World War 1 Centenary Projects #3

World War 1 Centenary Projects are well underway, with more being started all the time. The aim with this (and my earlier) World War 1 Centenary Projects posts is to list a few of them, so others know what is going on.

It’s Cruise T-Shirt Time Again!

It’s that time again. Yes, as the 2015 Unlock the Past cruises are coming up fast, it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These t-shirts are exclusive, and we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your pre-order in now.

Download English and Welsh BDM Records … Maybe?

What do you think about the possibility of being able to download historical English and Welsh certificates? Sounds good right? Well a campaign has been launched to enable greater public access to historic UK birth, marriage and death records, and your help is needed.

7th Unlock the Past Cruise: Western Australia

The team at Unlock the Past are kicking 2015 off with a very special cruise, one to Western Australia. The end of 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary since Australian and NZ troops left Australian shores. They left from Albany, WA. The cruise program will have have some tie in to this occassion. In all there will be 24 talks from 5 well-known Australian presenters covering Australian military history, Irish and German topics, website searching, medical history and more.

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Records

Irish Archives Resource – A Genealogist’s Dream

The Irish Archives Resource is an “online database which contains searchable archival descriptions. It does not hold any archives or records but provides a means to search archival descriptions from various contributing institutions”, and allows you to search the holdings of 34 archives in from the one website. So in some ways is similar to UKs Access to Archives (A2A) website.

General

Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – September 2014

It’s been quite some time since I have done a snippets post for you. But recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting genealogy and history newsy items that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.

Records

100 Million Reasons to Check Out the “Find A Grave” Cemetery Website

Find A Grave is the original cemetery website. One that’s been going for 19 years in fact. I’m sure all of you have ended up on it at some stage to check a record or two, while some of may have even uploaded some photographs. If you haven’t, obviously plenty of others have as just this week it was announced that the 100 millionth photograph had just been uploaded to Find A Grave.

RootsMagic

RootsMagic for TMG Users

The Master Genealogist has been in the genealogy-news pretty much since its imminent demise was announced by Wholly Genes a couple of months ago. Many users are undecided as to what to do, stay with the latest version, or change programs. Well now RootsMagic is also going to cater for TMG Users, as they have announced the following …

General

#AskACurator Day – 17 September 2014

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in a museum? Or what the coolest item they have in their collection is? Or want to know the best way to get details of some item in their collection? Simple, send them a tweet. 17 September 2014 is #AskACurator Day. A day when you can send tweets to archive organisations asking all sorts of random (but interesting) questions …

Products

Inside History Magazine – Issue 24 (Sep-Oct 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 24 is out now, and it is another cover-to-cover read. This issue overs DNA testing, top 50 genealogy blogs, choosing genealogy software, getting clues in photographs from millinery, the latest news on the Sydney’s archaeology digs. And don’t forget to enter their competition to win the chance to see your ancestor on the front cover of a upcoming issue …

RootsMagic

Run RootsMagic on Your Mac (Without Installing Windows)

Users of RootsMagic have been crying out for a Mac version, and the creators have listened, as they have just announced MacBridge for RootsMagic. While its not a RootsMagic for Mac, it does allow you to install and run RootsMagic on your Mac in mere minutes with almost no additional setup or configuration …

Societies

GenealogySA Website Gets a Major Upgrade

Big news from the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society. They have just done a MAJOR (and much needed) update on their website (www.genealogysa.org.au), and have totally upgraded the Member Section … and it’s GOOD! Really, GOOD!

Family Historian

Family Historian: An Alternative to The Master Genealogist (TMG)

For nearly 20 years The Master Genealogist has been a favourite genealogy program for those wanting the most advanced product to record and present their family history research. Sadly the developer recently announced the end of the road for this program. Some TMG users will continue to use it for some time to come. Others will want to change to an alternative. Family Historian has for …

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