Monday, 1 August 2016

National Family History Month in Australia

Starting today it is National Family History Month in Australia (

From the Australian based National Archives (

The National Archives is proud to again sponsor the launch of National Family History Month. To celebrate the month, our staff in Adelaide have organised a range of seminars:

National Archives Open Day, 13 August
Researching family and local history, 17 August
Find yourself in the Archives, 31 August

Our Perth staff will show how to begin or advance your family history research in Making Australia Home on 10 August.

The National Library of Australia is alos getting in on the act with a dedicated page at

I'm going to throw in a quick plug here also for Adelaide based Gould Genealogy (, which provides a range of genealogical research materials and presentational resources for your ancestral research. A family based business of several decades standing, the company also runs a series of highly enjoyable genealogy conferences at sea through Unlock the Past Cruises (, its various expos, including this year's History and Genealogy Expo in Adelaide (see, and its ever growing range of research aid publications under the Unlock the Past imprint ( I've contributed a few to this range on Scottish, Irish and British topics, and have in fact just started on a new one, hopefully to be published in the next few weeks!

If you're looking for research guidance also, don't forget that there is the excellent Australian magazine Inside History (, and many wonderful family history societies across the country, including the Sydney based Society of Australian Genealogists ( You'll find others listed at

If you're starting off with your family history down under, there are plenty of good folk in the neighbourhood to help you get on your way, and plenty of folk on this side of the planet to help also!


For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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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