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National Family History Month

September 3, 2015

August is National Family History Month. This is an initiative of   Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc.  It’s aim is to promote family history and give the ever increasing numbers of people interested in family history, an opportunity to get along to their local societies, to do a course or gain further knowledge.

So during the month of August, the calendar of genealogical talk and events is always huge throughout Australia. August has been a busy month for me, so I haven’t been able to get to as many events as I would have liked. The highlight for me was the Family History Feast at State Library Victoria.  This is an annual all day conference. The theme for 2015 was The Centenary of World War 1, a subject of huge interest for me. Following are the sessions that were available:

Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance,  “Stories and things that unite generations” by Gideon Perrott, State Trustees

“No damned females” How to find Australian women in World War 1 by Dr. Kirsty Harris, University of Melbourne

4th Light Horse Regiment, by Dr. David Holloway, military historian

Soldier Settlement by Daniel Wilksh, Public Records Office of Victoria

WW1 Records held by National Archives of Australia – Grace Baliviera

The First Shot, First World War Collection at State Library of Victoria – Steven Kafkarisos

THE DON GRANT MEMORIAL LECTURE – Bringing The War Home, Repatriation records and the family historian.

given by Professor Bruce Scates, Monash University

All I can say is that I was in my element, soaking up all that information, from experts in their field, for a whole day. It’s not all that often that I get to do that, and particularly on a topic that I’m passionate about.

I will definitely be attending this event again in 2016. In my opinion it’s definitely not to be missed.



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