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Genealogy news, articles etc for Australia

New Unlock the Past Books: DNA, Church Records, findmypast.com.au, Pitfalls, Social Media & Trove

 Unlock the Past have been busy, releasing 6 new books in the past 2 of weeks. With topics such as genealogy pitfalls, Aus/NZ church records, how to use social media with your family history, DNA in genealogy, and the NLA’s Trove, and a book on the brand new findmypast.com.au website, there really is something here for everyone Continue reading →

Inside History Magazine – Issue 12 (Sep-Oct 2012) is Out Now

 Inside History Magazine Issue 12 is out now, and in this issue they celebrate weddings. Covering topics such as FamilySearch marriage records, and how to find “the one” you’re after; Learn what our convict ancestors got up to, all in the name of love; Who is the beautiful bride on the cover, you ask?; And we get some favourite family recipes and the stories behind them Continue reading →

Project “Chronicle Scarborough” Needs Your Help

 Scarborough is a coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia, and is located approximately 14km northwest of the city centre. This suburb and was named after the English beach resort Scarborough, in North Yorkshire. The lovely people from Storyfire have introduced me to “Chronicle Scarborough”. This is a brand new exciting project, that aims at documenting the history of this Perth suburb, and they need your help. Continue reading →

Australian Family Tree Connections – September 2012 Issue Out Now

 September arrives this weekend, and the September 2012 Issue of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine has arrived in time for some weekend reading. With a whole bunch of articles, a number of Can You Help? queries, a Guest Society, and the Computers and Genealogy section which has a heap of websites for your to discover – there’s weekend reading for you. Continue reading →

Access 200 Million Immigration Records FREE until Sunday

 Ancestry.com.au have just announced that they are giving you FREE Access to 200 million immigration records until Sunday, 26 August 2012 (11.59pm AEST). The collections cover Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the United States and Europe, and they include passenger lists, convict transportations, passport records, naturalisation records, border crossing lists, crew lists and a whole bunch more. Continue reading →

Join Scott Hicks and Help Save South Australia’s Historic Films

 A story in The Advertiser last weekend was about how Director, Scott Hicks is lending his star power in a bid to help save historic South Australian films that are at risk of being lost forever. The State Library of South Australia has a film collection which includes Super 8 and 16mm films. To preserve and share the more than 7500 films, the Library’s In-House Digitising project requires a $200,000 digital film scanner. Continue reading →

Australian History News – August 2012

 It has been quite a while, but I’ve decided to resurrect my Australian History News series of posts, as I enjoy finding out bits & pieces of genealogy and history news, and passing it on to you. In this one we have details of a free book on one of Queensland’s pioneers, a new User Group, more funding for one of Australia’s top convict sites, a new project for another group, and more societies join in on social media. Continue reading →

Findmypast Introduces the World Collection

 Findmypast have just introduced their new World Collection subscription which gives you access to search collections from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the United States in one place for a single fee. Subscribing to the World Collection gives you access to over a billion records, with that number growing rapidly. And until August 31 2012, they are offering an introductory 10% discount off new subscriptions. Continue reading →

Find Out What the National Library of Australia Has [VIDEO]

 Want to find out what the National Library of Australia has to offer without even taking a step outside of your house? Now you can with the new videos that the National Library of Australia have created, which will help viewers started using their collections and services. You’ll learn how to access their readings rooms and galleries, research your family history, use online resources and order copies from the collection. Continue reading →

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. Continue reading →