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Experts gather for Family and Local History Expo

2014 Expo Crowd.Family and Local History Expo Gathers Experts from Near and Far

Date: 7 August 2017

If you’ve ever wondered about putting together your family history, or if you’re interested in finding out more about where you live then the Lifelines: Celebrating Family and Local History Expo will give you a chance to learn more.

Organised by the South East History Group Inc. (SEHGI), in partnership with the Bega Valley Shire Library, the Lifelines Expo will be held on Saturday 12 August at Club Sapphire in Merimbula to coincide with National Family History Month. 

 “We have representatives coming from organisations like the Australian War Memorial, National Archives and the Indigenous Services of NSW State Library,” SEHGI representative, Ursula Hunt said.

A stimulating day is planned with exhibitors, speakers and bush poetry entertainment, as well as lucky door prizes and giveaway bags to the first 100 people through the door. A full list of exhibitors and what’s on during the day is available at

Jenny Higgins from the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) will give two talks. At 11am she will talk about ‘How to start your family history’. At 2pm she will cover ‘Finding family history treasures in Trove’ about accessing the National Library of Australia’s free digitised newspapers.

Local bush poet, Peter O’Brien will give two performances, featuring works by Banjo Patterson; at 10.30am and again at 1.30pm.

At the Australian War Memorial stand, you’ll be able to find out how to research someone who served with Australian forces during times of war using nominal rolls and personal service records. The Memorial holds a wealth of resources - from databases to digitised archives, photographs, film and sound.

The Indigenous Services team from the NSW State Library will be available to talk about their Connecting Culture: Tracing Ancestors program as well as guide you towards Indigenous family history resources.

The Expo is free and Club Sapphire has wheelchair access.

This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Volunteer Museum Grant Program, a devolved funding program administered by Museums and Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.

Photograph: 2014 Expo crowd

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