Can You Help? #1

From time to time we are asked if we can help “spead the word” for people or groups who are doing a project and are after some futher information. And rather that just putting a little note on our Facebook page about it, I have decided to do it as a blog post so it gets a wider audience. So welcome to our first “Can You Help?” post.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 17 (Jul-Aug 2013) is Out Now

July had arrived and so has the latest issue of Inside History Magazine. When looking at this cover there are three things that grab me: the first being the image itself, it is simply stunning, the second is the heading “50 blogs you need to read” and the third is “Eureka Moments!” Intrigued? You should be.

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Easier Access to South Australian Court Records

Until now accessing South Australian court records has not been an easy task, as you needed to go to the Supreme Court itself in Victoria Square, Adelaide. Now thanks to the efforts of the Friends of South Australia’s Archives Inc., access to many records held by the South Australian Supreme Court is now easier …

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Are You Doing a World War 1 Centenary Project?

There is no question that 2014 is going to be a massive year for military history, as it marks 100 years since the start of World War 1. I know that there are a number of Societies, Groups, Museums and Communities who are doing their own World War 1 Project, and are on the lookout for information for those involved from their town, region or country.

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Citing Sources, Women Ancestors, Military and English Research

With the team at Unlock the Past back from their trips from earlier this year, it means there has been a degree of normality returning to life which has enabled a few new books to be released. New titles cover Citing your sources, researching women Ancestors, British and Australian military and English research.

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Crowdsourcing for the Retake Melbourne Project

Let me introduce you to the “Retake Melbourne” project. The State Library of Victoria has a vast collection of old photographs of Melbourne, one collection in particular is that from immigrant Australian photographer Mark Strizic who tooks over 5000 images. Using these images the idea is to re-photograph Melbourne.

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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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