31    Mar 20101 comment

Australia and Hong Kong: A visit to remember

I'm back at the MyHeritage Genealogy Blog, and gathering the details of my fascinating Asian and Australian journey to share.

My camera got a good workout on this trip. Here are the beautiful Blue Mountains - a must-see - north of Sydney:

Blue Mountains

Sunset at Mt. Macedon near Melbourne:

Mt. Macedon

Melbourne ConferenceThis journey "down under" was very rewarding, as I met interesting and interested people, answered genealogy and MyHeritage questions, met with genealogy colleagues (bloggers, archivists, librarians). Meeting a long lost family branch ranked as the best personal achievement on this trip. read about the reunion here.

In Hong Kong, I presented two well-attended programs in Hong Kong (a DNA project and a workshop in getting started with the focus on online resources). I had an opportunity to speak to many people - including young people - about genealogy in general and also how MyHeritage can help them share their family history.

In Australia, I presented two major programs (a DNA project and social media for 21st century genealogists) at the Second Australian Jewish Genealogy Conference (nearly 200 participants), chaired or participated in several smaller concurrent sessions for both Israel and Sephardic and was part of the closing experts' panel, as we (below) fielded questions from the attendees.

Expert panel

While in Melbourne, I also visited the Public Records Office and the State Library of Victoria, toured the facilities and met with archivists and librarians. On a quick visit to Sydney, I met colleagues at the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) and also met Linde Wolters of MyHeritage.com who lives in that beautiful city.

Linde had arranged for me to appear at the Bendigo Family History Expo, a 90-minute drive from Melbourne through rolling hills. The area has a long history of gold mining and a very diverse community, representing the many ethnic origins of the gold-rush pioneers. I was able to assist many attendees soon after I set up my computer, which featured a MyHeritage.com overview on a looping PowerPoint presentation.

On my quick trip to Sydney, I finally got a chance to see kangaroos and koalas, and met Blossom, a joey (baby kangaroo).

Society of Australian Genealogists

In Sydney, I visited colleagues at the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG). Here are program committee members (from left) Carole Riley, Kerry Farmer and MyHeritage's Linde Wolters who lives in Sydney.

Geneabloggers at the beach

During a random opportunity facilitated by a Facebook status update, I met geneablogger Randy Seaver of San Diego, California, who writes Genea-Musings.com. He and his wife were in Australia celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. Randy and I are pictured at beautiful Manly Beach.

On one of my last days in Hong Kong, my destination was Happy Valley, the home of the famous racecourse as well as the century-old Jewish cemetery. This is the grave (left) of David Belilios, who died as a teenager, and details (right)

Hong Kong CemeteryDavid Belilios

On my return to Hong Kong I visited the Hong Kong Heritage Project, an archival project documenting the city's history and its diverse population. Here's director Amelia Allsop, Melanie, me and archivist Clement.

Hong Kong Heritage

The project includes documents, photographs, family records, business records, and information on the famous Kadoorie family whose name is associated with so many commercial enterprises and charitable endeavors.. The staff is also planning a blog to let the world know about what they've gathered.

This trip was successful in so many ways and I'm looking forward to my next visit.

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  1. Oops! So sorry I missed you on this trip to Oz. Red Faced, sonya

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