One month into 2017, and the team at Unlock the Past have been busy filling up the year with a bunch of events around the country, and beyond.
With seminars, roadshows, cruises, and expos there’s a lot on. Here’s a summary of what is coming up on their calendar at this stage for 2017 and 2018.
Some of them are Unlock the Past organised events, while others are those they will be exhibiting at.
8-11 Feburary 2017
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
RootsTech is the biggest genealogy conference in the world with approximately 30,000 people attending, and UTP will have a stand there again this year, promoting their guide books, ebooks, and genealogy cruises.
5-6 May 2017
Exploring and Writing Family and Local History
Adelaide, South Australia
Organised by Unlock the Past, this is a two day event with four speakers that will cover many different aspects of history and genealogy such as: emigration, writing, DNA, military, photographs and more.
19-21 May 2017
Footsteps in Time: 2017 State Queensland Conference
Hosted by the Gold Coast Family History Society Inc. the 2017 Queensland State Conference and Fair aims to inspire, challenge, educate and encourage those interested in family, local and social history. Unlock the Past will be one of numerous exhibitors at this conference.
3-5 June 2017
New Zealand Society of Genealogist 50th Anniversary Conference
Auckland, New Zealand
Organised and held to celebrate 50 years of the NZSOG, they have both Dick Eastman and Judy G. Russell as keynote speakers, who together with a host of others, provide a fascinating program. Everything from ethics, to apps, to the 1918 flu epidemic are covered and everything in between as well. Unlock the Past will be exhibiting, so check out their range of books, ebooks, and their latest genealogy cruises.
28 July-7 August 2017
13th Unlock the Past Cruise: Papua New Guinea
Brisbane > Papua New Guinea > Brisbane
This 10 night cruise which leaves from Brisbane, sails to PNG, and back gives attendees 4 days at sea (so lots of time for our usual wide ranging conference), as well as 5 days in ports and/or around islands (so plenty of time to sightsee). The conference program is headed by Dr Tom Lewis, one of Australia’s foremost Pacific war historians and authors, supported by other recognised experts, with about 40 talks in all, including a special WWII Pacific War stream.
8-26 August 2017
Researching Abroad: Finding British Isles and European Ancestors
Brisbane > Auckland > Sydney > Melbourne > Canberra > Adelaide > Perth
The Researching Abroad roadshow is one that Unlock the Past is organising, and they are taking two leading international speakers (Chris Paton from Scotland and Dirk Weisslander from Germany) around Australia and New Zealand. Visiting 7 venues over a 2 1/2 week period, these one and two day seminars will allow attendees to learn from the experts on how to research your British Isles and European (particularly German) ancestors.
11-13 August 2017
Auckland Family History Expo
Auckland, New Zealand
Organised by Auckland Libraries, and will feature guest presenters Chris Paton and Dirk Weisslander along with others. More details to come …
22-24 September 2017
NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies Conference
Orange, New South Wales
The 2017 NSW & ACT Association Conference is being hosted by the Orange Family History Group and Orange City Council. With the theme of Your Family Story: telling, recording and preserving they will present attendees with sessions and workshops focussing on a range of topics including: Writing, Publishing, e-publishing, Use of social media, Pictorial materials, Copyright, and Preservations. Unlock The Past will be exhibiting along with numerous others.
13-14 October 2017
Deniliquin, New South Wales
The Deniliquin Genealogy Society is organising a genealogy event. Held over two days (Friday & Saturday) there will be numerous talks and exhibitors there. Be sure to stop by the Unlock the Past stand to check out the latest guide books, and genealogy cruises. More details to come …
20-22 October 2017
Colac & DIstrict Family History Group have organised a three day family history weekend. Day 1 is all about Writing Your Family History, Day 2 is the VAFHO Family History Expo with societies, archives, libraries and commercial comanies exhibiting, while Day 3 is a day of history walks, cemetery tours and reunions. More details to come …
23 October-1 November 2017
Remembering Beersheeba: Light Horse Charge Centenary Tour
Organised by the Israel Travel Centre in Sydney, Unlock the Past has been offered the chance to be a part of this special centenary commemorative tour, subject to numbers. If you are interested in visiting places relevant to many Australians who went to WWI, or if you have an interest in the Holy Land, click the link above for further details.
9-12 March 2018
Sydney, New South Wales
The Society of Australian Genealogists is excited to be hosting the 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, Sydney. Congress is held every three years under the auspices of AFFHO (the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) and brings together passionate family historians from around Australia and many parts of the world. Unlock the Past will be there exhibiting, along with many others.
14th Unlock the Past Cruise: Alaska
Seattle, USA > Alaska, USA > Victoria, Canada > Seattle, USA
Unlock the Past have often been asked to do an Alaskan cruise, and now they have provisionally scheduled one. “Provisionally” at this stage, as cruise schedules for 2018 aren’t released yet. But it is expected that they’ll hold a 7 night cruise around August/September 2018. And as with all of UTP cruises, there will be an incredible mix of speakers with plenty of topics for those attending to choose from. And this one gives you the sites that an Alaskan cruise offers along the way. Bookings aren’t open yet, but you can register your interest on their website now.