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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.

Susie Zada

Victoria

Susie has been researching her family history since 1965 – in Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany and France – and actively working as a genealogist since the mid-1980s. She has also worked as a historian / researcher since the early 1990s on Heritage Studies, Conservation Management Plans and Archaeological Projects throughout Victoria.

Susie has been researching her family history since 1965 – in Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany and France – and actively working as a genealogist since the mid-1980s. She has also worked as a historian / researcher since the early 1990s on Heritage Studies, Conservation Management Plans and Archaeological Projects throughout Victoria.

She began working in the computer industry in 1969 and has combined her computer and research skills into databases, indexes, websites, blogs and publishing.

Her studies at University of New England, NSW and Swinburne University, Victoria, have resulted in Diplomas of Local & Applied History and Library &Information Services.

Membership current

· Secretary, Web and Blog master, and Honorary Life Member of the Geelong Family History Group

· Convenor of the Geelong and District Historical Association

· Secretary and Web and Blog master of the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations

· Member of the Public Record Advisory Council (Victoria)

Membership former

· President, Web master, and Honorary Life Member of the Bellarine Historical Society

· Committee Member and journal editor of the Geelong Historical Society

· President of the Richmond & Burnley Historical Society

· Member of the Heritage Collections Council, Museums Australia

· Treasurer and Committee Member of Bellarine Peninsula Tourism

· Member of the Australian Computer Society

Awards

· Frances Brown Award for Excellence to Family History in Victoria, Victorian Association of Family History Organisations, 2019

· Award of Merit – in recognition of distinguished service to history in Victoria, Royal Historical Society ofVictoria, 2017

· Community History Award, Public Record Office Victoria and Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 2010

· Sir Rupert Hamer Community Archives Winners, Susie Zada and Pam Jennings for Bellarine Historical Society, 2009-2010

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Sewerage records: were your ancestors regular?
Susie Zada

Sewerage is not something we instantly associate with our ancestors, nor is it a resource that many people have high on their list for checking. For those who have looked at sewerage plans, you will start to understand the value of this resource. But when you dig even deeper into sewerage records [pun intended!] you will start to understand why this is a magnificent resource. These records don’t discriminate between large mansions and small workers’ cottages – they are all encompassing – you just have to dig them out!

You can’t research Irish ancestors
Susie Zada

For decades we’ve heard the statement – you can’t research your Irish ancestors – all the records were destroyed. This throw-away-line is still around today and is still incorrect. Many presumptions are made about Irish records but when we look at them in detail there are so many available on the Internet either free or through subscriptions. Ironically people still talk about records that were destroyed in 1922 when they were never available in the first place. It’s time to have another look at just what is and isn’t available for Irish family history research.

All the records have been destroyed. WRONG!

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