Vintage Australian Telephone Books

Vintage telephone books are an immense resource for historians. Really you say? Why? Well genealogists can use them to see where their ancestors were living at the time. And social historians can use them to see who in the town had a telephone, as well as what businesses were ….

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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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Western Australian Genealogical Society Wins Prestigious Award

The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) has been announced as the winner of the Geoff Riggs Award for Best Website. The Geoff Riggs Award is sponsored by ABM Publishing publishers of Family Tree magazine and the FFHS …

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Trove Newspapers: What’s Coming Soon?

Recently I gave you a long list of titles of historical newspapers that the National Library of Australia has just released on Trove. Now here is a listing of the newspapers that are due in the coming months.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – May 2014 Issue Out Now

The end of one month and the beginning of the next sees the new issues of genealogy magazines arrive. One that has just landed on my desk is the May 2014 issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine. Mother’s Day is in May so this issue features some lovely mothers and their families, as well as other articles you’ll find fascinating.

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New Old Newspapers on Trove!

The past few months has seen the folks in the historical newspaper department at the National Library of Australia very busy. Through Trove newspapers, (you know, the website that anyone who has Aussie ancestors hangs-out on), we now have access to over 12 million pages from over 650 Australian newspapers … and it’s all free!

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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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Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

Let me tell you about a new website I’ve been playing with recently. It’s called ‘Find-A-Record’. So what is Find-A-Record? Well essentially is is a website that enables you to search for genealogical records by a town, region, or geographic area, and it tells you what records exist in the place and time period that your ancestors lived.

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Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

It’s that time again. Yes, there’s another Unlock the Past cruise not that far away, so it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These are not an item that we stock, so they’re not generally available. And we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy (and exclusive, did I mention exclusive as you can’t get these anywhere else) Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your order in now.

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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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