Australia doesn’t get too many BIG genealogy events on their calendar, hence the huge number of Aussies who headed north for the recent RootsTech London. But thanks to Unlock the Past, the organisers of the recent DNA Down Under conference, there’s a big one that is coming up, and it is right here in Australia, so be sure to diary date this one.

The following is part rom Unlock the Past’s press release …

Unlock the Past is delighted to announce Family History Down Under (FHDU) to be held 22-26 March 2021 in one of Australia’s most exciting holiday destinations. This follows on from the highly successful DNA Down Under (August 2019), which attracted over 1400 people in six cities across Australia.

The main conference will be over four days – Tuesday-Friday 23-26 March 2021. There will be three main tracks – DNA, British Isles and General/Methodology, plus a fourth track for sponsors and others. Other optional sessions will be offered, including workshops. There will be a supporting exhibition. A pre-conference day on Monday 22 March 2021 is planned, including amongst other things, tours to places of interest in the region.

The Sunshine Coast Convention Centre and Novotal Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel, Twin Waters, Queensland is our conference venue. This is a superb facility at one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations.

– a large state-of-the-art conference centre (opened May 2019)
– stay on-site at the 361 room, 4 star, Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel
– 7 minute drive from he Sunshine Coast airport, and 112km north of Brisbane Inernational Airport
– close to numerous tourist attracions, including the world famous Australia Zoo and much more. Plenty to do before/after or, for the non-genie spouse/partner, during the conference

We are delighted to annouced two of seven FHDU headline speakers. More speakers will be announced soon!

Blaine Bettinger, the best known and most sought after genetic genealogy speaker will be a prominent contributor to the DNA track

Paul Milner, who is known in Britain, North America, Australia and New Zealand as a leading British Isles expert, speaker and author, will be a key contributor to the British Isles track.


So people … mark the date 22-26 March 2021 on your calendar now, as this will be an amazing event for genealogy in Australia, and one that you won’t want to miss. So if four days of genealogy learning and mingling with friends from near and far sounds perfect to you, be sure to visit and join their mailing list, and the Facebook group to be first to learn the latest happenings.