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The Cornelius Family in 1890 (Image: State Library SA B-72287)
August is Family History Month in Australia, and the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations invites you to join in. All about Australia there are free or inexpensive events aimed at helping you take up genealogy. This year Family History Month in Adelaide is a bit leaner on events so far, although you should keep your eyes peeled for late additions on the Family History Month website.
Here's what is on offer in South Australia, just click on the event link for more information.
August 12 - Tracing Your English Ancestors. Free event, bookings essential. There are an awful lot of English people who migrated (or were transported) to Australia in the last couple of centuries. If you are descended from one of them and haven't been to England, it can be quite daunting to know where to start.
Graham Jaunay is a well known South Australian professional historian. Come along to the Playford Library and hear him reveal some of the most successful places to conduct English family history research. He'll talk about their record coverage and how to effectively access them from Australia. Obviously the scope will be limited in the 3 hours available, and Graham will focus on the more important records. His book on the subject will also be available for $10.
Learn about genealogy and Family History at Burnside Library
August 13 - Discover the National Archives SA With Nick Cleghorn Free event, bookings essential. National Archives Manager Nick Gleghorn will present three sessions at the Burnside Library, starting with an introduction to the National Archives itself. You'll get an introduction to immigration records (including passenger lists and migrant hostel registers), and approximately 600,000 World War 1 files holding individual records.Stay for lunch ($12) and Nick will answer any general Archives questions. It's a great opportunity to hear stories from the past even if you are not researching your family history.
August 14 - Come and Do Research Five dollars, bookings preferred. The Dublin History Group are having a Research Afternoon. Come along and find out more about your family's past – who they were, where they lived and events in their lives. At the Dublin Institute, cost is $5.00 with Afternoon Tea included. Please email if you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free event, bookings essential Event Description Take a six hour free course to introduce you to the basics of family history research. Where to look for information, how to organise your material, with loads of tips and tricks to get you well on your way. This course is for beginners and is presented by the City of Playford Heritage Coordinator. Handouts and morning tea are provided. This course has limited spaces so please book early.
Free event, bookings essential
Explore the rich and diverse history of the Norwood, Payneham and St Peters area by finding information in the National Archives.
This talk by Nick Cleghorn will Immigration and Defence service records, as well as others in the collection that are highly relevant to the local area.
August 21 - Genealogy SA Working Bee
Free event, no booking required
Come along and join other volunteers indexing information to be computerised. Light lunch provided, and you're free to use Genealogy SA research facilities afterwards.
If you miss any of these National Family History Month event in Adelaide, remember that our libraries are your best friend. The State Library of South Australia and many other local libraries have staff who are skilled in genealogy and family history research. Most also provide free in-library access to online databases, including subscription sites like Ancestry.com.