Bollards by Jan Mitchell.
He was quite an elegant gentleman with his striped jacket and boater hat. He also had, like any genealogist, the camera available and ready to photograph that headstone, house or document!
All the exhibitors worked hard at getting their displays and databases ready for when the exhibition opened at 8.30. Quite a number of people came down from Melbourne via train and took advantage of a cup of coffee at the cafe before the official opening time. The Registration staff were very busy getting everyone their name-tags, showbags and program and this busynes continued throughout the day.
Lots of people looking through the exhibition hall until the talks began..There was a bit of confusion with the signs which was a shame but was soon rectified.
I attended Rosemary Kopittke's talk on Find My Past. I have heard Rosemary talk on FindMyPast before but with all the recent changes and improvements to their site, it was well worth listening again. Also today FindMyPast announced the release of one million merchant seaman records!!!
Rememebr to check back regularly to this site (and their sister sites FindMyPast.au and the new FindMyPast.ie) as there are so many new record releases that it is easy to miss the announcement. FindMyPast does announce new releases on Twitter (@FindMyPast , @FindMyPastIE and @FindMyPastAU are the tags you should follow if you are on Twitter) and Facebook and also on their blog.
Then I managed to attend Shauna Hicks' talk on Asylums. I have been trying to get to this one for a bit and each time have been prevented because we have been speaking at the same time or last time the volcano prevented Shauna's from giving the talk in Cairns. As expected it was an excellent talk. Shauna gave a lot of information about the reasons people were admitted to asylums and the wide range of records that are available.Certainly there are restrictions on access to more modern records but considering the sensitive information these can contain, some restrictions are quite reasonable.
|Some of the goodies available|
I dropped in and out of a number of other talks in between being on the Research Zone desk along with Kerry Farmer, Carole Riley and Rosemary Kopittke. Dr Diane Snowden's Tasmanian talk and Paul Parton's talks on Family Search looked very good and I heard some very positive feedback about these.
I also had some time to make a few purchases among the goodies available but did restrict myself today as there are quite a number of exhibitors I haven't managed to see as yet.
|David Evans at the Guild stand|
One of the major pleasures of attending these Expos (besides the talks and exhibitors) is meeting up with people whom I have met on Twitter, Facebook or via a blog. Today I met Brona who is the human behind the Twitter tag @AncestryComAu. Brona is the one who keeps us aware of new record releases.
If you are at an event and follow me on any of the social media sites please make yourself known as it is always nice to put a face to a name.
There was so much going on today that I would be here all night but I can't leave without telling you about the last presentation of the day. This was a special presentation Hit the Road Digger which was about the building of the Great Ocean Road using no machinery and taking 14 years. This project was masterminded by Geelong Mayor Howard Hitchcock who had also done so much in the building of Geelong. The presentation was given in story and song and was the perfect finish to a busy but lovely day.
And what is even better is I get to attend again tomorrow with lots more interesting talks and I still have a number of exhibitors I wish to see.