August is National Family History Month (NFHM) in Australia and New Zealand, and with Covid19 around us for the foreseeable future, what better time to explore your family history. Whether a newbie or an old hand, NFHM aims to provide information and events for family historians to meet and to help their research. It may not be the usual NFHM, but there will be events.
The Executive of the Australian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) met recently to consider what NFHM for 2020 might look like. They noted that it is the Australian and New Zealand local administrations and health officials who are responsible for deciding when and how restrictions are to be relaxed, and that most events are organised and managed by libraries, societies and other organisations. The Executive have decided it will encourage organisers to make their own decisions about the type of events and venues that are appropriate to local circumstances.
National Family History month will be promoted and supported. The NFHM website is active and ready for events to be listed. Organising groups are able to enter their events now, and a new/updated version of the website has been created for this year. Organisations should find it easier to create events, although none of the previous login details were able to be kept. See https://familyhistorymonth.org.au/ to get started. To register and login, look near the bottom right of the home page. Our webmaster will provide support if you need it (use the contact form).
This year, we will have a virtual opening event, and a virtual closing event, with details to be announced soon. There will also be some prizes available for organising groups, and for individuals. The website will be updated as soon as the details are finalised. We hope organisations and Societies will get creative and present new ways to hold Family History Month events this year. Go . . .