For South Australians, or those that wish to visit our fine State, here is a genealogy and history event not to be missed.

Australian company Unlock the Past are organising the Adelaide’s first “History and Genealogy Expo“, together with the support of the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society. This two day event will be held on 30 and 31 July 2010.

Held over two days, this event will consist of a wide range of exhibitors, as well as a comprehensive range of talks. Meals and refreshments will be available for purchase at the venue. Special offers and prizes will be offered from many exhibitors and sponsors.

Their website says that this event will be …

… a unique opportunity to see many societies, libraries and commercial product and service suppliers in one place and to learn from the many expert presenters. A significant focus will be on introducing newcomers to history and genealogy, but we expect to have something for researchers at all levels.

Friday 30 July 9.30pm – 4.30pm (a Friday evening program is under consideration)
Saturday 31 July 9.30am – 4.30pm

West Adelaide Function Centre (Football Club), 57 Milner Road, Richmond (3km West of Adelaide CBD), South Australia

Cost (per person)
Pre-booked: $15 for one day, $20 for two days
On the day: $20 for one day, $25 for two days
Book your tickets online now

Need More Info
email: Alan (  or Aimee (
phone: (08) 8395 7476

With a range of exhibitors from the following categories:
– family and local history societies – small and large
– libraries, archives and museums
– special interest groups and organisations – business, sporting, transport, motoring, church and school history
– ethnic history and culture
– professional researchers, speakers and course presenters
– printers, publishers and resellers of books, magazines, CDs, maps
– antiquarian booksellers
– online data services
– photo or video services
– scrapbooking, photographic, video and chart printing services
– tour operators – heritage themes, battlefield tours
– transcription agents, translation services
– anyone offering products or services in the history, genealogy, heritage and related fields

If you are interested in exhibiting please contact Alan or Aimée at (08) 8395 7476 or by email or

Cost – $100 per table, although they are FREE for societies, libraries, archives and related organisations who are willing to publicise the Expo through newsletters and on their web sites

The program will be varied and fairly fast moving with two streams of talks on the half hour. A number will be aimed at beginners or general audience, others will offer something different.

Some early commitments and topicss are:
– Ron Austin – several talks on military topics
– Barry Dolman  – Preserving our sporting history
– Aimee Engler – Experiences of SA German-Australians in the early 1900s
– Kerry Farmer – Which genealogy program (with Rosemary Kopittke)
– Shauna Hicks – What was the voyage really like, Genealogy on the cheap, Organising and caring for personal records
– Eric Kopittke – German & Danish research, German sources on the Internet
– Rosemary Kopittke – Which genealogy program (with Kerry Farmer), ScotlandsPeople, Introducing Family Photo Book
– Cassie Mercer – Stories of some early Irish Australians
– Suzanne Maiden – Wills: a fascinating and valuable resource
– Roslyn Paterson, OAM – Cornish influence in South Australia
– Andrew Peake – Occupations
– Alan Phillips – Getting to know, How you can benefit from Unlock the Past
– SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society – Beginning your family history

We expect a number of specialist and general archives, libraries and museums will also give presentations.

Other subjects we are interested in offering:
– maritime history, migration and life at sea on the voyage out
– industry, business & occupations
– guide to newspapers, FamilySearch and other free resources on the web
– guide to subscription or pay-per-view resources on the web ( Find My Past, Ancestry, ScotlandsPeople, Ancestors on Board, Genes Reunited, etc.)
– church and school history
– special interests – sport, recreation, culture
– getting back to your family’s country of origin
– early medicine, genetics & DNA
– convicts, criminals & crime, police
– names, writing & publishing
– photography video & multimedia, scrapbooking & preservation
– city, rural & outback life, culture & customs, transport, built heritage

“We have our own team of presenters, but are open to others with recognised expertise”. Contact Alan if you have someone you would recommend or you yourself feel you have something to offer.

So come along, enjoy the people, the exhibits and of course the talks, while finding out what history really does exist right on our doorstep.