25 February 2008

Australia: National Jewish genealogy conference

Are you an Australian searching your Jewish roots? Or do you live elsewhere on the globe and have discovered Australian relatives during your research?

Here's a good idea that may be perfect for both groups of researchers. It will take place in October - which is spring in the Southern hemisphere.

The Australian Jewish Genealogical Society has announced that a national Jewish genealogy conference will be held Sunday and Monday, October 26-27, in Canberra, followed by two days of optional visits to archives and cemeteries.

The program will offer lectures, seminars and panel forums, as well as visits to national institutions and genealogical resources.

Genners around the world who might attend are asked to email conf2008@ajgs.org.au to express their interest (this is not a conference registration).

The conference program will be posted soon; an accommodations list is available now on the AJGS website, which offers more information.

This is an excellent idea to attract and encourage the growing number of genealogists searching their Jewish roots in Australia.

This may be the time for us to meet cousins in Melbourne and Sydney who, for years, have been asking us to visit.


  1. I believe a terrific resource is http://www.nambour-chronicle.com . This website archives the Nambour Chronicle & North Coast Advertiser first published in 1903. Lots of history recorded here.

  2. The National Library of Australia, in collaboration the Australian State and Territory libraries, has commenced a
    program to digitise out of copyright newspapers.
    We are creating a free online service that will enable full-text searching of newspaper articles. This will include newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s to the mid-1950s, when copyright applies. The first Australian newspaper, published in Sydney in 1803, is included in the Program.
    On 25 July 2008 the Australian Newspapers Beta service was launched to the public. The Beta service now contains 150,000 newspaper pages from 1803 onwards. Additional pages are being added each week. The Library welcomes feedback on the service, and will continue development of the Beta service over the next few months.
    1 .4 million pages have been scanned from microfilm. A list of the titles and date ranges scanned is available from the Selected Newspapers page.

    See the following URL: http://www.nla.gov.au/ndp/