Sunday, 13 May 2012

Are You coming to the Unlock the Past Qld Expo 25-27 June?


I am very much looking forward to this event for the range of talks that will be available and for the range of exhibitors.

Unlock the Past has partnered with History Queensland, Genealogical Society of Queensland and Queensland Family History Society for this Expo. History Queensland will not be putting on a Family History Fair this year so this is your chance for your Family History Fix. This is the seventh Unlock the Past Expo and the first in Brisbane.

A featured presenter is Audrey Collins the well known genealogist from the UK National Archives. You may have heard a number of her podcasts available as downloads on the National Archives website and also in iTunes.Audrey is also the author of The Family Recorder, a very interesting blog that should be on every genealogist's reading list. Audrey has been a frequent presenter at USA and Canadian conferences over the last few years but this is the first time she has come to Australia and I am very much looking forward to hearing her talks.

The Expo program is available here and the hard part will be working out which presentations to attend.

Audrey is speaking each day and the topics all sound great "Scandals in the family",   "The Will Forgeries: Organised Crime" both sound very intriguing! 

Audrey is also speaking on the Census, The Making of the GRO Indexes, Online Newspapers and Periodicals and the London Gazette. 

As well as Audrey there are also many other speakers. For those who could not attend Congress, Shauna Hicks will be talking on "Ancestors in Church: Using Church Publications" and also other presentations.

Judy Webster  will be speaking on "Black Sheep and Vanishing Relatives" which is an excellent talk giving clues on how to find those very hard to find black sheep.

Kerry Farmer will be talking on DNA and another talk on "Convicts from Trial to Freedom" a must-hear of you have convicts in the family.

Carole Riley will be giving a talk on "Australian Land records". This can be a difficult are a to research. 

Cassie Mercer, the well known editor and publisher of Inside History is talking on "Ireland to Longreach: the Real Captain Starlight?" which sounds very interesting.

Another presenter who is well known for his books is Stephen Dando-Collins  who has written on a number of Australian historical topics including "Captain Bligh's Other Mutiny" and also a very impressive number of books based on Roman history.


I will also be giving a number of presentations including one on "Demolishing Brickwalls in your Research" "Just What Did cause Their Death?", "The Guild of One Name Studies" and "Online Genealogical Education Opportunities". 


I have only picked out some of the presenters, so definitely look at the program. As well as all the presentations there will also be an exhibit hall with an increasing number of exhibitors including Find My Past who will be there showing their databases and offering look-ups. They had a very popular stall at Congress with constant numbers of people looking up their relatives with many happy jigs being performed.

There will also be a Research Help Zone where you can bring your research problems.


Pre-booking entry will save you money, link on the side-bar of this blog.. Bookings for the talks will only be available on the day onsite.
Other Information
  • Cost: Entry pre-booked by Wed 20 June $20 two or more days, $10 one day, $5 Monday evening only. On the day $5 extra, Talks $5 and $10 each, a few free.

Other Features
  • Research Help Zone - now a regular and popular feature of the Unlock the Past Events
  • Talk to an expert - one on one with an expert to help with your problem
  • Prizes and special Expo offers - valued at several thousand dollars
  • Open Monday evening
Venue and date
Centenary State High School - 1 Moolanda Street, Jindalee Queensland
Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 June 2012
  • Monday 12.00noon - 9.30pm
  • Tuesday 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Wednesday 9.00am - 4.00pm