The big genealogy conference that is on the Australian calendar for 2019 is the “Waves in Time Family & Local History Conference & Fair“. This three day conference is hosted by Caloundra Family History and is being held on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, from 24 to 26 May 2019, and registration for this event has recently opened, so book your spot today.

The event begins on Friday with a full morning of free public talks on family history themes of interest to researchers from beginners to more experienced such as Ancestry, Trove and FamilySearch. The afternoon program comprises of three workshops. Meanwhile the free family history fair will continue throughout the weekend. The rest of the conference comprises of talks by local and interstate presenters on various aspects of family history research, as well as a separate stream of talks specifically on local Queensland history, there’s something to interest everyone. The conference dinners are a nice way to top off the day and offer opportunities for further catching up with friends and meeting other attendees informally.

There’s 25 speakers on the program including: Louise Coakley, Dr Jon Prangnell, Dr Richard Reid, Cara Downs, John Graham, Dr Madonna Grehan, Dr Jennifer Harrison, Liesl Harrold, Helen Smith, Jason Reeve, Paul Parton to mention a few. This is going to be an incredible conference and an amazing learning experience for everyone attending.

As for the topics, there’s so many good ones it’ll be hard to choose. Here’s just a few of them:
– Tips and Tricks for Beginners
– FamilySearch
– Trove and other National Library Newspaper Treasures
– Writing and Publishing Memoirs and Biographies
– DNA; What it can do for your Genealogical Research
– Using Google for Family and Local History
– Children on Board: The Forgotten Children of Convicts Transported to VDL
– The Almighty DNA Wave
– Wait, I Can Map That?
– Telling Your Immigrant Ancestors’Stories
– Reviewing Your Research: or How to get past that Roadblock in your Tree
– Who Wants my Work?
For the full program CLICK HERE.

When: 24-26 May 2019
Where: VENUE 114 (formerly known as Lake Kawana Community Centre), located at Bokarina on the Sunshine Coast
Cost (if booked prior to 31 March 2019):
Early Bird Full Delegate Registration $135.00
Early Bird Saturday ONLY Delegate Registration $95.00
Early Bird Sunday ONLY Delegate Registration $45.00

For more information on the Conference, Accommodation, or anything else relating to it, be sure to visit their website

If you’re wanting to attend, head on over to the registration page on the conference website

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