Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – June 2014

July is here and during June I read a bunch of fascinating blog posts. Ones about marking cemeteries on Google maps, do you need a desktop genealogy program?, dust in archives, what was said to the census taker, and using Evernote for audio recordings, to mention just a few …

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Findmypast Goes Shopping

Over the past few years, the genealogy world has seen a number of buyouts, as well as partnerships, and the past few weeks have seen two more. The latest buyouts both involve findmypast who just seem to keep going from strength to strength.

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Join FamilySearch for the Worldwide Indexing Day

Genealogists and historians owe so much to volunteer indexers all around the world. There’s no doubt that ALL of us have used indexes, While there are many indexing projects going on, at a local, state and country levels, this post is just about FamilySearch’s Worldwide Indexing Day.

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FamilySearch: One Billion and Counting

FamilySearch reached the billionaires club when it uploaded its one billionth digital image online this week. We can’t even fathom (or visualise) just how much 1 billion records is. Or even the work involved in getting all 1 billion records from an archive, to being digitised, to being online for us all to use. It takes multiple people to even get even one record online.

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Cyndi’s List Needs Our Support, Please Help By Donating

One of the major genealogy websites that is available for researchers is to access Cyndi’s List. Used by thousands of people everyday, it the world’s biggest portal website. But did you realise that it is just a one-woman business? Running a website like this costs money, and Cyndi needs your support …

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Baptist History and Migration to New Zealand

In between attending (and organising) numerous events, the team at Unlock the Past have finalised two new guide books. These new books cover Australian Baptist history and how you can use those records to your advantage as a researcher, and also migration to New Zealand, which many will find useful to help find and understand the records available for those who migrated there.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – April and May 2014

Hello, hello and welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. This time we cover everything from …. how small societies etc. can survive without funding, family heirlooms, genealogy and microwaves, who owns your genealogy, browsing vs searching – what works better for you?, plagarism, vlogs and a whole heap more.

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Ancestry.com Cleans House and Discontinues Some Services

The latest big news to hit the genea-waves is that Ancestry.com are having a clean out in a bid to refocus their efforts, and in doing so are discontinuing a number of their services. Their MyFamily, MyCanvas, and Mundia sites will be closed down, and the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests which had been available through their DNA website have now been discontinued.

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Who Do You Think You Are? US Season 5

After making its debut on US tv screens in 2010, the US version of the popular show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ was cancelled by NBC after 3 just seasons. After that it was picked up by the TLC network, and good news for genea-tv lovers, as they’ve just announced that the 5th Season of Who Do You Think You Are will air in July 2014.

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findmypast Adds 800,000 New Zealand Records

I’ve mentioned findmypast’s 100in100 project before, together with some of the new records they’ve added online. Another recent addition is BIG news for our friends across the ditch in New Zealand, as findmypast added almost 800,000 records from New Zealand 1925 electoral roll as well as a number of employment records.

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The Gould Genealogy Pedigree

Today I want to introduce you to the “Gould Genealogy Pedigree”. This isn’t a post about new records online, or a press release about a new company, but rather it is introducing you to OUR company. That’s right, for a change I’m actually writing about ourselves. Some of you would know that we’ve been around for years (almost 38 years actually), while others of you have found us more recently. Either way, I do hope that we have been able to help you on your research journey.

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FamilySearch Celebrates 15 Years!

FamilySearch, the world’s biggest website of genealogical data (which by the way is all FREE), celebrated their 15th birthday yesterday. Can you believe that it’s been around that long already?

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Ancestry’s New Zealand’s Records FREE Until Monday 19th May

If you have New Zealand ancestors, cancel any plans that you had this weekend as you’re in for a weekend-long genealogy-fest. You can thank Ancestry.com.au for that, as they are offering FREE ACCESS to their entire New Zeleand collection from 16-19 May.

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