Learn how to showcase your family

A PRESENTATION to demonstrate how technology can assist in showcasing your family history is being held later this month by Ipswich's Seniornet Association.

Aimed at discussing the different ways you can research and share the knowledge about your family history the presentation can help you expand your knowledge of computers, tablets and other technology to write your stories about family treasures.

Doreen Hayward, convenor of Seniornet's Genealogy Workshops and Family Interest Group will lead this presentation together with Barbara Bottenburg.

"We will discuss varying ways to showcase your family," Doreen said.

"Specifically we will talk about photograph archival methods, making cards and calendars, digital scrapbooking, patch working, editing and embellishing photos, photo books and much more."

Barbara, a trainer with the Seniornet group, will back up Doreen's discussion with PowerPoint displays that will provide visual points of interest during the discussion.

"I am interested in motivating others to help themselves in writing about their family history," Barbara said.

Like Doreen, Barbara gets satisfaction in helping others develop the skills to conduct their own research using the technology readily available in today's modern world.

As we age most people start to think about finding out the story of their family which is actually made up of many smaller, or sometimes larger stories that all come together to make the complete picture of their family.

As Doreen said: "The object of this seminar is to get people thinking about writing stories about their family treasures - their family stories, before it is too late."

"There is no better person to write about your own story than you," Doreen said, "others will be interested in your story especially if they know that it has been written by you. And I like to inspire people to record their memories for posterity."

Seniornet in Ipswich will be celebrating its 20th anniversary later this month.

It is run by volunteers who all give of their time to help others in the Ipswich community come to terms with technology and its benefits. Once you get involved with computers and the internet you will discover there is a 'whole new world out there'. It provides an opportunity to become creative, work artistically and experiment in gaining knowledge.

Ageing is no barrier to learning and we keep learning right up to the day we leave this mortal place.

Showcasing Family History commences at 10.30am Thursday, October 29 in the Barry Jones Auditorium, Ipswich Central Library and is a free event put on by Ipswich Seniornet Association.

For more information about how Seniornet can help you learn about technology contact them on 2812 5034 or by email admin@seniornet.com.au

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