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 »
There is no doubt that findmypast have become a dominant player in the genealogy data online scene. This introduction to findmypast Australia/New Zealand video gives you a little rundown on some of the types of records you can find on their Australian site.Full Story »
Make yourself known as an Unlock the Past cruiser on the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise by wearing an Unlock the Past Cruise souvenir t-shirt. We had these available for the 1st cruise and they looked fabulous, were comfortable, and helped people identify members of ‘our’ group, which when you’re on a ship that carries thousands of people, it is nice to be able to find others in our group.Full Story »
Remembrance Day – the 11th hour, of 11th day, of the 11th month (11th November 1918) the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous war. Remembrance Day has attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front has became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.Full Story »
Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners are taking over the world … family historians have discovered them, and can’t live without them, photographers have found just how useful they are, and the craft and scrapbooking industry have found them simply Ah-mazing. Sadly not every archive repositry, library, museum, family history society or historical group allows use of the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner on-site. So to make everyone’s life a little easier we have started to compile a listing of places that do allow useage of the scanner on-site.Full Story »