World War 1 Centenary Projects #1

There’s no doubt that 2014 is the year military historians have been working towards for years as it marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War 1. The Great War. The “war to end all wars”. As you can imagine there are literally thousands of World War 1 projects going on right around the world. Some big, some small. All important in recording history. And it’s going to be hard keep up with them all, but through a series of “World War 1 Projects” posts I shall share at least some of them with you.

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Ireland XO: Finding Irish Ancestors with Reverse Genealogy

A few months ago Ireland XO was launched. But just what is Ireland XO? It simply is a reverse genealogy program that has been created with aims connecting the Irish Diaspora through family and local history. Ireland XO doesn’t wait for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, they simply go the other way. And it’s all FREE.

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More Irish Genealogy Resources Available Online

Irish genealogy. Millions of people around the world have Irish roots, and everyone says it’s researching Ireland is hard. OK, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but trust me it’s getting easier. The number of records available online continues to boom, and this includes Irish genealogy records too.

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brightsolid Gets a Name Change

Brightsolid online publishing, the UK company behind findmypast (UK, US, Aus & Ire), ScotlandsPeople, The British Newspaper Archive, 1911Census, 1901 Census Online, Genes Reunited, and FriendsReunited may not be a name you’ve heard of. But the chances of you having used one or more of their sites is quite high, so this is news I thought I’d share. As of now brightsolid have now changed their name to “DC Thomson Family History”.

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Speakers Announced for the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise

It was just over a week ago that we announced that the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise was open for bookings, and already there has been strong interest and bookings. Since then the organisers have been busy finalising the speakers for this cruise. Nine presenters from four countries (England, Scotland, the United States and Australia) make up the presenters team for the 5th cruise …

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Scottish Civil Registration, London & Middlesex Research & NSW BDMs

The team at Unlock the Past have recently released three new titles in the last couple of weeks. These new ones cover everything from Scottish civil registration, to London and Middlesex research as well as using the New South Wales BDM index.

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FindMyPast Australia Adds BDM Records and Passenger Lists

The new records just keen on coming on Findmypast.com.au. In the Australian data that they’ve recently added, you’ll find passenger lists and BDM records. All good stuff, and all key records for researchers.

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Exodus Conference: Migration to, From and Within the British Isles

Let me tell you about about an event that is on in England in a couple of weeks time (actually only 10 days time according to the countdown on their website), and that is the Exodus Conference. Organised by the Halstead Trust, with this being their 2nd International Genealogy Conference, this year the theme is British Migration: from, to and within the British Isles.

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FamilySearch Adds a Few More Million Records Online

The world biggest genealogy website, just on keeps getting bigger. This month FamilySearch has added more than 3.1 million new records online. These relate to England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States, with some being indexed entries, and others images only.

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Highlight: Extracts from Portsmouth Records

The city of Portsmouth in Hampshire, England has such a long and important history, in that is is one of the significant naval port for centuries. This book of ‘Extracts from Portsmouth Records’ was published in 1891, and contains fascinating primary source information from the Portsmouth area at this time.

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Ancestry Offer Free Access to the 1911 English and Welsh Census

Census and Free are two words genealogists love to hear. And both Ancestry.co.uk and Ancestry.com.au are offering you free access to the English and Welsh 1911 Census for a limited time, but rather than their usual weekend or week long offer, this is actually FREE until the 14th October 2013.

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Who Do You Think You Are? UK Season 10

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, the UK series that started the worldwide phenomenon which started back in 2004 has already seen 9 seasons aired, and attracts approximately 6 million vewiers in the UK per episode. Impressive isn’t it! So viewers will be pleased to know that Season 10 of UK’s Who Do You Think You Are? is almost here.

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Free Access to Irish BDM Records from findmypast

To mark the anniversary of the destruction of the Public Records Office of Ireland on June 30, 1922 findmypast (which includes England, Ireland, US and Australia) are giving you FREE access to their Irish Birth, Death & Marriage records from Thursday 27 June through until Sunday 30 June …

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