PrintIf  you love genealogy and are going to be in Victoria, or more specifically the Ballarat region around the latter part of next week you’ll be interested to know about the Ballarat History and Genealogy Exhibition that is being held next Friday (3rd May 2013).

Anyway Unlock the Past, together with the backing of the VAFHO  State Conference (as the 8th Victorian State Family History Conference is on the following 2 days in Ballarat), has organised the Ballarat History and Genealogy Exhibition, which is a one day event. So if you’re heading to Ballarat for the VAFHO Conference come a little early, and check out the exhibition.

Starting a 2pm and running through until 9pm, you’ll be able to wander around without the need to rush back to the next talk, and will have displays from numerous vendors, as well as a few talks.


When: Friday 3 May 2013, 2pm-9pm
Where: Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, 117 Sturt Street, Ballarat (click here) (4 minute walk from the Town Hall for those also attending conference welcome at 5pm)
Cost: Free

(with product displays, sales and demonstrations)

Archival Access Victoria
Flip-Pal mobile scanner

Genealogy ebooks
Genealogical Society of Victoria
Gould Genealogy and History
Mostly Unsung – Lieutenant Colonel Neil C Smith, AM, specialist in genealogical and historical research on Australian and British Defence personnel
Unlock the Past
Unlock the Past cruises – soon offering a wider range of genealogy cruises (internationally) to suit many tastes and budgets
… others to be advised

(provisional schedule – subject to change)

2.30pm – The amazing Flip-pal Mobile scanner – Rosemary Kopittke
2.50pm – Family Photo Book: the easy fun way to present your photos – Rosemary Kopittke
3.10pm – That Elusive Digger: Tracing your Australian Military Ancestors – brief introduction and then question and answer – Neil Smith
3.40pm – Introducing genealogy cruising: more cruises, more choice, prices to suit different budgets; and Introducing Genealogy ebooks – Alan Phillips
4.00pm – Family Tree Maker – Doug Elms from VicGUM
7.30pm – Introducing MyHeritage: the best and most progressive online tree software – Rosemary Kopittke
8.00pm – The amazing Flip-pal Mobile scanner – Rosemary Kopittke


There will be FREE lookups for Findmypast, Ancestry, The Genealogist, World Vital Records (as time permits), and ScotlandsPeople (limited guide and lookups)

There will be Special exhibition offers and discounts and prizes, including  10% off all Unlock the Past guide books, hundreds of dollars worth of prizes from Gould Genealogy, Unlock the Past, Clean Cruising, and the Genealogical Society of Victoria … and others to be advised


For further information on the Ballarat History and Genealogy Exhibition check out the Unlock the Past website.
If you’d like to exhibit, please contact Alan at or (08) 8263 2055

For further information about the 8th Victorian State Family History Conference, you can find details of the speakers and their topics here.
And more details about the conference itself here.


So please spread the word, as the more merrier,
and we hope to see you at one or both of next weekend’s events.