The October meeting saw a small but very interested group of members and guests gather to listen to our guest speaker, John Cann. He arrived a bit tardy having been misled as to the meeting room, but after combatting some technology demons, he gave a fascinating and informative talk about discovering your not so salubrious ancestors in the State Records Archives. There is no doubt that even though he spoke for 90 minutes, he had only skimmed the surface of his knowledge of the archives. There is a wealth of untapped resources available to the historian who explores the State Archives website or who ventures out to their repository at Kingswood.
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This month was a do-it-yourself month. Members of our group took it in turns to make presentations about one of their ancestors who had served in a military capacity. No two presentations were alike. A very informative and entertaining evening.
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This was a fascinating exploration of how to digitally enhance your old photos using Photoshop Elements. The techniques could be transferred to any photo editing software. We all needed to go home and dig out that software we hadn't used and experiment.
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Exploring the possibilities of State Records.
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Lorraine Turtle led us to a greater understanding of the possible riches to be mined from BDM certificates. She explained why it is that transcription agents can sometimes find out more details than originally appear on a certificate.
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Alan Ashton gave a presentation on World War I history, focussing on the contexts behind the Conscription debates. Extremely interesting.
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Alan Murrin gave a presentation on the uses of FamilySearch. As always, the talk was very informative.
On the 7th January we had a stall at the Panania Lions Markets. Somehow we made it into the local paper.
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Rowan Morrison gave a presentation on his Family History Experiences with the Internet.
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Craig Whiting gave a presentation on the information available from the Australian Military as demonstrated by his research into his uncle's career.