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Presenter: Alan Rhodes
DNA is a powerful tool to help with your family history.  This short introductory webcast describes what the results of a DNA test consist of and how you can start to use them in your family history.  It is an introduction to GSV’s series of genetic genealogy live ZOOM presentations.
Topic: DNA
Presenter: Alan Rhodes
DNA tests result give you information on your ethnicity – but what does it mean?  Why don’t the results match my genealogy?  How do I interpret the ethnicity results and use them in my family history?  These questions and more are discussed in this fascinating webcast.
Topic: DNA
Presenter: Alan Rhodes
A DNA test can help you extend your family tree, finds cousins and perhaps break through a brick wall in your research.  What is involved in taking a test? Which test should you take? What company? Is it safe?  This webcast will provide guidance on all these questions.
Topic: DNA
Presenter: Alan Aberdeen
The presentation discusses the Scots-Irish, the people descended from Scots who migrated to Ireland, principally Ulster, from the 1600s under the scheme known as the Plantation of Ireland. The processes and available resources for tracing Scots-Irish ancestors are also examined.
Topic: Ireland
Presenter: Vicki Montgomery
The presentation examines the famines that occurred in Ireland and the various reports and Poor Law Acts instituted in an endeavour to alleviate poverty during the 19th century. The handout lists the reports and provides a guide to the resources available to research your ancestors during this period of Irish history.
Topic: Ireland
Presenter: Beryl O'Gorman
The presentation provides background information regarding the state of Irish society in the first half of the 19th century. The talk also examines the various emigration schemes that arose during the period of mass migration of Irish peoples to Australia and other parts around the world.
Topic: Ireland
Presenter: Claire Johnson
This presentation discusses and gives examples of Irish Prison Registers and Irish Petty Sessions (lower court) records (mainly 19th century) and explains how to access them. It includes the names of more than 3 million people including the accused, victims, witnesses and others. A brief account of the British Newspaper Archives (available at the GSV) including some Irish newspapers is also given in this presentation
Topic: Ireland
Presenter: Keith Pescod
Dr Pescod examines the lives of some of Irish born immigrants who established Victorian companies manufacturing a very wide range of products. They were part of the growth of manufacturing industries that saw Victoria outstrip the other colonies and become the industrial powerhouse driving the Australian economy during much of the 20th century.
Topic: Ireland
Presenter: Linley Hooper
The talk discusses the availability of the freeman and guild records of primarily London but also of Dublin and Ireland. These records are largely available online. 
Topic: Ireland
Presenter: Lynda Collier
This talk explores the lives of a group of London needlewomen who migrated to Melbourne in 1850 under the auspices of the Fund for promoting Female Emigration. Lynda Collier describes the fund, life on board the Culloden, and their lives in Melbourne.
Topic: Shipping
Presenter: Peter Prideaux
Dr Prideaux discusses the onboard conditions of passengers travelling in close confinement to Australia in the 19th century. The high death rates of early immigration schemes led to changes to help mitigate the dangers of the voyages.
Topic: Shipping
Presenter: Meg Bate
The presentation discusses the development of intra-colonial shipping between the ports in Tasmania and outward to the other colonies, especially Victoria. Reference is made to physical and digital resources available to research shipping and passenger records.
Topic: Shipping, Tasmania