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Using Google to create your own family history maps

May 11 @ 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

$25 – $40

Following on from the webinar on using maps for family history, Sharyn will show how you can create your own custom family history maps using Google My Maps which can be shared with others and viewed on the web and mobile devices.

You will learn how to map specific locations, create custom icons, change the look and feel of your map, import location data, embed your maps on family websites and access them. Mapping your family history is a great way to physically locate your ancestor and help bring their stories alive.

Presenter: Sharyn Merkley

Sharyn first became interested her own family history as a teenager listening to her great grandmother’s stories. Between work as a computer programmer, raising children and a later career in teaching, she has continued to research her own and her husband’s families.

While hunting the Merkley ancestors in early Brisbane, she became fascinated by the story of the Great Fire of Brisbane. Determined to bring to light the stories of both ordinary and well-known personalities whose lives were touched by the fires, she used her family history detective skills to rebuild their lives. Family stories are incomplete unless they are in context so social history has become a new passion. Brisbane Burns: How the great fires of 1864 shaped a city and its people was published in 2017.

Having also recently completed the Diploma in Family History with the University of Tasmania, Sharyn is keen to share what she has learned through the Genealogical Society of Queensland’s Education program.



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May 11
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$25 – $40
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Genealogical Society of QLD
25 Stackpole Street
Wishart, QLD 4122 Australia
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07 3349 6072