Only Seven More Sleeps…

There are just seven more sleeps until the Unlock the Past Victorian Expo 2011 begins.  Running over two days, September 2 and 3 in Geelong, the Expo will feature 75 exhibitors and 36 presentations. It will be huge.

Between school drop off/pick up commitments and work on weekends, I don’t get to many family history events.  But when I found out the 2011 Victorian Expo would be in Geelong, less than an hour from home, nothing was going to stop me.  I found a school pick up a replacement and a work replacement and proceeded to book my talks.

Now I have two jammed packed days planned.  This is a great opportunity to hear some of the best genealogy speakers in Australia in one place and I am making the most of the opportunity.  I am particularly looking forward to talks by Carole Riley and Shauna Hicks, who up to now I have communicated within under 140 characters on Twitter.  Once a week, for several weeks, Kerry Farmer led an online meeting for a course I completed with the NIGS, so I am looking forward to seeing her in person.

Anyone who listens to Tony Delroy’s Nightlife on ABC radio will be familiar with Brad Argent from  I often hear his family history segments with Tony, so Brad’s presentation is on my list.  I naturally couldn’t go past Jenny Higgin’s presentation “National Library: family historians treasure trove”.  Then there is Lauren Bourke from PROV and Susie Zada from the GSV.  It’s just endless.

There really is something for everyone from “Tracing English Ancestors” through to “DNA for Genealogists”,  Asylums to Sewerage records.  I did end up with a couple of clashes and looking at the program now, I regret I won’t make it to Dr Liz Rushen’s talk, “Tracing Irish immigrant women”.  I understand talks are filling fast,  so book now.

As for the exhibitors, it great to see Birchip Historical Society and Museum, Stawell “Biarri” Group for Genealogy and Warrnambool Family History Group all making the trip.  I will be visiting the stands of the Colac & District Family History Group and the Meredith History Interest Group.  There will also be a large choice of exhibitors from around the Geelong and Bellarine areas.

I am really looking forward to checking out the range of books that will be available, although some restraint will be required.  Gould Genealogy and History, Unlock the Past, and Anchor Books are just three of the booksellers.  Not to mention those available through the societies, family history groups, and the Geelong Heritage Centre, which has a great range of books.  I better start clearing space on my bookshelves now.

Just as my small research assistant counts down to Christmas, over the next week I will be counting down the sleeps until the Vic Expo 2011.  An early Christmas for me!  Did I mention the books?

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