SA 175 Years – History Grants Up For Grabs

2011 marks the 175th anniversary of the foundation of South Australia. To help commemorate this significant event the South Australian Government is offering grants to assist community groups to acknowledge this important milestone.

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Queensland Family History Society Book, now an Award Winner

The 2010 winners of the National Trust Queensland Bendigo Bank Heritage Award were announced on 26 Aug 2010. Top honours with the ‘Gold Award’ in the Community category was taken out by Qld Family History Society for their publication ‘Queensland Founding Families’ through its exploration of the history of families living in Queensland prior to Separation …

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Australia’s Saint: Mary MacKillop

Mary MacKillop’s canonisation will be featured on Foxtel’s History Channel. The station has commissioned a new documentary “Blessed Mary: A Saint for All Australians” to commemorate the historic canonisation of the revered nun in Rome on October 17. Hosted by Alan Jones, the hour long special will premier on Sunday October 10, at 7pm.

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Australian History News – August 2010

Continuing on in my update of news from primarily regional (but not exclusively) Australian genealogy, history and heritage groups. This covers news from any group, society, museum, archive office throughout Australia. Some of the following news articles have been submitted to us, while others have been found from websites, newspapers and other articles.

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AFFHO Family History Awards

The winners of the AFFHO Nick Vine Hall Award 2010 have been announced. These are awarded to Groups or Societies to encourage them to promote family history through journals and newsletters …

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Australian History News – July 2010

Social media seems to be the dominant theme through the latest news, with new new blogs, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages from groups. It is great to see them embracing the newer means of communications that people are wanting (and sometimes expecting).

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Australian Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes added to Ancestry

The announcement has just been been made that Ancestry.com.au and Ancestry.co.uk have added Australian Birth, Death and Marriage Index Records (aka Vital Records to our US friends) to their websites. Featuring 15 million Australians, and dating back more than 200 years to when modern Australia was settled in 1788 …

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Census, Census and more Censuses!!

There seems to be a lot of news about censuses (old and new ones) recently, the UK, Canada, the US and Australia too …

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Family Tree Software: Try BEFORE you Buy, with FREE Demos

Need a genealogy program? Make sure you choose one that is right for YOU! They are all a little different, and one may well be better suited to you than another. Recommendations from others are great, but nothing beats being able to try a program out for yourself.

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Documents Online now available to library users at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Visitors to the Genealogical Society of Victoria’s premises in Melbourne, are in for a treat. Along with offering users access to Ancestry, FindMyPast, the OriginsNetwork and Burke’s Peerage and Gentry Online, they now offer free downloads from The National Archives (UK) Documents Online service.

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Tombstone Tuesday: A Genealogist’s Dream Headstone

In searching for my own family, I visited a local cemetery in South Australia which includes quite a number of my reli’s, including many of the Hannaford clan. After going up and down the rows photographing all that are related, and others that ‘might’ be … I found this one.

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New Australian Genealogy Records Online – June 2010

It is true that Australia seems to be behind the rest of the world (well, the US and UK) as far as getting genealogical data online. But it is coming, bit-by-bit. This is a listing of new ‘Australian’ data added online recently …

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Has Privacy Laws Gone Too Far?

State Records of SA have withdrawn access to Series GRG21/1: 1885 Land Tax Returns. This series was particularly valued by family history researchers, not only because in one listing every land owner in the colony was listed, but because of the extensive information …

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