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:
Sunset at Mt. Macedon near Melbourne:
This 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.
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.
Traveling to a new destination is always interesting.
There's so much to take in, unusual sights and sounds, culture and cuisine.
Above see the city on a harbor tour.
My week in Hong Kong wasn't enough and I'm glad I will be back there for a few more days at the end of March.
In addition to two two-well attended talks - on DNA and genetic genealogy, and getting started in family history research - I met many fascinating individuals, saw some of the sights, and enjoyed delicious cuisine.
On a visit to the markets, here were some of the sights: