I discovered National Family History Month in 2012 when it was originally a week in August. It was implemented by the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) in 2006 as a week long event in August, however, was expanded to a month in 2013 (The Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc, 2012). Expanding to a month allows for more participation from societies and other organisations, and also allows for greater public participation.
So what happens during NFHM? Well, events are conducted all over Australia and New Zealand that focus on genealogy and can include seminars, talks, workshops, and open days to name a few. Events can be held by genealogical and family history societies, libraries, plus many other organisations! Those that wish to hold an event can add it to the calendar on the NFHM Website. This allows everyone to see what events are being held in their relevant location. In Queensland, there are events being held in Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Cairns, Noosa, Moreton Bay, and Brisbane plus a few other places. If you cannot attend an event, there are many things you can do to celebrate NFHM in your own way such as going to cemeteries, visiting your local Archives, and even little things like scanning family photos and organizing your family history information. There are also online events this year. One of those online events is a Google Hangout on August 1st, which will be hosted by the lovely Jill Ball. You can also keep up to date with NFHM on the Facebook Page, which passed 1000 likes the other day by the way! Yay! This year the launch is being held in Canberra at the National Archives of Australia and should be awesome for those that attend!
I cannot end this post without acknowledging the wonderful Shauna Hicks. I was fortunate enough to meet Shauna when I attended the launch of NFHM last year in Brisbane. She has been the sole coordinator of the National Family History Month in Australia and does a fantastic job!
Anyway, here's to an exciting National Family History Month downunder!
Oh, if any of you wish to see the video I did about my time at the launch of NFHM last year, it is here.
I might have forgotten to post this when I arrived in Sydney last night, but better than late than never!
Until next time genea-friends.