National Archives of Australia Seeks $92 Million for Preservation Facility

The Canberra Times had an interesting article on the National Archives of Australia seeking $92 million to upgrade their facilities. According to the report the NAA Mitchell storage facility has become so decrepit that tape is being used to hold down floor tiles which could contain asbestos. It is our our NATIONAL Archives for goodness sake!!

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Help Make Australian BDM Certificates Cheaper

We all know that Australian BDM certificates are ridiculously expensive, but why is this so? Why do we have to pay $30-$40 per certificate, when we can order others from the UK for about $15.00? It doesn’t seem right. Inside History Magazine have started a petiton in a bid to get not only the price of Australian BDM certificates dropped, but also with the aim to make them easier to order.

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Two More Unlock the Past Books Due Soon

The Unlock the Past authors have busy putting pen to paper (or should I say fingers on keyboards?), and have been busy writing a whole host of new books. Two of the new books are due within 1-2 weeks, and are now available for pre-order. Interestingly both of these new books relates to land records, one for Australia and New Zealand and the other for Scotland.

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Find & Connect – Australian Orphanage and Child Migrant Records

Don’t you love it when you hear of new projects that start up, and you can see the potential for it to not only be huge, but so useful to others as well! This is how I feel about Find & Connect. This is a project that is designed to connect forgotten Australians, former child migrants, orphans and those in Children’s Homes to their families as well as information and resources …

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Update on Trove’s Historical Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program

Back in July 2011 I posted Trove’s digitisation schedule of historical Australian newspapers, now they have released an update on this list, and have included the schedule for newspapers in 2012-2013.

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South Australian History Grants 2012-13 are Now Open

It seems to be the season for history grants, and now it is South Australia’s turn, as the South Australian History Fund grants for 2012-13 are now open. This annual fund, which totals $35,000 in funding from the Government of South Australia and is administered by History SA, has three categories: Projects, Publications and Research.

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Victorian Community History Awards 2012 are Now Open

News from the Public Record Office Victoria is that applications for the Victorian Community History Awards for 2012 are now open. These Awards recognise excellence in historical method, and the range of award categories acknowledges that history can be told in a variety of formats with the aim of reaching and enriching all Victorians.

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Findmypast.com.au New Website is Offically Launched

The BIG, EXCITING news just in, is that the brand new findmypast Australia website is live, and officially launched. Visit www.findmypast.com.au to see their fantastic new website including an exciting blog and findmypast family tree so you can build your family tree online! You also now have more choice with 6 and 12 month subscriptions and credit packages available. Stay tuned for details of brand new records and features coming really soon …

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58 Victorian Organisations Awarded Local History Grants

A BIG congratulations to the 58 Victorian oganisations who have just been awarded Local History Grants. The money used by them will go toward projects which will aid in preserving different aspects of Victoria’s history.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 10 (May-Jun 2012) is Out Now

In this May-June edition of Inside History Magazine (issue 10) you’ll find: Cemeteries, HMAS Kuttabul in 1942, the Australian Women’s Weekly gets digitised, 50 genealogy blogs you need to follow, and discover Historypin.

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Inside History Magazine’s Top 50 Genealogy Blogs List

Issue 10 of the Inside History Magazine arrived this week, as always it is packed with amazing articles. One that I found particularly great was an article written by Jill Ball (aka @geniaus on Twitter), titled 50 Genealogy Blogs You Need to Follow. Reading through the list, I can personally verify that so many of them are a great read, as I follow them myself.

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Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner: Where Can it Be Used?

Now the Flip-Pal mobile scanners are starting to get out there … but where can they be used? We need your help as we’re wanting to create a list of organisations (societies, archives, museums and similar – big or small) which do (or don’t) allow use of the Flip-Pal scanners on their premises. This list will make it easier for users.

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Introducing ‘History Queensland’ Magazine

Let me introduce to you a new magazine that has hit the streets “History Queensland”. Issued quarterly, the first issue came out in November 2011, with Issue 2 released in February 2012. And really, the name really says it all! It is a magazine that contains articles and information about Queensland’s history.

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