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.

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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 …

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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!

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Genealogy and History Related Wikis

I was wondering just what history and genealogy-related wiki’s are out there, and as I couldn’t find any list, I started creating one. The following list is a work in progress, and is largely Australian genealogy and history orientated wikis. But I have thrown in a few that are world genealogy-related too.

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Findmypast Adds Victorian Passenger Lists 1839-1923 Online

There’s no doubt that passenger lists are one record that genealogsts’ crave. Being able to find out then when and where of your ancestors arrival is jackpot! And thanks to a deal that findmypast has with the Public Record Office Victoria, we now get online access to over 3.8 million Victorian passenger lists from your own home.

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South Australian Passenger Lists 1840s-1890s Now Online

Findmypast have had their Passenger Lists Leaving the UK 1890-1960 online for quite some time now, but their brand new release of over 150,000 South Australian passenger lists records covers the years 1847-1886, filling in that very important gap of when so many emigrated.

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MyHeritage Celebrates National Family History Month

August is here, and that means that the Australian and New Zealand genealogy worlds are celebrating National Family History Month. With events held around Australia and New Zealand there’s plenty going on. And it’s great to see that MyHeritage, one of the big, big names in the genealogy industry helping us celebrate.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

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Findmypast Goes Shopping

Over the past few years, the genealogy world has seen a number of buyouts, as well as partnerships, and the past few weeks have seen two more. The latest buyouts both involve findmypast who just seem to keep going from strength to strength.

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R.I.P. Diane Cummings

Last week saw the passing of another great name in the Australian genealogy world. Diane Cummings (generally known as Di), who was well-known around both South Australia and Victoria had been ill for some time, and passed away last Tuesday, 24th June 2014.

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History SA’s 2014 South Australian History Grants Are Now Open

Are you a involved with a South Australian genealogy group, historical society, museum, archive, or similar organisation? If so, this is for you. Applications for History SA’s annual South Australian History Fund grants has just opened for 2014.

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State Records of South Australia is on the Move!

The State Records of South Australia which is currently sharing a building with the National Archives of Australia in Leigh Street, Adelaide will going to be moving to the State Library of South Australia in August 2014. For more details on this and how it will affect their Gepps Cross Centre, as well as obtaining records, read on …

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Baptist History and Migration to New Zealand

In between attending (and organising) numerous events, the team at Unlock the Past have finalised two new guide books. These new books cover Australian Baptist history and how you can use those records to your advantage as a researcher, and also migration to New Zealand, which many will find useful to help find and understand the records available for those who migrated there.

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