Expert speakers at family history day

FOR anyone interested in discovering their heritage, the Warrnambool Family History Group’s upcoming seminar will include informative guest speakers on a range of interesting topics.

Warrnambool Family History Group secretary Ray Welsford said the family history seminar on May 17 would have four guest speakers.

The group have been hosting the seminars for the past 20 years and the popular event attracts as many as 60 people keen to track their family’s history.

“People come from across the south-west, as far away as Colac, Portland and Ararat,” Mr Welsford said. Education outreach officer from the Shine of Remembrance Tim Whitford will speak on the topic ‘Behind Barbed Wire: Prisoners of War and Internees in Victoria, 1939-47’, The Australian Institute of Genealogical Research’s Rosemary Allen will talk about ‘What’s in a Name?’ and Ballarat and District Genealogical Society’s Carmel Reynen will cover ‘Genealogy and Social Media’.

The University of Melbourne teacher and Founders and Survivors project investigator Professor Janet McCalman will deliver a speech on ‘Hunted Down: Finding Vandemonians in Colonial Victoria’.

Mr Welsford said he expected Professor McCalman and Mr Whitford to be popular speakers.

“Tim is a new speaker for us. He has just been to the battlefields in France. He will be talking about prisoners of war and internees during the Second World War.”

Mr Welsford encouraged anyone who had an interest in history to attend the seminar.

“Apart from being interesting it’s good for people to know where they came from and some of the trials and tribulations their grandparents have had to put up with,” he said.

The seminar will be held at the Hammond Centre, Christ Church, on Saturday, May 17.

Admission is $25 and includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

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