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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.

Jenny Joyce

New South Wales

Jenny is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer, teacher and writer based in Sydney, NSW. She has lectured at various societies, conferences and congresses. She is passionate about Irish and medieval English history, palaeography, immigration, DNA and historical photography.‍

Inspired by stories told to her by her beloved grandmother, Jenny has been researching her family history for the past 40 years. For the past twelve years she has been a professional researcher, lecturer, teacher and writer. She has spoken at various societies, and at the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies’ Congresses in 2015 and 2018. She has also spoken at RootsTech in Salt Lake City and taught genealogy and history courses at local community colleges in Sydney. Jenny has written articles for several magazines, including Going In-Depth Magazine and Family Tree. Jenny has served for many years on the committees of the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society and their family history group, including serving as the President of the Society for three years.

Jenny writes a blog ( and produces an occasional podcast ( She was also the convenor of the 2019 Conference for the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies which took place in Wahroonga in Sydney. Jenny has been a RootsTech Ambassador since 2017 and has been delighted to have been able to attend many of their conferences. Together with core genealogy, Jenny has a deep interest in Irish and medieval English history, palaeography, immigration, DNA and historical photography.


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A history of calendars for the genealogist
Jenny Joyce

Every family historian needs to understand about calendars and their history. Without this knowledge you can’t understand why someone who died on 27 December 1724 could be buried on 3 January 1724, why the 10th September 1752 didn’t exist and what “1 July 25 Henry VIII” means. This talk will cover the Julian Calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, Regnal dates, dating by Saints’ days and Quaker dates.

Medieval genealogy
Jenny Joyce

Have you got your ancestors back to the start of parish registers? You may still be able to go further back, by looking at records related to death, land and the law. Learn what records are available online for researching back into the medieval period.

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