Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – February 2012

Thanks for the feedback on last month’s Australian Genealogy and History Snippets post. I’m glad you liked it, and that you found it informative. So, that brings us to my second Australian Genealogy and History Snippets post. This one covering news etc from February 2012. It’s not meant to be comprehensive in anyway, but rather it is bits that I’ve recently come across and would like to share with you.

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Genealogy Collection to Clear

There is a tendency that once you get into genealogy, you’re hooked for life … but just now and then you do come across someone who has done their research and is ready to move on to something else, and in dong so would like to reclaim the space in their house that genealogy took over by clearing their collection of genealogy books, CDs and associated items.

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Highlight: Sewerage Records: An Untapped Magnificent Resource

Sewerage is not something we associate with our ancestors, nor is it a resource that most people have high on their list for checking. But, read this book, and you will be convinced that is really sewerage records really are “an untapped magnificent resource”, and their value to family and local history research will be changed forever.

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History around the Bombing of Darwin

On the 19th of February 1942 an event occurred which changed Australia forever. Australia was bombed by enemy forces at Darwin. Last weekend was the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin.

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South Australian BDM Indexes Now Online

The South Australian BDM Indexes are now online. Last year there was rumours of them coming, and now they’re here. This is BIG, BIG news for everyone with family connections to South Australia … and they’re free to search.

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Run Your Digger Disks on Windows 7 64-bit

It has been a known fact that sadly the Australian ‘Digger’ disks will not work on Vista 64-bit, and Windows 7 64-bit computers, which comes as a rude shock to those who have just upgraded their computer, and paid hundreds of dollars for these CDs to find out. Well, we finally have some good news. Here’s how to get them working …

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Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – January 2012

If you’ve been following my posts for a while you might remember a that I had been doing a series (generally once a month) on Australian History News. You can see those posts here. Rather than continue that series (at least at this stage) I thought I’d use some of the new tidbits I was finding together with news from the social media scene and put them togehter as ‘Snippets’.

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FamilySearch Starts 2012 by Releasing 119 Million New Records

If your genealogy wish for 2012 was for more new records to be added online, FamilySearch was certainly listening, as they’ve started the year off with a bang by releasing 119 million new (not-previously-online) records … and of course, being on FamilySearch they are all FREE.

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Australian Generations Oral History Project Needs Volunteers

The Australian Generations Oral History Project is a new national project, and it needs volunteers. Historians at Monash and La Trobe Universities, in partnership with ABC Radio National and the National Library of Australia, are collecting life story interviews with Australians born from the 1920s to the 1980s.

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Gould Genealogy & History’s In-store Moving Sale

We are moving our new shop in mid/late January 2012. For more details on our move read here. The showroom is smaller than our current and we would prefer to move as little stock as we have too. So we are having a “20% off all stock in-store moving sale” from Tuesday 3 January 2012 until 5.00pm 18 January 2012 when we will close for our move.

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FOR SALE: Parade Magazine, Australia’s Early History Magazine

Issued monthly, Australia’s ‘Parade’ magazine claims to have “25 great, true stories from history” in every issue. While I wasn’t personally familiar with Parade magazine prior to recently … trust me, if you’re into Australian history, you WILL find these fascinating.

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Gould Genealogy & History’s List of Top 50 Best Sellers for 2011

The end of 2011 is almost here, so we thought we’d get a list our of top 50 best selling titles for the year. And what an interesting list it is. With software, archival storage, scrapbooking papers, and the Unlock the Past guides all dominating the list.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – January 2012 Issue Out Now

Christmas time is approching, and for many that means a busy, busy Christmas Day, followed by some time off afterwards. My copy of the January 2012 Australian Family Tree Connections magazine has arrived just time for some holiday reading.

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