Congress is back! From the 28th to the 30th of March, Canberra will be hosting the much anticipated Congress conference for 2015. Over four big days, you will have the opportunity to hear some of the biggest international and local names give talks and seminars in in genealogy, family history, and heraldry. All are welcome, whether you’re just starting to research your own family history or whether you’re an expert–there is something for everyone at this conference. President of the Australian Federation of Family History Societies, and convenor of this year’s Congress, Kerrie Gray said, “We are expecting researchers of all levels of experience—from the complete novice to seasoned veterans…Participants can choose from nearly 80 different presentations…and of course everyone will have the opportunity to meet other family historians who share the same interests and enthusiasm.”
Key note speakers include Mat Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia, who will officially open the conference; Joshua Taylor, President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Data Strategy Manager, who has featured on TV shows including Genealogy Roadshow and Who Do You Think You Are; Grace Karskens, award winning author and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales; Roger Kershaw, author and head of Military, Maritime, Transport and Family records for the Advice and Records Knowledge department and Acting-Head of Editorial for the National Archives; and many, many more.
According to the Congress program, each day is split up into different morning and afternoon sessions, with morning tea and lunch provided. There is a huge variety of talks, ranging from researching Chinese ancestors, to Irish famine orphans, to how you can best utilise the blogosphere–there really is something to pique anyone’s interest! The program provides more detailed information on who the speakers are, and what each session will be about. As well as these sessions, Gray says, “There will also be a large exhibition area open to the public. Visitors will be able to hear talks from the big genealogy companies like Findmypast and Ancestry.com.au. They can wander among exhibitors selling products and giving demonstrations.” A great opportunity to find out what kind of resources are out there, ready to be used!
And of course, no conference would be complete without social events! This year’s opportunities to mingle include the welcome function in Anzac Hall at the Australian War Memorial, and the Congress dinner, which will be held on Saturday evening in Australia’s Parliament House.
Follow this link to register now, and we at Inside History Magazine will see you there!