Unlock the Past’s 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise – Geneacruising Part 3

Unlock the Past’s 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise – Geneacruising Part 3

It’s Sunday afternoon and I should be packing my bags as it’s just over a week and I’m heading of the the centre of the genealogy-world Salt Lake City, Utah for RootsTech… but I’m finding it really, really hard, as Summer has extended itself wayyy into March, which includes more record heatwaves above 35C, thinking about what to wear for 10C days, and 0C nights is really hard.

So since I also needed to finish off telling you about the last few days of the cruise, blogging wins out for now and packing will come later.

So in part 1 I told you about the first few days, part 2 I told you about the 2 days at Noumea, so now it’s on to the rest.

Friday 15 February 2013 to Tuesday 19 February 2013

After our 2nd day in Noumea (thanks to the engine problem), which had no meetings scheduled, and was a really nice quiet day for everyone (at least those I spoke to), Friday through to Monday was full on with talks. Not that you had to go to them if you didn’t want to, but I was there to learn, and I just hope that some of the info I heard actually stay in my head.

So with our ship making it’s way back to Sydney very slowly since we didn’t get to go on to Fiji, I made the most of the talks on offer.

Entrance to the Conference Rooms on the Voyager of the Seas ship. There was one big room on the left, and two small ones on the right.

Entrance to the Conference Rooms on the Voyager of the Seas ship. There was one big room on the left, and two small ones on the right.

On Friday I went to five:
Finding Your Ancestors in Ireland – Paul Milner
Behind Bars: Convicts and Criminals – Shauna Hicks
Preservation or Perish – Diane Foster
Findmypast: The World Collection – Rosemary Kopittke
Tips and Tools for Navigating the English Probate System – Paul Milner

Shauna Hicks talking about convict and criminal records

Shauna Hicks talking about convict and criminal records

On Saturday I made it to six talks:
Warning, Warning: Tips and Tricks to Avoid Family History Mistakes – Shauna Hicks
English Civil Registration: Tips for Use and Problem Solving – Paul Milner
Genealogical Education – Helen Smith
Ten Ways to Research Family History: With or Without a Computer – Jan Gow
Family Historian Software  – Jill Ball
Geneablogging: What’s it All About – Jill Ball

Linda Elliott's 'FREE English Genealogy Websites' talk was packed

Linda Elliott’s ‘FREE English Genealogy Websites’ talk was packed

Sunday was a ‘quietish’ day as I only went to four talks, as well as the History & Genealogy group photo:
Mining Ancestors: Knowing Where to Look – Shauna Hicks
Free English Genealogy Websites That I Love! – Linda Elliott
Ryerson Index – Helen Smith
Overlooked Sources for 19th and 2oth Century Scottish Research – Paul Milner

this is not the 'official' group photo, but it is MOST of the geneacruisers who came on the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise

this is not the ‘official’ group photo, but it is MOST of the geneacruisers who came on the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise

this is most of the speakers on the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise

this is most of the speakers on the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise

By Monday I was rather braindrained, but still I made it to another six sessions:
Are Your Lost?: Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Research – Paul Milner
Delving Deep in FamilySearch: Let’s Forget about the Old, and on with the New – Jan Gow
Social Media Panel – Jill Ball
Why Genealogy is Everyone’s Solemn Duty – Louis Kessler
Military Ancestors: Discover Their Stories – Shauna Hicks
The Messages Our Ancestors Leave Behind – Paul Milner

the social media panel L-R: Louis Kessler, Shauna Hicks, Alona Tester, and Helen Smith (with thanks to Jill Ball for chairing this event, and for the photo)

the social media panel L-R: Louis Kessler, Shauna Hicks, Alona Tester, and Helen Smith (with thanks to Jill Ball for chairing this event, and for the photo)

a slide from Jan Gow's presentation on FamilySearch

a slide from Jan Gow’s presentation on FamilySearch

By Monday evening it was time to pack up the conference room and our bags, and we were due to dock back at Sydney Harbour about 6am, then it was disembark, grab a taxi and head off to our various destinations.

arriving back in Sydney Harbour before dawn

arriving back in Sydney Harbour before dawn

all things must come to an end, and that includes the History & Genealogy Cruises too, here we're disembarking off the ship

all things must come to an end, and that includes the History & Genealogy Cruises too, here we’re disembarking off the ship

So that’s my round up of the cruise, it’s not as detailed as some of the other geneablogger’s, but feel free to go read theirs for more indepth stuff. So would I do it all again? Sure!! I’ll be going on the next one in February 2014, and I know a bunch of my genie friends (including new friends I made on the cruise, as well as those I’ve known for years) have already booked.

In the meantime I need to think Winter, and get back to my packing for RootsTech!!

Related Posts:
Unlock the Past’s 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise – Geneacruising Part 1
Unlock the Past’s 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise – Geneacruising Part 2
Unlock the Past’s 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise – The Geneabloggers

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2 Responses to “Unlock the Past’s 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise – Geneacruising Part 3”

  1. Jill Ball says:

    Don’t worry about packing yet. As long as everything is clean you can throw it into a bag just before you leave. Don’t pack too tightly – there’s a shopping centre just up the road from the Salt Palace and clothes are CHEAP especially with our strong Aussie dollar.

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