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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – November 2012

November flew by, and we’re racing towards the end of the year. And somehow in amongst the busyness I found time to read some blogs – some that I call ‘Inspiring Genealogy Blogs’ that I’d like to share with you. I find that reading blog posts helps me keep up with the latest news, products and generally what’s happening in general in the world of genealogy …

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NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages – Family History App

The Australian NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages Family History App is the cornerstone of building your New South Wales family tree. Find out more about your ancestors. Where they were born, where they got married, where and when they died. Are there any secrets in your family for you to uncover? Don’t leave any relatives unfound.

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Introduction to Family Tree Maker 2012 [VIDEO]

YouTube is an amazing place to find ‘genealogy-related’ videos, and while browsing recently I came across a few Introduction to Family Tree Maker 2012 videos, which I know many people will find VERY useful. So here’s the first couple of videos in the series here.

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Digital Imaging Essentials – the Australian edition

‘Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians’ is a brand new book that will be hitting the shelves shortly, and will no doubt make it under many Christmas Trees this year as well. This is the PERFECT book for learning about what to do, and what not to do with your digtal images, and encompasses your digital photos, as well as the photos and documents you scan.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 13 (Nov-Dec 2012) is Out Now

Issue 13 of Inside History Magazine out now, and this issue is their “Remembrance and discovery” edition. In it Ross Coulthart reveals how he unearthed 1000s of glass plate images of Aussie WWI soldiers in France, and experts talk us through the process of identifying WWI soldiers through photos. We learn of the discovery of two Macquarie-era maps charting a lost city in inland NSW …

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Highlight: Tales from Bush Graves

For this highlight, let me introduce you to a new book that has recently been published. Tales from Bush Graves recounts the stories of 218 people who met their death in the Queensland bush, with most of these were caused by fever, accidents, suicide, and murders. The stories have been reconstructed from the actual inquests, with many including newspaper accounts of the day.

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Capture Life Stories with the Vimily App

Capture the wonderful life stories of your parents, grandparents and family by video this Christmas and ensure their legacy is preserved forever using the Vimily app.

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Introduction to findmypast Australia/New Zealand [VIDEO]

There is no doubt that findmypast have become a dominant player in the genealogy data online scene. This introduction to findmypast Australia/New Zealand video gives you a little rundown on some of the types of records you can find on their Australian site.

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Vote for Your Favourite Cruise T-Shirt Slogan

Last week I announced that we would be having t-shirts available for the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise which is coming up in February 2013, and I put out the call for slogans to go on the back. We have had 25 slogans submitted, so now it’s your turn. You get to vote for your favouite slogan or slogans (you can choose as many as you like). Voting will close on Wednesday 21st November.

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RootsTech 2013 From Australia

What happens when the techonology and genealogy industries collaborate on a conference … ROOTSTECH, that’s what!!! The world’s biggest genealogy technology conference is on again. And now into it’s 3rd year seems to be getting better-and-better each year. Who from Australia is going?

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Genealogy Software and Windows 8

Windows 8 has only been out for about two weeks, and we’ve already had a number of inquiries from people who have, or who it already or who are wishing to update to it, and querying if their genealogy software will work on it.

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Cruise T-shirt – Slogan Competition

Make yourself known as an Unlock the Past cruiser on the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise by wearing an Unlock the Past Cruise souvenir t-shirt. We had these available for the 1st cruise and they looked fabulous, were comfortable, and helped people identify members of ‘our’ group, which when you’re on a ship that carries thousands of people, it is nice to be able to find others in our group.

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Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day 11 November

Remembrance Day – the 11th hour, of 11th day, of the 11th month (11th November 1918) the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous war. Remembrance Day has attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front has became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.

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