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Training course

Master Classes

Master Classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 8.00 am, in all three rooms, giving you a choice of 6 classes to choose from.

These classes are limited to 25 attendees per class, so book early to ensure your place. Cost: $75.00 per session, per person.

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East Room
Saturday 8:00 am

Speaker:  Nick Barratt

Subject: Researching and writing your family history

Duration: 90 mins

Researching and writing your family history

Do you feel you've a story to tell about your ancestors? This masterclass will show you how to research and write your family history, covering some of the emerging generative AI tools alongside some of the tried and tested techniques. Using a case study from his own background, Nick will explore the layers of research needed to turn information into narrative, and consider routes to publication.

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Central Room
Saturday 8:00 am

Speaker: Helen Smith

Subject:  Genealogical evidence from DNA research

Duration: 90 mins

Searching for Answers in Adoption/Unknown Parentage Cases Using DNA
When identifying an unknown parent you increase your chances for success by following an organised process. This involves evaluating the results at the site where the DNA was tested, utilising the tools at that site and also uploading the DNA to other sites to widen the search area.  As well as using the DNA tools provided by the various sites you also need to utilise your genealogical skills and your organisational skills. Further analysis using other third party tools may also be required as may targeted testing and sometimes “Hurry-Up and Wait” time. We will use case studies to show how this process can work.

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West Room
Saturday 8:00 am

Speaker:  Judy Russell

Subject:  You be the judge – Ethics in Action

Duration: 90 mins

You Be The Judge:

Ethics in Action
Family history is fraught with ethical dilemmas, from handling secrets long thought buried to dealing with disclosures from DNA testing. In the tension between privacy and genealogical discovery, where is the line between ethical and unethical behavior? In this workshop, we will examine a variety of specific ethical questions to see how we would judge the proper response.

MCSaturday

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East Room
Sunday 8:00 am

Speaker:  Judy Russell

Subject: Digging Deeper – Extracting every clue

Duration: 90 mins

Digging Deeper: Extracting Every Clue
Every document we find has a clear use: a census record helps us identify family members and trace them over time; a court record tells us what was happening with that person at that time; a will or probate record helps recreate a family at a specific point in time. In this workshop, we will see how every document we locate can be mined-directly or in combination with other records-for more, Extracting every clue gives us a deeper richer context for our family members and their place and time.

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Central Room
Sunday 8:00 am

Speaker: Nick Barratt 

Subject:  Researching English ancestors prior to 1700

Duration: 90 mins

Researching your English ancestors prior to 1700

We all know how frustrating it can be when key records run out - civil registration, census returns, even parish registers. This masterclass will introduce new sources and techniques to help you extend your family tree, and research how our ancestors lived prior to the eighteenth century - when people were more closely linked to land, lord and locality.

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West Room
Sunday 8:00 am

Speaker:  Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

Subject:  A Guide to Digitising the Past

Duration: 90 mins

A Guide to Digitising the Past
This Masterclass will explore techniques employed by digital historians to transcribe, mark-up, link and analyse records. Many of these are directly applicable to the work of family history. They are also important in that they enable different digitised record collections to talk to one another. The workshop will use examples drawn from the Digital History Tasmania dataset and will provide handouts to participants.

MCSunday
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