Wednesday 2 August 2017

Heading off down under for Unlock the Past roadshow

I'm heading off in a few hours to Australia and New Zealand, though not before a short four day stopover in Dubai on the way there to see my brother. There's no better time to be going, as August is National Family History Month ( in both Australia and New Zealand, and I'm looking forward to speaking at various cities on the Unlock the Past roadshow, entitled Researching Abroad: British Isles & European Ancestors, as well as at the Auckland Expo in New Zealand from August 11th-13th (see

The first place I will be speaking at is in Brisbane, at the Kedron-Wavell Services Club in Chermside South, on Tuesday, August 8th, where I will be giving the following talks:
  • British and Irish newspapers
  • Scottish research resources before 180
  • Irish family history resources online
  • Down and out in Scotland: researching ancestral crisis

I'll also be at the same venue on Wednedsday 9th, when Dirk Weissleder will be speaking on several European themed topics, and I would be more than happy to give advice on any Irish, Scottish or British themed queries (if I can!) whilst there! For the full Brisbane itinerary, please visit

Whilst away I will do my best to keep posting, not just on the roadshow's progress but on the regular genie news.

One thing to note is that in addition to the main blog, I am now utilising my GENES Blog Facebook page considerably more at, where you can get a few more bonus features, video shares and all sorts of other goodies - so why not follow the page for a wee bit extra?! :)


My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at For my genealogy guide books, visit, whilst details of my research service are at Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at

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