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“Unlock the Past, Researching Abroad Roadshow” Comes to an End in Perth W.A.

The Unlock the Past Researching Abroad Roadshow comes to an end in Perth W.A.

Advertised as the biggest Australian genealogy event for 2017, Unlock the Past presented leading genealogists Chris Paton and Dirk Wieissleder as principal speakers at the Researching Abroad Roadshow for the most part of August. The roadshow visited 6 State Capitals and over the pond to Auckland NZ.

Chris Paton a professional genealogist and regular contributor to several family history publications, including Your Family HistoryPractical Family HistoryFamily History Monthly and Discover my Past Scotland. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies and runs the Scotland’s Greatest Story ancestral research service (

Dirk Weissleder brought his vast knowledge of what primary and secondary records are available for German research and what you should be looking for. He introduced us to the International German Genealogical Partnership and explained what its role is, he gave an introduction to European research, discussed research trip activities and examples in the ancestral home village, and give an overview of various archives, libraries, and institutions in Germany.

Starting in Brisbane this was a rare opportunity to hear these prominent speakers here in Australia. Chris started with a  British Isles session, in which he spoke about British and Irish newspapers, Scottish records prior to 1800, online Irish resources, and records of ancestral crisis in Scotland entitled “Down and out in Scotland”

Local societies and libraries in each city gave short talks highlighting just what British Isles and European resources they have available, and how they can help you with your research, each venue  had special “Roadshow-only” offers, a prize draw and a number of exhibitors there, so you were able to check out latest genealogy titles.

A great list of sponsors helped bring the road show here along with Unlock the Past’s Alan and Anthea Philips,

Rick Aindow

‘I don’t know where your family is going, but I know where they have been!’

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