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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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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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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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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The Gould Genealogy Pedigree

Today I want to introduce you to the “Gould Genealogy Pedigree”. This isn’t a post about new records online, or a press release about a new company, but rather it is introducing you to OUR company. That’s right, for a change I’m actually writing about ourselves. Some of you would know that we’ve been around for years (almost 38 years actually), while others of you have found us more recently. Either way, I do hope that we have been able to help you on your research journey.

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63 Organisations Share $350,000 in Victoria’s Local History Grants

Sixty-three Victorian community groups, ranging from schools and libraries to sporting clubs and museums, will be doing their bit to record Victoria’s history thanks to support provided under the latest round of the Victorian Local History Grants Program.

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We Will Remember Them …

English poet Laurence Binyon, overwhelmed by the carnage and loss of life by British and Allied forces in World War 1, penned one of the most moving tributes the world has known to our war dead. Titled ‘For the Fallen’, the poem first appeared in The Times of London on 21 September 1914, and has since become known as ‘Ode of Remembrance’.

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Chris Paton–Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour Survey Stats

Those who attended the recent Chris Paton-Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour around Australia were invited give feedback as well, on the venue, on the talks, and on some general genealogy queries. It is those extra genealogy questions that we have the stats for here, and wanted to share as they give some very interesting results.

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Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

The deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents …

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The Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.

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Record History with “Real People Reel Stories”

Real People Reel Stories is a new Australian-based business which is designed to create video biographies. Photographs and stories are one thing, but video can convey so much more of you and either paper or photos ever can, and in doing so they can “bring your family’s history to life”.

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More Celebrities Announced for Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 6

Back in October there was an announcement of five celebrities who would feature in the 6th Season of Australia’s Who Do You Think You Are?. Well, today SBS made an announcement of three more celebrities who’ll be appearing in this series …

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‘Start Your Family Tree Week’ is Back and Starts on December 26th

You’ll be pleased to know that findmypast, who are one of the world’s leading online genealogy data websites, is holding ”Start Your Family Tree Week” again. Every day from 26 December to 1 January, findmypast will share hints and tips on how to start your family tree, and they will make sure you know how to get the most out of their records.

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