Order Your Queensland BDM Certificates Online

More good news for Aussie genealogists – as a sign of another organisation moving with the times, the Queensland Registrar now gives you the option of buying a copy of the printed certificate which gets mailed out to you OR you can order a digital copy which you can then download instantly.

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New South Wales 1800-1952 Will Books to be Digitised

The big new that hit the genealogy world today was findmypast.com.au are working together with State Records NSW and as a result we will see New South Wales Will Books online later this year. Anything that provides easier access to Australian wills will be more than welcome.

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2013 South Australian History Fund Grants Are Now Open

The South Australian History Fund Grants provides funding for small history projects, publications and research projects. Get your group together and make sure you get your applications in by Monday 22 July 2013.

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WikiNorthia: Documenting Melbourne’s North

After asking our staff who knew about WikiNorthia, and getting a unanimous “no”, I’ve decided that this site needs to get more attention than it does. So let me introduce you to it. Firstly WikiNorthia is a website (a wiki in this case) that is all about documenting life, history (and the present) of everything to to do with Melbourne’s north.

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Highlight: The South Australian Company

Anyone who can trace their history right back to South Australia’s beginnings will have heard about the ‘South Australian Company’. This book (now on CD) tells you the history of this Company.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 16 (May-Jun 2013) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine Issue 16 is available now and this one is their Irish issue and in it you’ll … discover the best Irish resources online and on site; how to find your convict in the newspaper; learn about the lives of famine orphans; read about the experiences of Irish assisted immigrants in the 1800s; see what our ancestors got up to during St Patrick’s Day celebrations, plus a whole heap more …

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A New Project to Digitise Country Victoria Records

Victoria’s history sits on 9km of shelving in the PROV’s repository at North Melbourne. The problem is, these records are hundreds of kilometres away from the folks in country Victoria, so aren’t easily accessible. Now Archival Access Victoria has come up with a Project that will help everyone. Their plan is to digitise these records for country Victoria …

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Passenger Lists to Queensland 1848-1912

Passenger lists. They are something that every genealogist hunts for. Some are easy to find, while others aren’t and for those ones we swear that our ancestors either swam or arrived via spaceship. But let me tell you about the wonderful thing the Queensland State Archives have done.

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Did Your Ancestor Help Build the Great Ocean Road?

Did any of your ancestors work on building the Great Ocean Road? If so, you’ll be interested to know about a Project that the Portland Family History Group is working on, that is recording details of all of those who worked on, or even those who helped the workers along the way, to enable them to build this iconic part of Australia.

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Highlight: History of the First 50 Years of Freemasonry in South Australia 1834-84

Authored by Charles Glover, this was the first book to be written on the history of Freemasonry in South Australia, and it is one that is ‘highly’ regarded and a noted authoritative work.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – May 2013 Issue Out Now

The beginning of a new month always means that you can expect your magazine subscriptions to arrive in the letterbox, and the May 2013 issue of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine has just arrived in ours. With a whole bunch of articles, a number of Can You Help? queries …

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Tasmania Birth, Death & Marriage Records 1803-1933 Now Online

I discovered “genealogy gold” when I found out that FamilySearch have in conjuction with the Archives Office of Tasmania have just put the images of Tasmanian Births, Deaths and Marriages online. These cover the period 1803-1933, and are there for all to view for FREE!

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Kernewek Lowender – The ‘Biggest Cornish Festival in the World’

The Kernewek Lowender, is a Cornish festival held in the Copper Coast towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo on Yorke Peninsula. Held on the 2nd Monday of May, every two years, it claims to be the ‘biggest Cornish Festival in the world’. 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Cornish festival, and the week long program will run from May 20-26, is designed to …

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