Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Australian history and genealogy expo 2016

Australian based firm Unlock the Past ( is hosting the country's first ever national expo in Adelaide on Friday 7th (10am-5pm) and Saturday 8th October 2016 (9am-4pm). The event will be held at Immanuel College, 32 Morphett Road, Novar Gardens.

The following is a summary of what to expect:

Expo overview
• 100 exhibitors
• 11 main theatre feature presentations
• 25 classroom presentations
• 62 short mini-theatre product demos, tutorials, etc. (free)
• micro-theatres at exhibitor stands—product information, demos, tutorials, etc. (free)
• one-on-one consultations with experts (free)
• over $3000 in prizes from exhibitors and sponsors

Eight reasons to be at Australia’s first national expo
1. Australia’s first ever national history/genealogy expo
2. see 100 organisations and product and service suppliers in one place—the largest number ever for any history/genealogy event in Australia
3. choose from 98 topics from 47 speakers in 25 different time slots—the largest history/genealogy program ever offered in Australia
4. low cost admission—affordable for enthusiasts & casual visitors
5. one-on-one consultations with experts
6. special offers from many exhibitors
7. South Australians—attend a major event your own city
8. interstate visitors—an excuse to visit friends/relatives, do some research or just visit SA—enjoy a major expo

The expo offers a wide ranging program — DNA, Google, engineering history, genealogy computing, health history, migration, military history (WWI, WWII), online data (Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, GenealogySA, MyHeritage, Ryerson Index, newspapers online), oral history, old photos, Australian research, overseas research (English, Scottish, Irish, German/European), sporting history, writing history ... and more.

Each registered attendee will receive a registration kit with information and special offers from exhibitors and sponsors as well as entry into the prize draw.

Meals and refreshments
Food will be provided by Vili's Mega Van—located close to the entrance to the venue. A good variety of food will be offered—more details on web site. A coffee cart will also be there. You are at liberty to bring your own food if you wish.

For more information, please visit

COMMENT: In addition to the expo, Unlock the Past runs genealogy conference cruises, and also produces a series of genealogical guide books, including my latest book for them, A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy. You'll find all of the firm's books for sale there, as well as info on the cruises, and just about anything and everything on all aspects genealogical from the many venfors in attendance. I've been to a previous regional expo run by the company in Parramatta a few years back, as well as many other events hosted by the firm across the country in the last few years, and they are always good fun, with some great speakers - have fun!


For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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