An amazing collection of thousands of images relating to Australia, and dating back 150 years, shows the growth of the colonies, has been discovered in a London archive. The Australia Collection was released last week by the UK’s National Archives, in time to coincide with Australia Day on 26 January, these images of Australian towns, buildings, landmarks and people dating back as far as the mid 19th century.Full Story »
If you are researching anyone in South Australia who arrived or was born in South Australia prior to 1885, you NEED this CD. The Biographical Index of South Australian (or BISA as it is commonly known) is one of the key resources that researchers use.Full Story »
Outlaws and legends: the January-February edition (issue 14), our crime special, has arrived! Ned Kelly’s secret love? A descendant of the iconic bushranger’s alleged flame puts forward his case Discover your family history to trace lawbreaking ancestors with Shauna Hicks’s guide to criminal records Delve into 1930s murder mysteries with award-winning crime authors Stephen Orr and Sulari …Full Story »
Do you have some spare time? Would you like to see more Australian records readily available online? If you answered yes to both, the National Archives of Australia (NAA) are looking for people like you to help transcribe their records. While they already have millions of records online and searchable using RecordSearch, there are still throusands (if not millions) more unindexed.Full Story »
A new web site details the search for the living male descendants of the 35 men who died on the Great Barrier Reef in 1791 during the wrecking of the Pandora. The intention is to find matching DNA (Y) signatures to sequences recently obtained from 3 skeletons recovered from the Pandora wreck in the 1990s.Full Story »
Our favourite stories from 2012 are now available in the the first ever digital annual edition of Inside History Magazine!
That’s right, you can download Inside History Magazine’s Best of 2012 in their 2012 Annual.
First published in Dec 1909 the “Scottish Australasian”, the journal’s aim was “to help the young folk of Scottish parentage to better understand the history, literature and songs of the land of their forefathers”. Listing articles on a wide range of topics, including articles on well known Scots in Australasia, songstresses, war heroes, ships of long ago, obituaries, the clans, and much more.Full Story »
This book is a collection of 170 citations or biographies which were presented at the Dressing the Graves ceremonies at the Kernewek Lowender from 2000-2011. Each biography contains fascinating accounts of emigration, life, love, marriage, children and death.Full Story »
Sentenced Beyond the Seas is a project that State Records NSW is doing, and digitising and indexing Australia’s early convict records, making colour images of early convict indents available online for the first time. This digitisation project marks the 225th anniversary in 2013 of the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788.Full Story »
“The Forgotten Times” is a brand new Australian digital-only history (and genealogy) magazine. Produced by a team of journalists dedicated to quality writing with a love of history and a combined experience of 70 years, ‘The Forgotten Times” is already attracting expert writers from the industry keen to contribute.Full Story »
‘Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians’ is a brand new book that will be hitting the shelves shortly, and will no doubt make it under many Christmas Trees this year as well. This is the PERFECT book for learning about what to do, and what not to do with your digtal images, and encompasses your digital photos, as well as the photos and documents you scan.Full Story »
Issue 13 of Inside History Magazine out now, and this issue is their “Remembrance and discovery” edition. In it Ross Coulthart reveals how he unearthed 1000s of glass plate images of Aussie WWI soldiers in France, and experts talk us through the process of identifying WWI soldiers through photos. We learn of the discovery of two Macquarie-era maps charting a lost city in inland NSW …Full Story »
For this highlight, let me introduce you to a new book that has recently been published. Tales from Bush Graves recounts the stories of 218 people who met their death in the Queensland bush, with most of these were caused by fever, accidents, suicide, and murders. The stories have been reconstructed from the actual inquests, with many including newspaper accounts of the day.Full Story »