The big genealogy event that happens in Australia and New Zealand is the Australasian Congress. Held every three years, this draws speakers, exhibitors and registrants from Australia, New Zealand and  overseas.

Held in a different city each time, our hometown of Adelaide has been chosen to host the next one in 2012, the  “13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry“.

To be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre over 4 days, from 28-31 March 2012, this will be where the “Genealogy-World-Comes-to-Adelaide”.

Adelaide is well known for its events that are on during March (or Mad March as it is known loacally), and the Congress will be at the end of a whole host of them.

24 February to 18 March 2012 – Adelaide Fringe 2012
1 to 4 March 2012 – Clipsal 500 Adelaide
2 to 18 March 2012 – Adelaide Festival of Arts
3 to 8 March 2012 – Adelaide Writers’ Week
9 to 12 March 2012 – WOMADelaide
12 March 2012 – Adelaide Cup

Bookings are now open for this prestigous event, and you can do so online, or by filling in the form, and posting it to: 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry, GPO Box 592 Adelaide, SA 5001.

The Early Bird Registration price of $450 is available for bookings paid in full  up until 30 November 2011. Afterwards the price is $495 per person, or $145 for a Day registration.

With a host of national and international guest speakers, the 4 days will be non-stop genealogy for attendees, and will cover topics such as: English apprenticeship records, Wills: a fascinating resource, ancestors stories from mental asylums; researching German family histor in present day Poland; using New Zealand’s BDM online records; Scottish research online; Internment of enemy aliens in the UK and Australia during WWII; Advanced methodology; Forensic genealogy; Engaging a professional genealogist; PowerPoint your family history; Manifests and embarkation lists … the list is endless.

With 4 or 5 talks running at any one time, the hardest part for attendees will be choosing just which ones to book in for.

You can visit the Congress 2012 website for information on the speakers, and topics, as well as the booking terms and conditions.