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COVID-19 Update

In the wake of Covid-19 difficulties in hosting a live event, we are currently restructuring FHDU 2021 for a virtual event.

Sadly, the ongoing COVID-19 saga has caught up with FHDU 2021. We have reluctantly decided to change our in-person event into a fully virtual online event instead. We were all looking forward to a real, live, in-person event. Unfortunately, that is not to be.

But this gives us the opportunity to significantly re-format FHDU 2021. We are looking at this as a positive opportunity. We can now bring a significantly more valuable event to people around the globe.

Ben Hollister

Professional genealogist, South Australia

Ben Hollister is a professional genealogist and historical researcher. He owns History Helper focussing on German-Australian research, and as well as offering a support services to historical researchers. He is a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and researches and speaks locally and internationally.

Ben Hollister has been a professional genealogist since 2007, and a historical researcher since 1997. He currently owns and operates History Helper, a historical research business focussing on German-Australian, adoption and Indigenous Australian research, and as well as offering education opportunities and publishing services to other researchers and historical tours and presentations to the general public. Ben also provides professional services to the AIATSIS Family History Unit and the US production of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Ben was the co-convenor of the Germanic & Continental European SIG of Genealogy SA from 2014 – 2019 and also founded, and served as Executive Officer of, the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance, a network of societies, archives and researchers. He has been a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) since 2016.

Ben is a Certified Professional with the Australian Library and Information Association . He holds tertiary qualifications in information management, applied history, event management and education. He also speaks and teaches regularly at a state, national and international level, including the International German Genealogy Conference, APG Professional Management Conference and Legacy Family History Webinars.


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Using the genealogical proof standard
Ben Hollister

Do you get sick of seeing family trees with incorrect assumptions? Tired of having to explain your reasoning over and over? Can’t remember where you found that piece of information? Too much conflicting information? You need use to the Standard. The Genealogical Proof Standard. GPS. Find your way.

Deciphering Australian military service records
Ben Hollister

Military records have a huge amount of genealogical information – dates of birth, marriage and death, familial relationships – and corroborating information – occupations, places of residence. This presentation, however, focusses on the family history information that can be extracted. This is the information you need to add depth to biographies or biographical sections of your family history writing.

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