Genealogy & History News Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:19:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – August 2015 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:50:27 +0000 Inspiring Blogs 300Welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blog post. Here are a collection of posts that I’ve read during August that I’ve found intriguing, useful and/or inspiring.

In this edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blog posts we have posts that cover:  mobilegeddon, desktop genealogy software, citations, labelling digital photos, is your research intellectual property?, and who owns copyright to that photo?, indexes – good or bad?, and how to promote your next genealogy conference on social media … together with a whole heap more!

So grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee, get comfy and enjoy some great reads.

As I mention every time, I find that reading blog posts helps me keep up with the latest news, products as well as what’s happening in general in the world of genealogy. And if you happen to already follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and to some extent Google+, you already know that I like to share with you the interesting things I read.

Food for thought? Labelling your digital photos
I came across this post on the “All About Digital Photos” site. Ken writes … “Since I started working with digital photos I’ve been looking for a good solution to labelling these photos. Unlike paper prints, there is no “back” to write on with a digital photo. Labelling is a good habit to get into, especially with family photos. I do a lot of genealogy and am constantly frustrated by collections of largely unlabeled photos”… [aren’t we all]. He explains that there are two types of labelling (digital and visible) and goes into detail of how to use these to your advantage. Read the full article …

Is Historical Research Intellectual Property?
Former lawyer, now genealogist, James Tanner tackles this intriguing question. He writes the following … “As genealogists, we find ourselves in a quandary. We do historical research. We discover documents, most of which are not covered by copyright or any other “intellectual property” protection and we convert those documents (organize, extract, summarize etc.) into our “own work.” Some of the documents we use … are clearly exempt from any copyright protection. … most of the other documents we consult are either long out of copyright due to the age of the documents or otherwise not covered by any sort of protection. The real question, from the standpoint of genealogical research, is not the copyright status of the documents we research, but the extent to which we can claim any rights to the information and to the documents themselves when the source documents are clearly not covered by any claim of copyright? In other words, is historical research per se, intellectual property?” It is an intriguing read. Read the full article …

To Index or Not to Index. That is the Question
Another post from James Tanner makes my list, and in my option he voices what I’ve thought of for a long time … people rely far too much on indexes. He writes … “I am not really challenging the concept of providing an index for genealogical research. Indexes do have their place. But I am suggesting that researchers do not become overly dependent on indexes.” Read the full article …

Why It’s Important to Use Desktop Family Tree SOFTWARE
There’s no doubt that big name databases encourage us to create our family trees online, while it’s fine, it is also limiting. You still need to have a software program on your hard drive on your desktop computer, laptop, ipad or mobile device. Christine from the Genosity blog, gives you 7 reasons as to why you should use desktop genealogy software program, rather than purely and online one. Read the full article …

Mobilegeddon and Your Society Website
Let’s say your society is doing well, it has a website, and you’re keeping things up to date. Now Google has gone and changed their search algorithm again, and now base their Search Engine Rankings on whether a website is mobile friendly. Read on to see what Mobilegeddon really means for the typical society website. This is relevant for everyone with a website, but is written in the context of a genealogy society. Read the full article …

15-Step Social Media Marketing Plan to Help You Promote Your Next Genealogy Conference
To make a conference work well, it takes far more than choosing a date, and putting on the society’s calendar. Gail Denver has come up with 15 great suggestions that will help your next genealogy event work well. Read the full article …

Citations, Rigmarole and Aha! Moments
Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to citations? Do you wonder if you’re doing them ‘right? Elizabeth Shown Mills shares with us how some people feel that citations are just too hard, and what you can do about it. She asks “in the grand scheme of things, what matters in a source citation?” Read the full article …

The Limits of Ownership
Judy tackles another reader’s query of ownership and copyright of an old family photograph. But rather than simply covering the issue of who has copyright, the question was raised in relation to an edited version of the photograph. It truly makes you think about the copyright issue of it all. Read the full article …

Stanmore Shame
Jill Ball writes how her husband wanted to donate some old primary school photos to his old school, but was left dismayed by their lack of interest. However, rather than give up, he contacted a local library who would be delighted to add them to their collection. It’s so good to know that they have a good home to go to. Read the full article …

Happy reading 😉

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Ask A Curator Day is Back, 16 September 2015 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:18:35 +0000 askacurator

AskACurator Day has been going since 2010, and since 2012 it has been an annual Twitter event held around the middle of September. AskACurator Day seems to seems to grow in popularity each year, with 721 museums from 43 countries taking part in 2014.

There’s still a few weeks left for museums etc. to register, but the stats for those taking part in 2015 already exceed last years: Museums taking part: 832, Countries: 44. You can see the full list here (as at 24 August 2015). And it’s awesome to see so many Australian organisations taking part in this amazing event.

Let’s first get Wikipedia’s definition of curator …  “A curator (from Latin: curare meaning “take care”) is a manager or overseer. Traditionally, a curator or keeper of a cultural heritage institution (e.g., gallery, museum, library or archive) is a content specialist responsible for an institution’s collections and involved with the interpretation of heritage material.”

“It’s a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues you normally don’t have access to.”

The idea of #AskACurator Day is for those of you who are on Twitter, you can send a query or question to a specific archive, museum, National Trust, gallery or other similar organisation that is taking part, just be sure to hashtag it with #AskACurator, and they’ll respond. Or just send a general query using the hashtag #AskACurator, an any number of them can reply.

Firstly the date it’s all happening is Wednesday, 16 September 2015, so be sure to diary date it. It starts on 16th September wherever you are in the world. As Australia is ahead of other countries it is still going on by the time we get to the 17th – so it sort of goes for a day and a bit for us, particularly if you are tweeting overseas organisations.

Some sample questions on the AskACurator page are:
– What is is like to be a curator?
– How do you decide what to display?
– What is the most unique object in your collection?

I think you get the idea. But honestly just ask whatever you wish.

#AskACurator Day is open to everyone – both to those doing the asking, and those at the archives – the more the merrier for both. This is a global event, and it’s great to see archives from so many countries participating.

For more on #AskACurator Day, click here

ignore the date as it was last years, but look at the questions!

ignore the date as it was last years, but look at the questions!

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7 Gift Ideas for Dad for Father’s Day Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:30:49 +0000 Retro elements for Father's Day calligraphic designs. Vintage ornaments.Happy Father's Day Typographical Background. Vector illustration.Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.

Sunday, the 6th of September is Father’s Day in Australia, and have you got your dad something yet?

While your dad may need socks, jocks or a tie, why not get him something more interesting, something different.  Something family history related.

And if you’re struggling for ideas, here are 7 gift suggestions for you.



UTP0010-2 Where Do I StartWhere Do I Start?: A Brief Guide to Researching Your Family in Australia and New Zealand – $19.00 (printed book)
For more details on this title click here
(Also available as a download ebook click here)

If your dad is just getting into family history, or if you want to get him started, the “Where Do I Start?” book is a fabulous one which will take him step-by-step through the process of beginning his family history, collecting together what he knows, what records he has, and then how to go about finding further information.



UTP0423-2 Preserving Your Family's Oral History and StoriesPreserving Your Family’s Oral History and Stories – $14.00 (printed book)
For more details on this title click here
(Also available as a download ebook click here)

If your dad is already into family history, he’d know the importance of recording the family’s stories .. be it written or recorded.

This book gives great tips on how to go about conducting oral hsitory interviews, and cover the equipment, the setting and the types of questions to ask as well.

Other techniques that can be used to record and share your family’s stories are covered as well..


ALI006-2 A Father's StoryA Father’s Story – $19.95
For more details on this title click here

Maybe your dad isn’t “into” family history research, but why not at least get him to record his own history. Afterall no-one knows the history of his life like him. And if he fills this in, it is leaving a legacy for future generations.

“A Father’s Story” is a fill-in book, which asks numerous questions, while leaving plenty of room for him to fill in answers, as well as leaving room for photos to be added in.

Topics covered include: when I was young, home life, school, aspirations, pets, working life, milestones, passions, my mother and father and their families, hobbies and more.

A filled in book like this is a true treasure.


ALB032 Home Archive Starter kitThe Home Archive Stater Kit – $37.15
Available in Black, Blue or Grey

Store your precious photographs and documents safely, in archival quality storage.

Made in Australia, the “Home Archive Starter Kit” contains an archival quality and acid free binder and slipcover, so this keeps both the light and dust out.

And it comes with:
– 10 photo pages for 6×4 inch pages (postcard size)
– 2 negative storage pages for 35mm negatives
– 5 photo pages for 8×12 inch photos, letters or documents (A4 size)
– 1 sheet of tabs for recording photo details.

The album has a 40mm spine, and can generally hold up to 50 page pockets in the album.


FPL001-2 Flip-Pal Mobile ScannerFlip-Pal Mobile Scanner – $279.50
For more details on this title click here
For more on the various Flip-Pal accessories click here

The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner is a tech-toy that every researcher wants and needs.

If you visit relatives, societies, or archives offices*, you can use this tiny, light-weight scanner to scan photos and documents on the spot. It even allows you to scan photos that are stuck in albums, or large photos that are framed.

If you have large images, no problem, the stitching software joins multiple images together seamlessly.

(*many societies and archives offices allow use of the scanner, but not all, so be sure to check beforehand)


UTP0401 Digital Imaging Essentials Australian editionDigital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and tips for Genealogists and Family Historians (Australian edition) – $34.95 (printed book)
For more on this title click here
(Also available as a download ebook click here)

Genealogists use digital imaging technology every day with cameras, scanners, saving files, sharing records and so on.

But what you do not know about it, can harm your digital treasures.

This book fills the need for a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide, with step-by-step instructions and illustrations to learn how to digitise, organise, preserve, share, and backup your digital collections.


CPL010-2 Family Historian 6Family Historian 6 – $69.95
For more on this product click here

If your dad is in need of a genealogy software program, or a new one, you might like to consider Family Historian as a Father’s Day gift for him.

A powerful program, yet easy to get started, this program is one that is installed on your own computer, so you’re not reliant on connecting to the internet like some others.

Family Historian not only lets you record all of your data, it allows you add in media (photos, audio and video), you can webclip items from the internet to add in to your program, not only can you do mapping, but your can use the Time Slider tool to see who lived where when.

You can record Witnesses (non-principal participants in events, like bridesmaids at a wedding), and the number of chart and report options available to you to print out is endless. 

Family Historian is a well-made, and well-supported program. It is the top selling program in England, it has a growing number of users throughout the rest of the world, including Australia.

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RootsMagic Software and Windows 10 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:38:40 +0000 RootsMagic 7 and Windows 10


I recently wrote about Legacy Family Tree and Windows 10, and now here’s the word from the publishers of RootsMagic, and what they say about Windows 10 …

“Will RootsMagic run on Windows 10?”
The short answer is

Microsoft made early versions of Windows 10 available to developers and to the public to make sure the final release was as stable and as compatible as possible. We, and many RootsMagic users, have tested and confirmed that the software works as designed in the new operating system.

So whether you’re an early-adopter and are already downloading Windows 10, or a cautious user taking a wait-and-see approach, we’ve got you covered.

Important Update: Apparently Microsoft snuck in a last-minute change that didn’t exist in earlier test versions.  There is a Windows registry entry needed in Windows 10 to allow programs to display data using the internal browser component (again, it was working in Windows 10 preview builds).  This prevents the internal WebSearch from working, certain text appearing on some screens, and backing up to Dropbox and Google Drive.

Fortunately, the problem is easy to fix:

FOS018-2 RootsMagic 7If you are using RootsMagic 7 under Windows 10:
1. Select Help > Check for Updates from the Main Menu. You will see an update is available (version 7.0.7 or higher).
2. Follow the instructions to automatically download and install the update.

If you are using RootsMagic 4, 5, or 6 under Windows 10:
1. Download the .REG file from
2. Run the .REG file to add the necessary entries to your Windows registry. It will display several scary warnings. Just keep telling it that “yes”, you do want to make the change.

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National Family History Month 2015 Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:20:20 +0000 logo - NFHM 2015

If you are in Australia or New Zealand and are into family history, you should already have heard about National Family History Month which is on for the whole of August.

This is a time when individuals and groups promote family history to the public, which ca be done in any number of ways. Seminars, open days, a stand at a local public venue, tours, and more.

Have you participated in any? Or hosted one even?

Even though we’re half-way through the month, with over 330 events scheduled, there’s still plenty to do, including many activities you can do at home or online. So if you haven’t checked recently, be sure to do so.

Online events
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
South Australia
Western Australia
New Zealand

And Shauna Hicks who is voluntary national coordinator for National Family History Month (NFHM), has her 31 activities lists available again for you to download.
31 Genealogy Activities for Researchers During National Family History Month August 2015
31 Genealogy Activities for Societies During National Family History Month August 2015
How many activities will you complete this month?


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9 August 2016, Australia’s Next Census Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:26:50 +0000 2016 Australian Census

Where will you be on Tuesday, 9 August 2016? The Australian Government wants to know, as that is census night.

Australia has a long and proud history of Census taking. Since the first national census in 1911, census data has played an important role in charting Australia’s history and shaping its future. Held roughly every ten years initially, since the 1940s they have been held each five years.

The news that census day coming is good, as a number of months ago there was talk of scrapping the 2016 Census altogether, simply because of the cost was exhorbitant. However it is going ahead, and while people have had the option of doing the census online in 2011, only about one-third used it. But it is expected that two-thirds of people are likely to take this option up in 2016, which makes life easier for those in today’s busy society and keeps costs down for the government.

The report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reads as follows …

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is preparing to count close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people in Australia on Census night.

The 2016 Census will be Australia’s first Census where more than two thirds of Australia’s population (more than 15 million people) are expected to complete the Census online in August 2016.

New delivery and collection procedures will make it easier to complete the Census online. In the lead up to 9 August, households will receive a letter from the ABS, addressed ‘To the Resident’, including a unique login and instructions on how to complete the Census online.

Completing the Census online will be fast, easy, secure, environmentally friendly, and help to reduce the cost of the Census to the community.

Paper forms can be requested where needed and must be completed and returned in the Reply Paid envelope provided without delay.

The ABS needs the support of everyone in Australia on 9 August next year to make the Census a success. Everyone in Australia is encouraged to participate and take advantage of the fast, easy and secure online option.

Some stats …
Some interesting statistics that the Australian Bureau of Statistics quote, are that in 2016 they will:

  • Produce approximately 327 tonnes of less paper material than in the 2011 Census – equivalent to approximately 231 family sedans
  • Travel 230,000 less kilometres to deliver household materials than in 2011 Census – equivalent to more than 5 trips around the circumference of the Earth (or 58 return trips between Sydney and Perth)
  • Use 3,800 kilograms of ink and 16,000 litres of glue to produce household letters, envelopes and forms
  • Mail 13.5 million letters to households and establishments across Australia
  • Count all of Australia’s 10 million dwellings and 24 million people
  • Employ around 39,000 temporary field staff across a variety of roles, including up to 500 people to process the data
  • Scan paper forms as they arrive using industrial scanners operating 12 hours per day, 5 days per week, over 10 weeks, scanning close to 88 million pages
  • Produce and publish over 3 trillion cells of data as a result of the information collected in the Census.
  • The Census provides an important snapshot of Australia’s people and their housing. It helps estimate Australia’s population, which is used to distribute government funds and plan services for your community, including housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals and the environment.

And for genealogists …
While the questions for the next census haven’t been finalised as yet, I have been advised that it is “expected” that the question which asks if you “want this record kept for historical purposes” is likely to be in there. So if you see it, be sure to tick YES. Your ancestors will thank you!!

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Highlight: Two World War I Biographical Books Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:52:42 +0000 anzac silhouette

The centenary of the beginning of World War I, together with the commemoratons of the Anzac Diggers landing at Gallipoli, has created an incredible amount of interest in military history.

Along with a heap of new military records that have been released, there’s also been many new books. It is two of these new titles that I’m highlighting here.

Totally unique in their concept, and full of biographical information – they are a welcome addition not only for military historians, but more so for those whose ancestors are listed in them.


Title: Lost Boys of Anzac
Author: Peter Stanley
Media: paperback, 384 pages
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781742233970
Item Code:
Price: AUD$34.95
Link to website

Australians remember the dead of 25 April 1925 on Anzac Day every year. But do we know the name of a single soldier who died that day? What do we really really know about the men supposedly most cherished in the national memory of war? Peter Stanley goes looking for the Lost Boys of Anzac: the men of the very first wave to land at dawn on 25 April 1915 and who died on that day. There were exactly 101 of them.

They were they first to volunteer, the first to go into action, and the first of the 60,000 Australians killed in that conflict.

‘Lost Boys of Anzac’ traces who these men were, where they came from and why they came to volunteer for the AIF in 1914. It follows what happened to them in uniform and, using sources overlooked for nearly a century, uncovers where and how they died, on the ridges and gullies of Gallipoli. – where most of them remain to this day. An we see how the Lost Boys were remembered by those who knew and loved them, and how they have since faded from memory.

‘Lost Boys of Anzac’ offers a startlingly original account of the landing on Gallipoli, relvealing in poignant detail how one day of battle led to decades of grief: a powerful new way of looking at Australia’s history of the Great War.

The names of the 101 Australian’s who were killed on that day:
William Bentley (also known as ‘Barney’) Allen, clerk, S, Heywood, Vic, CofE
William Richard (also known as ‘Dick’) Annear, 39, commercial traveller, S, Subiaco, WA, CofE
Charles James (also known as Rappie’) Backman, 30, boilermaker’s assistant, S, Adelaide, SA, Cong
Richard Hamilton Baker, 20, bank clerk, S, Sandgate, Q CofE
Cecil ‘Thomas Barrack, 30, engineer, S, Chatswood, NSW, CofE
Frank Batt, 31, miner, S, London, UK, CofE
William Charles Belson, 22, architect, S, Malanda, Q, Pres
William John Bradley, 30, labourer, Newport, UK, CofE
Charles George Brown, 22, labourer, S, Newmacher, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Pres
Albert John Byrne, 24, electrician, S, Broken Hill, NSW, CofE
Hugh Calderbank, 32, motorman (tram driver), M, Perth, WA, CofE
Thomas George Carroll, 23, contractor/farm labourer, S, North Fremantle, WA, RC
Joseph Henry Cooke, 32, accountant, M, Wickepin, WA, CofE
Tom Courtney, 19, engine cleaner, S, Ipswich, Q RC
Alfred (also known as ‘Lizzie) Crowther, 26, iron moulder, S, Wayville, SA, CofE
Frederick Dann, 30, carpenter, S, Melbourne, Vic, CofE
John (known as Jack) Davey, 19, labourer, S, Woombye, Q, Meth
John Dow, 25, miner, S, Perthshire, Scotland, Pres
John Curry Duckworth, 36, labourer, M, Perth, WA, Pres
Wolverton Mason Edgar, 36, lumper, S, Great Bulling, Hants, UK, CofE
Charles John Falk, 30, clerk, S, Yatala, SA, CofE
John James Ferguson, 19, labourer, S, Perth, WA, RC
George Clement Ferrett, 29, wheelwright, S, Blinman, SA, CofE
James Fielding, 26, labourer, S, Sheffield, Yorks, UK, CofE
Edward William Fitzgerald [Edward Edwards], 37, agent, S, Kalgoorlie, WA, CofE
Thomas Walter Ford, 19, medical student, S, Brisbane, CofE
Herbert Howard Kentwell Fowles (also known as Bert), 21, schoolteacher, S, Zillmere, Q CofE
William James (known as Billy) Gibbons, 34, labourer, M, Adelaide, SA, CofE
John Woodside (known as Jack) Gibson, 26, labourer, S, Canada/India, CofE
Anthony Simpson (also known as MAO Gilpin, 24, ironmonger, S, Ballarat, Vic, CofE
Albert Glatz [Alexander Glades], 27, miner, S, Kapunda, SA, Pres
Kenneth Douglas (known as Ken) Gordon, 28, clerk, S, Port Pirie, SA, CofE
John Lewes Davidson Gower, 29, clerk, S, Littlehampton, SA, CofE
George Charles Gracey, 28, motorman, S, South Brisbane, Q, CofE
Harry John Graham, 19, sheep farmer, S, Barcaldine, Q CofE
James Joseph Grant, 22, shipping clerk, S, Brisbane, Q RC
Keith Eddowes Green, 21, shipping clerk, S, Mitcham, SA, CofE
Percival Charles Greenhill, 26, labourer, S, London, UK, CofE
Wilfred Carl Hill, 22, labourer, S, Concord, NSW, CofE
William Albert (also known as ‘Fatty’) Hobson, 25, potter, Stourbridge, Worcs, UK, CofE
Cuthbert Oliver Holcombe, 33, farmer, S, London, UK, CofE
John Holden, 19, farm hand, S, Bromley, UK, CofE
Henry (known as Harry) Jackson, 20, carpenter, S, Coen, Q, RC
Leslie Job, 19, telephonist, Perth GPO, S, Fitzroy, WA, CofE
William Johnston, 21, clerk, S, Edinburgh, Scotland, Pres
Leo James Kerswill, 21, hide and skin cleaner, S, Newman Park, Q, Bapt
Patrick Kiely, 28, engineer, S, Cork, Ireland, RC
Leslie John (also known as Langey) Langdon, 28, farmer, S, Melbourne, CofE
James Llewellyn (also known as ‘Lyn’) Lewis, 20, bank clerk, S, Port Adelaide, SA, CofE
James Mulcaster Lovatt, 33, farmer, S, Bettwys-y-Coed, Wales, Meth
Robert Stirling Mackie, 19, draper, S, Clydebank, Scotland, Pres
Frederick Dennis Mangan, 27, telegraph operator, M, Dublin, Ireland, RC
Harold Osborne Mansfield, 32, miner, S, Parkside, SA, CofE
David Joseph McCarthy, railway porter, S, Woolloongabba, Q, RC
Francis Ronald Reid McJannet, 23, farmer, S, Kununoppin, WA, Pres
Alexander McPhail, 25, farmer, S, Glasgow, Scotland, Pres
Albert (also known as ‘Peter’) McConnachy, 25, miner, S, Renmark, SA, CofE
Keith Mitchell, 18, labourer, S, Lancefield, Vic, Bapt
Joseph Russel Moir, 24, farmer, S, Taranaki, NZ, Protestant
Donald Munro, 19, bricklayer, 5, Thurso, Scotland, Pres
George Alfred Nicoll, 35, accountant, S, Sydney, NSW, CofE
Edward Castle Oldham, 38, gentleman, S, Hackney, SA, CofE
Michael John O’Sullivan, 19, clerk, S, Rosewood, Q, RC
William Thomas Payne, 19, clerk, S, Brisbane, Q, Wesleyan
Ambrose Stanley Pearce, 20, carpenter, S, Quorn, SA, Meth
James Willis Plummer, 20, horse trainer, S, Yorketown, SA, RC
William Alexander Pollock, 37, labourer, S, Glasgow, Scotland, CofE
William George Price, 19, jeweller, S, Newcastle, NSW, Bapt
Patrick Thomas Pyne, 19, postal assistant, S, Strathalbyn, SA, RC
Walter Reeves, 24, labourer, S, Cambridge, UK, CofE
Henry John Riekie, 35, grocer/bread carter, M, Subiaco, WA, CofE
William John (also known as John or jack’) Rigby, 22, clerk, S, Yeronga, Q, CofE
Sydney Beresford Robertson, 28, law clerk, S, Ipswich, Q Cong
John Rundle, labourer, S, Kalgoorlie, WA, Meth
George Alfred Rush, 24, labourer, S, Nelson Bay, NSW, CofE
Victor Joseph Sanders, 34, overseer, Toowoomba, Q, CofE
Harry Sawley, 22, painter, S, Southport, Lancs, UK, Wesleyan
Basil Archdeacon (also known as Archie’) Scott, 23, motor mechanic, S, Northam, WA, CofE
Guy Allen Sharpe, 26, civil engineer, S, Poona, India, CofE
Hurtle Charles Shaw, 26, blacksmith, S, Hindmarsh, SA, CofE
William Haswell Shelton, 21, farmer, S, Murgon, Q Meth
Godfrey John Sherman, 24, bank clerk, S, Sydney, NSW, RC
Raymond Ferres Shirley, 22, law clerk, S, Brisbane, Q CofE
Richard Smith, 33, tinsmith/fitter/silversmith, S, Birmingham, UK, CofE
William Millar Smylie, 21, motor mechanic, S, Belfast, Ireland, Pres
Rupert James Sparrow, 22, horse driver, S, Broken Hill, NSW, CofE
George Spence, 32, carpenter, S, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Pres
Edward Harvey Statham, 34, contractor, S, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, CofE
Joseph Stratford, 34, labourer, S, Lismore, NSW, CofE
Charles Joshua Sussex, 34, labourer, Richmond, Vic, Pres
Frederick John Thompson, 33, traveller, S, Feilding, NZ, Pres
Edward James Thrum, 22, painter, S, Sorrento, Vic, Pres
Ernest Percy (also known as `Wakka) Walker, 23, sleeper cutter, S, Lillimur, Vic, CofE
William Frederick Walker, 22, labourer, S, Shipton Winslow, Bucks, UK, Anglican
William John Walsh, 33, tinsmith, M, Brisbane, Q CofE
William John Wilcox, 23, labourer, S, London, UK, CofE
Percy Williams, 21, miner or grocer?, S, Kalgoorlie, WA, Meth
Arthur Edward Wise, 22, iron moulder, S, Woolloongabba, Q, RC
Roy Wyld, 26, fireman, S, Semaphore, SA, CofE


The Lost Boys of Anzac, and the ANZAC Hospital No. 1 at Harefield books

The Lost Boys of Anzac, and the ANZAC Hospital No. 1 at Harefield books


Title: The ANZAC Hospital No. 1 at Harefield and the Australians Who Died There and Elsewhere but who are Buried at Harefield 1914-1918
Author: Tanya Britton
Media: paperback, 60 pages
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9780992792220
Item Code:
Price: AUD$19.95
Link to website

A little-known village on the outskirts of London commemorates Anzac Day every year – as it has done for generations. Harefield, in Middlesex, was the site of an Australian World War I hospital, and more than 100 diggers who died there still lie in the village cemetery.

It all began when ex-pat Australian Charles Billyard-Leake donated his manor house to the Australian Government to use as a wartime hospital. Nurses arrived from Australia to prepare for the first patients who began to arrive from the Western Front in June 1915. And as increasing numbers of casualties were admitted, a series of huts was erected to accommodate them. At its peak, Harefield could accommodate 1,000 patients and by the end of the war, a staggering 50,000 injured diggers had been treated there.

This book is a history of the Anzac Hospital at Harefield during World War One together with biographical details of the Australian servicemen who died there and elsewhere, but who are buried in Harefield churchyard.

Example entry:
McCULLOUGH, Reginald Joseph
Reg was born at Bendigo, Victoria where he enlisted on 15th November 1915. He embarked on HMAT ‘Anchises’ on 16th March 1916 at Adelaide. 2203, Gunner, 14th Bde., Australian Field Artillery. Died on eczema and syncope on 30th December 1919, aged 25. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth McCullough of Goyne Road, Epsom, Victoria.

Here’s the list of those in this book:
Abberton, Edmund
Adkins, Charles
Alford, Roy Hensley
Anderson, Alfred Alexander
Anderson, William Leith
Armstrong, Ernest George
Austin, William John
Barnes, Keith
Bartlett, Joseph
Bassett, Leslie John
Baufoot, James Cornelius
Bice, John Gilbert
Blake, Richard Charles
Bone, Gordon Walter
Bradford, Clement Everly, MM and Bar
Bucknall, Guy
Clarke, Walter Allen
Clements, Frederick
Clifford, Harry William
Clover, William Crellin
Connor, Roy
Cookesley, Clifford
Copton, William
Dale, Joseph John
Dennis, John Williams Howard
Dickinson, Ruby Droma
Dines, Charles Stewart
Duddle, William Colbert
Dynes, Terrence William, MM
Eastham, Herbert James
Elliott, Ernest Robert
Elliott, Michael
Farthing, Arthur Vincent
Feild/Field, Gustav William
Flaherty, Patrick Bryan
Fletcher, John Duncan
Genge, John Wesley
Giddens, Percy Albert
Graham, Melville Adrian
Grubnau, Michael
Hall, Charles Samuel
Hartley, Frederick Charles
Hayden, John Arthur
Herron, Edwin George
Hingst, Leslie Christian
Hitchin, William Thomas
Hobbs, Arthur John
Hogarth, Joseph
Howlett, James Reuben
Ivett, William John
Johnson, John Stobart
Johnston, Andrew David
Jones, Oscar Harold
Keegan, Roderick James
Kelly, George Amber
Kelly, John Patrick
Kelly, Walter
Kempf, Thomas Vivian
Kennedy, Percy
Knell, Edgar Norman
Knox, Leopold Upton (Leslie)
Koop, Frederick William
Lakie, Douglas Vowles
Lange, Leo Julius Edward
Leitch, William Douglas
Lingley, William Lauderdale
Little, John Henry
Luby, Reginald
Lucas, Percival Cecil
Luff, Charles John
Manns, Thomas Henry
Marshall, Frederick, John William
McCalla, John Thomas
McCarthy, James Desmond
McCullough, Reginald Joseph
McDonald, James
Macdonald, Norman
Mackay, Hugh Grant
Menzie, Frederick Bertram
Mickels, James Henry
Moffatt, Mervyn Francs
Moore, Horace William George
Moore, Joseph Tregellis
Naylor, John
Noble, George Franklin
Osborne, William Lyle
Power, Leo Joseph
Regan, Thomas
Richards, Albert Stanley
Riley, William Michael
Robinson, Raymond
Rowlands, Cecil Rupert
Rugg, Frederick
Scott, George Alexander
Seton, Miles Charles Cariston
Sharp, Oswald Graham, MSM
Shirlaw, Hugh William
Smith, Bert
Smith, Clement Showers
Stevens, Charles Edward
Sutherland, William John
Taylor, Arthur John
Teakel, Clarence
Thornton, Mervyn Willoughby
Touchell, Thomas Daniel
Tuck, William
Wake, Robert Sidney
Walton, Charles
Waring, Frederick Charles Macleod
West, Charles Herbert
Wilkinson, William


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Winners of South Australia’s 2015 “History Greats” Award Announced Fri, 07 Aug 2015 02:32:54 +0000 logo - HCSA

South Australia’s newest “history greats” were recognised in a ceremony held at historic Government House last week. Five South Australian historians were honoured with History Council of SA Awards in recognition for a range of activities from South Australian history research, writing, teaching, and raising community awareness of history and heritage. The Awards are supported by Wakefield Press.

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO presented the Awards in four categories to:
– South Australian Life-long History Achievement Award – jointly awarded to Mr Tom Gara and Mr Graham Jaunay
– South Australian Historian of the Year – Mr Peter Donovan
– South Australian Regional History Award – Mr John Mannion
– Emerging South Australian Historian of the Year – Ms Carly Osborn

History Council President Dr Susan Marsden said, ‘For 40 years Tom Gara has been working in the important area of indigenous history. His work has provided a basis for development and provenance of indigenous history, and contributed to reconciliation. A major work on Aboriginal History in SA from 1836
to the 1980s is pending’.

Joint winner Graham Jaunay has a lifetime of involvement in history, specialising in genealogy and family history, the fastest growing area of community engagement in history. He has an international reputation and has lectured and conducted historic walks, and published extensively on how to undertake research. He’s been a driving force in establishing SA’s family history centre and the Genealogical Society. Dr Marsden said, ‘The Historian of the Year Award focuses on a major achievement within the past two
years in presentation on historical topics, raising community awareness of history, and strengthening its
profile. The 2015 Award was to Peter Donovan, who has been a leader in the history profession nationally, and has many publications and achievements to his credit, including over 50 books and many heritage studies. He’s recently published another highly rated specialist book, a history of Mercedes College, and was involved in the Gallipoli commemorations this year’.

The South Australian Regional History Award was made to John Mannion, a farmer with a strong sense of place and a passion for history. Since 1974 he’s been recording oral histories of his district of Pekina, as well as Andamooka and Peterborough, which are a valuable resource. He’s promoted awareness of the
value of oral histories by conducting workshops, lecturing, and writing in the local press. The judges extol him as ‘the epitome of the local history activist who can keep the stories of a region alive and relevant today’.

Finally, for the award of Emerging South Australian Historian of the Year, Dr Marsden said that Carly Osborn ‘has greatly assisted the new emphasis on history in the curriculum by harnessing technology and leading professional development of history teaching in schools. Hundreds of teachers have been inspired by her materials and methods’.

Congratulations to all the winners, they were certainly well deserved.

More information …
The History Council of SA is a peak body providing a representative voice on historical issues and acting to celebrate history in South Australia. Membership is now open to organisations and individuals. For more details, visit their website:

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Legacy Family Tree and Windows 10 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:24:25 +0000 Legacy 8 and Windows 10

If you have Legacy Family Tree version 8, and have (or are thinking about getting) Windows 10, the following is an announcement from the makers of Legacy Family Tree …

Windows 10 is here and we are pleased to report that Legacy Family Tree software works great!

While I just installed Windows 10 this morning, many of our Legacy users have been testing Legacy with Windows 10 for months now without issue. Both look really good. From all the reviews I’ve read, like this one here, the new operating system is a good, solid release.

It’s also one of our hot topics right now on our new Legacy Facebook Group. Join the conversation or share your experience here.

If you are wanting more information about Legacy Family Tree, or are wanting to try it our for free, you can do so here.

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Save Your Photos Day, 26 September 2015 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 10:22:32 +0000 Scan Your Photo Day 2015 banner

The 2nd Annual Save Your Photos Day is coming up on Saturday, 26 September 2015. So write it in your diary or on the calendar, because you don’t want to miss it.

Save Your Photos Day is an annual event that offers individuals the opportunity to connect through local community events, an online event, activities and resources that highlight what you can do to safeguard your photos and treasured memorabilia before disasters or accidents occur. Participation is expected from around the world!
How to get involved?Save Your Photos Day is open to anyone with an interest in helping others safeguard their photos and treasured memorabilia. While individuals can take part, is is expected that Societies, Museums, Groups Libraries and other Community Organisations will host a “Scan Your Photos Day” event, encouraging others to bring along photos for them to be scanned.
It does not require lots of money, or time to get started. You simply need to have an interest in saving photos, enjoy working with others and have a scanner.
Getting startedThis is an initiative of the creators of the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner, and the Save Your Photos Alliance has provided the following ideas to get started with a Save Your Photos Day event …

  • Offering a workshop or event in your community at a local library, or faith-based, charitable, civic, or professional group
  • Write about Save Your Photos Day in blogs or newsletters
  • Post the Save Your Photos Day logo onto your website
  • Tweet about Save Your Photos Day using the hashtag #savephotosday

Register your event
Register your event now.


Can you imagine losing your treasured photos? Unexpected events such as tornadoes, floods or fires can bring with them great loss and misfortune. This includes the unexpected loss of your family’s treasures like photos, videos, and documents. In the digital age that we live in, it doesn’t just take a natural disaster to wipe our your photo library. A crashed hard drive or broken smart phone can also result in instant loss of treasured memories.

Don’t wait until it is too late. Stop telling yourself “you’ll get on to scanning them soon”. Do it now, and take part on the Save Your Photo Day.

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Highlight: The Family Tree Historical Maps Book of Europe Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:22:54 +0000 BWY026 600Title: The Family Tree Historical Maps Book of Europe: A Country-by-Country Atlas of European History 1700s-1900s
Author: Allison Dolan
Media: hardcover, 224 pages
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781440342042
Item Code:
Price: AUD$49.95
Link to website

The “Family Tree Historical Maps Book of Europe” is an indispensable reference tool for European genealogy. Use this country-by-country atlas to put your ancestral origins in geographic context, unravel the European boundary changes that frequently trip up genealogists, brush up on key events in the history of your ancestors’ country, become familiar with its administrative divisions, and time travel across the continent!

Just telling you ABOUT this book doesn’t do it justice, so here a few pictures so you SEE how georgeous these maps are.





Germany and Prussia

Germany and Prussia

Norway and Sweden

Norway and Sweden



Beautiful aren’t they. Through the historical maps, this book shows the European continent and how national borders evolved during the 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s, when most genealogists’ European ancestors migrated.

Each country chapter gives timelines of important events in that country’s history, and contains numerous maps, all clearly dated, and showing key geographical units such as provinces, counties, regions, and cities.

The Appendix lists the administrative divisions by country for easy reference, which is an amazing work in inteself. This full-colour hardcover book is equally at home on your genealogy bookshelf or on your coffee table. It’s an excellent value compared to general hardcover reference atlases and, best of all, it’s designed especially for genealogists!

You’ll love this book if…
– You want to put your research of European ancestors in geographic context
– You want a reference to better understand European geography
– You need help sorting through border changes and locating where your family came from
– You enjoy looking at old maps

Europe maps and timeline
Ireland maps and timeline
Scotland maps and timeline
England and Wales maps and timeline
Spain and Portugal maps and timeline
France maps and timeline
Italy maps and timeline
Benelux maps and timeline: Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg
Scandinavia maps and timeline: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland
Germany and Switzerland maps and timeline
Austria and Hungary maps and timeline
Czech Republic and Slovakia maps and timeline
Romania and Bulgaria maps and timeline
Balkan States maps and timeline: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania
Greece maps and timeline
Poland maps and timeline
Russian Empire and Baltics maps and timeline: Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine
Modern map of Europe
Appendix: Administrative Divisions (organized alphabetically by country)
Index of Maps


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Trove’s Historical Newspaper Collection Keeps Growing Tue, 04 Aug 2015 03:42:01 +0000 Old Newspapers 2The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce that the following historical newspapers, digitised by the National Library through the Australian Newspaper Plan program, have been recently added to Digitised newspapers collection on Trove.

Many of these newspapers are currently being added to Trove and further issues will become available shortly.


New South Wales
– Blue Mountains Daily (Katoomba, NSW: 1939)
– The Blue Mountains Times (Katoomba, NSW: 1931-1937)
– Daily Examiner (Grafton, NSW: 1915-1954)
– The Enterprise (Katoomba, NSW: 1913)
– Katoomba Times (NSW: 1889-1894)
– Manilla Express (NSW: 1899-1954)
– The Record of the Blue Mountains (Katoomba, NSW: 1924)

– Bowen Independent (Qld: 1911-1954)
– Pittsworth Sentinel (Qld: 1919-1954)

South Australia
– Adelaide Chronicle and South Australian Advertiser (SA: 1839-1840)
– Adelaide Chronicle and South Australian Literary Record (SA: 1840-1842)
– Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA: 1869-1912)
– Port Adelaide News (SA: 1878-1883)
– Port Adelaide News and Commercial and Shipping Gazette (SA: 1878)
– Port Adelaide News and Lefevre’s Peninsula Advertiser (SA: 1883-1897)
– Port Augusta Dispatch (SA: 1877-1880)
– Port Augusta Dispatch and Flinders’ Advertiser (SA: 1880-1884)
– Port Augusta Dispatch (SA: 1884)
– The Port Augusta Dispatch, Newcastle and Flinders Chronicle (SA : 1885 – 1916)
– The Port Pirie Standard and Barrier Advertiser (SA : 1889 – 1898)
– South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register (Adelaide, SA : 1845 – 1847)
– South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1847 – 1852)
– Times (Victor Harbor, SA : 1987 – 1999)
– Whyalla News (SA : 1940 – 1954)

– Church of England Messenger (Melbourne, Vic. : 1905)
– Hamilton Spectator and Grange District Advertiser (South Melbourne, Vic. : 1860 – 1870)

National Library of Australia:
Digitised newspapers and more on Trove:
Australian Newspaper Plan Program:

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Victorian Passenger Lists 1852-1924 Going Online Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:54:13 +0000 Victoria Passenger List PROV #1

Passenger lists are one of the key sources that every researcher aims to find. To discover the when and where you ancestors immigrated to, and from where they came from. It helps piece things together.

Now thanks for a agreement between Findmypast and the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), millions of historical passenger lists from Victoria are being published online for the first time.

Leading family history website Findmypast has secured the rights to publish original petty session records and passenger lists from Victoria. In partnership with Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and FamilySearch, the original images of these extensive collections will be scanned and transcribed for the first time.

Never before microfilmed or indexed, the collection of Victoria’s Coastal Passenger Lists 1852-1924 will be brought online to later this year. Comprising both original images and transcripts of an estimated 118,000 records, these passenger lists provide a vivid snapshot of immigrants and travellers alike arriving in Victoria’s coastal ports.

Family historians using these invaluable records will uncover details of their ancestors’ passage to Australia, as well as biographical information. Covering the 1850s onwards, these records capture the mass immigration into Victoria in the historic gold rush era, which fuelled one of the most dramatic population booms in Australian history.

“The colony’s population multiplied by sevenfold during the 1850s alone. These records uncover the voyages of many of those who flocked to Victoria to take a gamble on the goldfields – along with hundreds of thousands of immigrants right through to the 1920s.”

While there are millions of Victorian passenger records already indexed and on Findmypast, not all the images are there, and that’s what will be coming over the remainder of the year.

Searchable for free, to view the images you will need either a subscription to, or a World Subscription through any of the Findmypast sites.

Victoria Passenger List PROV

Search now:
Victoria Outward Passenger Lists 1852-1915
Learn more about your ancestors and their movements by tracing their journeys to ports across Australia and around the world.

Victoria Inward Passenger Lists 1839-1923
Discover when your ancestors arrived in Victoria on these passenger lists and uncover more about their journey to Australia.

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Finland, the Old Photo Album, and the Scanner Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:31:36 +0000 Be prepared. It’s what we’re taught in life, and fortunately that’s what I was.

A number of you would know that I was on Unlock the Past’s 8th history and genealogy cruise recently which headed to Scandinavia and the Baltic. One of the ports we stopped at was Helsinki in Finland.

Helsinki was the hometown of one of my great grandfathers, and it is home of a number of relatives that my family keeps in touch with. While other cruisers were off seeing the sights of Helsinki, my parents who were also on the cruise, and myself were headed for an amazing family reunion.

The day was full of highlights, but what I want to write about here is in relation to the Flip-Pal mobile scanner. as i was limited in space in what I could take with me I didn’t pack mine,  so I borrowed the demo one from Tony from My History, who was onboard the ship selling them. I wasn’t sure I’d need it, but I wanted to have it with me “just in case” because you just never know.

Being prepared was a good thing, as it turned out it certainly was needed. We were shown an old family photograph album (as thick as some old family bibles) that was filled with old cabinet card photographs, most from the later 1800s – and what’s more some were even named. This album has photos of my great great grandparents, photos of my great grandpa’s siblings, and photos of numerous other family members, most of which I’d never seen before. We struck genealogy gold and I was genealogy happy dancing for sure!!

here's the family photo album

here’s the family photo album

But rather than simply be content with ‘looking’ through the album, Alan whipped out the scanner and Flip-pal’d them. I know that you won’t find that word in the dictionary, but it is certainly one that I have heard used before, and it seemed appropriate here.

scanning the photos with the Flip-Pal

scanning the photos with the Flip-Pal

still scanning

still scanning

Anyone who owns a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner knows it’s true value. It is made to be small, light and portable, and to work without the need of any other equipment. So that combined with the fact that you scan there, on the spot, made it ideal, and allowed us fabulous copies of family photos that we may not have otherwise been able to obtain.

So a visit to the cemetery. Meeting relatives for the first time. Discovering old family photos … this day just kept getting better and better.

So if you’ve been wondering about getting a Flip-Pal mobile scanner, but haven’t yet made up your mind. My suggestion is DO IT! You won’t regret it. You’ll have it ready for whenever you make that quick trip to see someone, or to your society or archives office. (Please note, some allow you to use it, though some don’ – so be sure to check first), It really is a wonder machine.

one of the scanned images from the album

one of the scanned images from the album

we made sure we scanned the names too

we made sure we scanned the names too

Again, a big, big thankyou to Tony from My History for loaning me the scanned for the day. It truly was appreciated, and gave us the ability to record these precious family images.

If you’re interested in buying a Flip-Pal mobile scanner, you can purchase them from numerous places around the world:
Australia – Gould Genealogy & History
England – My History
United States – Flip-Pal

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550,000 Historical Videos Added to YouTube Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:59:03 +0000 logo - YouTube 250

We are all aware (though sometimes we forget) just how good YouTube is for looking for historical movies. Those that relate to events, to people and places. It is a fabulous resource for getting details of social history – the look, the era, the happenings of the time, the fashion and so on.

Well now is a good time to remind you of this as Associated Press together with British Movietone are uploading 550,000 old movies to YouTube – that’s over a million minutes worth of historical footage.These clips document the most momentous and historic events of the last 120 years. Between the two channels there are clips that capture first hand the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the effects of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and Tiananmen Square’s “Tank Man” – and another 500,000+ more.

AP has built up a staggering archive over its 120 year lifespan. Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s director of international archive, said that the channels would stand as a visual encyclopedia of perhaps the most turbulent century in human history. “At AP we are always astonished at the sheer breadth of footage that we have access to, and the upload to YouTube means that, for the first time, the public can enjoy some of the oldest and most remarkable moments in history.”

People who want to use the clips in their own videos will still need to license them through AP, but the agency says the trove of videos will stand and inspiration for filmmakers. While the archive is full of tragedies like the Hindenberg disaster, we can see that even before the internet, earlier generations shared our current affinity for cat videos with some cut cat videos dating back to 1946.

Below you’ll find three short videos from their vast collection. So go, have fun, and discover history in a visual way!

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Join the FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Week, 7-14 August 2015 Sun, 26 Jul 2015 04:01:28 +0000 FamilySearch Indexing Week 2015 - 4 550

Are you ready? It’s on again. That is, the FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Week. So if you are a regular indexer, and occasional one, or have never even indexed FamilySearch records before, but are interested – all of you are needed to take part in their Worldwide indexing event that is being held between 7-14 August this year.

They are hoping for 100,000 indexers to take part from all parts of the world. And honestly I don’t think they’ll have any problem getting the numbers.

There’s no doubt that having an index adds value to a record. While a few die-hard researchers are likely to do it the hard way browsing through records, reading page-by-page, the majority of researchers don’t, and do rely on an index.

With over 100 indexing projects currently happening from different corners of the world, you can choose which project you’d like to be a part of.

For those who are interested, but have no idea what it’s all about, don’t worry as FamilySearch offer plenty of step-by-step help, including instructional videos, detailed tutorials and FAQs, and the FamilySearch Indexing Facebook page is one you can ask further questions if you have them.

I know it’s very cliche, but it is true “every little bit helps”. Be a part of history by contributing to the worlds largest free genealogy database. Just think, every name you index, makes it easier for someone find that person.

As FamilySearch themselves say … “It’s time to dust off your keyboard, mark your calendar, and brush up on your indexing skills. Get ready to #FuelTheFind by going to“.

FamilySearch Indexing Week 2015 - 3

FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Week
7-14 August 2015
* be a part of it *

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Important RootsMagic Update ( Released Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:13:40 +0000 logo - RootsMagic tree 200The following is an announcement from RootsMagic who have just released an important update for RootsMagic 7 users, taking it to version

RootsMagic and FamilySearch Family Tree
If you use RootsMagic to work with FamilySearch Family Tree, you must install this update to continue working with it after July 30, 2015.  FamilySearch will be making breaking changes to their API on July 30, 2015, and this update adds code to deal with those changes.

If you are running RootsMagic 7
On July 30, 2015, versions of RootsMagic 7 earlier than will no longer be able to log into FamilySearch Family Tree.  If you haven’t already downloaded the update, look for the “Update Available” indicator in the lower right corner of your RootsMagic 7 program screen, and click on it.  You will then be able to continue working with FamilySearch Family Tree as if nothing has changed.

If you are running RootsMagic 6
On July 30, 2015, all versions of RootsMagic 6 will stop working with FamilySearch Family Tree. If you wish to continue working with FamilySearch through RootsMagic, you have 2 options:

  1. Order the upgrade to RootsMagic 7 which you can do here
  2. Download the free RootsMagic 7 Essentials and install it (leave your RM6 installed as well). RootsMagic 6 and 7 have the same file format, so you can switch back and forth between them with your same database.  You can use all the features in your paid RM6, and use RM7 Essentials when you need to work with FamilySearch Family Tree.

To see a list of what else is new and fixed, visit:

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Victorian Community History Awards 2015 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:20:06 +0000 Victorian Community History Awards 2015The Victorian Community History Awards are on again, and there’s only a few weeks left to get your applications in.

The Victorian Community History Awards have been held since 1999, and is organised by Royal Historical Society of Victoria in cooperation with the Public Record Office Victoria. To find out about previous winners of the VCHA visit the Past VCHA Winners page.

These Awards are open to anyone (organisations and/or residents) from Australia as long as the subject matter is limited to history primarily relating to the state of Victoria – which being the “Victorian History Awards” is totally understandable and fair.

Covering a variety of formats, the Victorian Community History Awards are divided into the following categories:

  • Victoria’s Community History Award, $5000 – Awarded to the most outstanding community history project submitted in any category.
  • Collaborative Community History Award, $2000 – This award recognises the best community collaborative work which involves significant contribution from several individuals, groups or historical societies.
  • Local History Project Award, $2000 – This award recognises activities that enhance access to records of significance to local communities. The project should increase access, awareness and participation in history on a local or community level including, but not limited to, digitising, indexing and/or cataloguing of resources and original research.
  • History Publication Award, $2000History Publication Award – $2000 A non-fiction publication or e-book on Victorian history. This could include a biography or a story of social, urban, institutional, regional or cultural history.
  • Local History Small Publication Award, $1500 – For the best small, limited run publication or e-book which which features Victorian local, cultural or social history. The entry should deal with an area of community or city, or regional history, local identity, social or cultural history connected with the community.
  • Multimedia History Award, $2000 – For the best presentation of history which uses non-print media and has a broad community reach. This project can include, but is not limited to, multimedia exhibitions, radio, mobile applications, website, digital video/podcasts or online applications.
  • Historical Interpretation Award, $2000 – This award recognizes unique formats of historical representation. Applicants are encouraged to submit history related experiences told through physical exhibitions, artistic interpretation, history walks and tours.
  • Centenary of WW1 Award – $1500 This year the judges will award a special prize for the best work or project submitted in any category on the impact of World War One on Victoria or Victorians.
  • History Article (Peer Reviewed) – $500 This award recognises the best essay or article published in a recognised peer reviewed journal that illuminates the history of Victoria or Victorians. Articles must be written in a scholarly style using appropriate conventions of citation and evidence and be formally reviewed by referees with relevant expertise.

Entrants’ work must be completed between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015, and an official entry form must accompany each entry, and entries MUST be received by:

2pm Friday 7 August 2015

You can download an application form from here.

For further information please contact the Royal Historical Society of Victoria by email:
phone: (03) 9326 9288

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – June & July 2015 Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:30:21 +0000 Inspiring Blogs 300For my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blog post I am giving you another two month collection (actually 1 1/2 months since I’m posting it now), as I didn’t get the June edition completed before heading off on the Unlock the Past the Baltic cruise, so I’m combining it with my July finds.

In this edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blog posts we have posts that cover: traits of a genealogist, why I love the Ancestry website, elitism, reasons why you need to write your story, is your research accurate … and a whole heap more!

So grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee, get comfy and enjoy some great reads.

As I mention every time, I find that reading blog posts helps me keep up with the latest news, products as well as what’s happening in general in the world of genealogy. And if you happen to already follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and to some extent Google+, you already know that I like to share with you the interesting things I read.

Why You Should Download Your Files from Ancestry and Every Other Website
Amy Johnson Crow takes on the topic of possibly selling, and suggests what you should do about it … just in case. Read the full article …

Our Memories Fade
Think you can remember an event 100%? Try comparing your memories with someone else who was there. Sure each will have their own take on things, but the basis of the event memories should be the same. Try it, you might be surprised, just as Terri was when she compared her memories of the funeral of her great grandfather with her aunt. Read the full article …

Teaching Your Genealogical Dog a New Trick: Research Plans
I found this post by Debbie Mieszala a fascinating one. And she says “non-genealogical endeavors often hint at genealogy.” In her case dog training and training plans, which then led her to think about applying it to genealogy. As she saiys “my brain went from dogs to genealogy just like that.” Read the full article …

20 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Family History: #10 The need to hear from the non-affluent
This post comes from the Association of Personal Historians and they say it so will in the opening paragraph .. “Everybody’s heard of John D. Rockefeller and Nelson Mandela. But what about the miners who dug the coal that lit the homes and powered the businesses that spread across Rockefeller’s America at the turn of the twentieth century? Or the working poor who marched with Mandela against apartheid in South Africa? The vast majority of the world’s people never become rich or renowned, but their lives are also the story of our world—the working class, the immigrants, the failed entrepreneurs, those scarred by poverty and addiction. Stories that matter. Read the full article …

5 Ways To Tell If Your Genealogy Research Is Accurate
There is a lot of room for human error in genealogy research, and you are undoubtedly going to come across it, either in the work of others, or through mistakes you make in your own work. Even the best genealogists will once in a while discover they got an entire line wrong based on one incorrect assumption, misinterpretation of a record, or by obtaining a faulty record. With so much room for making mistakes, how do you know you’ve gotten it right? How do you know if your genealogy research is successful? Read the full article …

Genealogy and Elitism: It Isn’t What You Say, it’s How You Say It
Amy Johnson Crow uses a fabulous analogy of buying a paint set from your local craft store, taking a few painting classes you think you’re doing fine. Only the teacher rips your work apart. It’s deflating and would probably make you consider giving up. And she says that sadly this happens in genealogy too. Read the full article …

Why I Love the New Ancestry Website
Love them or hate them, there’s no doubt that the genealogy world wouldn’t be where it is without Ancestry. And as there is a tendancy with human nature to voice the bad but not the good in things, people tend to hear more about the bad. So when I came across this post from Niki Davis giving details of why she loves the Ancestry website I wanted to share it with you. Read the full article …

10 Important Characteristics of a Good Genealogist
Lorine from the Olive Tree Genealogy blog has come up with the 10 most important characteristics or traits that you need to be a good genealogist. We all want to be good genealogists, don’t we. We want to know that we did our best to find our ancestors and that what we found is accurate. We don’t want to spend time searching an individual’s ancestors and adding them to our family tree only to find out it was the wrong person! That means we need to be thorough and methodical and very very cautious about accepting documents and individuals without verifying and double-checking every fact we find. Read the full article …

Happy reading 😉

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MyHeritage Launches “Global Name Translation” Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:58:39 +0000 MyHeritage - Global Name TranslationThe following is a press release from MyHeritage, dated 8 July 2015 with some VERY, VERY BIG GENEALOGY NEWS!

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, today announced the launch of Global Name Translation™, a new technology to help families break through language barriers in the quest to uncover their past. The technology automatically translates names found in historical records and family trees from one language into another, in very high accuracy, generating all the plausible translations, to facilitate matches between names in different languages. In addition, a manual search in one language will also provide results in other languages, translated back to the user’s language for convenience. This is a unique innovation not offered elsewhere, useful for anyone interested in discovering their global roots.

“Global Name Translation™ helps overcome the Tower of Babel syndrome”

There are many immediate benefits for users. For example, people living in the USA with Russian roots previously had to search for their ancestors in Russian to maximize their chances of finding pertinent information. The new technology will now accept searches in English, automatically increase their scope to cover Russian and Ukrainian as well, and conveniently translate all results back to English.

The new technology also enhances the acclaimed MyHeritage matching technologies to bridge across language gaps. For example, if a user from Greece with a family tree in Greek, is related to a user from Israel with a family tree entered in Hebrew, MyHeritage will be able to connect them, automatically matching between names in the ancient languages of Greek and Hebrew, and show the two users how their family trees overlap, leading to exciting family reunions like never before.

“Global Name Translation™ helps overcome the Tower of Babel syndrome”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “The world is getting smaller and more connected, yet information from other countries is still mostly hidden from those who don’t speak the language. It’s our mission to develop the best technologies for facilitating family history discoveries for everyone, everywhere. Therefore we set an ambitious goal of taking down one of the most formidable walls that hampers research and discovery – the difficulty of translating names from one language to another. We’re proud to have pioneered this solution and thrilled with the value that it will provide to users around the world.”

MyHeritage has developed this technology using original research, advanced algorithms and based on its massive multilingual and international database of 6 billion family tree profiles and historical records. The technology covers first names and last names and is able to tackle not only names encountered in the past but also new names it has never encountered before. The technology is generic but also utilizes extensive dictionaries built by MyHeritage to cover synonyms and nicknames. Therefore a search for Alessandro (Alexander in Italian) will also find “Саша” which is the Russian form of Sasha, a popular nickname of Alexander in Russia.

The first version successfully translates names in between English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Greek, Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Russian and Ukrainian. The next version currently in development will add Chinese and Japanese, and additional languages will follow.

To take advantage of Global Name Translation™ technology, create a new family tree for free on MyHeritage and enjoy the automatic matches or use MyHeritage’s SuperSearch search engine for historical records.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages.


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3, 2, 1, Let’s Cruise Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:26:45 +0000 The countdown is well and truly on for the 8th Unlock the Past cruise. A number of our staff (myself included) are heading off to England on Wednesday this week for a genealogy cruise which leaves from Southampton. We’ll be arriving a couple of days before the cruise departs, to hopefully get into the right timezone, and may even get to see a little of city.

counting down!!

counting down!!

The cruise goes for 14 nights, but with travel there and back, we’ll be away for three weeks!

Our shop will still be open every day (9am-4pm M-F) and Steve and Lauren will be there to help you out, and Beth will be dealing with our mail order department. They will do their best to deal with everything, but as with all places that are short-staffed there is likely to be some delays. So please be patient.

Unlock the Past’s 8th cruise has an amazing range of guest presenters (as has every cruise I’ve been on to date), and I’m expecting lots of learning on this one as well. Afterall from the US we have Cyndi Ingle (the wonder woman behind Cyndi’s List), Paul Milner (professional researcher who knows everything about UK research), and Gordon Nutall (creator of the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner). From the UK we have Dr Janet Few, Chris Braund, Caroline Gurney, Chris Paton. And Australians who are making the trip as presenters for this cruise are Carol Baxter, Rosemary Kopittke, Eric Kopittke, Helen Smith, Tricia Fairweather and Shauna Hicks. With over 70 presentations, there’s going to be oodles to learn.

Baltic Map

This cruise to the Baltic goes to places I’ve never been before and probably never will again, so I’ll be playing tourist when in port and checking the places out.

As I tend to manage all of our social media accounts (blog, Facebook, Twitter and Google+), things might be a little quiet there for a while.

There are a number of geneabloggers on the cruise and we shall post any that they do, on our cruise Facebook page, so you can keep up with the happenings.

I shall endeavour to do some posts along the way – but we’ll have to see how the ship’s internet connection is, and that’s apart from limited time, they may not get done till later. So can I suggest keeping an eye on the Unlock the Past Cruises Facebook page, as I’ll put pictures up there from time to time.

Celebrity Eclipse

our ship, the Celebrity Eclipse

In the meantime all the best with your continued research, and I look forward to reporting what I have learned when I return.

For those into social media, our cruise hashtag is: #utpcruise

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Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 7 (2015) Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:49:54 +0000 wdytya aus

The UK and the US both recently announced the celebrities for their latest seasons of Who Do You Think You Are?. Now it’s Australia’s turn.

Who Do You Think You Are? delves into the ancestry of prominent Australians. They become detectives as they search through their family tree to piece together their history, and ultimately find the answers to where they came from. The clues to their ancestry are found in all corners of Australia and the globe as these eight Australians trace their genealogy to unexpected places. Histories are revealed, and secrets uncovered.

The emotional and personal stories in Who Do You Think You Are? reveal a bigger picture of Australia’s diverse national identity. These stories demonstrate how Australians have come to be the people that we are today. Who Do You Think You Are? is a fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and cultural evolution of Australia.

In this 7th season we discover the family history of:
– Geoffrey Rush (actor)
– David Wenham (actor)
– Luke Nguyen (chef)
– Toni Collette (actress)
– Dawn Fraser (champion swimmer and former politician)
– Ray Martin (television journalist)
– Greig Pickhaver (HG Nelson) (comedian)
– Peter Rowsthorn (comedian)

For the very first time, an investigation leads to a DNA test and the surprising answer to a long held paternity question shrouded in mystery. Intriguing stories emerge – an Irish rebel, a South American freedom fighter and a German family mastering music for 150 years since the time of Bach. One celebrity finds family he didn’t know existed and another considers changing his surname after discovering the truth about his grandfather.

This all-new season premieres on
SBS, Tuesday 4 August, 7.30pm

WDYTYA Aus 7 - group

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Need Help With Your Family Tree Maker? Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:46:07 +0000 Do you need help with your Family Tree Maker? Do you want to know how to print a certain chart? Or why a field isn’t showing where it should? How to customise fields, or why the little green leaf is shaking … or any number of other queries.

This is not a post that will answer your specific queries*, but rather one that introduces you to all the wonderful resources that are available to users to help you learn and use the program to its full potential.

*** BOOKS ***

UTP0371So You Are Totally New to Family Tree Maker
printed book
Available as both a printed book and an ebook, this guide book covers the absolute basics that will help  users get up and running, even if you have little computer knowledge.

The book will takes users through installation, registration, activating your subscription, followed by an introduction to creating or importing files. It also introduces new users to the eight workspaces within the program with enough simple explanation to start using it.

So for everyone who is just starting out on Family Tree Maker with FTM 2012, FTM 2014 or FTM for Mac 2 or FTM for Mac 3, this is a book for you!.

UTP0372Opening the Doors to Family Tree Maker: or How to Enter Your Information Correctly
printed book
For everyone who is just starting out with Family Tree Maker with FTM 2012, FTM 2014 or FTM for Mac 3, this is a useful book for you!

It takes users through the various data entry ‘doors’ in Family Tree Maker encouraging them to focus on correct data entry so that the program can deliver the best outcome and output to the user.




*** BLOGS ***

About Family Tree Maker
“I am a long time user of Family Tree Maker software. It is the only genealogy software I know and use. This blog is here because FTM does a horrid job of communicating with their users and is far worse at allowing their users to communicate with them. Perhaps my posts here and your comments will convince them to vastly improve their interaction with users of their software. But I doubt it.”

Ancestry > Family Tree Maker
Ancestry’s own blog, as you would expect does maker mention of Family tree maker from time to time. So clicking on the FTM tag bring sup all those relevant posts.


FTM User blog

Family Tree Maker User
Russ Worthington (aka Cousin Russ) has been a user of FTM since version 3, and seems to know everything there is to know about the program. He shares his knowledge of the program with other via his blog, and his You Tube channel.

Geneamusings > Family Tree Maker
Randy Seaver uses and reviews a number of genealogy software programs, with FTM being one of them. His blog is not dedicated to FTM, but he does have a tag which allows you to find all relevant posts.



*** FAQ HELPS ***

Ancestry’s Learning Centre

Be sure to check out the Learning Centre on the Ancestry website. There is a lot of useful information relating to FTM here.

Ancestry Knowledge Base

Ancestry’s Knowledge Base
Ancestry Knowledge Base (or online help centre) is one to check out as well. Type in your program version or query, and see what comes up. Just putting in the phrase Family Tree Maker brings up over 700 entries

Family Tree Maker Learning Centre
In the learning center, you’ll find a variety of resources to help you learn how to use Family Tree Maker and connect with family historians who share your interests. Watch the webinars and tutorials, check out the quick start guide and more.



Family Tree Maker Message Board
The FTM Message Board seem to be the place to get answers quickest. It is incredibly active, and is monitored by people who know the program incredibly well. Forums > Family Tree Maker
A useful place to look for answers if you are having problems. There are currently over 10,000 entries in this “Useange and How To Use Family Tree Maker” forum.

GenealogyWise > Family Tree Maker Fans
The GenealogyWise forum is another place to put your query out there, if you’ve looked for an answer to your problem and can’t find any results.

RootsWeb FTM Mailing List
A mailing list primarily for the discussion and sharing of information regarding the Family Tree Maker genealogy software program.

RootsWeb FTM 2008 HELP Mailing List
A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding Family Tree Maker (FTM) 2008 and later editions of this genealogy software program including help in learning how to use the interface and discussion of problems encountered.

RootsWeb FTM HELP Mailing List
A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding the Family Tree Maker genealogy software program.

RootsWeb FTM MAC Mailing List
A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding the Family Tree Maker genealogy software program for Apple Mac.

RootsWeb FTM TECH Mailing List
For advanced discussions on FTM.



FTM Google+ Community

Cousin Russ Genealogy Community
Created in support of the DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Community and a Community for Family Tree Maker Users.

Family Tree Maker Adelaide Users Group
The Adelaide FTM User Group in South Australia meets once a month at Salisbury.

Family Tree Maker
This group is set up to discuss thoughts, ideas and problems associated with genealogy.

Family Tree Maker 2014 Users
This is a group for users of Family Tree Maker 2014 to discussion issues with and how they use FTM 2014.

Family Tree Maker Tech Support
Do you have a problem with Family Tree Maker? As a former tech support person for Banner Blue, ask your questions and I’ll see if I can help! Thanks!

*** YOUTUBE ***

YouTube Ancestry
The obvious place to go to for FTM help on YouTube is to the YouTube Channel. They do have many short videos on FTM, as well as a heap relating to the Ancestry website. Browse through to see what they offer.

YouTube > Family Tree Maker 2014
While Ancestry videos on FTM are good, if you search for “Family Tree Maker 2014″ on YouTube you’ll find over 1200 videos there. So that is a good place to look if you want some help.



If you still need help, you can always contact Ancestry’s Tech Support team.

1-800-251-838 (toll free)
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm AEST
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm AEST
1-800-958-9073 (toll free)
*We do not offer French support on weekends.
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm ET
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm ET
1800-303-664 (toll free)
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm GMT
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm GMT
New Zealand
0-800-442-100 (toll free)
Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm NZST
Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm NZST
020-091 0203 (toll free)
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 17:00 CET
Saturday – Sunday: Closed
United Kingdom
0800-404-9723 (toll free)
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm GMT
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm GMT

United States (Contiguous 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii)
1-800-ANCESTRY (262-3787) (toll free)
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm ET
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm ET

Other Locations
Country code for the United States + 801-494-8595
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm ET
Saturday – Sunday: Closed


If you know of other Family Tree Maker specific resources available, please feel free to leave a comment below so other will know about it as well.

* Any query comments left on this post will be deleted.

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Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms (2nd Edition) Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:42:24 +0000 UTP0181aDEATH CERTIFICATES AND ARCHAIC MEDICAL TERMS (2nd Edition)
Helen V. Smith
Year: 2015
Item Code: UTP0181

Printed Book: paperback, 64 pages, AU$15.00 more information
Ebook: download, $9.95 more information

The book is also available from the following overseas resellers:
My History (England)
Maia’s Books (USA)
Global Genealogy (Canada)

Family historians ‘love’ certificates, including birth, marriage and death certificates. But sometimes they create more questions than answers.

Well-known Australian genealogy researcher, speaker and author, Helen V. Smith ‘knows’ certificates, and she knows how important the death certificates are for family historians both to ‘kill off’ our ancestors as well as helping to determine their cause of death. This is especially so for people who are interested in establishing their medical genealogy (or health history). But how many times you have had to wonder if the cause of death is in a foreign language, (and not because of the handwriting)?

‘Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms’ examines the history and evolution of death certificates. When did they start? What is on them? What were the legal requirements? What does it mean when a death is certified? Why aren’t all deaths certified?

This guide book, which is now in its 2nd edition, gives meanings to archaic terms found on death certificates such as cachexia, breakbone fever, byssinosis, coeliac passion, dipsomania, inanition and Potter’s Rot together with hundreds more.

For more of a “taster” of this book, be sure to check Helen’s post at her blog From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard where she lists 100 or so archaic medical terms. Why not test yourself, and see how many you’ve actually heard of.

1. Evolution of death certificates
– England
– Australia
– United States of America
2. Getting the most out of the death certificate or ‘buyer beware’
3. Access to death indexes and/or certificates
– Australia
– England and Wales
4. Occupational causes of death
5. Classifications of causes of death
6. Further avenues of research
– Newspapers
– Probate files
– Internet Archive
– Certificate Exchange
– Online websites
7. Glossary of Some Archaic Medical Terms

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Applications for South Australian History Grants 2015 Are Now Open Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:51:43 +0000 logo - SA Community HistoryHistory SA’s annual South Australian History Fund (SAHF) grant round has just opened.

If you or your group need some funds for your history-related project, why not apply for a grant?

History SA invites applications from:
– community groups for small project grants up to $2,000
– individuals and organisations for publication up to $3,000
– individuals and organisations for research grants up to $5,000
Applications close Monday 17 August 2015.

In addition, there are two special categories for this year:
– grants for training in historical skills or collections management, up to $200
– bursaries to attend the State History Conference in Robe 23-25 October 2015 (equivalent of a single registration fee)
For these, applications close Wednesday 29 July 2015.

Got queries?
If you have any questions regarding potential applications, or need to check your eligibility to apply or have the application forms sent to you either by post or electronically, you can call History SA on (08) 8203 9888 or email them at

To apply
– you can download the South Australian History Grant guidelines here
– and the applications for can be downloaded from here

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