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UTP 10 - Days 6, 7, 8 and 9 - Mon, 22 Feb 2016

#UTPCruise - Day 6 we were tendered in Akaroa, New Zealand where I spent the day with penguins and sheep. Paul Blake gave the feature talk that evening:

Day 7 was Dunedin, New Zealand, where we visited Botanical Gardens, a magnificent historic house, and a wonderful museum with a Sir Edmund Hillary display and artifacts. In the evening, Janet Russell presented “Women under the Common Law”.

Day 8 we travelled through three breathtaking fiords of New Zealand: Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound, followed by Jan Gow’s talk.

Day 9: Finally a full day at sea allowing a full slate of 8 talks, including my 2nd talk which was on Using Life Events and Ages.

I also had an announcement:

That evening, we had a rather exciting panel about “Future Proofing Your Genealogy”. Interesting and very different opinions on this. My ideas seem to be a bit different from everyone else’s and I’ll have to present them in a future blog post.

A 5 nation panel on our NZ-Oz cruise - on the topic "Future proofing your genealogy". Jan Gow, Judy Russell, Shauna Hicks, Helen Smith, Paul Blake & Louis Kessler

Posted by Alan Phillips on Monday, February 22, 2016

Just halfway through!

UTP 10 - Days 3, 4 and 5 - Fri, 19 Feb 2016

#UTPCruise - this is a long cruise being 18 days, and we start with many days that we dock at a new city. On those days, all the genealogy cruisers have the day off to visit the destination and to take whatever tour or to relax and catch their breath. Those days, we only have a single talk at 8 p.m. following our group supper.

Day 3 we were in Tauranga, and six of us went to Middle Earth:

Then, that evening at 8:


Day 4 was a day at sea. On these days, we have a full slate of speakers usually with 6 talks scheduled during the day and also the 8 p.m. evening talk. This day, I listened to Geoff Doherty’s talk on Joseph Dunn’s family fracture. At 10 a.m., I gave my first of 8 talks. This one was “How to improve your research with source-based research”. I took the rest of the afternoon off to get a sunburn by the pool, and came back at 4 p.m. for the bookshop and research help zone session.

Dinner was followed by Shauna Hicks’ story about her DNA research and the perils it threw upon her:

The next day, day 5, we were in Windy Wellington. My personal journey was a visit to the Weta studios, Mt. Victoria including the site where the first shots for Lord of the Rings with Frodo and friends hiding in the forest from the Black Riders (see #11 on this page), a visit to the magnificent Wellington Te Papa Museum and downtown Wellington.

That evening after supper, Helen Smith spoke on “Health of the ANZACs in the Great War”.

Much more to come. :-)

UTP 10 - Days 1 and 2 - Mon, 15 Feb 2016

#UTPCruise - Boarded the Celebrity Solstice at 2:30 pm. We had a few hours to get our cabins organized and then headed off for supper. All the Conference participants had a corner of the main dining room in the 6 p.m. session reserved for them, and so it all began.

At 8pm, we met for the “Meet and Greet”. Helen Smith introduced the speakers and asked each to give a short bio. I was called on first and exceeded Helen’s time limit. In all, we’ve got an excellent selection of 11 speakers highlighted with Judy Russell and Paul Blake over the next 18 days.

The next day, we tendered at the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. Most people took a day trip and there were several on my trip with me, and thus began the opportunities to share our genealogical experiences, such as the special features of The Master Genealogist and what software to use to replace it now that it has been retired.

Supper again with the group, which I know will be a daily highlight.

Then Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist gave a very appropriate first talk:

Drinks in the Sky Lounge afterwards, and then off to bed.