It only happens once every three years. Aussie genies call it Congress but it has nothing to do with politics. It’s full title is The Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry (quite a mouthful).

Congress is held every three years under the auspices of AFFHO, the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations and brings together passionate family historians from around Australia, New Zealand and many parts of the world.

Read about Congress history here:

Related Term: Congressitis



My friend, Chris, last week sent me some new genealogisms, some of which I will park for another day.

Most pertinent, as The 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry was held in Canberra, Australia over the weekend was Congressitis for which Chris offers up this definition:

CONGRESSITIS: a need to gather with fellow historians/enthusiasts.


This is a malady from which I suffer as I am now counting the days until Congress 2018 in Sydney.