Congress

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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: http://www.affho.org/affho/congresses.php.

Related Term: Congressitis

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Crossing the Ditch

The Tasman Sea is informally referred to in both Australian and New Zealand English as The Ditch; for example, crossing the ditch means travelling to Australia from New Zealand, or vice versa. The diminutive term “The Ditch” used for the Tasman Sea is comparable to referring to the North Atlantic Ocean as “The Pond”. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasman_Sea)

Genealogists from Australia and New Zealand use the term when referring to ancestors or family members who moved across the Tasman.