Posted by Web Operations on June 19, 2014 in Family Tree Maker, Uncategorized

Duff Wilson, Senior Product Manager for Family Tree Maker in Provo, Utah, is touring Australia in July to share his expertise on Family Tree Maker and Ancestry. Duff will be speaking in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, so make sure you book early to secure your spot using the details below.

Duff has worked for Ancestry for over a decade, with more than twenty years of software design and development experience and a number of notable awards for his work. He holds a Master’s degree from Utah State University in Instructional Technology with an emphasis on computer-based instruction. Duff has been passionate about genealogy from a young age, and as part of his work with Ancestry, he has travelled to numerous countries and connected with countless genealogists, ranging from novice to expert.

Duff’s work has given him an increasingly high profile, as the ‘voice’ in the Family Tree Maker webinars, and also getting rave reviews from the recent ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ Congress in London.

This is Duff’s first visit to Australia, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from one of the world’s foremost experts on Family Tree Maker and Ancestry.


Session details:

Queensland Family History Society (QFHS)
20th July: Time 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Registration from 9:30 am
Venue: Aspley Hornets Football Club, 50 Graham Road, CARSELDINE
Cost: $55.00 ($45.00 QFHS and VicGUM Members (both prices GST inclusive))
(Morning and afternoon tea, and a light sandwich lunch provided. Please advise special dietary needs.)
Bookings: for Ancestry and Family Tree Maker Seminar online at
or by post to QFHS, PO Box 171, Indooroopilly, QLD. 4068 or by phoning (07) 3355 3369 during library opening hours.

Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG)
22nd July: Time 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Registration from 9.45 am
Venue: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, SYDNEY
Cost: $60.00 ($50.00 for SAG & VicGUM Members; (both prices GST inclusive))
Includes morning & afternoon teas & light sandwich lunch
Bookings: Through SAG website at Enquiries (02) 9247 3953

Victorian GUM Inc. (VicGUM)
26th July: Time10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Registration from 9:30 am
Venue: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, MELBOURNE
Cost: $60.00 ($50.00 for VicGUM Members (both prices GST inclusive))
Includes morning & afternoon teas & light lunch
Bookings: through VicGUM or ring the office (03) 9639 2005 Tuesdays or Thursdays.



  1. Paul Beard

    The eastern states are not the only people in Australia searching their history nor are they the only people using Ancesty.
    Why is the rest of the country being left out? There is no mention of WA, SA, NT or TAS.

  2. I absolutely love to watch “Who do you think you are?” And can’t wait for its return from one season to the next.
    I would like to know why it is only celebratlies used on the show able to resurch family members and tell their stories. I’m sure, like myself there are many researchers who have very interesting family stories which go back in history. I would like to be able share these stories with the rest of Australia especially those connected with my family tree.

  3. Jane

    I agree with Petra. I also have an interesting family history which includes, convicts, goldfields agitator and Admiral Howe and that is only one branch of the family. Why are only celebrities on the show?

  4. John Donaldson


    The reason why no other states was simply the time Duff had to visit AU. This was all we could fit in in the time available which also coincides with GUM’s 30th anniversary where Duff is also the guest of honour

    John D

  5. Vicgum are mindful about FTM users in other States and we are currently trying to arrange an FTM workshop in Perth in conjunction with the Western Australia Genealogical Society.

    Doug Elms

  6. Anne Marie

    Many thanks to Ancestry for bringing us these informative seminars. In future, maybe there could be on-line coverage available for these seminars for those people in other states who cannot attend. Can’t wait for another fabulous series of Who Do You Think You Are? I guess celebrities do pull an audience, but I’m sure there would be some fantastic stories out there from everyday folk too.

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