Genealogy & History News http://www.gouldgenealogy.com Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:11:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – April 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/inspiring-genealogy-blogs-april-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/inspiring-genealogy-blogs-april-2016/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:11:26 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19438 Welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. The following are a collection of blog posts that I’ve read during the past few months that I have found intriguing, useful and/or inspiring and wanted to share with you. In this edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts we have posts that cover: scanning photos and documents, sources, […]

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Inspiring Blogs 300Welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. The following are a collection of blog posts that I’ve read during the past few months that I have found intriguing, useful and/or inspiring and wanted to share with you.

In this edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts we have posts that cover: scanning photos and documents, sources, who owns your online tree, ethics and etiquette, dates, writing, cameras, names and archiving … 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.

Five Things You Need to Know About Digitizing Photos
Let’s face it, scanning is tedious. You can spend hours and hours scanning, labeling and filing your photos, slides and documents. But are they then useable? Here’s some very wise words from Alison Taylor on what you should be doing when you scan your photos. Read the full article …

The Easy, Low-Tech Way to Label Scanned Photos
You’ve scanned some family photos. Great! But who is in them? With file names like IMG_1092.jpg, it isn’t readily apparent who is in the photo. Amy Johnson Crow gives us some easy low-tech ways to label our photos. Read the full article …

For Photo’s Sake Stop Scanning Every Picture
We’ve been hearing for several years now on the importance of scanning all documents and photos, so to hear that we shouldn’t scan “every” photo, is something different. Read why Denise says we shouldn’t scan  every-single-photo! Read the full article ….

What are Primary and Secondary Sources?
I’m sure every one of you have heard the term “Primary Source” and “Secondary Source”. But do you actually know what they are? And they relate to your genealogy research? Tim Firkowski explains just that in this post. Read the full article …

Who Actually Owns the Family Tree You Have Online?
If you put your tree online (even privately), you own it … right? Well, not necessarily! How many of you have ever taken the time to read the fineprint , and can actually understand it? Take a moment to read this post and you might be surprised. Read the full article …

Ethics, Etiquette and Old Family Letters
Denise write about how “family historians have been uncovering long-buried family secrets long before genetic testing was available. Historians and biographers devour personal correspondence, diaries, and journals for clues to understanding people and events” which is true, and she then asks is it morally correct (ethical) to read other people’s mail? And is it socially acceptable (proper etiquette) to do so? It’s a really interesting read, and it might make you think twice next time. Read the full article …

Dates, Dates and More Dates – Understanding History
As researchers we love dates. Birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial dates! But we can’t forget history in general. The history of the country. The history of the state or county. The history of the town. Religious history. Economic history. It’s all relevant. The natural disasters that occurred there. The industrialisation that caused mass unemployment. The plagues. You MUST know the history of the area at that time, the help put your family into context. Sadly many don’t see this as relevant and wrong information ends up online. While James Tanner doesn’t cover all of the above in his post, have a read of his understanding of dates. Read the full article …

Should I Include That?
You’re finally getting around to writing up that memoir or family history, but you a blessed with so much information, photos and records, just what do you include? Believe it or not, there is a thing as TOO MUCH for a publication. And you need to be mindful about WHAT you write as well. As Devon Lee writes in this article “It’s a tough balancing act. When done correctly, a compelling book about an ancestor does result.” Read the full article …

Real Genealogists Use Cameras
I admit when I read the title of this post I thought it would be about cameras vs smartphones. Alas I was surprised to find it wasn’t, but rather an image vs transcript discussion. Author of the post, James Tanner says “I still see people laboriously copying entries in books and other records by hand into notes, when all they have to do is pull out their cell phone and take a photo of the entire page in a few seconds.” So it not only saves errors, it save time too. Read the full article …

What First Names Say About Someone
Our friends at GenealogyInTime wrote this very interesting article on first names. And how it “turns out that you can tell a lot about a person by their first name. Why? Because parents often put a considerable amount of thought into a child’s first name.  The end result reflects the parents’ level of education, social background (class) and cultural preferences.  You can use this to your advantage when searching for an ancestor.” Read the full article …

How to Look After Your Family Documents
If you are lucky you might have in your possession a number of precious family documents and photographs, which can vary in age, condition and type. If you are lucky, you may have deeds written on parchment, wills or other legal documents, family letters, original certificates, newspaper cuttings etc. These are precious to you, so you want to look after them properly, but how? Read the full article …

 

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Mobile Genealogy Apps – Apps for Desktop Genealogy Software http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/mobile-genealogy-apps-apps-desktop-genealogy-software/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/mobile-genealogy-apps-apps-desktop-genealogy-software/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:05:05 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19421 These days you can take your genealogy data with you on your smartphone or tablet. But what is available? And what works with what? That's the question I hope to answer for you today and there is a whole range of mobile genealogy software apps available.

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app - ReunionTouch ipad iphoneGenealogy software is good to have, but what about when you’re out and about and on-the-go? Out and about visiting relatives, or our researching and you need to check details. Do you lug your laptop or folders with all of your notes along with you?

These days you can take your genealogy data with you on your smartphone or tablet. But what is available? And what works with what? That’s the question I hope to answer for you today.

There are a whole range of mobile genealogy apps available. Ones that link in with your desktop genealogy program, ones that link in with specific online genealogy programs, and ones that will work with a GEDCOM file. This is the first post in a series that I’ll do on apps, and we shall start by looking at the mobile apps that link in with (the better known ones) genealogy software programs.

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app - HeredisProgram: Heredis
App: Heredis
Available: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device
Price: Free
Publisher: BSD Concept

Heredis lets you create your family tree, share your genealogy and take it with you wherever you want with this free app.

Everything you like about Heredis is now also available on your mobile device. Not only can you view your data on it, but you can edit it too. And of course you can synchronize your files on several devices, keeping you up to date all the time.

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app - FamiliesProgram: Legacy Family Tree
App: Families
Available: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device
Price: iOS US$14.99, Android US$13.98
Publisher: TelGen

The Families app works in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree, the leading Windows-based genealogy software from Millennia Corporation. Legacy family files can be easily transferred from a PC to your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device, enabling them to be viewed and edited wherever you are.

Families supports the following functionality:
– Multiple family files
– New family files can be created from scratch
– Family View, Pedigree View, Descendant View and Timeline
– Index, searchable by Given Name, Surname or RIN
– Events
– To Do Lists
– Master and Detail Sources
– Locations and Addresses, with geolocation via Google Maps
– Alternate Names
– Pictures, including the ability to add pictures from camera or photo album
– Documents, audio and video files
– Bookmarks
– Portrait and Landscape mode on all views
– Full screen support on the iPad
– Legacy file versions 6, 7 and 8 are supported

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app - MobileFamilyTreeProgram: MacFamilyTree
App: MobileFamilyTree
Available: iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad device
Price: US$14.99
Publisher: Synium Software

MobileFamilyTree 7 is the first full-featured mobile genealogy app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It comes with all the features you’d expect from a modern genealogy application, provides you with everything you need for genealogical research and works like a charm – without a Mac or PC! Exchange GEDCOM files with other genealogists share your family tree by e-mail or synchronize your data with other iOS devices or Macs using iCloud.

MobileFamilyTree 7 is based on the same architecture as MacFamilyTree 7 and offers all charts and reports available in MacFamilyTree, making it the only mobile app of its kind and therefore unrivaled!

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app - ReunionTouchProgram: Reunion
App: ReunionTouch
Available: iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad device
Price: US$9.99
Publisher: Leister Productions

ReunionTouch is a single, universal app for Apple’s mobile devices and is designed to complement Reunion for Mac. ReunionTouch replaces our previous mobile apps “Reunion for iPad” and “Reunion for iPhone” and includes many new features.

ReunionTouch lets you take your family with you. View, navigate, search, and edit your information on the go. You’ll always be ready to add people, add pictures, document new information, and make corrections to your data – all while automatically staying in sync with Reunion for Mac.

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app - RootsMagicProgram: RootsMagic
App: RootsMagic
Available: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device
Price: Free
Publisher: RootsMagic Inc.

Now you can easily take and show off your family history with you wherever you go, and have your family tree at your fingertips! RootsMagic lets you carry your genealogy on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Andriod devices!

This viewer is designed as a companion product to RootsMagic, the award-winning desktop genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional, RootsMagic is the perfect tool for you!

Features include:

Files:
* Uses your actual RootsMagic files- no conversion needed
* Easily put your family history files on your device through iTunes or DropBox
* Keep as many files as you want right on your device
* Use the free desktop software to convert other genealogy files including PAF, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, and GEDCOM into viewable RootsMagic files.

Views:
* Pedigree, Family, Descendant, and Individual Views to quickly explore your family tree
* Browse people by surname and given names
* Search ancestors by name or record number
* View media, notes, and sources for people, families, events, and facts

Lists:
* Source list
* To-do lists
* Research Logs
* Media Lists
* Address Book
* Repository List
* Correspondence List
* Place List

Tools:
* Perpetual calendar
* Date calculator
* Relationship calculator
* Soundex calculator

Note: Requires RootsMagic desktop family tree software or the free RootsMagic Essentials software to create, edit, or add to your genealogy files.

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app - TreeView #2Program: TreeView
App: TreeView
Available: iPhone, iPad or Android device
Price: Free
Publisher: Genealogy Supplies Inc.

Build your family tree with TreeView and you’ll have your family history at your fingertips, even when you have no signal! Whether you’re an experienced family historian or just starting out, you’ll find TreeView easy to use and an essential tool in your research.

Features
– Includes a number of flexible tree designs including Pedigree, Hourglass, Ancestors, Descendants and Family views.
– Add and amend details easily and add notes, all from within the app.
– View historical records for your ancestors via TheGenealogist (subscription required).
– Upload photos to embellish your tree.
– Offline mode – View your family tree even when you have no signal.
– Information you add on one device will automatically be available on all your other devices.
– Help and advice at your fingertips.

Compatibility
– Import a GEDCOM file of your family tree at TreeView.co.uk (Free of charge) or TheGenealogist to view and edit it on your device.
– If you have already built a family tree on TheGenealogist or TreeView.co.uk, you can log in with that account to view and edit you tree.

Privacy
TreeView offers you the flexibility to be as private or public with your trees as you wish. With 3 settings you have the choice of who you share your family tree with: Private, Invitation only, or Public.

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So why not take your genealogy with you? Afterall you just never know when you might need to check the death date of great grandpa Smith, or to see if great grand aunt had eight children or nine, or when you visit your cousins, and you can tell them all sorts of family stories, not to mention having the old family photos there on your mobile device as well!

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Australian History & Genealogy Expo 2016 – Exhibitor Registrations Now Open http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/history-genealogy-expo-adelaide-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/history-genealogy-expo-adelaide-2016/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:49:57 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19085 Unlock the Past are hosting another History and Genealogy Expo. And this one will be in my hometown of Adelaide, South Australia. Here’s the when and where details so you can add it to your diary: When: Fri 7 October – Sat 8 October 2016, 9am-5pm each day Where: Immanuel College, 32 Morphett Road, Novar […]

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Unlock the Past are hosting another History and Genealogy Expo. And this one will be in my hometown of Adelaide, South Australia.

Here’s the when and where details so you can add it to your diary:

When: Fri 7 October – Sat 8 October 2016, 9am-5pm each day
Where: Immanuel College, 32 Morphett Road, Novar Gardens, South Australia

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By all means mark it on your calendar now, but the Expo isn’t open for general public bookings yet, but rather exhibitors only at this stage.

So if you would like to exhibit, you can now book your place at the Expo. And to those who have already expressed interest in exhibiting, you will need to fill in the booking form as well.

EXHIBITOR BOOKING FORM

If you are associated with any genealogy, history or heritage groups, museums, archives, military history, sport club history, digital restoration, archival storage, researchers, genealogy/history magazines, online data companies, secondhand book dealers, heritage scrapbookers, book printers, chart printing, genealogy software, and any number of other businesses or organisations in this genre, Unlock the Past would love for you to exhibit. From initital interest there is likely to be exhibitors from most states around Australia.

There is also provision for those you can’t attend in person, or not all the time, to have a presence through an information/display only table, sharing stand duties with other similar organisations or supplying brochures to be available on the day.

The Expo will also feature guest presenters with talks throughout the two days, two mini theaters and a Research Help Zone (one-on-one) area.

For more information about the Australian History and Genealogy Expo, please contact Unlock the Past.
w: www.unlockthepast.com.au/AustralianExpo2016
e. inquiries@unlockthepast.com.au
p. (08) 8263 2055

History & Genealogy Expo Sudney

 

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South Australia’s History Festival, 1-31 May 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/south-australias-history-festival-1-31-may-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/south-australias-history-festival-1-31-may-2016/#respond Fri, 08 Apr 2016 01:38:21 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19388 May is just around the corner, and South Australia's History Festival for 2016 is ready and raring to go for 31 days of history events.

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May is just around the corner, and South Australia’s History Festival for 2016 is ready and raring to go for 31 days of history events.

The excitement for it is building as the launch was held recently, the program booklets are out, and the website is live. So now we all get to scan through the website or printed programs and work out what is on when, that we can get to.

The event grows bigger and bigger each year, and this year is no different with more than 600 events presented by over 340 organisers around the state. There are exhibitions, talks, seminars, guided tours, self-guided tours, workshops, open days, and even a cruise.

Walk through some of Adelaide’s historic buildings, or use the app and discover Adelaide’s history as you walk the streets. Have a high tea in the country, learn how to interview your realtives, or walk through the cemetery learning about the stories of those buried there. Learn how to knit or crochet, or go on a tour to learn about the records that State Records holds. Learn how to research your family history or restore old photographs. Military history, pub yarns, and even a cruise at Port Adelaide learning the history of the port also make up part of this years events.

Getting the program …
You can grab a printed copy of the South Australia’s History Festival program at numerous places around the state, including our shop. Or you can download a copy from their website.

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And download the free app so you’ll have the program with you. Available for iOS and Android.

SA History Festival 2016 app

Keeping up socially …
You’ll find South Australia’s History Festival on social media everywhere.
Facebook
Flickr
Twitter
Instagram

Hashtag it …
And don’t forget the official hashtag for SA’s History Festival is #SAHistoryFest, but if you’d like to be in the draw for a heap of prizes, use the hashtag #CaptureSAHistory and @HistoryFestival on your photos.

http://historyfestival.sa.gov.au/

 

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Family Historian version 6.2 Adds Findmypast “Hints” http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/family-historian-version-6-2-adds-findmypast-hints/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/family-historian-version-6-2-adds-findmypast-hints/#respond Mon, 04 Apr 2016 02:22:42 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19391 The makers of Family Historian are working hard, with version 6.1 catering for direct import from TMG and Genbox, and now just a few weeks later we have Family Historian version 6.2 which now incorporates "hints" from Findmypast into their program.

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CPL010-2 Family Historian 6Calico Pie, the company behind the genealogy software program, Family Historian have been working hard on developing their program. It was just over a month ago that they announced the release of Family Historian version 6.1, which was a free upgrade for anyone who already had version 6, and amongst the long list of new features it now allows direct import from The Master Genealogist and Genbox. You can read about that here.

Now just a few weeks later we have Family Historian version 6.2 released, and the big news from Calico Pie is that they have now incorporated “hints” from Findmypast into their program.

Family Historian 6.2 FMP hints

The press release is as as follows …

LONDON – April 2nd, 2016. Calico Pie today released a new version of Family Historian, the award-winning desktop genealogy program.  The new version includes automatic matching against records on Findmypast databases. Users are notified of matches with on-screen icons called ‘hints’.

“Automatic record matching is a very popular feature of Family Historian”, said Simon Orde, CEO of Calico Pie. “It makes the process of finding historical records for the people in your family tree considerably more enjoyable and easier. Now Family Historian users can use this same feature to automatically find matching records in Findmypast databases. We are delighted to be working with Findmypast, one of the leading data providers for genealogists. It’s great news for Family Historian users.”

Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast agreed: “We are delighted to be partnering with one of the world’s leading providers of desktop genealogy products. Findmypast’s heritage and rich record collections coupled with Family Historian’s sophisticated technology will make for a powerful combination, enabling us to offer customers new and improved ways of unlocking the fascinating stories within their family. At Findmypast we are committed to making family history as easy and as rewarding as possible, not just through new records but also through new technologies. Together with Family Historian, we can provide a dynamic family history experience that offers customers the opportunity to make a real connection with their family heritage.”

The new version of Family Historian, 6.2, is a free update for all version 6 users. To learn more about automatic record matching – also known as Automatic Internet Data Matching – see www.family-historian.co.uk/aidm.

For more information on Family Historian or the associated products, please click here.

 

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Unlock the Past’s WW1 Bundle http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/unlock-pasts-ww1-bundle/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/unlock-pasts-ww1-bundle/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:10:38 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19355 The past few years have seen a huge surge interest in military history, with the commemoration of WW1 and Gallipoli adding to the interest. During this time Unlock the Past have produced a collection of useful guide books for researchers, including a number that relate to researching your Australian military ancestors.

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The past few years have seen a huge surge interest in military history, with the commemoration of WW1 and Gallipoli adding to the interest. During this time Unlock the Past have produced a collection of useful guide books for researchers, including a number that relate to researching your Australian military ancestors.

Anzac Day, the 25th of April, is one that is commemorated by Australians and New Zealanders. It is a time to remember those who willingly signed up for war to defend their country, and sadly many of whom never returned. It is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.”

These three books Unlock the Past guide book will help you when researching the history of your Australian military ancestors. We have bundled them together at a special price, just for April.

AIF Unit Histories of the Great War 1914-1918
Unit histories are an incredible source of information for researchers. But what unit histories have been published? This book is valuable in that it lists hundreds of them – all grouped into relevant categories (AIF, Machine Gun Companies, Pioneer Battalions, Cyclist Corps, Field Artillery Brigades, Light Horse Regiments, Field Engineers, Army Medical Corps, Signal Units, Pay Corp, and Australian Flying Corp Squadrons).
Normal retail price $9.00
For the full description of this title click here

That Elusive Digger: Tracing Your Australian Military Ancestors
Previously there was no concise but comprehensive guide to help the family historian embark on the search for Australian military ancestors, much less one which also gives simple overviews of Australia’s military history. This small book sets out to rectify this, and provides a handy summary of Australia’s military history both in peace and war.

It gives readers a guide of where to look and what to look for as far as records go, and brief information on how to understand and get the most from military records. For those seeking to search out their Australian military ancestors, there is no better place to start. Covering all wars not just WWI, it actually starts back with the Volunteer Forces, and Militia before detailing the Sudan, Boxer Rebellion and the Boer War. This followed by WWI, WWII Japan, Korea, Malaya, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Normal retail price $13.50
For the full description of this title click here

The War to End War: Tracing Your Great War Australian Military Ancestors
This concise, yet comprehensive guide is made to help the family historian embark on the search for Australian military ancestors in World War I, as well as giving you a simple overview of Australia’s military history.

After spending over 20 years in the military, Lieutenant Colonel Neil Smith now focuses his time on military history. In this guide book he provides handy outlines of the progress of the war with emphasis placed on the part played by Australia. Armed with this essential knowledge the reader is then shown where to look and how to interpret all available personal war-like records. For those seeking out their Australian military ancestors in World War I, there is no better place to start.
Normal retail price $17.00
For the full description of this title click here

 

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Unlock the Past Cruise T-Shirts – Back for a Limited Time http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/unlock-the-past-cruise-t-shirts-back-for-a-limited-time/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/unlock-the-past-cruise-t-shirts-back-for-a-limited-time/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:42:20 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19339 The "Unlock the Past Cruise" T-shirts are back, but only for a limited time. If you would like your own 'exclusive' Unlock the Past cruise t-shirt be sure to get your order in by ...

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The “Unlock the Past Cruise” T-shirts (ok, technically they are polo shirts, but I call them t-shirts) are back, but only for a limited time. These t-shirts are not generally available, we get them made to order.

During the recent two cruises (10th and 11th Unlock the Past cruises) we had a number of requests for them. So they are back … but only for a limited time.

Available for men and women, and in a choice of 10 colours each. We have sizes ranging from small up to XXXXX-large.

Being a polo shirt, they are a comfy, easy-to-wear shirt. And of course NO IRONING is required!

The front is simply embroidered with the “Unlock the Past” logo, while the back has “Genealogy Cruising” and the Unlock the Past Cruises website printed on it.

Please note the date, and get your order in by then, as we’ll be sending an order off to the manufacturer straight after that.

TO ORDER:
Ladies t-shirts: available in 10 colours, and in sizes from 8-24, AUD$39.95
Mens t-shirts: available in 10 colours, and in sizes from S-XXXXXL, AUD$39.95

Last day to order
Sunday, 1st May 2016

Anthea Phillips, Rosemary Kopittke, Alona Tester & Helen Smith on the 4th Unlock the Past cruise

Anthea Phillips, Rosemary Kopittke, Alona Tester & Helen Smith on the 4th Unlock the Past cruise

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#MuseumWeek – 28 March to 3 April 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/museumweek-28-march-to-3-april-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/museumweek-28-march-to-3-april-2016/#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2016 03:08:20 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19358 It was on in 2015, and now it's back again for 2016! #MuseumWeek is back. This is an opportunity for museums right around the world to show off their collections to the public, through social media.

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#MuseumWeek 2016It was on in 2015, and now it’s back again for 2016! #MuseumWeek is back.

This is an opportunity for museums right around the world to show off their collections to the public, through social media.

Their website states that … “#MuseumWeek is an event devoted to the celebration of culture by cultural institutions and is open to artists, museums, libraries, galleries, archives, foundations, science centers, zoos, aquariums…!”

Note that is says not only museums, but also “libraries” and “archives”!! Surely there’s a heap of historical societies, and archives and libraries around the world who would be paricipating.

Why not invite your favorite cultural institutions to register for the #MuseumWeek. Registration is free, simple and quick! And if you’re involved in a museum (or associated organisation) you can sign up here. For more indepth info, check this out.

Held along the lines of what was done last year, there are 7 day, 7 themes and 7 hashtags. Each participating museum is to tweet (once or more) about that days theme … and just a suggestion from a fellow tweeter who follows along on these days – photos are wonderful! So feel free to tweet lots of them.

To be involved simply register on their website, get yourself a Twitter account, follow @MuseumWeek, then spend some time checking out the cool items in your museums collection, so you’ll be ready and raring to go in time for #MuseumWeek!!

For us (the public, the non-museum-working folk) we can simply sit back and enjoy it by watching the hashtags. Use the #MuseumWeek one, but also use those for each day (those in the picture above), and see what the Museums themselves are tweeting. And to do this you don’t even need a Twitter account. Just go to www.twitter.com, and type in #museumweek in the search bar at the top, and everything using that hashtag will come up! Simple!

 

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#MuseumWeek
March 28 – April 3, 2016

 

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Big News for Australia’s 2016 Census http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/big-news-australias-2016-census/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/big-news-australias-2016-census/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2016 07:04:09 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19337 Tuesday, 9 August 2016 is the date for the next Australian census. And the big news is that the WHOLE of this census will be retained. Not just the portion that answered "yes" as happened in the last three censuses ...

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Australia’s seventeenth national Census of Population and Housing will be held on Tuesday, 9 August 2016. The first national census was held in 1911 and since 1961 they have been conducted every five years.

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

Australian’s who have completed censuses over the past 15 years will be familiar with “question 60” of the Census. That’s the one that says:

“Question 60. Does each person in this household agree to his/her name and address and other information on this form being kept by the National Archives of Australia and then made publicly available after 99 years?”

question 60 from the 2011 Australian census

question 60 from the 2011 Australian census

Since 2001 there has been a big push to educate people in the importance of answering “Yes” to that question. In 2001 53% answered yes, with 56% in 2006. I haven’t found the statistics for 2011, but I do hope it is more. So for those three censuses, only those that answered yes will have their records  retained with the rest be destroyed. The statistics of the others will be kept, but the original records will be destroyed. Sad, but true. But at least some are being kept.

Now the big, big news that I’ve just come across. Are you sitting down? In 2016, for the very first time in Australia’s history, ALL of the census will be retained. There is no question 60. There is no option. It will be retained, and will be made public after 99 years. Not just the statistics … the whole complete census! How cool is that?

While you will expect that this will cause concern for some people, for historians and genealogists this is certainly good news. This is what we’ve been pushing for. The information won’t be available to any of us in our lifetime (unless you do what I do, and keep a copy of it for your own reference before sending it back), but it will be for future generations, and that’s a good thing. We all know how valuable the censuses have been for our own research (UK, US or other countries), so hopefully here in Australia our future generations will be able to use these records for theirs.

Australian 2016 Census
Tuesday, 9 August 2016

For more details about the Australian 2016 Census you can read it on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website and here.

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#fundTrove – Show Your Support the National Library of Australia and Trove http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/fundtrove-show-support-national-library-australia-trove/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/fundtrove-show-support-national-library-australia-trove/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:49:21 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19211 Trove truly is the heart and soul of Australian history. Where else can you search over 473 million records at your fingertips? And yet, this our National treasure is facing budget cuts which will result is losses to staff and services. Here's how can you help?

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If you’ve been anywhere near social media in the past few weeks, you will more than likely have seen the huge news about the proposed budget cuts to the National Library of Australia.

On hearing this the Australian genealogy and history world is in shock wondering how anyone could do such a thing to this national treasure. This would be devastating. Admittedly they are not saying that they will close it, but rather cut funds and staff – which will mean less services, and slow down digitisation projects.

Trove truly is the heart and soul of Australian history. Where else can you search over 473 million records at your fingertips?

“Find and get over 473,929,852 Australian and online resources:
books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more”

Trove is used by around 70,000 people each day. The historians (family, social, local, military, medical and numerous others) are already having their say on this topic, but the usefulness of Trove and goes way, way beyond the genealogy and history world – a fact which has been highlighted by the number of people from different genres who have been showing their support.

The #fundTrove campaign has started with people having their say about the funding cuts, and how important the NLA and Trove is as a resource for everyone. With endless stories of people saying “I never would have found this, without Trove”. I think every one of us can relate to that. And now the #fundTrove campaign is going global, with many people from overseas also chipping in on how much they use, and love Trove.

I’m not going to go into a long spiel, as others have said it so well  … so I’ll direct you to their posts instead. Please take the time to read, as it is an important matter for Australia and Australia’s history.

The place to start is Tim Sherratt’s post titled #fundTrove. A recent former manager of Trove, he tells how he saw a tweet from his local ABC radio station saying “NOW: @nlagovau informs its staff of budget cuts”. From there the word of the government funding cuts for the NLA has spread far and wide.

ABC News – Trove online database’s future in doubt due to National Library funding cuts
Canberra Times – Australian and international arts institutions, researchers throw support behind Trove
The Australian – The researcher’s treasure, Trove, is under threat

This is just three of the many articles that have appeared in the media recently. See Tim’s #fundTrove post for more down the bottom.

We must have our say and do all we can to prevent these cuts from happening.

You Can Help …
Tim Sherratt lists a number of things that we can do now:
– Tweet or post about the value of Trove using the hashtag #fundTrove
– Write to Senator Fifield (or other government members) – the folks at the eScholarship Research Centre at Melbourne University have already drafted a sample letter.

Keep up to date …
– Like the #fundTrove Facebook page

Sign one or all of these petitions …
1. Fund Trove! created by Edwina Byrne on Megaphone.org.au
2. Stop Cuts to National Library of Australia & Save Trove created by Paddy O’Toole at Change.org
3. Stop the Australian government from wrecking Trove created by Ian Gardener at Change.org

 

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8 Features of FamilySearch You’re Probably Not Using http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/8-features-familysearch-youre-probably-not-using/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/8-features-familysearch-youre-probably-not-using/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:09:31 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=18515 FamilySearch is the world's biggest non-commercial genealogy website, playing host to billions of records. But do you look beyond the records? Here are just 8 other facets to the FamilySearch website that you should know about and use.

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FamilySearch, the website created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) is one that I assume most of you have heard of, and hopefully most of you have used it … regularly.

www.familysearch.org

There’s no denying that FamilySearch is the biggest non-commercial genealogy website out there, with billions of records available for you to search for free from the comfort of your own home. but there’s far more to FamilySearch than simply the records.

But so often the other facets to the site get overlooked or ignored. So this post is simply to highlight some of these other bits which I guarantee you will find useful.

So lets work through the not-so-well-known parts of FamilySearch:

BOOKS
https://books.familysearch.org/
FamilySearch has been digitising not only records, but has also digitised thousands (and I mean over 200,000) books, which they have made freely available to search online. They say on their website “Family History Books is a collection of more than 200,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees.” If you haven’t used it before, do so. It’s amazing what you’ll find. As an example typing in “Gumeracha” (which is a tiny town in the Adelaide Hills, in South Australia) in the search box brings up 41 hits with references to this place! Who would have thought!

BROWSING RECORDS
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list
I know I don’t need to tell you about the “Search” button as you all know about filling in the name boxes, and hitting the blue search button – but if you do just that you’re missing out millions of records. Yes, millions. Ones that could have your family in it. So my tip is once you click on the “Search” button from the home page, don’t fill in anything in the name boxes, but rather scroll down to the “Browse All Published Collections” hyperlink, and click on that. This list, which currently lists 2076 collections at the time of this post, lists them all alphabetically by country or US state. You will see that some entries have numbers next to them – that’s how many entries have been indexed for that collection. And some of them only have a picture of a camera (no numbers) – that means they have images of the original records – but are NOT INDEXED. As these records aren’t indexed, if you use the search box you simply won’t find them. If you browse, you may well do so. There are millions and millions of records on FamilySearch that are currently images only. Take the time to see if the area you’re after has some image only records online. You might be surprised.

MAPS
http://maps.familysearch.org/
The maps feature on FamilySearch is brilliant if you are after places in England or Wales, as that is the area that these maps cover. Based on the 1851 English and Welsh jurisdictions, you simply enter a place (or part of a place name) and the results will come up. View the counties, parishes, civil registration districts, dioceses, rural deanerys, poor law union, hundreds, provinces or divisions throughout England and Wales. Just as an example I chose Cornwall, which then allows me an option to see a list of every parish in Cornwall. That’s handy in itself, but each parish also lists when the records (parish records and Bishops Transcripts) began. Very useful!

MY FAMILY BOOKLET
https://familysearch.org/myfamily
I will admit I haven’t used this feature, but I know it’s there and have mentioned it to a few people. The spiel from their site says “The My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together booklet is an engaging way to capture and preserve your family story. We’ll help you record family information, including adding photos, names, dates, and precious family stories.” You can fill in the online version by creating a new booklet online or you can purchase copies of the “My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together” booklet that can be filled in. These are available in multiple languages.

PHOTOS
https://familysearch.org/photos/
The FamilySearch photos option (or Memories Gallery as they call it) is one can be used with or without the family tree. And as I know a number of people who use it to store and share their photos, as well as finding family photos there – it’s worthy of a mention. You can get to it via the Photos tab in the middle of the home screen, or the memories button on the top tab bar. To use this feature you will need to create a FamilySearch account (or be an LDS member with an account), and once signed in your can add photos, stories, documents and audio to your Gallery, and sort them into Albums, simply by drag and drop. The People option allows you to find photos, documents etc. that you’ve tagged with a person or even easier. While the Find option allows you to search all photos, stories and documents. And just remember your genealogy ethics too, if you find photos online that relate to your family that have been put by others, make contact with them rather than simply copying. It is simple courtesy. For more on this feature click here.

RESEARCH WIKI (viewing and adding)
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page
The Research Wiki is a place I often visit as I find a lot of useful information there. You’ll find the Wiki button, under the Search tab at the top. Think of it like “Wikipedia for genealogy”. Currently listing over 250 countries, if you’re looking for information on where to start your research in Ireland, type Ireland in the Wiki search box, look at the results, and you’ll find the Ireland page which gives you a heap of information. For Poland likewise … and so on. Some countries aren’t so well represented yet, simply because no-one has added information on to the wiki. As with all wiki’s, information is supplied by the public, and available to the public. If you’re interested in starting a new Wiki page, or adding to one, there’s plenty of details on how to go about it here.

TUTORIAL VIDEOS
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html
I find that the tutorial videos on FamilySearch are a largely unknown (and therefore unused) resource. Mind you to get to them you need to click on the “Get Help” button in the top right hand corner of the screen, then look for the Learning Centre link. So it’s not upfront, but it is there, and is truly is a valuable resource. With currently over 600 videos available to view, they cover the how-tos of researching in many countries (including Australia), and other general topics (migration, methodology and more). They’re online, and they’re free. So why not make use of this free educational tool.

WEBINARS
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars
You’ve heard of webinars, but have you ever “attended” one live, or even watched one online? A webinar is simply a seminar that you can view online. FamilySearch schedule a few webinars each month, and those that have been on already – most can still be viewed, and you can download the handout as well.

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There’s still more I could add, but there’s 8 features for you, and I hope next time you go to FamilySearch you’ll look past the “Search” button, and utilise some of the other incredible features that this website has to offer.

Disclaimer: For this post I’ve chosen to omit the “FamilySearch Family Tree” where you can add your tree online and create charts from your online tree, as well as FamilySearch Indexing where you can help out with the indexing of records. These are useful, and worthy of a post on their own, but they have been well written about elsewhere, not to mention the number of tutorial videos available for them.

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National Library of Australia’s 2016 Community Heritage Grants Are Open http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/national-library-australias-2016-community-heritage-grants-open/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/national-library-australias-2016-community-heritage-grants-open/#respond Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:10:28 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19252 The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2016 Community Heritage Grants. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future generations.

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GrantsThe National Library of Australia (NLA) in Canberra is not only one of Australia’s mega-centre for treasures, it also plays an important part in helping conserve and preserve items in small collections through its Community Heritage Grants.

The NLA’s Community Heritage Grants program “provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artifacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material”.

Run annually since 1994, the program has awarded $5.7 million to community organisations throughout in the country, helping a total of 1192 projects around Australia – from those in cities to some in the remotest regions of Australia.

The 2016 Community Heritage Grants round is now open with applications closing on 9 May 2016.

More Information
Mary-Louise Weight, CHG Coordinator
guidelines: click here
phone: (02) 6262 1147
email: chg@nla.gov.au

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Family Historian 6.1 Has Been Released http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/family-historian-6-1-has-been-released/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/family-historian-6-1-has-been-released/#respond Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:09:46 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19259 Users of the Family Historian genealogy program will be pleased to know about version 6.1 that has just been released. Not only is this a free upgrade for version 6 users, it is also the largest free upgrade of the program for more than 10 years.

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CPL010-2 Family Historian 6Users of the Family Historian genealogy program will be pleased to know about version 6.1 that has just been released.

Not only is this a free upgrade for version 6 users, it is also the largest free upgrade of the program for more than 10 years.

The Press Release from the publishers says the following …

“There are a number of themes in this release”, explained Calico Pie’s CEO Simon Orde.  “Much of it is responding to a long list of requests from our users for detailed improvements of varying kinds. We know that often it’s the small things that make all the difference in terms of usability and we’ve worked hard on getting the details right. But there are some great new features too, like the new Snapshot Manager. We’ve also had genealogists coming to Family Historian from other programs, asking for specific things they need – and we’ve responded to many of these requests too.  That means not just improved import, although that is a big part of it, but also feature enhancements. For example, we’ve improved sentence-generation for narrative reports  in response to requests from users of The Master Genealogist. We also improved handling of source citation media – primarily in response to requests from Family Tree Maker users. You could see it as a sort of cross-fertilisation, as new users bring influences from other programs.  We see that as a very positive thing, and one that has benefitted the program as a whole.”

What’s New in 6.1
For full details of new features and enhancements, please see http://www.family-historian.co.uk/features/whats-new-in-version-6-1.

Summary of New & Improved Features
– A new feature called Smart GEDCOM Loading has been added, which delivers big improvements in GEDCOM imports – especially from Family Tree Maker and Ancestry GEDCOM files. The same feature can even be used to recover hidden data in existing Family Historian projects that were previously created by imports from Family Tree Maker or Ancestry.
– Improvements to direct import from The Master Genealogist and Genbox.
– Much improved support for Source Citation media.
– Numerous enhancements to support for witnesses (‘shared events’), including the ability to have multiple roles for witnesses and principals, and to effectively have ‘no-principal’ or ‘multi-principal’ events.
– Improved support for generating sentences in narrative reports.
You can now add source citations for parent-child relationships (birth or adoptive), as well as spouse relationships.
– Tool to automatically find, and fix links to, missing pictures and other media files.
– A new tool that can automatically take and store daily snapshots of your entire data file, so that you can easily revert to an earlier version if you need to (this is in addition to full multi-level undo/redo within each session).  By default, only the 8 most recent snapshots are kept, to ensure that space taken by snapshots never becomes excessive.
– Improved compatibility with companion products, including the option to save Family Historian data files in the popular UTF-8 format.
– And much more…

How to Upgrade to 6.1
All version 6.0 users are recommended to upgrade to 6.1.  To do so, click Check for Updates on the Help menu, when running Family Historian, and follow the instructions.  Alternatively, the upgrade can be downloaded from  http://www.family-historian.co.uk/downloads/latest-free-upgrade.

To Learn More…
For an overview of the program, why not take the tour at
http://www.family-historian.co.uk/downloads/latest-free-upgrade

For users of The Master Genealogist (TMG) this is most certainly welcome news, as this update includes direct import of TMG files, rather than having to transfer files via GEDCOM.

The CD version that we sell is Version 6. Once purchased and installed, you can then download version 6.1 upgrade for free.

 

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Who Do You Think You Are? US Season 8 (2016) http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/who-do-you-think-you-are-us-season-8-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/who-do-you-think-you-are-us-season-8-2016/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 06:42:04 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19261 For those in the US, the wait is almost over for the new US season of the ever popular "Who Do You Think You Are?" tv show. Now into it's eight season, the new series has stories such as male witch hunt, royalty, dire circumstances, Amish family and a secret illegitimate son ...

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For those in the US, the wait is almost over for the new US season of the ever popular “Who Do You Think You Are?” tv show. Now into it’s eight season, the series continues to deliver unbelievable stories from crucial moments in history, including a number of firsts for the series, such as a male witch hunt, and traveling to Portugal, Sweden and Ellis Island.

The list of celebrity participants have been announced as Aisha Tyler, Scott Foley, Lea Michele, Chris Noth, Katey Sagal, and Molly Ringwald. Follow the journey of these six American celebrities as they discover their family hsitory.

Aisha Tyler (actress, comedian, author, producer, writer, and director) – tracks down her 2x great-grandfather, whose story has been lost over generations, and uncovers an astonishing tale of a prominent ancestor whose struggle to keep his illegitimate son a secret made headlines.

Chris Noth (actor) – learns his ancestors suffered during one of the greatest catastrophes in American history, and a relative who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of all time.

Katey Sagal (actress and singer-songwriter) – is shocked to learn of her family’s Amish roots, and digs deeper as she realises the level of dedication to their faith.

Lea Michele (actress, singer, and author) – nails down where her mysterious paternal ancestors came from, and learns of the dire economic circumstances they endured while trying to emigration to the U.S.

Molly Ringwald (actress, singer, dancer, and author) – explores family lore of Swedish royalty which uncovers her ancestors’ harrowing loves and a brave woman who forever changed her family’s fate.

Scott Foley (actor, director and screenwriter) – finds a relative who risked his life for one of America’s founding fathers, and an ancestor who suffered unspeakably during on of the nation’s darkest times.

Who Do You Think You Are? US Season 8 (2016)
TLC, Sunday 3 April 2016, 9/8C

“My mind is blown that I have such a connection to the history of this country” – Scott Foley

Ancestry is teaming up again with TLC as a sponsor of the upcoming season. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry provides exhaustive family history research on each of the featured celebrities to help make discoveries possible and build out the story of each episode.

If you’d like a sneak peek of the upcoming season, you can watch the trailer video here, and you can view episodes and behind the scenes footage from past episodes on the TLC Who Do You Think You Are site.

Aisha Tyler, Chris Noth, Katey Sagal, Lea Michele, Molly Ringwald and Scott Foley

Aisha Tyler, Chris Noth, Katey Sagal, Lea Michele, Molly Ringwald and Scott Foley

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The Latest Old Newspapers Added to Trove http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/latest-old-newspapers-added-trove/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/latest-old-newspapers-added-trove/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 03:23:13 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19230 For the past few months the folks over in the old newspapers department of the National Library of Australia have worked hard to bring us a batch of fabulous new (old) newspapers to view online!

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Old NewspapersFor the past few months the folks over in the old newspapers department of the National Library of Australia have worked hard to bring us a batch of fabulous new (old) newspapers to view online!

Digitisation of these titles was funded by the National Library of Australia with microfilm supplied by the ANPlan partners.

NSW
The Australian Workman (Sydney, NSW: 1890-1897)
The Bird O’ Freedom (Sydney, NSW: 1891-1896)
The Dead Bird (Sydney, NSW: 1889-1891)
Dutch Australian Weekly (Sydney, NSW: 1951-1993)
Dutch Weekly (Sydney, NSW: 1993-2004)
The Workers’ Weekly (Sydney, NSW: 1923-1939)

QLD
Balonne Beacon (St. George, Qld: 1909-1954)
The Beaudesert Times (Qld: 1908-1954)
Brisbane Telegraph (Qld: 1948-1954)
The Bundaberg Mail (Qld: 1917-1925)
The Bundaberg Mail and Burnett Advertiser (Qld: 1892-1917)
The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld: 1903-1926)
The Daily Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld: 1875-1896)
The Dalby Herald (Qld: 1910-1954)
Dalby Herald and Western Queensland Advertiser (Qld: 1886-1879)
The Evening Advocate (Innisfail, Qld: 1941-1954)
The Evening Telegraph (Charters Towers, Qld: 1901-1921)
Johnstone River Advocate (Geraldton, Qld: 1906-1908)
Johnstone River Advocate and Innisfail News (Qld: 1928-1941)
Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld: 1865-1874)
The St. George Standard and Balonne Advertiser (Qld: 1878-1879; 1902-1904)
The Toowoomba Chronicle and Queensland Advertiser (Qld: 1861-1875)
Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld: 1875-1902)

SA
Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA: 1901-1940)
Blyth Agriculturist (SA: 1908-1954)
Border Chronicle (Bordertown, SA: 1908-1950)
Christian Colonist (SA: 1878-1894)
Critic (Adelaide, SA: 1897-1924)
The Express (Adelaide, SA: 1922-1923)
Glenelg Guardian (SA: 1914-1954)
The Pennant (Penola, SA: 1946-1954)
Port Adelaide News (SA: 1904)
Port Adelaide News (SA:1913-1933)
Quorn Mercury (SA: 1895-1954)
Sport (Adelaide, SA: 1911-1948)
The Terowie Enterprise (SA: 1884-1891)
Yorke’s Peninsula Advertiser (SA: 1878-1922)
Yorke’s Peninsula Advertiser and Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal (SA: 1875-1878)
Yorke’s Peninsula Advertiser and Miners’ News (SA: 1872-1874)

TAS
The Coastal News and North Western Advertiser (Ulverstone, Tas: 1890-1893)
Deloraine – Westbury Advocate (Ulverstone, Tas: 1893-1894)
The Derwent Star and Van Diemen’s Land Intelligencer (Hobart, Tas: 1810-1812)
King Island News (Currie, King Island: 1912-1954)
The North Coast Standard (Latrobe, Tas: 1890-1894)
The North Western Chronicle (Latrobe, Tas: 1887-1888)

VIC
The Colonial Mining Journal, Railway and Share Gazette (Vic: 1858-1859)
The Colonial Mining Journal, Railway and Share Gazette and Illustrated Record (Melbourne, Vic: 1859-1861)

WA
The Australian (Perth, WA: 1917-1923)
The Avon Gazette and Kellerberrin News (WA: 1914-1916)
The Avon Gazette and York Times (WA: 1916-1930)
The Blackwood Times (Bunbury, WA: 1905-1920; 1945-1954)
Coolgardie Miner (WA: 1894-1917)
The Leonora Miner (WA: 1910-1928)
Narrogin Observer (WA: 1952-1954)
The Northam Advertiser (WA: 1895-1918; 1948-1954)
The Pingelly Leader (WA: 1906-1925)
Pingelly-Brookton Leader (WA: 1925-1926)
The Southern Districts Advocate (Katanning, WA: 1913-1936)
The Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA: 1898-1919)
The W.A. Record (Perth, WA: 1888-1922)
Yilgarn Merredin Times (Southern Cross, WA: 1921-1923)

http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/

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330,000 Links, 207 Categories, 20 Years and 1 Woman: That’s Cyndi’s List http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/330000-links-207-categories-20-years-1-woman-thats-cyndis-list/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/330000-links-207-categories-20-years-1-woman-thats-cyndis-list/#comments Sat, 05 Mar 2016 06:52:38 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19231 A huge, huge congratulations to Cyndi, and Cyndi's List. 20 years is a truly awesome effort. And the world is a much better place with Cyndi's List.

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Anyone who has come into our shop (or who has phoned) asking for advice on researching such-and-such has probably had me direct them to Cyndi’s List. Putting it simply It is one of the go-to-places for genealogy. One of the MUST-USE websites, and yet I’m still surprised by the number of people who don’t use it.

For those who aren’t familiar with Cyndi’s List, it is a portal website that contains over 330,000 links, all grouped into relevant categories making our life so much easier, and it’s all free. This has been the work of just one woman, Cyndi Ingle over the past 20 years.

I have heard people say that they get lost on it as there’s just so much there, which is true. But in Cyndi’s words she says “when people are overwhelmed by the size I generally use the analogy of a library with too many books. You just need to focus on a specific research question and go from there” … and that is exactly how I use it. The other thing I’d mention is that when opening a link I use the “right” mouse button so it opens in a new window or tab, and keeps the page I was on still there, it makes it easier to get back to where you were later.

Dick Eastman, Cyndi Ingle, Paul Milner and Alan Phillips, at RootsTech, February 2015

Dick Eastman, Cyndi Ingle, Paul Milner and Alan Phillips, at RootsTech, February 2015

I’m usually on Cyndi’s List several times a week looking up all sorts of things, directing people to them. Handwritiing, maps, free forms, DNA, Evernote, archives and societies in various places, military records, emigration somewhere, and so on. Cyndi’s List has getting started guides, genealogical dictionaries and almost every genealogy-related topic and country you can think of. It’s where I go when I’m starting a new area of research.

Cyndi Ingle and Alan Phillips, 8th Unlock the Past cruise, July 2015

Cyndi Ingle and Alan Phillips, 8th Unlock the Past cruise, July 2015

Why you should use it … 
If you don’t use Cyndi’s List, here are some reasons why you should:
– it has 330,000+ genealogy websites all categoried for you, into 207 categories (countries and topics)
– it’s easy …  browsing is better than searching, so simply go to the beginning letter of the country or topic you’re after and follow the sub-categories down from there
– you will find links there that you wouldn’t have found by Googling (many small sites)
– you can submit new links, and report broken ones
– subscribe to the mailing list to keep up to date with the latest links added
– and of course, it’s free

It began … 
This mega-portal website had it’s beginnings on 4 March 1996 with a list of 1025 links, and putting it simply it has grown from there. Twenty years on and the stats alone tell the story, with Cyndi’s List attracting approximately 5 million page hits a month. With new links added daily, this site currently lists 330,883 links, in 207 categories this really is one of the important genealogical websites the world has. Putting it into context, Cyndi’s List has been around longer than both Google and Facebook. And I’m proud to say that Gould Genealogy & History (formerly Gould Books) was one of the earliest links she had in her Australia category.

To quote from the Press Release

The purpose of Cyndi’s List remains the same today, 20 years after its creation: to be a free jumping-off point and a catalog for the immense genealogical collection that is the Internet. And it is all done not by software, but by a live human being. Every link found on Cyndi’s List is personally visited, titled, given a description, categorized, and cross-referenced across the site. Cyndi Ingle is the creator and owner of Cyndi’s List. The site is a one-woman enterprise in which Cyndi often works 10-12 hours each day, many times 7 days a week. Users of Cyndi’s List are encouraged to submit new links and report broken links, all in an effort to keep Cyndi’s List as current as possible.
Cyndi’s List has always been free for everyone online to use for their genealogical research. It remains free today. The site is supported by advertising and through the donation button found on each page on the site. Generous users of Cyndi’s List have helped to pay for 86 percent of the major site upgrade done in 2011.
You can help …
As she mentions above you can help her by submitting new genealogy-related links, or reporting broken ones. It’s easy, just look for the Purple Buttons on the lefthand side. But I urge you to take note of the Donate button on the righthand side on the homepage too, and if you can spare a few dollars to make sure this incredible resource stays online, it would be appreciated. Every little bit helps.
Cyndi's List links #2

A huge, huge congratulations to Cyndi, and Cyndi’s List. 20 years is a truly awesome effort. And the world is a much better place with Cyndi’s List.

www.cyndislist.com

 

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FMP - Irish Catholic Records freeIf you have Irish ancestry, this is the event that you’ve been waiting for. The release of the Irish Catholic Parish Records. Online. With images. And indexed!

These records cover Irish history from the 1670s through until 1900, and contain 40 million names, from over 1000 parishes across all 32 counties of Ireland

There’s no doubt that this collection is the important resource for Irish ancestors prior to the 1901 census, and using them allows researchers to trace their roots back to Pre-Famine Ireland.

As a special offer Findmypast is giving users free access to their entire Irish collection of over 110 million records (including the new Irish Catholic Parish Records) from Tuesday 1st of March until Tuesday 8th March (note this is UK time).

FMP - Irish Catholic Records image

Their Press Release says the following …

Leading family history site, Findmypast, has announced today the online release of over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers as part of their ongoing commitment to making Irish family history easier and more accessible than ever before. Fully indexed for the first time, the registers form one of the most important record collections for Irish family history and are free to search forever.

Spanning over 200 years of Ireland’s history from 1671-1900, the Irish Catholic Parish Registers contain over 40 million names from over 1,000 parishes and cover 97% of the entire island of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

This is the first time that National Library of Ireland’s collection of Irish Catholic Registers has been fully indexed with images to the original documents linked online. The records can now be searched by name, year and place, allowing relatives and historians the opportunity to make all important links between generations with the baptism records and between families with the marriage registers.

The indexing of these important documents also allows researchers to witness the devastating effects of the Great Famine (1845-1852) first hand. Using the records to examine baptism rates in pre and post Famine Ireland has revealed that the number of children baptised across the whole of Ireland dropped by more 50% in the decade that followed. Across all 32 counties, 2,408,694 baptisms were recorded from 1835-1844, while 1,109,062 baptisms were recorded between 1851 and 1860, a difference of more than 1,299,000 baptisms.

The records also reveal the worst affected regions, with counties Limerick, Wexford, Roscommon and Kilkenny seeing the most dramatic drops in baptism rates.

To celebrate the release of this essential collection, Findmypast is also making its entire archive of over 110 million Irish records, the largest available anywhere online, FREE from 9am Tuesday 1st March to 9am on Tuesday 8th March. Findmypast is home to the most comprehensive online collection of Irish family history records with millions of exclusive records, published in partnership with The National Archives of Ireland, The National Archives UK, and a host of other local, county and national archives.

For more about these Irish Family History Records, be sure to have a read of this.

As with all free offers from these places, your will need to register if you don’t already have a subscription. Make the most of this opportunity to search for your Irish family.

Click to search the Irish Catholic Parish Records
http://www.findmypast.co.uk/irish-parish-records

Click to see all of the Irish records on Findmypast
http://search.findmypast.co.uk/historical-records?page=1&region=ireland

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Gould Genealogy’s Birthday Sale: USB Special Collections http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/gould-genealogys-birthday-sale-usb-special-collections/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/gould-genealogys-birthday-sale-usb-special-collections/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2016 07:28:04 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19134 It was just a few weeks ago that I mentioned that 2016 is Gould Genealogy & History’s 40th birthday year … and to celebrate throughout the year they’ll be holding some super birthday specials from time-to-time. Now I’d like to introduce you to the first one … “USB SPECIAL COLLECTIONS” We are giving you 20% […]

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Archive Digital Books Special Collections on USBIt was just a few weeks ago that I mentioned that 2016 is Gould Genealogy & History’s 40th birthday year … and to celebrate throughout the year they’ll be holding some super birthday specials from time-to-time.

Now I’d like to introduce you to the first one …

“USB SPECIAL COLLECTIONS”

We are giving you 20% off all 52 Special Collection products from Archive Digital Australasia until the end of March 2016.

 

ALL AUSTRALIA
All Australian Electoral Rolls 1893-1949 – normally $1200.00, on sale for $960.00
All Australian Government Gazettes Collection 1832-1945 – normally $1450.00, on sale for $1559.99
All Australian National and State Directories Collection – normally $2200.00, on sale for $1760.00
All Australian National Publications – normally $499.50, on sale for $399.60
All Australian Police Gazettes Collection – normally $1350.00, on sale for $1080.00
Australian and States Biographies Collection – normally $399.50, on sale for $319.59
Australian and States Military Collection – normally $299.50, on sale for $239.60
Australian and States Religious Publications Collection – normally $299.50, on sale for $239.60
Australian National Directories Collection – normally $149.50, on sale for $119.60
Australian National Handbooks Collection – normally $99.50, on sale for $79.60
Australian National Miscellaneous Publications – normally $449.50, on sale for $359.60
Genealogy Society Journals – several states – normally $299.50, on sale for $239.60

NEW SOUTH WALES
All New South Wales Publications Collection – normally $1450.00, on sale for $1159.99
New South Wales Electoral Rolls Collection 1903-1948 – normally $299.50, on sale for $239.60
New South Wales Government Gazettes 1832-1885 – normally $399.50, on sale for $319.59
New South Wales Miscellaneous Publications Collection – normally $199.50, on sale for $159.60
New South Wales Police Gazettes Collection 1862-1938 – normally $299.50, on sale for$239.60
New South Wales Post Office, Trade and Specialist Directories Collection – normally $399.50, on sale for $319.59

QUEENSLAND
All Queensland Publications Collection – normally $1950.00, on sale for $1560.00
Queensland Education Gazettes Collection 1899-1959 – normally $99.50, on sale for $79.60
Queensland Electoral Rolls Collection 1893-1943 – normally $399.50, on sale for $319.59
Queensland Government Gazettes Collection 1859-1918 – normally $399.50, on sale for $319.59
Queensland Miscellaneous Publications Collection – normally $349.50, on sale $279.60
Queensland Police Gazettes Collection 1864–1945 – normally $299.50, on sale for $239.60
Queensland Post Office, Trade and Specialist Directories Collection – normally $599.50, on sale for $479.60

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
All South Australian Publications – normally $1150.00, on sale for $920.00
South Australian Electoral Rolls Collection 1939-1943 – normally $119.50, on sale for $95.60
South Australian Government Gazettes 1841-1889, normally $199.50, on sale for $159.60
South Australian Miscellaneous Publications Collection – normally $299.50, on sale for $239.60
South Australian Police Gazettes Collection 1862-1947 – normally $299.50, on sale for  $239.60
South Australian Post Office, Trade and Specialist Directories Collection – normally $249.50, on sale for $199.61
Radio Call 1937-1956 (South Australian Radio Newspaper) – normally $99.50, on sale for $79.60

TASMANIA
All Tasmanian publications – normally $1100.00, on sale for $880.00
Tasmania Electoral Rolls Collection 1934-1949 – normally $119.50, on sale for $95.60
Tasmanian Government Gazettes Collection 1827-1945 – normally $249.50, on sale for $199.61
Tasmanian Miscellaneous Publications Collection – normally $119.50, on sale for $95.60
Tasmanian Police Gazettes Collection 1861-1933 – normally $299.50, on sale for $239.60
Tasmanian Post Office, Trade and Specialist Directories Collection – normally $399.50, on sale for $319.59

VICTORIA
All Victorian Publications Collection – normally $1550.00, on sale for $1240.00
Victorian Electoral Rolls Collection 1922-1946 – normally $249.50, on sale for $199.61
Victorian Government Gazettes Collection 1847-1907 – normally $349.50, on sale for $279.60
Victorian Miscellaneous Publications Collection – normally $249.50, on sale for $199.61
Victorian Police Gazettes Collection 1855-1924 – normally $299.50, on sale for $239.60
Victorian Post Office, Trade and Specialist Directories Collection – normally $549.50, on sale for $439.59

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
All Western Australian publications – normally $249.50, on sale for AU$199.60
Western Australian Electoral Rolls Collection 1934-1949 – normally $99.50, on sale for $79.60
Western Australian Miscellaneous Publications – normally $119.50, on sale for $95.60
Western Australian Post Office, Trade and Specialist Directories Collection – normally $69.50, on sale for $55.59

OTHER COUNTRIES
All British and European Publications – normally $299.50, on sale for $239.60
All New Zealand Publications Collection – normally $399.50, on sale for AU$319.60

GENERAL
Miscellaneous Publications – normally $99.50, on sale for $79.60

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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here, with getting ready for Unlock the Pasts 10th cruise, as well as releasing seven new Unlock the Past guide books in amongst that.

The seven new titles come from six different authors, and cover everything from Google, Protestant Nonconformity, Irish history, Norfolk Island, Scottish church records, migration to New Zealand, and the Genealogy Do-over. So truly something for everyone.

So let me tell you about the wonderful new titles that have just been released …

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UTP0288-2 Decade of Centenaries Researching IrelandA DECADE OF CENTENARIES: Researching Ireland 1912-1923
Author: Chris Paton
ISBN: 978125323436
Year: 2016
Item Code: UTP0288

Printed Book: paperback, 60 pages, $15.00 more information
Ebook: download, $9.95 more information

As the issue of Home Rule reared its head for a third time, its supporters and detractors raised militias to defend their positions, whilst women fought for the vote and labourers fought for better terms from their employers. The First World War would soon dramatically change everything, leading some to see England’s difficulty as Ireland’s opportunity. When an independent republic was proclaimed through force of arms at Easter 1916, the response would see a brutal guerilla war fought between the British forces the Irish republicans, a partitioned island, and a nation divided.

A century on, in this book from Unlock the Past, Northern Irish born family historian Chris Paton will help you to discover whether your ancestors were caught up in the events of that period – whether they were Suffragettes, unionised workers, Ulster or Irish Volunteers, fighting with the British Army and Crown forces, against them as rebels and revolutionaries, and in the ensuing civil war on both sides of the Treaty divide. With improved cataloguing by archives, and better access to the records, both online and offline, a new gateway has been opened into one of the island’s most tumultuous, tragic, exciting, and utterly desperate periods of the 20th century. In this book he will show you how to step through it

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UTP0341-2 Protestant nonconformity in EnglandDISCOVER PROTESTANT NONCONFORMITY IN ENGLAND AND WALES
Author: Paul Blake
ISBN: 9781925323474
Year: 2016
Item Code: UTP0341

Printed Book: paperback, 60 pages, $15.00 more information
Ebook: download, $9.95 more information

Not all our ancestors were Church of England, of even Catholic. A fair number, particularly after the start of the eighteenth century, joined other denominations such as Baptists, Congregationalists or Methodists. Although the State at various periods did its best to eradicate Catholicism and all forms of Protestant nonconformity, particularly during the late-sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, large numbers persisted in their thinking and were persecuted for their beliefs.

Therefore, it is quite usual, almost expected, for those researching their family in England and Wales to find it includes religious dissenters. Identifying these folk is not always straightforward: they may have continued to use the local parish church for their baptisms, marriages and burials; and may have belonged to congregations that kept few (if any) records. But there are often clues. Their beliefs, at variance to those of the Anglican Church, may have been short-lived or they may have lasted through many generations and perhaps still persist today.

As more and more records relating to protestant nonconformists become available online, the task in discovering more about them is becoming easier. And that trend is sure to continue

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UTP0281-2 Discover Scottish Church RecordsDISCOVER SCOTTISH CHURCH RECORDS (2nd edition)
Author: Chris Paton
ISBN: 9781925323351
Year: 2016
Item Code: UTP0281

Printed Book: paperback, 92 pages, $28.00 more information
Ebook: download, $9.95 more information

In this greatly expanded second edition of Chris Paton’s popular title, he explores the history and records of the various churches in Scotland prior to 1855, the year in which civil registration commenced within the country. He describes the theological changes imposed by the Reformation of 1560, the nature of the state’s battles with the Kirk, and the Kirk’s subsequent battles within itself. Most importantly, he also discusses the nature of the records generated by the various Scottish churches, how to interpret them, and above all else, how to find them.

Whether you are looking for tales of ministers carried into the air by Scotland’s fairy folk, the fire and thunder of John Knox, a detailed explanation of the online offerings of the ScotlandsPeople website, or the treasures waiting in the National Records of Scotland, this is the definitive research guide to help anyone with Caledonian connectio

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UTP0182-2 Google the Genealogists FriendGOOGLE: The Genealogist’s Friend
Author: Helen V. Smith
ISBN: 9781925323450
Year: 2016
Item Code: UTP0182

Printed Book: paperback, 52 pages, $15.00 more information
Ebook: download, $7.95 more information

Everyone knows Google as the most used search engine in the world, but for genealogists it can do so much more to further their family history research.

Finding an image of the ship on which your ancestor went to war, using Street view to walk the streets of your ancestral area, translating that document, finding that distant cousin who has the photos of family bible, mapping their migration path – these are just some of the ways you can use Google in your family history.

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UTP0441-2 Migration to New ZealandMIGRATION TO NEW ZEALAND: A Guide for Family History Researchers (2nd edition)
Author: Christine Clement
ISBN: 9781925323412
Year: 2016
Item Code: UTP0441

Printed Book: paperback, 68 pages, $15.00 more information
Ebook: download, $7.95 more information

Author, Christine Clement has often been asked how to find when an ancestor came to New Zealand. This set her off on an exploratory path a number of years ago putting together the different schemes, periods and times to find out just who the people were coming at the different time periods and why.

This booklet is designed to make readers think beyond the square to see what else was happening in the world that may have led people to New Zealand.

Australia and New Zealand’s history is linked as far back at 1788 and trans-Tasman migration began a little later with whalers and sealers, often with convict crew, from Sydney.

A shipping and migration bibliography and a list of basic New Zealand genealogical sources have been included for further reading, and this second edition has been updated to include all the latest resources.

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UTP0461-2 Researching Family History Norfolk IslandRESOURCES FOR RESEARCHING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY NORFOLK ISLAND 1788-1814
Author: Cathy Dunn
ISBN: 9781825323375
Year: 2016
Item Code: UTP0461

Printed Book: paperback, 28 pages, $11.50 more information
Ebook: download, $5.95 more information

Historian Cathy Dunn takes you on a journey back to the 1st Settlement of Norfolk Island 1788-1814 describing the archives and records that are available, where copies of the records are kept and what family historians can find online.

Discovering how your ancestors lived Norfolk Island does take one across a large variety of records. Cathy reviews the victualling books and musters; birth, death and marriages records; land grants and leases records; hospital records; diaries and journals; Sydney Gazette; Rev. Fulton BDMs; shipping records and musters as well as other records for family historians related to Norfolk Island 1788-1814.

It was not just convicts who went to Norfolk Island. There were also marines, members of the NSW Corps, free settlers, colonial offenders, aboriginal people and civil appointees.

There are very few known or surviving records for Norfolk Island for the period May 1796-December 1801. Also presented is a diverse bibliography for a complete range of references to Norfolk Island 1st Settlement research resources for family history research.

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UTP0426-2 Genealogy Do-Over WorkbookThe Genealogy Do-over Workbook
Author: Thomas MacEntee
ISBN: 9781925323399
Year: 2016
Item Code: UTP0426

Printed Book: paperback, 72 pages, $15.00 more information
Ebook: download, $9.95 more information

Back in December 2014, Thomas MacEntee made the big accouncement online saying that “Genealogy and I are parting ways. Done. Finished. Game over.”

While many people took that that to mean he was leaving the genealogy community or closing down his genealogy business, he then clarified what he menat by “leaving”. Starting in 2015 Thomas decided to set aside his 20+ years of genealogy research aside, and started over. From scratch.

If you think it’s time for a genealogy makeover, or better yet a Genealogy Do-over, this workbook will take you step by step though the process he followed with his own research throughout 2015.

 

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An Update on the Future of Family Tree Maker http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/family-tree-maker-an-update/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/family-tree-maker-an-update/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:12:53 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19149 A large portion of genealogy world has been wondering what is going to happen with Family Tree Maker ever since the recent annoucement that Ancestry had sold the program to the developers (Software MacKiev). To address this, genealogy blogger Tamura Jones has interviewed Jack Minsky, the president of Software MacKiev posed lots of those questions […]

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A large portion of genealogy world has been wondering what is going to happen with Family Tree Maker ever since the recent annoucement that Ancestry had sold the program to the developers (Software MacKiev).

To address this, genealogy blogger Tamura Jones has interviewed Jack Minsky, the president of Software MacKiev posed lots of those questions that everyone has been wanting to know like:
– Why did you buy New Family Tree Maker?
– Did you buy all the rights to all Family Tree Maker versions?
– Family Tree Maker Classic is still popular. Do you have any plans for it?
You can read the full inverview on Tamura’s blog.

Apart from that, Software MacKiev has a FAQ Family Tree Maker page which will address lots of your queries as well.

– When will Family Tree Maker start shipping again?
– I already have the latest version, what will it cost to upgrade?
– Where will Family Tree Maker be sold?
– What about TreeSync?
and many more.

Software MacKiev’s short-term plan is to have Family Tree Maker back on the market by March 1, and to get it into retail stores. However there is no word yet as to if Family Tree Maker will even be available in Australia. We will watch this, and keep you posted.

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On the Sea Again … http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/on-the-sea-again/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/on-the-sea-again/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:33:42 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19135 It’s that time of year again. Time for Unlock the Past’s next genealogy and history cruise. This one is their 10th and it takes cruisers from the top of New Zealand, down to the bottom of Australia and right over to Perth. A number of our staff (myself included) are heading over to New Zealand […]

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It’s that time of year again. Time for Unlock the Past’s next genealogy and history cruise. This one is their 10th and it takes cruisers from the top of New Zealand, down to the bottom of Australia and right over to Perth.

A number of our staff (myself included) are heading over to New Zealand for Unlock the Past’s 10th cruise onboard the Celebrity Solstice which leaves on Sunday and sails for 18 days. During that time we will get to listen to top-class speakers from around the world give a total of 72 presentations, as well as still have a little time to relax and sightsee.

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We will have Steve manning our shop every day (9am-4pm M-F), with Anthea in 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 10th 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 we have Judy G. Russell (The Legal Genealogist) from the US, Paul Blake from England who is a full-time genealogist, and Louis Kessler from Canada who the man behind GenSoftReviews and Behold genealogy software. New Zealander Jan Gow will make trip, and Aussie presenters who are on this cruise are Rosemary and Eric and Rosemary Kopittke, Helen Smith, Geoff and Marg Doherty, Diane Foster, So with a total of 40+ presentations, there’s going to be oodles to learn.

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 few geneabloggers on this cruise, so you may like to keep an eye on their blogs for posts about the cruise. Some might report during it, others afterwards.

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

If you’re interested in the idea of genealogy cruising, have a look at those that Unlock the Past still have coming up and are open for bookings http://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/cruises/
– 11th cruise – Barrier Reef
– 12th cruise – Rhine River
– 13th cruise – Papua New Guinea

 

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Thousands of New Victorian Records at PROV http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/thousands-new-victorian-records-prov/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/thousands-new-victorian-records-prov/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 01:53:39 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=18945 The Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV) released thousands of new records on 1 January 2016. This isn’t “brand new” news, but with the craziness of the holidays and so-on in January, you may have missed this big news. This is part of their “annual opening of offically closed records”, and there is no doubt […]

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PROV - 2016 new releases

The Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV) released thousands of new records on 1 January 2016. This isn’t “brand new” news, but with the craziness of the holidays and so-on in January, you may have missed this big news.

This is part of their “annual opening of offically closed records”, and there is no doubt that they will be valuable records for those researching their family history in Victoria. With dates ranging from the early 1900s through until the 1970s – with the greater being in the 1920s-1940s period, there are records that relate to criminals, court and trial records, divorces, education department, Victorian Railways, hospitals, asylums and nurses and a heap more.

Justine Heazlewood, the Director and Keeper of Public Records said …

“These newly opened records provide a snapshot into our history previously unseen. From 1915 Children’s Court and ward registers to 1940 asylum records, criminal trial briefs and capital case files – through these annual openings we can find out more about ourselves and our past,”

“We encourage Victorians to explore their past through our archives, whether that be tracing your family roots, researching your home or community, or simply discovering a particular time in Victoria’s history to better understand the present” .

So you can understand the privacy rules, and why some records have later dates than others:
– Records primarily concerning adults may be closed for 75 years from the year in which the records were created.
– Records concerning children as the primary subject of the record may be closed for 99 years from the year in which the records were created.
– Records such as staff records where the individuals concerned may still be in the workforce may be closed for a lesser period such as 30, 40, or 50 years as appropriate.

See below for a full list of opened records:
Criminal Trial Briefs, Office of Public Prosecutions, 1940 (Units 2871-2927)
Criminal Record Books, Supreme Court of Victoria, 1929-1940
Inward Registered Correspondence, Attorney-General’s Department, 1939-1940 (Units 18-34)
Divorce Case Files Melbourne, Supreme Court of Victoria, 1939-1940 (Units 302-319)
Secretary’s Inward Registered Correspondence, Victorian Railways, 1979-1983
Central Register of Male Prisoners, Penal & Gaols Branch, 1939-1940
Register of Names, Particulars and Personal Descriptions of Prisoners Received, Pentridge Gaol, 1939-1940 (Units 73-75)
Index to Register of Prisoners Received, Pentridge Gaol, 1937-1940
Divorce Case Files Ballarat, Ballarat Courts, 1940
Examination Registers (Technical Subjects), Education Department, 1970-1985
Capital Sentence Files, Governor, 1940
Children’s Court Register, Richmond Courts, Jan 1915-Feb 1916
Criminal Trial Brief Register II, Office of Public Prosecutions, 1940
Children’s Court Registers, Ballarat East Courts, July 1914-July 1916
Master Patient Index Cards, Alfred Hospital, 1938-1940 (Units 103-109)
Children’s Court Registers, Fitzroy Courts, July 1915-Feb 1916
Post Mortem Registers, Royal Park Mental Hospital, 1937-April 1940
Head Attendant’s Daily Report Books (Male Department), Kew Mental Hospital, Sept 1939-Oct 1940
Trial Leave Registers, Mont Park Mental Hospital, June 1920-Dec 1940
Asylum Records, St Helen’s/Pleasant View Licensed House, Feb 1938-June 1940
Head Nurses Daily Report Book (Female Wards), Kew Mental Hospital, Nov 1939-Nov 1940
Patient Clinical Notes, Kew Mental Hospital, 1939-1940
Bound Circulated Photographs and Criminal Offences of Convicted Persons, South Australia Police Department, Sept 1939-Dec 1940 (Units 40-42)
Register of Appeals to County Court Melbourne, Office of Public Prosecutions, 1936-1940
Discharge Register, Sunbury Mental Hospital, April 1937-Aug 1940
Nursing Report Books (Female Mental Hospital), Sunbury Mental Hospital, Sept 1939-Oct 1940
Historical Records Collection, Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works, May 1935-Jan 1940
Children’s Court Registers, Brighton Courts, Nov 1911-Oct 1916
Children’s Court Registers, Caulfield Courts, Nov 1912-Apr 1916
Presentments, Supreme Court of Victoria, 1939-1940 (Units 49-54)
Children’s Court Registers, Northcote Courts, July 1913-Feb 1916
Children’s Court Registers, Williamstown Courts, Dec 1913-May 1916
Children’s Court Registers, Wangaratta Courts, 1907-May 1916
Children’s Court Registers, Wahgunyah Courts, 1908-1916
General Correspondence Files, Public Transport Corporation, 1985-1987
Tramway Employees Record Cards, Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board, 1959-1960 (Units 62-68)
Correspondence Australian Railway Union, Victorian Railways, 1959-1960 (Units 5 & 6)
Accident Compensation Claim Register, Victorian Railways, 1959-1960
Education of Migrants Teacher Record Book, Education Department, 1952-1965
Technical Staffing Old Books, Education Department, 1920-1965
Board Minutes, Medical Board of Victoria, 1960-1965
Criminal Presentments and Final Orders, Court of General Sessions, Nov 1939-Nov 1940 (Units 4-7)

You can see PROVs full announcement of these new Victoria records, together with links to each on their website here.

 

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UTAS Offers a “Convicts Records” Course, Free and Online http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/utas-offers-convicts-records-course-free-online/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/utas-offers-convicts-records-course-free-online/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:47:35 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19106 Following on from the University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) Introduction to Family History and Writing your Family History online courses, they are now offering one relating to Convict Ancestors, and as with the other courses, this one is also online and free. Convict Ancestors will use the wealth of expertise in convict history at the University […]

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UTAS Convict Ancestors course

Following on from the University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) Introduction to Family History and Writing your Family History online courses, they are now offering one relating to Convict Ancestors, and as with the other courses, this one is also online and free.

Convict Ancestors will use the wealth of expertise in convict history at the University of Tasmania to walk students through Australia’s UNESCO-listed convict archive. It will include important information on how to read and interpret convict records as well as a host of tips for making sense of trial records and information gleaned from other judicial and penal series. This unit is a must for anyone interested in the nation’s convict past.

The Convict Ancestors  course is a six week unit that runs over an eight week period. It runs from Monday, 25th April until Friday, 17th June 2016, which includes a two week break from Monday, 16th May until Friday, 27th May.

On completion of the course you will be:
– Familiar with the wide range of historic records available to locate individual convicts transported to the Australian penal colonies and to trace their life course experiences.
– Able to read, transcribe, and understand key material presented within convict records.
– Able to situate the experiences of individual convicts within a relevant wider context and convey this information to a wider audience.

After completing Convict Ancestors, the opportunity exists to undertake further units within the Diploma of Family History.

For further information visit the UTAS website: http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/convict-ancestors

 

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Family Tree Maker and Another Bombshell Announcement http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/family-tree-maker-another-bombshell-announcement/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/family-tree-maker-another-bombshell-announcement/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:50:56 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19113 After Ancestry’s bombshell announcement back in December about dropping Family Tree Maker, we weren’t expecting any more big surprises from them …  but I was wrong. It seems that Ancestry didn’t “discontinue” Family Tree Maker afterall, but rather sold it to another company (the actual software writers of the program) who are going to continue […]

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FTM2014 all as a set #2After Ancestry’s bombshell announcement back in December about dropping Family Tree Maker, we weren’t expecting any more big surprises from them …  but I was wrong.

It seems that Ancestry didn’t “discontinue” Family Tree Maker afterall, but rather sold it to another company (the actual software writers of the program) who are going to continue with it. But apart from that Ancestry have come to an agreement with the makers of RootsMagic to allow them to add in the Ancestry sync functionality into their program. So users of Family Tree Maker and Ancestry will now have two options to explore with future versions.

The full press release is below …

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, we are pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev
Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.

RootsMagic
We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker, and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available.

Roots Magic explained what the news means to their users in their blog post.

For more information on Software MacKiev, visit their website:
Software MacKiev: http://www.mackiev.com/

And for more Family Tree Maker products click here, and RootsMagic products click here.

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“Introduction to Family History” with UTAS is on Again http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/introduction-to-family-history-with-utas-is-on-again/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/introduction-to-family-history-with-utas-is-on-again/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:01:11 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19098 Want to learn more about your family history? Study online without tuition fees? Well, enrolments are now open … so don’t delay! The University of Tasmania (UTAS) are doing it again. They are offering their hugely popular “Introduction to Family History” online course to everyone who;d like to start. And remember it is free. On completion of […]

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UTAS Introduction to Family HistoryWant to learn more about your family history? Study online without tuition fees? Well, enrolments are now open … so don’t delay!

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) are doing it again. They are offering their hugely popular “Introduction to Family History” online course to everyone who;d like to start. And remember it is free.

On completion of this course you will be able to:
– demonstrate knowledge and understanding of family history principle and planning
– locate and use major family history repositories and records
– critically evaluate sources for accuracy and reliability
– identify and discuss genealogical problems and develop plans for solving them
– present your genealogical work in a manner that is ethical, clearly written and referenced according to the unit guidelines

You don’t need to have any prior knowledge or experience in family history to do this course, and it runs from 22 February 2016 until 15 April 2016.

Further information (and enrolement) is available on the UTAS website: www.utas.edu.au/familyhistory

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