Getting it right and adding richness to your family story
FAMILY HISTORY DOWN UNDER | TRACK 4
We rarely ask ourselves, "Why am I doing this?", or, "Is there a better way?", or even, "Is there anything out there that can help me research more effectively?".
The reality is that there are a huge number of tools and resources available for you.
Not only do they make researching easier, save you time, help you to keep track of everything ... but some actually help you to bring your ancestor's story to life in a richer way.
The way you research and organise is called Methodology. The method, or approach, you use to search for answers and records.
And getting this right saves you a lot of time and resources. Now, and in the future.
Think of yourself like a detective, solving mysteries and leaving no stone unturned. You'll want to:
In this track, you will get a great foundational understanding of how to go about your research. To highlight just a few, we'll look at:
Add to this a range of other presentations to help you research more effectively, go deeper, and build a more complete picture of your relatives' stories
PLUS a handful of interesting talks like:
Sounds useful? We sure hope so.
You get an extensive day of talks on a range of General subjects and Methodology topics, be sure to look below at the program for a list.
Learn about the best tools and tips for researching your family history designed to arm you with an understanding of the tools you can use. They'll help you make progress faster.
You will get an insight to some of the best practices to use when hunting for your ancestors, as well as ways to get that breakthrough.
You will be able to interact with others on the private Facebook group, share the things you learnt from the presentations and, of course, ask questions. The presenters and others will be there to help. You will have the opportunity to find mutual connections!
Importantly you will also learn how to ask better questions, find more answers, and discover richer stories. Stories that can be passed onto the next generation.
After all, isn't that the whole point behind why we're researching?
Great question. To be specific:
Want to learn more? Keep scrolling.
Of course! Click here to see the full list of General subjects and methodology presenters.
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Meet our Methodology & General Research Experts
Following an introduction as to how he came to be writing genealogical crime mystery books, Nathan will explore the actual process of writing. Using books from his genealogical crime mystery series as a basis for case studies, Nathan will talk about the progression from development of the initial idea, explore the real genealogical research methodology involved, through to the writing of the novel. Nathan will also discuss the issues and problems of combining the use of such authentic genealogical methodology and research methods with fiction-writing.
How can we as family historians locate someone who seems to be almost ‘invisible’? The problem isn’t that there are few records available, but rather how thoroughly we investigate and analyse the sources we do find. This presentation outlines ways we can look “outside the box” when searching for the women in our families.
Humans are visual beings, particularly those not interested in family history. Part of this talk will be on how to capture your family history to entice them. The other will be ways of visualising your data, your research thoughts and research problems to help you the researcher.
This talk introduces the basics of photo restoration using the program Photoshop Elements. Learn how to repair scratches and tears, and how to bring out details in older photos, using some simple techniques. Managing your photo collection will also be discussed along with how to add metadata and watermarks to your photos for use on websites and social media.
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.
Dr Nick Barratt dusts down his crystal ball and casts his eye to the near future, using current trends that are shaping the way we research and write genealogy to predict some of the changes we might reasonably expect to take place. This talk will also look at some of the post-pandemic opportunities that are emerging in the UK where we might collaborate with other groups to help support and rebuild communities that have been disrupted – genealogy as a force for global good.
This presentation looks at how various apps and tools for phones and tablets can be used for genealogy. Commercial and free subscription sites to record and share family trees online, genealogy software, photo scanning, organising research notes, uploading cemetery information and more will be demonstrated. It is recommended that you trial free versions to see which apps and tools suit your research needs.
A common mistake in genealogy is to concentrate on direct ancestors and ignore their siblings. This excludes one of the most useful resources for family historians, the descendants of your ancestor's siblings, your cousins. This talk explains how they can enrich your family history and break down your brick walls.
Not all our ancestors were paragons of virtue. Some behaved in a manner that we now find unacceptable or abhorrent. Are we embarrassed by those family members? What aspects of the lives of our ancestors might make us feel uncomfortable? Does it matter when the ancestor lived; is there a point at which some actions become exciting or interesting, rather than alarming? Have genealogists’ reactions to certain conditions and behaviours changed over time? Are we tempted, like genealogists of the past, to remove them, or their mis-demeanours, from the record? This presentation is a thought-provoking and hard-hitting look at our reactions to ancestors who might have been a source for embarrassment. Some sources for discovering those ancestors will also be mentioned
Avoid taking the wrong track with only one document or sidestepping research with shortcuts.
Are you just starting your research or perhaps you need a refresher or some new ideas? This talk looks at basic fundamentals and the different tools and technology we can use for researching our family history. From the basics of organisation and charts to technology, apps and DNA, I discuss what I keep in my toolbox along with other options for you to start building your personal toolbox for research.
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 to the Standard. The Genealogical Proof Standard. GPS. Find your way.
A plethora of information and data is available for you at the Queensland Family History Society’s website. Step through and glimpse the world from it’s website!. Sponsored by Queensland Family History Society
From the 300-page Addresses to Sir George Grey, to the Pioneer Women's Honour Roll, the Old Colonists Association Register to the C. Little & Sons Funeral Director cards, Auckland Libraries continues to digitise all manner of items for Aucklanders to enjoy. Join family history librarian Seonaid Lewis on a tour of these treasures and learn about the stories behind them, the information held in them, and how you can access them on Kura Heritage Collections Online.
”Breaking down brick walls in your family history research” looks at how to resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using new and unique search strategies to find those missing relatives. Techniques covered include searching for a family using just the individuals' forenames, keyword search tools (using criteria other than a name to search on) and other advanced search techniques. The talk also covers unique data sets such as Tithe records, Occupational Records, Non-Conformist records, Will images, Parish Records, Military Records, Directories, Newspapers and more. This talk is suitable for all levels, for those with an interest in online research Sponsored by TheGenealogist.
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Sponsored by Auckland Libraries
People from all around the world left their homes in search of a better life. Apart from those who came direct, many arrived In New Zealand having tried out Canada, the US, South Africa or Australia first. Let’s take a tour through New Zealand’s resources online available to help you find that lost Kiwi connection. Sponsored by Auckland Libraries
Findmypast is one of the UK’s largest family history websites and has the fastest growing collection of Scottish records online. With many more on the way, join resident genealogist Myko Clelland as we explore some of the key collections and expert techniques to get you further, faster. Let me know if you need anything else or if that's good - and if it is, I'll get on the recording and the rest of the preparations! Skill level - all levels Sponsored by Findmypast
The Victorian era is one of huge change in British society. Mass migration, the creation of new record types, and new technologies, all transformed our ancestors lives. This presentation will explore the records created during this period and how to get the best out of these on our genealogy journey. Skill level - all levels. Sponsored by Findmypast.
An overview of the online Diploma of Family History at the University of Tasmania – covering the course structure, what you’ll learn, and how we teach online.
According to learning experts, the first time you hear or watch something you only take in 20% of the information, at best! And we don't want you missing a beat!
So we're making sure that you have access to the recordings of every talk in the track(s) you book for. So don't stress—you can watch, review, and take in all the great content our experts are bringing you.
General & Methodology is the theme for the fourth day of FHDU2021. You will hear from some of the most experienced family historians around.
Shut the door, sit down, and don't forget the popcorn! Grab your notebook and relax in your own home while you enjoy a full day of streamed webinars.
Remember, you get access to recordings of the 6 presentations shown on the day, and 20 more (from 29 March) to watch in your own time and space.
An innovative solution to help you interact with speakers and other family historians – an exclusive digital hub (Facebook groups), dedicated to Researching Abroad discussion.
Ask questions relating to the presentations, methodology, and more. Speakers and others with expertise are encouraged to participate for up to a week after the conference date. This is a much stronger Q&A forum than just a few minutes at the end of a talk, and it is open to those who don’t “attend” the conference itself.
Too much to watch in a day? Clashes with other commitments? Time zone doesn’t suit? No problem!
All conference sessions will be recorded and available to you to review at your convenience. Whether you join the conference on the day or not, you get full to access to those presented at the conference and about 20 more in addition. All are available for viewing until 31 July 2021 – at times convenient to you.
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