If you are considering going to Auckland in January for the Australian Federation of Family History Organisations 12th Congress then let me remind you that the early-bird registration closes on the 30th September. If you were not considering going then let me try to change your mind!
This is a marvellous opportunity to hear speakers from around the world and to learn more about how to find your ancestors and discover more about their lives. The opportunity to mingle with other researchers is also a huge, often overlooked, benefit. People who think the way we do! People who don’t think it’s odd to include cemeteries in the sights of a town, and who understand how exciting each new discovery is.
Dick Eastman, the technology guru; Paul Allen, co-founder of Ancestry.com and now the CEO of FamilyLink; Elaine Collins, Commercial Director of FindMyPast; John Grenham, the Irish research guru; Michael Gandy, editor of the Society of Genealogists’ journal and a very entertaining speaker; Megan Smolenyak, an expert on DNA research; Cora Num, website guru; these are a few of the famous international speakers that will be lecturing and running workshops over the four days of the conference.
Topics cover research in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, technology, DNA, and specific how-to sessions such as preserving documents and heirlooms and writing your family history. Many sessions run concurrently so that you can always find something of interest for every session, and some lectures are repeated at other times so you can sort out clashes in the programme with other lectures you want to see. Hands-on workshops are available in many of these subject areas as well.
Accommodation is available at the College where the conference will be run, or alternatives can be found in nearby motels.
These Congresses are only run every three years. The last one was in Darwin in 2006 and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it; it could have gone on for another four days and I would have been happy! The next one will be in Adelaide in 2012, which seems a long way away at the moment.
Here is the message from the Convenor, Richard Hollier:
For those of you who have not yet registered for the AFFHO 2009 Congress this email is to remind you that the earlybird registration closes on 30 September 2008.
Look at the benefits:
- Around 15 speakers from outside Australasia
- Four consecutive lecture streams
- Plus parallel workshop stream with up to 4 additional options
- Networking with fellow genealogists from throughout the world
- On site accommodation in gorgeous surroundings
- Range of social events and tours
- Registration cost lower than previous AFFHO congresses and comparable to NZSG when compared on a daily cost
- Convenient online registration
Go online http://www.affhocongress2009.org and register now
Don’t miss this highlight on the 2009 genealogical calendar!!
Any questions or issues please email me or one of the congress committee. Contact details are on the website.
c/- 24 Gretel Place
Hillcrest, North Shore City 0627
Phone: +64 9 4190521
I personally will be taking advantage of the opportunity to do some research on my long-neglected New Zealand ancestors and I am going over a week early. Perhaps I’ll see some of you there!