World War 1 Centenary Projects #1

There’s no doubt that 2014 is the year military historians have been working towards for years as it marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War 1. The Great War. The “war to end all wars”. As you can imagine there are literally thousands of World War 1 projects going on right around the world. Some big, some small. All important in recording history. And it’s going to be hard keep up with them all, but through a series of “World War 1 Projects” posts I shall share at least some of them with you.

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‘Start Your Family Tree Week’ is Back and Starts on December 26th

You’ll be pleased to know that findmypast, who are one of the world’s leading online genealogy data websites, is holding ”Start Your Family Tree Week” again. Every day from 26 December to 1 January, findmypast will share hints and tips on how to start your family tree, and they will make sure you know how to get the most out of their records.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – December 2013 Issue Out Now

In amongst the pile of mail and supplier parcels we’ve received recently, the latest Australian Family Tree Connections magazine arrived. This December issue quite naturally has a Christmas theme, while still providing readers with an interesting array of articles for their holiday reading.

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Highlight: George Fife Angas: Father and Pioneer of South Australia

George Fife Angas was instrumental in South Australia’s pioneering history. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, in Northumberland, England in 1789, George Fife Angas started work at the age of 15 as a coachbuilder for his father, and then subsequently added merchant, banker, landowner, politician and a philanthropist to his repertoire …

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About Time: South Australia’s History Festival 1-31 May 2014

After the success of history month over the past two years, the team behind South Australia’s About Time History Festival are already planning for the 2014 one. They’ve updated their website and are now taking details of events for next year, which you can add online yourself.

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78 Grants Awarded to Australian Community Groups

Back in March 2013 the National Library of Australia announced that their Community Grants were open for submission. The grants of up to $15,000 were available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held collections. Well, now they’ve announced the recipients of the 78 grants that have been awarded.

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Victorian Goldfields on Fire Crowdsourcing Project

Archival Access Victoria launched a crowdsourcing project a few months ago to digitise Victorian country town court records. That worked well, and now they are on to a new project, this one to do with the Victorian Goldfields, but they need your held to do so.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – November 2013 Issue Out Now

November is here, and so is the latest Australian Family Tree Connections magazine. With the themes of Remembrance Day and Scottish ancestry both featured in this issue, there’s articles, Can You Help? queries, New on the Net section with websites for you to discover, together with news and events, all packed into 62 pages. With the themes of Remembrance Day and Scottish Ancestry both featured in this issue,

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Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 6 (2014)

For the genealogy TV lovers, it has just been announced that Who Do You Think You Are?, the Australian version will be back in 2014, which will make it it’s 6th season. That’s a good effort don’t you think. Now I can tell you five of the celebrities who will feature in it …

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Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean the end of the year, and I don’t even mean Christmas. In this instance I’m actually talking about the next Unlock the Past cruise. With the 4th and 5th cruises booking well why not make yourself known as a ‘genealogy cruiser’ by wearing an exclusive Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt.

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Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? Season 3

House history is something that we tend to associate with the UK, as they have such old houses that have managed to stand the test of time. With many still standing that are hundreds of years old, it’s naturally intriguing to want to know the history that house has been through. But now thanks to the TV show ‘Who’s Been Sleeping in My House’ Australians are now starting to get interested in the history of their houses too.

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Family Tree Tracker Magazine Hits the Shelves

There’s a new Australian genealogy magazine out, and it’s called “Family Tree Tracker”. With a format much like the UK genealogy magazines, in that it is a glossy magazine, with useful tips, some articles, and software reviews, it’s a good read.

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Biographical Database of Australia: Australia’s New Genealogy Resource

The latest BIG thing to hit the Aussie genealogy scene is the Biographical Database of Australia website. Already being referred to as BDA, this website is the result of many years of work by volunteer genealogists and historians and contractors. With over 500,000 records online already, with this number set to increase dramatically over the next year, this is a resource that you should be looking at.

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