Conference of German-Australian History and Heritage 2018: Australisches Deutschtum

17 August 2018 09:00 to 19 August 2018 17:00 (Australia/Adelaide)

University of Adelaide, Australia

Genealogy SA Research Centre Tour

  • 17 August 2018 10:00
  • SAGHS Library

Take a tour of the Library and Research Centre of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society to find just what German related records and indexes are available. This tour is limited to 10 people. ...

In search of my Prussian great grandfather

  • Peter Brinkworth
  • 18 August 2018 11:30
  • Rumours Room

A presentation on the process used to discover the life and times of the presenter's great grandfather (Ernst Siekmann) who came to South Australia in 1853. He was not aware of his existence until 1978 when a brief description of his life was published in a book of my (Brinkworth) family history. There were some obvious errors, and in 1980 Peter began to investigate Ernst's origins. It was not until 2002, when Peter had retired, that he began his quest to discover who Ernst was. That quest took ...

GAGHA projects: What, why and how

  • Benjamin Hollister
  • 18 August 2018 13:30
  • W P Rogers Room

A major aim of the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance is to ensure that research continues and that information and findings are available as widely as possible. This session will review the current set of projects being managed by GAGHA including: Heimat Adelaide German-Australians soldiers, sailors and nurses in WWI German name changes 1788-1958 Catalog of German-Australian family histories and biographies ...

Workshop: Finding Forebears in Poland: Researching German family history in present day Poland

  • Janette Lange
  • 17 August 2018 09:30
  • TBA 1

Researching overseas can seem a daunting prospect, even more so for family historians wanting to trace Prussian ancestors whose homelands lie now in present day Poland. This session will highlight websites and provide detailed advice on researching from home, contacting or visiting archives in Poland and Germany, and planning family history travel in Poland. Focus on the former Prussian provinces of  Pomerania, Posen, Brandenburg and Silesia. This workshop has 15 places only, is available only ...

Workshop: Gedmatch Essentials

  • Cate Pearce
  • 17 August 2018 13:00
  • TBA 2

The Gedmatch Essentials Workshop covers the basic tools for analysing your DNA results using the third party website After doing your DNA test, you can transfer your results to Gedmatch where you will find other genetic cousins who have tested in a different company, who also match your DNA and with whom you share a common ancestor, as well as lot of tools to help you analyse your results. This workshop will use real case studies and practical examples to show you how the tools can...

My Friend's Irish Oma: Cultural Curiosities and Communication

  • Rachel Croucher
  • 18 August 2018 10:10
  • Rumours Room

I was recently commissioned “to quickly delve” into a friend’s family tree because she knew “nothing useful” and wanted some stories of her Irish heritage to share with her growing brood of grandchildren. I soon learned her grandmother’s maiden name was "Fischer with a -C." This immediately fired up the German-speaking part of my brain. Further investigation revealed my friend's grandmother was one Augustina Wilhelmina Driemel, and not the Mary Murphy I had envisaged. She excitedly called her si...

Using DNA for German Family History Research

  • Cate Pearce
  • 18 August 2018 13:30
  • Rumours Room

DNA testing is most helpful for breaking through family history brick walls in cases where the paper trail has been exhausted. Furthermore, DNA testing connects us with our genetic cousins who share a common ancestor and who might have information, photos or documents that can broaden our research. This presentation is not about the science of DNA, it is about how you can use this valuable tool for your family history research. DNA case studies are presented that focus particularly on German fam...

Nine Serendipitous Meetings

  • Frank Olivier
  • 18 August 2018 14:40
  • Rumours Room

A powerful presentation covering three generations of the Olivier/Wall family history, including the Olivier's German lineage, Frank's early childhood, his very strong determined mother who had a binding love for her four children, the tragic loss of her husband towards the end of WWII, her loyalty to an Australian pen friend, the need to escape the destruction of a bomb blasted Berlin and a downtrodden country, the invasion by the Russians into East Germany and the occupation by the Allies. ...

From France to Prussia and on to Australia - the Billiau Family

  • Robert Heimann
  • 19 August 2018 10:50
  • Rumours Room

The Billiau Family came to Queensland, Australia, in the 1860s from the area called Uckermark in Prussia, Germany. This area in the northeast of the present day German state of Brandenburg has experienced a surprisingly high level of migration, both incoming and outgoing, among them the two biggest, respectively most important, phases were the incoming of French Huguenots at the end of the 17th century and the emigration to the US and Australia during the 19th century. The Billiaus were part of ...

The Benefits and Challenges of Exploring One's German-Jewish Genealogy in Contemporary Australia

  • Rachel Croucher
  • 19 August 2018 14:00
  • W P Rogers Room

A unique set of challenges are always posed for anyone exploring a heritage that includes mixed ancestry, none more so than for German Jews in contemporary Australia. While just as staunchly Australian as the next person cheering at the footy, German Jews in Australia still face the question of whether they are German or whether they are Jewish — despite in fact being both — whenever they commence their own genealogical journey. Rachel’s talk includes interviews with five Australians of Germ...

40.6% German!: how I discovered that, and what I now know about my German ancestry

  • Neil Renaud
  • 19 August 2018 14:00
  • Rumours Room

Three of the speaker's four grandparents have German ancestry (one is French Huguenot/German), and this presentation will outline where they all came from, how and when they came to Australia, and some interesting highlights (a murder, a suicide, a scalding to death).It will feature how information (Australian and German sources) was found, and how they have contributed to Australia, though none are famous. It will also explore the question of why the speaker's German heritage was  hidden or for...

Emigration from Hamburg to Australia in the 19th century

  • Andrea Bentschneider
  • 19 August 2018 15:30
  • Rumours Room

Emigrants from Germany to Australia during the 19th century needed a have number of traits: a lot desperation, persistence and mental strength but also a lot of hope about changing their lives at the end of the world. After a brief insight into the German history of emigration and the general emigration patterns within Europe, this presentation will show the reasons for emigration, provides detailed information on costs and lengths of the voyage. It  will also focus on the inhuman...