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DNA survey 2018

DNA Down UnderTo help with planning our 2019 DNA Down Under with Blaine Bettinger roadshow and conference we have a survey going to get feedback on:

Manorial records for family historians - new guide book -


Manorial records for family historians
with examples of how to identify and locate your ancestor’s property

by Geoffrey Barber
published October 2017

Expo reports & photos

The recent Australian history & genealogy expo 2016 attracted a number of bloggers. So it is hardly surprising that some of these have given their impressions of the expo on their blogs. Here is a photo of the bloggers and list of blog reports we are aware of.


The expo that grew

Australia has never had a national  history & genealogy expo or fair - until less than two weeks ago. The British Isles, north America and New Zealand have all had major national exhibitions - events targeting the wider public, rather than just the committed researchers as conferences do.  Australia has had regional and even state expos/fairs, but nothing on a national scale.

$10,000 in prizes at the Australian history & genealogy expo 2016

What started out as regional (state) expo with quite modest expectations became something much larger. In no area was this more pronounced than the prizes - the number of donors and the number and value of prizes offered. This blog post acknowledges the donors and lists all the winners.

Unlock the Past events - past events, a review and the future

Unlock the Past has organised a number of special events since early 2010. Here we combine a review of these with the feedback from our recent Unlock the Past Major Events Survey to give you an overview of how they have gone and what we may consider in future. A copy of this blog can also be downloaded as a PDF file. This post is fairly long.

Unlock the Past NSW Expo (Coffs Harbour) Photos

Here are some photos from the Unlock the Past NSW Expo at Coffs Harbour

Expo Coffs Harbour  3-4 June 2011

One of the popular presentations


Expo Coffs Harbour  3-4 June 2011

Why you shouldn't miss an Unlock the Past Expo

If you did not come to the Unlock the Past NSW Expo at Coffs Harbour (and could have) you missed something special – according to most of those who came.

2010 in review and 2011 in prospect

2011 is now upon us. We want to consolidate following a very busy and formative 2010 for Unlock the Past (UTP). In many ways we were pioneering with a number of new and innovative ventures. We have gained more experience, new skills, knowledge etc. to make 2011 better again. 

Click here for a handy PDF version of this blog post.

The Unlock the Past Roadshow and the future

Here are a few photos and comments on the History & Genealogy Roadshow ANZ to complement Shauna Hicks’ superb and interesting daily blogs and her Roadshow overview.

It was especially

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