Monday, 11 February 2013

Unlock the Past 3rd History and Genealogy Cruise Day 2

We had a lovely dinner last night and out waiter Marlon was very friendly. The food was nice but the conversation was much nicer! It is great to have a full meal conversation about family history research and social history, why people did things without having someone's eyes glaze over at best or have them run screaming from the room at worst!

Today we have had a full program starting with an interesting presentation by Stephen Dando-Collins based on his "Crack Hardy' Book. The First World War was a very difficult time for many families with the the numbers who did not come home.

Then a talk on "Following Your Migrating Ancestors" by Paul Milner. It is always important to know the reason for someone moving, how far they moved, did they move on their own, as a family unit, did they move to be with family? Was their occupation the reason for the move?

Then onto a talk by Carol Baxter on New South Wales research. Carol has a huge amount of knowledge of researching in the early New South Wales records due to her long history working on the publishing of these and other records. Many years experience (and I am not saying just how many!) has given Carol unique insights into these records and the ways we can use them for our research. 

The other two presentations on at this time were Shauna Hicks talking on Victorian Research and Neil Bradley talking on West Australian Research. 

Then lunch and coming back to give my presentation on Researching in Queensland. I had a good audience and the feedback was good. There are some really good resources now and more coming online. You really do need to keep checking back on any site as additions are being made regularly.

Queensland State Archives recently added a new resource of the immigration index that has direct links to images of the passenger list which you are able to download as a PDF. It is always worth examining everyone else on board to determine if that family story of them meeting on board and then getting married is true. Or perhaps of the children meeting up or maybe a child is named after someone on board or even after the name of the ship. 

Then I heard Linda Elliott talking on the Cemeteries in London which came into use when it became very difficult to bury people in the London churchyards then it became illegal to bury people in the churchyards due tot he smell, putrefaction and worse. Linda spoke about the establishment of the cemeteries and what has happened to the cemeteries since their beginning and  how you are able to access the records.

I missed Rosemary Koppitke talking on the Australian Government, Police and Education Gazettes which are a genealogical treasure house. I have heard a version of this before and there are some amazing gems to be found.Jan Gow gave a presentation at teh same time as my talk on "Getting to know Legacy". Legacy is a powerful program.

Then there was the Introduction to the Master Genealogist (TMG)by Bob Velke. We are privileged on this cruise to have Bob, who is the author of the program giving a series of presentations on features of this very powerful program. While I have been a user of TMG since version 1 I would not say I am an expert and hearing how other people use the program is always worthwhile. A great strength of the program is that there are multiple ways of doing things. You are not restricted to one type of information and this was a major reason I started using TMG all those years ago. I am really looking forward to the other sessions on intermediate users, customising reports, sources and citations and customising charts and forms. 

Neil Bradley will also give us a talk on using Second Site which allows you to make websites from your TMG database.

After Dinner Paul is giving his talk on the 'Big Five in Scottish Research'

There are lots more presentations tomorrow and depending on internet I'll tell you about them tomorrow evening.