Discover family and local history


Discover family and local history seminars

A quarterly program of seminars with South Australian and interstate experts brought to you by:


Next seminar – Wednesday-Thursday 29-30 May 2019 (2 days) – SEMINAR CANCELLED
Researching family history overseas (part of May History Festival program)

More upcoming seminarsclick here for all 2019 date and themes

The seminars will be part of the program of all three sponsoring partners. They will generally be:

  • held in the months of February, May, August and November
  • held on a Thursday early in the month, but that may change on occasions to avoid conflict with other commitments
  • held at the State Library’s Hetzel Theatre, a central location convenient for public transport access and with good parking options nearby
  • a full day – though a two-day program may be offered occasionally, e.g. during the May History Festival or if a leading international presenter becomes available
  • part of South Australia’s month long History Festival (May) and the National Family History Month (August) program

Each seminar will generally feature

  • five main presentations by at least two invited speakers, mostly South Australian, but occasioanally from interstate, or even overseas
  • presentations by State Library and Genealogy SA speakers – to suit the seminar theme
  • an extended 90-minute lunch break to allow opportunity (apart from eating lunch) to:
    – do one of the two tours of the State Library family history service (each limited to 20 people maximum)
    – do a bit of research in the library
    – relax between morning and afternoon programs
  • two 20-minute Tours of the State Library family history service offered during the extended 90-minute lunch break. These will be offered at each quarterly seminar, so there will be opportunity again if you miss out the first time
  • the option to bring your own lunch or buy from the Aroma Café within the library – or go off-site to nearby cafes

The image in the web site header is from a painting (shown in full at the left)
TITLE: The Proclamation of South Australia 1836
DATE: circa 1856
ARTIST: Charles Hill (1824 – 1915)
LOCATION; Art Gallery of South Australia
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