Australian genealogy and history event organisers, Unlock the Past have been planning their 14th cruise, one to Alaska cruise for a long time, and it’s now only a few months until the UTP team heads to Seattle in the USA as that’s where the cruise starts.

And while the cruisers are in for a HUGE treat with so many incredible speakers and an amazing conference program on the cruise, it was decided to add a one-day genealogy seminar prior to the cruise. This is extra to the cruise itself, and is open for everyone – whether on the cruise or not.

This two-stream conference contains a DNA stream and an Irish and general stream, and there will be an exhibition with supporting/sponsoring partners, plus prizes totaling over AU$1000.

Date & time: Thursday, 6 September 2018, 9am-5pm
Venue: Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Cost: AU$57 (approx US$45, £33, CA$59, NZ$62)

The presenters are world-class:

BLAINE BETTINGER (USA) – Blaine is a professional genealogist specialising in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist and the books The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.

DR MAURICE GLEESON (UK) – Maurice was voted Genetic Genealogist of the Year 2015
(SurnameDNA Journal) and Rockstar Genealogist, Ireland 2016 (Anglo-Celtic Connections). He runs a variety of Y-DNA Surname projects and organises the DNA Lectures at Genetic Genealogy Ireland.

CYNDI INGLE (USA) – Cyndi is the creator and owner of the award-winning web site Cyndi’s List of
Genealogy Sites on the Internet, a categorised index to more than 333,000
online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi’s List was voted the best genealogy site.

WAYNE SHEPHEARD (Canada) – A retired geologist, Wayne now spends most of his time on family history research. This has resulted in the pioneering publication ‘Surviving Mother Nature’s Tests: The effects climate change and other natural phenomena have had on the lives of our ancestors’.

For more details on the Seattle seminar and bookings go to

For those who are interested in the cruise but haven’t yet booked, the 14th Unlock the Past cruise to Alaska departs from Seattle the day after the seminar. It will offer 40 topics by 18 presenters in three streams during the 7-day cruise to Alaska. There are still places, so why not have the perfect genealogy and touristing getaway, with over 150 from around the world. For more information