Monday 15 May 2017

Forthcoming talks tour in Australia and New Zealand

I'm delighted to say that this August I will be making my way to Australia and Zew Zealand once again, as part of a talks tour sponsored by Unlock the Past ( and the Auckland Family History Expo ( entitled Researching Abroad: Finding British Isles and European Ancestors. I will be participating on the tour alongide German genealogist Dirk Weissleder, and several local speakers including Helen Smith, Rosemary Kopittke and Kerry Farmer.

The following is the scheduled itinerary:

BRISBANE - Tue-Wed 8-9 Aug
Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside South - 9am-4.30pm each day

AUCKLAND - Fri-Sun 11-13 Aug (Auckland expo organised by the Auckland Library)
Fickling Convention Centre, Three Kings, Auckland

SYDNEY - Tue-Wed 15-16 Aug
Parramatta RSL, Parramatta - 9am-4.30pm each day

MELBOURNE - Fri-Sat 18-19 Aug
Veneto Club, Bulleen - 9am-4.30pm each day

CANBERRA - Mon 21 Aug
The Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Narrabundah - 9am-4.30pm

ADELAIDE - Wed-Thu 23-24 Aug
The German Club, Adelaide - 9am-4.30pm each day

PERTH - Sat 26 Aug
State Library of WA, Perth - 9am-4.30pm

I have previously spoken in all of the cities, though only at two of the venues listed in this itinerary (in both Sydney and Perth), and am very much looking forward to catching up with all my friends once again down under!

For more on the programme - including details of all the talks that both Dirk and I will be giving - please visit

I'll hopefully see you there!


My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at 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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