Sunday, 26 January 2014

Community members find their families at Australia Day expo

On Australia Day evening, representatives from the Deloraine FamilySearch Centre hosted a FamilySearch stall at the Meander Valley Australia Day community services expo held in Prospect. FamilySearch was one of several community groups that participated in the expo, which followed the Australia Day citizenship and awards ceremony.

The display included family history leaflets (including the new My Family booklet), copies of the Family proclamation, a television playing family history videos from the Church, and a laptop with Internet access.

Approximately 150 members of the public attended the expo, with several taking leaflets and a few sitting down to research their ancestors. Deloraine Ward family history consultant, Suzanne Walters, said that each those people had great success.

"Sometimes we work with people and they have a really hard time finding anyone. But tonight, every one of the people who sat down to find someone ended up discovering records of that person and other family members!"

Those who researched family names were introduced to the Family Tree on FamilySearch.org, and used the new My Family booklet to record their discoveries.

The Deloraine FamilySearch Centre will also host a beginner family history course throughout the year for the Meander Valley chapter of the University of the Third Age (also represented at Australia Day expo). These small and simple initiatives are helping to spread the spirit of Elijah to members and non-members throughout the stake.