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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. Continue reading →

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. Continue reading →

Highlight: The Scottish Australasian 1910-1918

 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. Continue reading →

Ryerson Index Now Has 3.5 Million Australian Death Notices Online

logo - Ryerson Index 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. Continue reading →

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 Continue reading →

Access 200 Million Immigration Records FREE until Sunday have just announced that they are giving you FREE Access to 200 million immigration records until Sunday, 26 August 2012 (11.59pm AEST). The collections cover Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the United States and Europe, and they include passenger lists, convict transportations, passport records, naturalisation records, border crossing lists, crew lists and a whole bunch more. Continue reading →

Join Scott Hicks and Help Save South Australia’s Historic Films

 A story in The Advertiser last weekend was about how Director, Scott Hicks is lending his star power in a bid to help save historic South Australian films that are at risk of being lost forever. The State Library of South Australia has a film collection which includes Super 8 and 16mm films. To preserve and share the more than 7500 films, the Library’s In-House Digitising project requires a $200,000 digital film scanner. Continue reading →

Findmypast Introduces the World Collection

 Findmypast have just introduced their new World Collection subscription which gives you access to search collections from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the United States in one place for a single fee. Subscribing to the World Collection gives you access to over a billion records, with that number growing rapidly. And until August 31 2012, they are offering an introductory 10% discount off new subscriptions. Continue reading →

Find & Connect – Australian Orphanage and Child Migrant Records

 Don’t you love it when you hear of new projects that start up, and you can see the potential for it to not only be huge, but so useful to others as well! This is how I feel about Find & Connect. This is a project that is designed to connect forgotten Australians, former child migrants, orphans and those in Children’s Homes to their families as well as information and resources … Continue reading →