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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findmypast Launches their “100 in 100″ Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”

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Help! My Digger Disks Won’t Work on My New Computer!!

“Arrgh help! My Digger disks won’t work on my new computer.” This is something I’ve heard many, many times over the past few years. With Windows 7 the software changed, but the Digger disks were never updated to cope with this, or with Windows 8. While there have been some work-arounds, seriously, for most of them you’d need to be an IT technical engineer to get it up and running. At least until now …

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World War 1 Centenary Projects #2

After putting the call out for information on World War 1 Projects that people were doing, I posted the World War 1 Centenary Projects #1 post. But there were simply too many projects to include in a single post, so here is list #2.

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On This Day … 5 March 1873

Today we’re taking a look at the New South Wales Police Gazette dated 5 March 1873 – that’s 141 years ago today! And I’ve chosen a few articles to highlight from it. Anyone who is familiar with the police gazettes will know the amazing collection of articles/events that are mentioned throughout each issue – much of which you won’t find reported elsewhere, so my hard part is choosing what to include from the 8 pages in this issue.

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Record History with “Real People Reel Stories”

Real People Reel Stories is a new Australian-based business which is designed to create video biographies. Photographs and stories are one thing, but video can convey so much more of you and either paper or photos ever can, and in doing so they can “bring your family’s history to life”.

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