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Webinar Wednesday: Creating your own family history map
March 20 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$15 – $20
Why should you consider using maps, and creating your own, in your family history research?
By placing where they lived onto a map, you can identify migration patterns, perhaps view the land they owned in the context of others in the area and gain a better understanding of your ancestor in place and time. For example, have you ever wondered how close your ancestors lived to one another? Where exactly was your great-grandmother born? Seeing significant events from your family’s past on a map allows you to gain a clearer picture of your family’s journey.
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.