It’s February 2012 already, and as usual no-one knows how it managed to get here so fast. One good thing about the year flying by is that it means that ‘Congress’ (officially the 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry) is not far away.

For anyone who’s been involved in the Australasian genie field for a number of years, you’ll know that Congress is the BIG event held every three years. So here’s the details for this one …

When: 28-31 March 2012 (Wed-Fri 8.30am-5.00pm, Sat 8.30am-3.35pm)

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide (click here for more details)

What: 4 days of seminars from local and international guest speakers, together with an exhibition of 30+ exhibitors

Cost: There’s three options available:
Full registration $495 (4 days seminars and exhibition)
Day registration $145 (1 day seminars and exhibition)
Exhibition Only $10 (1 day entry to the exhibition)

Speakers: there’s a total of 39 speakers from the US, UK, Israel, NZ and Australia. You can see the full speaker biographies list here.

Topics: with 4 days of seminars from 39 speakers, there is so many topics you’re going to find it hard to fit them all in. Below is just a sampling of the topics. Click here for the Congress timetable.
English apprenticeship records
reading old handwriting
ancestors in church
using New Zealand’s historian BDM online records
tracing British merchant seaman
researching German family history in present day Poland
FamilySearch indexing
advanced methodology
are you the family archivist?
forensic genealogy
tracing transported to Australia
writing your history
engaging a professional genealogy
PowerPoint your family history
online newspapers for research
face recognition and photo tagging for genealogy research
tax records of England
no room for Irish orphans in Australia
surgeons at sea
illegitimacy and much, much more

Exhibitors: there are over 30 exhibitors
Abbott Printing
Adelaide Cemetery Trust
Adelaide Northern Districts Family History Group
Adelaide Proformat
Archive Digital Books Australasia
Cornish Association of South Australia
Congress 2015
Family Tree Maker User Group
Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group
Gould Genealogy & History
Guild of One Name Studies
History & Genealogy Cruises
Inside History
Legacy User Group
Lutheran Archives/Friends of Lutheran Archives (FoLA)
National Institute of Genealogical Studies
National Library of Australia
Openbook Howden
Playford Library
Public Trustee – Adelaide
Society of Australian Genealogists
South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society
State Records/National Archives of Australia
Unlock the Past

As an added bonus, the Society has organised some tours which you canĀ  attend if you wish. These consist of a day tour around the major South Australia record repositories, a visit to two Adelaide cemeteries, a day tour to the Barossa Valley famous not only for its wine, but also for its German settlements. And another trip will take you to the Southern Regions of Adelaide visiting historic towns along the way. Further details on these tour can be found on the Congress website. Please note these are NOT included in the cost of registration.

Other useful info:
– there is parking at the Adelaide Convention Centre
– Full registration and Day registration entitles attendees to refreshments and lunch at the Convention Centre, as well as receiving the Congress satchel and a copy of all Congress publications
– the Registration Desk is located in the Adelaide Convention Centre foyer, and will be open Tues 3pm-7.30pm, Wed 7am-6pm, Thur 8am-6pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm
– you can turn up on the day without having pre-registered and buy a Day Registration, or a pass to see the Exhibitors only. But you cannot however buy tickets for indivial talks.