Australia’s National Family History Week becomes National Family History Month

In a BIG announcement made last week, the 2013 National Family History Week will be trialed as a month long initiative! So it’s now National Family History Month (NFHM)! It’s no surprise to us that family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world, and why wouldn’t it be when your own family history is far more interesting that fiction!

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Blinco Family Reunion & Book Launch, 13th April 2013

A family reunion for the Blinco family is planned at Point Walter, Bicton on Saturday, 13th April 2013. The Perth branch of the family descend from Henry Blinco and his wives Eliza (nee Hinds) and Martha (nee Stallard).

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Shake Your Family Tree Day – Tuesday 16 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree Day is a day to celebrate your heritage at the National Archives of Australia’s open day, which is on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. Each year the NAA offers a day of speakers, seminars, expert advice and resources to inspire you to delve into your family history. Some states are offering tours through the archives, so if you get the chance, DO NOT MISS THAT!

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Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 5 Starts in April 2013

For all of you who have been hanging out for the new Australian season of Who Do You Think You Are?, the wait is nearly over. We’ve had the UK ones airing recently, along with reruns of previous Australian ones, but “after Easter” is when Season 5 is scheduled to air. By that SBS means …

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National Library of Australia’s 2013 Community Heritage Grants Are Now Open

The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2013 Community Heritage Grants. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future generations.

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The Forgotten Times Issue 2 Available Now

Back in December 2012 I advised you about the first edition of The Forgotten Times magazine, which was a brand new, free genealogy and history magazine. Now I have the pleasure of advising you that Issue 2 of The Forgotten Times is now available, it is online, and it is still FREE.

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Honour Your Anzacs with Findmypast.com.au’s Anzac Memory Bank

Anzac Day is coming up on April 25th, and Findmypast.com.au are are asking those with Australian or New Zealand military ancestors to join them in honouring your Anzacs and the sacrifices they made for their country. They are creating an Anzac Memory Bank to honour and remember the brave men and women who fought for their country. It includes not only those that lost their lives but also the brave men and women who made it home.

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Family Tree Maker & ScotlandsPeople

The team at Unlock the Past are madly getting ready to host their 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise, which sails out of Sydney on Sunday. But they have managed to get two books released just prior to leaving. This is two from a very long list of titles expected this year. And with an amazing […]

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The Australian WWI Records Finder, an All-In-One Search

I recently found out about the ‘Australian WWI Records Finder’, which comes from the creative mind of Tim Sherratt from Wragge Labs. Now the beauty of the Australian WWI Records Finder is that it searches the National Archives of Australia (NAA), the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) all with the one search. Sounds good doesn’t it!

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UK’s National Archives Launches New Australia Collection

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.

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Highlight: Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885

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.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 14 (Jan-Feb 2013) is Out Now

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 …

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Help Transcribe the National Archives of Australia’s Records with arcHIVE

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.

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