EUROPEAN ANCESTORS SEMINAR
Saturday 27 May 2017
9:30 am to 4 pm
Ballarat Central Highland’s Library
Doveton Street Ballarat
9.30 Arrivals and cuppa, registrations
10:00 Chris Elmore 'The Changing Borders of Europe and Why they are Relevant to Researchers’
11.00 Morning tea
11.30 Marie Therese Jensen 'Reasons for Emigration to Australia 1850s -1950''
1.30 pm Liz Pidgeon 'Back to Basics-Starting Your Search in Australia'
2.30 Afternoon tea
3.00 Our speakers/groups Ben, (Germany) Neva (Prussia), Carmel (Netherlands) Joan (Italy)
3.45 Round up Questions
is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and completed studies in education at Sydney University. She was a teacher of English as a Second or Foreign Language for fifteen years, teaching secondary school children in France and Germany, as well as adults in England and in Australia.
Marie-Thérèse has been a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV) and the International Settlers’ Group since 2011. Since a visit to Bendigo in 1994, where her Jensen ancestors arrived from Schleswig-Holstein and Ireland during the gold rush, she has been a keen family historian. For the last two decades or so she has been collecting family documents, recorded interviews and mementos. She has also documented her numerous visits to each village and town in France, Germany, Ireland and Scotland, from which her ancestors left for Australia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She wrote a history of her French ancestors and collected the stories of their descendants. She then wrote the history of her father’s ancestors, collected stories of her extended family members and initiated a first ever Jensen family reunion, in Bendigo, in 2014.
is a graduate of Monash University, having completed major studies in Renaissance and modern European history, and the techniques of local and family history. He has higher degrees on book history and literary history from Monash and Melbourne Universities. He is a former secondary school teacher and lecturer at RMIT University, and is now retired.
He has been a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV) and the International Settlers’ Group (ISG) for a number of years. He is currently a member of the ISG Committee and the editor of the quarterly ISG Newsletter. He is also a member of the Wendish Heritage Society, the Mount Evelyn Historical Society, and the Richmond and Burnley Historical Society.
Chris has been a keen family historian since 1986, when he began to collect family documents, recorded interviews and mementos, later using this collection to write published articles and booklets on various branches of his family, including his German-Wendish ancestors from the Brandenburg area, his Welsh ancestors from the slate-mining areas around Ffestiniog, and his British ancestors from Yorkshire. He is currently working on a book related to his mother’s relatives from Wiltshire, UK.
is the Local and Family History Librarian for Yarra Plenty Regional Library in Melbourne’s north.
As part of the community engagement team she leads and manages the delivery of local and family history access across the region. She was the recipient of the 2013 Margery C Ramsay Scholarship from the Library Board of Victoria for her project: “Local and Family History services in the UK and USA”. Liz visited libraries and archives in the UK and USA in addition to attending two major conferences: Rootstech and Who Do Think You Are Live.
Since 2014, Lize has been the convenor of the Local Studies special interest group for Public Libraries Victoria Network.
In 2016 Liz managed an Anzac Centenary collaborative project, which published “Fine Spirit and She is a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria, Royal Historical Society of Victoria and a number of local historical societies.
She is passionate about the importance of preserving local and family history within the community, telling our stories, and the role public libraries and