Australia Day Heritage: Meet Isaac Richardson, Labourer, Swing Rioter and Convict

As a way to help celebrate our Australian heritage on Australia Day, fellow Aussie genealogy blogger TwigsOfYore, has suggested a theme of finding a document relating to your earliest Australian ancestor and writing about it. So let me introduce you to my great-great-great-great grandpa Isaac Richardson.

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Find Your Convict Ancestors Online for FREE

To celebrate Australia Day Ancestry.com.au are giving you FREE, unlimited access to the 2.3 million convicts records that they have online. Records such as Passenger Lists from the First Fleet, Muster rolls and Registers of Pardons dating back to 1788 are all there. Be quick, you only have FREE access until 31 January.

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Inside History – Issue 2 (Jan-Feb 2011) Out Now

The newest history and genealogy magazine for the Australian and New Zealand market was launched in November 2010, and has received rave reviews. Released bi-monthly, Issue 2 has just hit the shelves and provides yet another great read for all with Australian history and genealogy interests.

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New History & Genealogy Titles – 14 January 2011

More new genealogy and history related titles have recently been added to our range. New products come in the Australia, England, Wales, Scotland, Scrapbooking & Software categories.

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Genealogy Certificate Course in Australian Records coming February

A world leader in online genealogy certificate courses and distance education, the National Institute of Genealogical Studies method of study allows students to study at their own pace, at the time and place convenient for them. The Institute annouces that the new “Australian Records Certificate” is now available, and starts in 7 February 2011.

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Share a Piece of Your Australian Heritage on Australia Day – 26 January 2011

To celebrate Australia Day this year, find the earliest piece of documentation you have about an ancestor in Australia. If you don’t have an Australian ancestor, then choose the earliest piece of documentation you have for a relative in Australia, then answer three questions.

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Help Save Australia’s Convict Heritage, Sign the Petition Now

The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct is the location of Australia’s first purpose built convict establishment for women and children. Despite this important history, the Precinct has not been recognised as a National Heritage site. The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association is preparing a national heritage listing application, and needs your help by signing a petition.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – January 2011 Issue Out Now

The January 2011 issue of the ‘Australian Family Tree Connections’ magazine is out now, and as usual, contains an interesting mix of articles. From mining, to convicts, from emigrant ancestors to DNA tests … it’s worth a read!

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New History & Genealogy Titles – 30 December 2010

More new genealogy and history related titles have recently been added to our range. New products come in the Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Stationery and Scrapbooking categories.

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New History & Genealogy Titles – 24 December 2010

More new genealogy and history related titles have recently been added to our range. New products come in the Australia, England, Scotland and Souvenir categories.

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Genealogy & History Gift Ideas & Highlights – December 2010

A selection of great Genealogy & History gift ideas and highlight products.

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Huge Tasmanian Convict Project is now Underway

A major new research project delves deep into the past. The secret lives of our Tasmanian convict ancestors are going to be revealed in a major new research project. A collaboration between demographers, historians, epidemiologists and genealogists. By examining birth, death and marriage records and other historical sources …

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Historic Australian Gazetteer and Street Directory highlights

Highlights of currently available historic Australian Gazetteers and Street Directories reproduced on DATA CDs.

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