Australians are in love with watching family history on TV, and “Who Do You Think You Are?” has captured the interest of so many, that the program has now been renewed for a 5th Season.Full Story »
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If you are an individual, society, archive, library, or an organisation interested in either history or genealogy, you will want this “History and Genealogy 2011″ in your collection. This is not a HOW-TO book, but rather a collection of articles on a whole range of topics relating to Australia and New Zealand history and genealogy.Full Story »
Hamilton played host to the New Zealand Family History Fair in 2010. This was a huge success, as over a 1000 people enjoyed the many exhibits and seminars on offer, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of FREE access to websites. Now it’s on again, and bigger than last year!!Full Story »
There seems to be a trend these days of if you are a celebrity (or in this case a President of the US), you will get your family history researched for you. This difference with this story, is that President Obama not only appreciated it, but also thanked those who researched his Irish roots.Full Story »
We’re not quite at the end of the month, yet July has been a has been a BIG, BIG month for new genealogy records online, particularly with the big players in the field. Military records, Wills, Business records, Convicts, Civil Registrations, Parish Registers, Directories, and Cemetery recordsFull Story »
The end of July marks the beginning of National Family History Week, which runs from 29 July through until 8 August. National Family History Week is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), as a way to promote and encourage people to trace their family history.Full Story »
Did your family arrive in New South Wales in the early 1800s? Have you looked for them on the Census? This really is an important record for anyone who had family in New South Wales in 1828 or earlier, as this is the ONLY surviving census for New South Wales. It is not widely known that the original ‘household returns’ survive for a quarter of the population in the New South Wales 1828 census.Full Story »
Into Australian history or Australian genealogy? If you answered Yes, to either of those, you should be reading this magazine. The July-August edition (issue 5) of this bi-monthly magazine has just been released. In it you’ll find the following: articles about dating old photos, tips for tracing Chinese ancestors, Friendly Societies, and as our Australian Census is coming up in August, a Census special.Full Story »
If you’re researching your Cheshire ancestry, FamilySearch is a must-visit site, as they’ve just added millions of parish records and bishop’s transcripts online. This is in addition to the Land Tax Assessments, Non-conformist Records, Probate Records, School Records, Workhouse Records, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, and Register of Electors already there.Full Story »
The National Library of Australia’s digitisation of historical Australian newspapers has to one of the most important resources that is available online, and even better that it is FREE!! As you can understand this is a work-in-progress, but I can tell you that they don’t look like slowing down any time soon!! Yay, and I KNOW I’m not alone on that one!!!Full Story »
Everyone loves a price drop, and us genie mad people, love it even more when it’s on genealogy products! So the good news for today is that the always popular 3rd edition of the National Burial Index for England and Wales has now dropped in price to $59.50 (AUD).Full Story »
What is the Gould Genealogy & History 10:10:10:10 sale? 10th July … 10 days … 10.00am … $10.00
Every day at 10.00am (CST) for a total of 10 days starting from Sunday 10th July we will announce on Twitter and Facebook, our new daily $10 special, and trust me there will be MASSIVE savings.
81 community groups across Victoria will share in $355,000 in grants from the Victorian Government to help record and preserve their local history stories and share them with future generations.Full Story »