For those of us here
in Australia, Trove is a wonderful, magical place that we can get side-tracked
in, very easily. So I hear you ask, what is Trove? Trove is the National
Library of Australia’s digitised newspapers. Covering all states and
territories, but not every newspaper, up to 1953, this website is a treasure
Trove for family historians. Everything from births, marriages and deaths, to
divorces, gossip and so much more. Have a look, you want be disappointed. The website also has useful guides, explaingin how to get the best out of your search. https://trove.nla.gov.au/
At 10.00am on Friday 9 March 2018, at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Darling Harbour, the 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry, began, with three concurrent sessions. And the choices were difficult, with a very varied range of topics.
A1, was my first choice, with Jill Ball's Beaut Blogs: ideas for tarting up Geneablogs. What a fantastic session it was! Jill has such enthusiasm, for blogging that she really engaged her audience, especially as she used some parts of other bloggers, blogs.
This was followed by a break and a chance to catch-up with friends, there only for the day.
Back into the room and I attended the talk from the National Archives of Australia about Linking the Obscure. Very interesting, lots of useful information.
Lunch and a quick dash outside for a photo of those, who are doing or have done the University of Tasmania course, then I filled in on the Guild of …
#Congress_2018 has been and gone and I'm only just getting around to blogging about it. So lets rewind to Wednesday 7 March.
I was asked to be the 'Welcome Person', as people arrived for early-bird registration. This was set-up in Glover Cottage, next door to Richmond Villa, home of the Society of Australian Genealogists. It was very slow, with only around 50 people taking advantage of this, by the time I left around 2.00pm and Jill Ball took over.
There was early registration on Thursday 8 March, as well but I didn't go into the city until lunch time. This was very busy and Jill Ball's blogs GeniAus http://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/ has all the gossip.
Once ensconced in my hotel room, I was joined by Alison Wolf and Ruth Standring for afternoon tea. Discussions about what sessions we wanted to go to, dinner, on both Thursday and Friday nights, plus catching up with each others news.
Ruth and I walked down to Pancakes at The Rocks, Darling Harbour, (very confusi…
I have come to the conclusion that six hours sleep does not make for a happy camper! Having turned the light of at 11.30pm and having the alarm sound at 6.30am is not good but as a good genealogist, I bravely soldiered on, until 3.45pm when I had to call it quits. But I digress.
Another beautiful morning greeted the 600 attendees, 300+ who had partied the night before, as we made our way to the ICC, for Day 3. Martyn, thought that a sing-a-long would be one way to wake us up, this was greeted with groans and laughter, but sing we did.
Paul Milner was this morning's speaker on English Research -Eighteenth Century Sources and Indexes. This is my time frame, so I paid attention and tried to absorb what Paul was saying. Very intersting and useful.
Another delicious morning tea was waiting for us after this session and a chance to again have interesting conversations or view the vendor stands.
Again the choices for the concurrent sessions were excellent and I chose to listen to Judy G…