Cruise T-shirt – Slogan Competition

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.

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Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day 11 November

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.

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Where Can I Use My Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner?

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.

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Women’s History Month 2013: Seeking Founding Mothers

As the 20th Century dawned and the Australian nation was born, Australian women led in democratic reform, making the new nation among the first where women had the same rights as men to vote and to stand for public office. The theme for the next Women’s History Month Australia in March 2013 is ‘Seeking Founding Mothers’, identifying women involved in shaping Federation and the Australian Constitution in 1901 …

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Season 5 (2013) Celebrities – Who Do You Think You Are? Australia

Now we all knew that there was a Season 5 of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia was in the works, and I can now let you know a little more about who the celebrities on it will be … Firstly it is being extended from 6 episodes, to 8 episodes, and we’re currently only being told of 6 celebrities, with two surprises to follow (oh the suspense).

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Ryerson Index Now Has 3.5 Million Australian Death Notices Online

Anyone who has been researching Australian records for a while will know about the Ryerson Index, and just how valuable it is. The Ryerson Index is an index of death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers, it also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. What started as one person’s passion for collecting the death notices out the newspaper, has now grown to encompass death notices from 216 Australian newspapers, and currently has over 3.5 million entries online.

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Historical Society of South Australia Grants Close 31 October 2012

If you have a passion for preserving South Australia’s heritage, and have a project that you’d like to do, but need some funds to help you along the way, you’d better be quick as applications for grants from the Historical Society of South Australia close on Wednesday 31 October 2012.

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findmypast.com.au Adds Another 56 Million Records

findmypast.com.au, the Australian division of one of the world’s biggest online genealogy data sites, has just added a whopping 56 million more records online. This now brings the total of Australia and New Zealand records they have to over 135 million, which is quite a collection isn’t it! So head on over to findmypast.com.au and search their millions of records …

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FamilySearch Adds 19 Million New Indexed Records and Digital Images

The world’s best genealogy website FamilySearch, has just added another 19 million, that’s right 19 M-I-L-L-I-O-N more indexed records and images to its free online searchable database. Austria, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Ivory Coast, NZ, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, US, UK, Venezuela and Wales are all covered

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Looking for Next-of-Kin of WWII Far East Prisoners of War

The Australian Department of Defence is looking for Next-of-Kin of World War II Far East Prisoners of War. The men listed below have been posthumously approved for the award of the Commendation for Gallantry for their service during World War II and to date their award has not been claimed.

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‘Ryde Goes to War’ Project

Let me introduce you to a new research project that the Ryde District Historical Society, has just begun. Titled ‘Ryde Goes to War’, the Society has taken on the challenge of gathering data on World War 1 Service personel who have a strong connection with the City of Ryde in Sydney.

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New Unlock the Past Books: DNA, Church Records, findmypast.com.au, Pitfalls, Social Media & Trove

Unlock the Past have been busy, releasing 6 new books in the past 2 of weeks. With topics such as genealogy pitfalls, Aus/NZ church records, how to use social media with your family history, DNA in genealogy, and the NLA’s Trove, and a book on the brand new findmypast.com.au website, there really is something here for everyone

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 12 (Sep-Oct 2012) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine Issue 12 is out now, and in this issue they celebrate weddings. Covering topics such as FamilySearch marriage records, and how to find “the one” you’re after; Learn what our convict ancestors got up to, all in the name of love; Who is the beautiful bride on the cover, you ask?; And we get some favourite family recipes and the stories behind them

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