Genealogy & History News Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:51:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Two Million Derbyshire Records Added Online Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:51:09 +0000 map - DerbyshireFindmypast, one of the mega-players in online genealogy, continue with their Findmypast Fridays – the day they announce all the new records that they’ve added during the past week.

The topic today is Derbyshire. This county is in the East Midlands of England, and has a history that dates back thousands of years. Derbyshire is the latest county to get a huge update of records on Findmypast,

Last week Findmypast added on Derbyshire baptism, marriage and burial records – almost two million of them in fact. Covering the period from 1538-1910, if you have Derbyshire ancestry be sure to check these out. Note, they are transcriptions only, not images of the original records.

Derbyshire Baptism Index 1538-1910
The Derbyshire Baptism Index 1538-1910 contains over 692,000 records taken from Church of England Parish registers. Each record contains a transcript of original materials. The amount of information can vary but most records will list the individual’s name, date of baptism, parish and the names of their parents.

Derbyshire Marriage Index 1538-1910
The Derbyshire Marriage Index 1538-1910 contains over 775,000 records taken from Church of England Parish registers. Before Civil Registration began in 1837 key events in a person’s life were typically records by the Church rather than the State. Starting in the sixteenth century, parish records are some of the longest running records available. Among the records is the marriage of Erasmus Darwin to Elizabeth Pole in the parish of Radbourne on 6 March 1781. Both bride and groom are listed as widowed. Erasmus Darwin was the grandfather of Charles Darwin. Each record contains a transcript of original records. The amount of information can vary but records will usually list the couple’s names, the date of their wedding and the parish in which they were married.

Derbyshire Burials Index 1538-1910
The Derbyshire Burial Index 1538-1910 contains over 519,000 records. Derbyshire has been a site of human habitation since the Stone Age. During the Industrial Revolution, water mills made use of the fast flowing rivers and brought workers flooding to the county town of Derby. Derbyshire has been said to be the home of the Industrial Revolution and part of the Derwent Valley has been given World Heritage status in acknowledgement of this historic importance. The amount of information may vary but records will usually list the deceased’s name, birth year, burial year and burial place.

To view these records you will need a FIndmypast UK or World subscription.

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Historical Newspapers on Trove: What’s New and What’s Coming Soon Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:28:46 +0000 newspaper_pileUsers of Trove, the National Library of Australia’s website, are spoilt by the historical newspapers they provide. You simply won’t find the quantity and the and quality of what they offer matched elsewhere in the world. And what’s more, is that it is totally FREE!

With over 15 million pages scanned, coming from almost 900 newspapers, there’s no slowing down for the team historical newspapers department at the National Library of Australia. They are pleased to announce that the following newspapers have now been digitised by the National Library of Australia through the Australian Newspaper Plan program.

Good Neighbour (ACT: 1950-1969)

Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (Sydney, NSW: 1891-1954)
Sydney Mail (NSW: 1912-1938)
The Ulladulla and Milton Times (NSW: 1891-1917)
Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser (NSW: 1871-1912)
Man on the Land (Gosford, NSW: 1936-1938)
The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (NSW: 1906-1954)
The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List (NSW: 1844-1860)
Sydney Mail (NSW: 1860-1871)
Sydney General Trade List, Mercantile Chronicle and Advertiser (NSW: 1830)
The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW: 1898-1954)
Gosford Times and Gosford and Wollombi Express (NSW: 1892-1906)
Sydney General Trade List (NSW: 1828-1829)
Sydney General Trade List, and Mercantile Advertiser (NSW: 1829-1830)
Sydney General Trade List (NSW: 1834-1842)
Truth (Sydney, NSW: 1894-1954)
The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of NSW (Taree, NSW: 1898-1954)
The Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate (NSW: 1910-1954)
The Macleay Chronicle (Kempsey, NSW: 1899-1952)
Guyra Argus (NSW: 1902-1954)
The Uralla Times and District Advocate (NSW: 1915-1923)
The Henty Observer (NSW: 1914-1950)
The Uralla Times (NSW: 1923-1954)
The Tingha Advocate and North-Western Advocate (NSW: 1916-1932)
The Moree Examiner and General Advertiser (NSW: 1899)
The Observer (Henty, NSW: 1950-1954)
Bundarra and Tingha Advocate (NSW: 1900-1906)
The Inverell Argus (NSW: 1899-1904)
North West Champion (Moree, NSW: 1915-1954)
Justice (Narrabri, NSW: 1891)
The Gwydir Examiner and Moree General Advertiser (NSW: 1898-1899)
Glen Innes Examiner (NSW: 1908-1954)
Glen Innes Examiner and General Advertiser (NSW: 1907-1908)


Now if you thought the list above was impressive, just check out the “coming soon” list below, which they say should be done by June 2015. That just looks like fun for everyone!!

These titles have been funded for digitisation by various contributors, each of which are indicated in square brackets after the title name. Those without brackets are by the “National Library of Australia and selected by Australian Newspaper Plan Libraries”.

Canberra Annual (1934, 1935,1940)
Canberra News (1939-1940)

The Armidale Chronicle (1872-1929 with gaps); [State Library of New South Wales]
Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser (1857; 1875-1876; 1878-1880; 1903; 1912-1929); [State Library of New South Wales]
The Armidale Express (NSW) (1929-1954); [State Library of New South Wales]
Australian Communist (1920-1921)
The Biz (Fairfield, NSW) (1955-1972); [Holroyd City Council]
The Blackheath Beacon (14 Nov 1930-27 Mar 1931); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Blackheath Bulletin (8 Aug 1929; 13 Nov 1930-5 Feb 1931); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Blue Mountains Advertiser (19 Jan 1940; 1 Mar 1940; 13 July 1941-31 Dec 1947; July 1948-Dec 1954); [Blue Mountains City Council]
Blue Mountains Gazette (9 Jan 1903-30 Dec 1904); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Blue Mountains Star (5 Jan 1929-7 Feb 1931); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Blue Mountains Times (16 Oct 1931-16 Feb 1934; 13 Mar 1936 – Nov 1937); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Catholic Record of the Blue Mountain (Aug 1921-Jul 1923, Feb 1924); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Chaser (1999-2005) [Chaser Publishing Pty Ltd]
The Chronicle (15 Aug 1929-10 Oct 1929); [Blue Mountains City Council]
Coffs Harbour Advocate (1907-1942, 1946-1954); [State Library of New South Wales]
Communist (1921-1923)
Daily Examiner (1915-1954); [State Library of New South Wales]
Dispatch (Dubbo) (1932-1933) [State Library of New South Wales Digital Excellence Program]
The Enterprise (Sept 1913); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Hospital Saturday News (19 Apr 1930); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Independent (14 May 1930-5 Mar 1931); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Inverell Times (1899-1954); [State Library of New South Wales]
The Irish Citizen (Sydney) (1872)
The Katoomba Daily (1920-1931, 2 Feb 1932-9 May 1939); [Blue Mountains City Council]
Katoomba City News (24 May 1924); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Katoomba Times (1889-1894); [Blue Mountains City Council]
Manilla Express (1899-1954); [State Library of New South Wales]
The Mountain Daily (26 July 1919, 7 Feb 1920); [Blue Mountains City Council]
The Mountaineer (1894-1908); [Blue Mountains City Council]
Record of the Blue Mountains (1924); [Blue Mountains City Council]
Society (29 Jan 1887)
The Sydney Mail (1932)
Tribune (1939-1954)
Tweed Daily (1914-1949); [State Library of New South Wales]
The Uralla News (1904-1907); [State Library of New South Wales]
The Walcha News (1932-1935); [Walcha Council]
The Walcha News and Southern New England Advocate (1904-1907); [Walcha Council]
The Walcha Witness (1895-1906); [Walcha Council]
The West Wyalong Advocate (1928-1954); [State Library of New South Wales]
Workers’ Weekly (1923-1939)

The Bowen Independent (1911-1954)
The Bundaberg Daily News & Mail (1925-1940)
Daily Record (Rockhampton) (Jan-Dec 1897, Apr-Dec 1898)
Daily Standard (Brisbane) (Dec 1912-Jul 1936)
Darling Downs Gazette and Toowoomba Telegraph (Oct 1894-Jan 1895)
The Evening News (Rockhampton) (1924-1941)
Herbert River Express (Ingham) (various issues from 1910-1954)
North Queensland Register (Townsville) (various issues from 1913-1954)
Pittsworth Sentinel (1919-1954)
The South Coast Bulletin (Southport, Qld) (1940-1949); [Gold Coast City Council]
Truth (Brisbane) (1900-1954)
Townsville Evening Star (various issues from 1889-1940)
Truth (Brisbane) (1900-1954)
Week (Brisbane) (1896-1934 with gaps)

Adelaide Chronicle and South Australian Advertiser (1839-1840)
Adelaide Chronicle and South Australian Literary Record (1840-1842)
Evening Journal (1869-1912)
The Gadfly (Adelaide, SA) (1906-1909)
Journal (1912-1923)
The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA) (1907-1951); [State Library of South Australia]
The Laura Standard (1889-1917); [State Library of South Australia]
Laura Standard and Crystal Brook Courier (1917-1927); [State Library of South Australia]
Laura Standard and Crystal Brook Courier (1927-1948)
The Millicent Times (1891-1905)
Pinnaroo and Border Times (1911-1954)
Pinnaroo and County News (Lameroo, SA) (1908-1922)
Pioneer (1898 – 1954)
Port Adelaide News (1878-1883)
Port Augusta Dispatch (1877-1880, 1884)
The Port Augusta Dispatch and Flinders’ Advertiser (1880-1884)
Port Augusta Dispatch, Newcastle and Flinders Chronicle (1885-1916)
The Port Pirie Standard and Barrier Advertiser (1889-1898)
Saturday Journal (1923-1929)
South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal (1847-1852)
South Eastern Times (1906-1954)
Wyalla News (1940-1954)

Advertiser (Hobart) (1862- 1865)
The Britannia and Trades’ Advocate (1846-1851)
The Colonist (1888-1891)
The Colonist and Van Diemen’s Land Commercial Agricultural Advertiser (1832-1834)
The North West Post (1887-1916)
The Tasmanian (1871-1879; 1881-1895)
The Tasmanian Daily News (1855-1858)
The Tasmanian Tribune (1872-1876)
Tribune (Hobart) (1876-1879)
The True Colonist Van Diemen’s Land Political Despatch, and Agricultural and Commercial Advertiser (1834-1844)
World (Hobart) (1918-1924)

Avoca Mail (1863-1868); [Avoca & District Historical Society]
The Avoca Mail (1869-1900)
Ballarat Star (1870-1913; 1919-1924)
Banner (19 Aug 1853-22 Sep 1854); [State Library of Victoria in collaboration with the Sidney Myer Fund]
Bell’s Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle (1857-1868)
The Church of England Messenger (1870-1876)
The Church of England Messenger and Ecclesiastical Gazette for the Diocese of Melbourne and Ballarat (1876-1889)
The Church of England Messenger for the Diocese of Melbourne (1869-1869)
The Church of England Messenger for Victoria and Ecclesiastical Gazette for the Diocese of Melbourne (1889-1905)
Countryman (1924-1929)
Dandenong Journal (1927-1954)
Farmers’ Advocate : Official Organ of the Victorian Farmers Union (1917-1924)
Farmers’ Journal and Gardeners’ Chronicle (11 Jan 1862-23 Sep 1864); [State Library of Victoria in collaboration with the Sidney Myer Fund]
Illustrated Australian Mail (1861-1862)
The Labor Call (1906)
The Leader: a weekly journal of news, politics, agriculture, literature, science and sport (1862-1913)
Maritime Worker (1938-1954)
The Melbourne Advertiser (1838)
The Melbourne Daily News (1848-1851)
The Melbourne Daily News and Port Phillip Patriot (1848)
The Melbourne Leader: a weekly journal of news, politics and literature (1861-1862)
Melbourne Punch (Dec 10 1925)
The Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser (Melbourne) (1845-1848)
The Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (1839-1842)
Seamen’s Strike Bulletin (Aug 1919)
The Snow River Mail and Tambo and Croajingalong Gazette (1890-1911)
Sporting Globe (1922-1954)
Table Talk (1885-1939)
The Tocsin (1897-1906)
Victorian Farmers’ Journal and Gardeners’ Chronicle (7 Jul 1860-4 Jan 1862); [State Library of Victoria in collaboration with the Sidney Myer Fund]
Williamstown Trade Circular* (2 June 1855; 19 Jan 1856); [State Library of Victoria in collaboration with Public Libraries Victoria Network]

The All British (1916); [Friends of the Battye Library]
Beverly Times (1905-1977)
Black Range Courier and Sandstone Observer (1907-1915)
Collie Mail (1914-1918); [Friends of the Battye Library]
Eastern Recorder (1914-1918); [Friends of the Battye Library]
Evening Star (1898-1921)
Harvey Chronicle (1915-1916); [Friends of the Battye Library]
Labor Vanguard (1911; 1916); [Friends of the Battye Library]
Laverton Mercury (1899-1919)
Meekatharra Miner (1909-1918)
Moora Herald and Midlands District Advocate (1914-1930)
Nor-West Echo (1914-1918); [Friends of the Battye Library]
Southern Argus and Wagin-Arthur Express (1905-1924)
Southern Cross Times (1900-1940)
Sparks Fortnightly (1916-1919); [Friends of the Battye Library]
Swan Express (1900-1954)
The Truth (1903-1931)

*Both of these issues predate the earliest issue (6 Sept 1856) digitised on Trove. This is significant because the Williamstown Trade Circular, which later became the Williamstown Chronicle, was the first suburban newspaper in Melbourne.


If any individual or organisation, is interested in funding a newspaper for digitisation click here for more details.


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Congress 2015: Some New Faces Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:37:48 +0000 logo - Congress 2015

It’s been almost three weeks since Congress 2015 in Canberra, and life at work is starting to return to some kind of normality after the chaos we had before, and after it.

But before letting it pass us by, I wanted to tell you about some of the new faces, or should I say, the “new-to-me faces (businesses)” that I met while at Congress.

As I largely hung out in the exhibition hall during Congress, some of the “quiet times” (ie. when the talks were on), was when I went and met some of the other exhibitors. So let me introduce you to some of them …

I will say that most of the little bio’s below are taken from the Congress booklet, as they are so nice and concise. A couple of them I’ve added my own words on the end.

Everyone has a story – we make books that tell your unique story. Compile all your family history, treasured memories and important pictures into a format that’s beautiful, easy to share and will be treasured by generations. At Anthologie we offer story consultation, professional editing and scanning of photos and documents, publishing and lots of helpful advice along the way. Tell your story today.

Endangered Heritage has a fully equipped laboratory to enable the conservation of artwork, artefacts and significant heritage items. We ensure the delivery of preservation services to the National Heritage institutions, private collectors and individuals. Endangered Heritage stocks a wide range of archival and conservation products that individuals can use at home to ensure the safety and life of valuable and sentimental items for the next generation.

Endangered Heritage

Endangered Heritage

Finders Cafe, creators of a new era in history discovery. Imagine a place where people, from around the globe, can discover long lost treasures. A place where out history comes alive with validated stories of the past. Introducing an exciting and innovative way to discover and preserve history. Finders Cafe is a place to upload photos of your treasured items and tag them, which then allows others out there to find them.

Finders Cafe

Finders Cafe

While you will all have heard of Gould Genealogy & History, you may not have heard of Genealogy Ebooks, which is the ebooks division of Gould Genealogy. And as they (meaning us) were an exhibitor at Congress for the first time, they deserve a mention. Listing over 50 Unlock the Past guide books, and 120 Archive Digital Books Australia titles as ebooks, the number of downloads available on their site keeps growing.

Preservation Australia is a specialised business that offers service in the conservation of archival material (documents, letters etc), artwork on paper, maps and plans, books, and photographs. We also run an extensive range of workshops in conservation practices. We offer a full range of archival products.

Preservation Australia

Preservation Australia

ReplayU, where genealogy comes alive. Capturing your story with you speaking directly to generations to come. This company records your hisory in your words. Using a series of pre-designed prompt questions (which you can choose to use if you wish), simply video yourself answering the question/s, then upload it to the ReplayU website.

ReplayU (with Cassie from Inside History Magazine)

ReplayU (with Cassie from Inside History Magazine)

All up there were 30 exhibitors at Congress 2015. So as you can see those listed above are only a few of them. I’m not ignoring the others, simply just highlighting the new ones for this post. If you wish to see all who were at Congress, you can find them listed here.

As you’ll see the links for each are above if you want to check them out further. But it’s nice to see some new faces in the Australian genealogy scene.

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“Dig the Archives” at the Victorian Archives Centre Open Day Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:04:15 +0000 Dig the Archives PROV

The Victorian Archives Centre which houses both the National Archives of Australia and the Public Record Office Victoria are holding an open day and are opening their doors to you.

For those in Victoria, I suggest you diary date the 2nd of May, and come along to “Dig the Archives”. This not only gives you a tour of their massive collection of almost 100km of archives, but you also get to listen to historians amazing discoveries and start your own family or Victorian research journey.

Guest speakers include journalist and author Gideon Haigh,’s Ben Mercer, author and historian Liz Rushen, and more.

For more information on the talks, workshops, tour times, and to book your spot, head to for more details.

Event: Dig the Archives
When: 2 May 2015, 10.00am to 4.30pm
Where: Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne
Parking: Free public parking off Macaulay Road
Cost: FREE

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How to Download a GEDCOM File from Ancestry Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:44:33 +0000 Download glossy buttonThere’s no doubt that many people when starting their family history, head to Ancestry. And in doing so, start creating their family tree online.

While many are happy to have their tree there, others seem to want to change and choose to have a physical genealogy program. One they can install on their own computer. One that isn’t necessarily connected to the internet.

This is where several questions arise …

Q1. What will happen to all my data on Ancestry? This stays online (unless you choose to delete it of course), but depending on what privacy settings and subscription you have, as to who (including yourself) can view and access it.

Q2. Do I have to start again from scratch? No. Not at all.

Q3. Then how do I get my data from online to another genealogy program? Putting it simply you need to export your Ancestry file. This will save as a GEDCOM file, which can then be read into any other genealogy program.

Q4. So how do I do this GEDCOM export? Well, read below …

The first thing before even attempting to export your tree, is that the tree has to be “yours”. You have to be the “owner” of the Ancestry tree to even be able to create a GEDCOM file. Others may have invited you to their trees, but as you are not the “owner” of them you can’t create a GEDCOM file from them.

So here’s the steps you need to do to create a GEDCOM …

  1. Firstly move your mouse over “Family Trees” in the “Navigation bar “at the top of the page and select the tree you would like to download, as you may have several.
  2. Click the “Tree Pages” link which is located directly below the navigation bar and to the right of the family tree name. Select “Tree Settings.” Note: You can also make other changes under Tree Settings, such as changing who you’ve shared your tree with and whether it’s a public or private tree. Click here for more information on how to manage your tree.
  3. Click the Green button on the right labeled Export tree.
  4. The tree will be generated as a GEDCOM file.
  5. When the GEDCOM file has finished generating, a green button labeled Download your GEDCOM file will appear. Click on this button to save the file to your computer.

Note: You may need to right click (Control + click on a Mac) on the Download your GEDCOM file button, and select Save target as… from the menu that appears.

Once your tree has been downloaded you can either save it directly to your computer’s hard drive, or make a copy of the file by saving it to an external disc or flash drive.

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The Trans-Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge is on Again! Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:49:37 +0000 anzac poppies AWM 2

Anzac Day, April 25th, is the day that is a national day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars.

Over the past four years geneabloggers with Australian and Zealand military ancestors have embraced the Auckland Libraries’ Trans-Tasman Anzac Day Blog Challenge. Participants have recorded some amazing stories of those who fought, and often died for threir country, with others writing about their families back home. This is the fifth year that Auckland Libraries and the Kintalk blog have issued this Anzac Blog Challenge.

So do you have a story to share about an Anzac?

The stories that Auckland Libraries would to hear about could be about their service, or the way their sacrifice shaped or impacted on their family history. Or maybe you’d like to blog from the perspective of those that were left behind? Your story doesn’t have to involve a serviceperson who lost their lives – during times of war, families had all sorts of experiences.

Maybe you have written about your Anzac before, and have more research to add to the story?

To participate …
– See if your service person is included in the Our Boys website, and if they are, you can create a free account and add your story OR
– Write a blog post about an serviceman or woman and/or their family, and the impact war had on their family’s story OR
– Post a comment with the URL to your blog in the comments section of Auckland Libraries post here

anzac poppiesIf you don’t have a blog …
No problem, if you write up your story, you can email if to Auckland Libraries at and they will share it for you

Important date …
You need to publish your post by 26 April 2015. After Anzac Day, all submissions will be listed in a summary posting on Auckland Libraries’ Kintalk blog.

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5000 and Still Counting … Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:35:04 +0000 logo-facebook-genealogy

Did you know that there are now over 5000 genealogy and history related groups or pages on Facebook? Yes, there is … truly! So if you are into genealogy and simply use Facebook just to keep up to date with who’s doing what, and the latest pictures your friends post, you’re using it all wrong!

Facebook really has become a major research tool in genealogy, with societies, archives, regional research groups, surname groups, and people who share local history knowledge are on Facebook.

It has become a haven (or should I say heaven) for genealogists … but the question I keep being asked is “How do I find what’s there” followed by “What’s relevant to me”?

Well here’s how you can find them …

One way to find Facebook groups or pages is to simply type keywords in the search bar up the top (names or places usually with the words “genealogy” or  “family history” as well) and see what comes up, however Katherine Willson has done the hard work for you, as she has been compiling a list of (English speaking) history and genealogy related pages and groups on Facebook.

Adding to this list every month, she has just done her update for April 2015, and this list now comprises of over 5000 entries (5056 to be exact), and has reached 144 pages. With new pages and groups found, and new ones starting up, this list just keeps growing.

Katherine not only does this for her own use, but she kindly offers this list everyone to download and use for free. You can find the link to download this list on her website:

If you know of genealogy or history groups or pages on Facebook that are yet not listed, please let me know, and I can pass them on to Katherine. Or you can write to her directly, her contact details are here.

Related Posts:
Keeping Up with Genealogy Happenings Using Social Media

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Major Update for the Biographical Database of Australia Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:00:55 +0000 logo - Biographical Database of Australia

In October 2013 I introduced you to the Biographical Database of Australia (aka the BDA). This is a website that “is a new research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts and indexes of many original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in or were born in Australia, starting from the earliest times.”

Now the big news from the BDA team, its that they have recently added on another 400,000 records to their website, taking the total to 900,000 online. While this is it not large in relation to the big-name-genealogy-data-companies, this website contains quality records, much of which you won’t find on those other sites.

For $30, you can subscribe to the Biographical Database of Australia for a year, and have access to nearly a million records. These include 160,000 NSW Colonial Secretary records 1788-1825, many early colonial Catholic and Protestant parish registers and Christian and Jewish memorial inscriptions for colonial Sydney, military lists, transcribed for the first time, all otherwise only accessible in scrawled manuscripts on microfilm.

This recent addition of twenty new datasets (as listed below) contain new records from all states, has been transcribed by a team of volunteers and BDA staff from manuscript and published sources, including 15,000+ full text mini-biographies published 1879-1905 of middle class professionals, farmers and small businessmen in town and rural communities in all states (nearly 10,000 of them in Victoria) as well as of well-known historical figures.

For this new release thousands of burial records have been linked to census, muster, shipping and convict records. BDA includes the full content of parish register entries, including names of marriage witnesses and many previously unindexed early Catholic and Protestant parish records.

Also included are a further 7,000 colonial biographies from all states contributed by descendants to the Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record (ABGR), all checked and edited, 2000+ brief biographies of Australian and NZ clergy in 1878 and biographical summaries for ,440+ people embarked on the First Fleet in 1787.

New transcripts of original sources include Commissariat ration records (1812-1822) for 1400 people in the Windsor/Hawkesbury district (NSW) listing the military as well as free people and convicts, lists of free passengers arriving and departing NSW 1788-1825, NSW inquests, convict pardons, convict wives, tickets of leave, indents and a remarkable collection of more than 5,000 transcribed epitaphs and licences to bury (Catholic, Protestant and Jewish) for the former Sydney Burial Ground in Devonshire Street, Sydney (1819-1888) as well as details of burials and family members who paid for removal of remains and memorials when the cemetery was dismantled in 1901.

– Convict ticket of Leave Index 1810-1848 (NSW)
– 73rd Regiment Pay Lists & Casualty Rolls 1810-1816 (NSW/TAS/NI)
– Colonial Secretary’s Papers Index 1788-1825 (NSW/TAS/NI)
– First Fleet Appendix 10 (full list of First Fleeters updated by Michael Flynn) (NSW/TAS/NI)
– ABGR Series 1 – Full text biogs + full index 1788-1841 (All states)
– ABGR Series 2 – Full text biogs + full index 1842-1899 (All states)
– ABGR – BDFs Index – 1788-1930s (All states)
– Australian Dictionary of Dates 1542-1879 (Heaton) (All states)
– Clergy List 1878 (Heaton) (All states + NZ, all religions)
– Cyclopedia of Victoria 1903 (Vic)
– Cyclopedia of Tasmania 1900 (Tas)
– Dictionary of Australasian Biography 1892 (Mennell) (All states)
– Victoria and its Metropolis (pub. 1888) (Vic)
– Coroners Inquests NSW 1796-1824 (NSW)
– Convicts’ wives applying to join husbands 1822 (NSW)
– Windsor NSW Ration Book 1812-1818 (Hawkesbury District NSW)
– Convict Pardons 1810-1819 (NSW)
– Convict Indents 1831 & 1833 (1829, 1832 coming soon) (NSW)
– Passengers Arriving & Departing Sydney 1788-1826 (NSW)
– Sydney Burial Ground 1819-1901 (Elizabeth & Devonshire Streets)
– Sydney Burial Ground, Monumental Inscriptions transcribed at Bunnerong in 1969
– Sydney Burial Ground, Licences to Bury issued 1866-1888
– Sydney Burial Ground, Re-interment Register compiled in 1901 (NSW)

If you are looking for a new resource to check (or re-check), be sure to visit


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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – March 2015 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:48:14 +0000 Inspiring Blogs 300Welcome to April … I know, no-one can believe that it is actually APRIL already.

I had a wonderful March reading LOTS of fabulous blog posts, and so we have a super-duper bumper bunch for you this month.

In this March list of Inspiring Genealogy Blog posts we have several that cover the topic of copyright, several on organisation, manners, how to search, what you need to do other than simply digitising your collection, collections at archives, how history is boring to the young generation and how to change that, breaking the stereotype … and a whole heap more!

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.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat …
Jill Ball’s post on the Worldwide Genealogy blog made it into the list, because she writes about how there is “no one right way to do genealogy”. But as part of that, this also applies to the various stages of the research process, and the tools used to facilitate and record your research. Read the full article …

How to Organize Your Genealogical Digital Files
The We Are Cousins blog has been writing a series of posts to do with “Going Digital With Genealogy”, and this one about organisation, is the ninth in this series. Organising digital files is something that I believe almost everyone needs help with. On your computer you end up with text files, PDFs, scans, photos, you own camera photos, as well as those from your smartphone … so how do you find what you need … quickly? Read the full article …

Are Genealogists Wired Differently?
This is a post I discovered through social media, and doesn’t the title grab you? I know many wouldn’t hesitate in saying yes, I mean, afterall we do like searching for the dead. However Melody believes we are, but for a different reason. Read the full article …

Copyright and the Photo Negatives
Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist get some wonderful questions from her readers, which she answers, and in the process informs others about things they’ve never thought of. Such as this one “Reader Phyllis McLaughlin is a collector of old photographs and is struggling to balance her desire to use the photos she buys with the mandates of copyright law.” Read the full article …

Asking for Help the Right Way
When we are young, we are taught that there is a right way, and a wrong way to ask for something. And the same goes for genealogy as well. With social media and mobile devices, it seems that some have lost their manners. Barb totally nails it with this post. Read the full article …

The Status of Genealogical Searching
Think about this, a race car drive by a race car goes the way it should because he knows how to drive it to its best ability. But a race driven by anyone else, just wouldn’t perform the same. The same goes for genealogy database websites. To get the most out of them, you have to understand how the work! Read the full article ..

Dare I Do It
Recently Jill Ball hosted a Hangout on Air on the topic of ogranisation and how we handle our “filing/piling” system. Pauleen has had a look over her filing (paper files and digital files) and sees what works and what doesn’t, and what works for her. Read the full article …

Every Last Scrap of Information
Once again Judy Russell’s blog makes it into my “inspiring” list. We know about extracting EVERYTHING off of a document (whether we do it is another question, but we know we should). But rather than write about that as you would expect from the title, Judy writes about local histories (or as she calls them “vanity books”). She reminds us not to dismiss these books, because they can contain the most amazing bits of information, as she found with her own research. Read the full article …

Are we Wrong About Preserving Old Photos?
We all know about the importance of scanning old photographs to ‘preserve them for the future’, but is that enough? Marian has some great points as to why scanning alone is not enough. Read the full article …

Protecting Your Donated Collections
Michael from Mocavo writes this post which covers the all-important question “how to ensure your materials are preserved, and protecting your donated collections”. Trust me, it’s well worth a read. Read the full article …

Digital Preservation, or Why I Worry About Evernote
There’s no doubt that there’s a lot of talk about digitizing your collection/s, as well as people talking about how good Evernote is in helping you file and organise everything. Yvette Hoitink writes a fabulous article on the Worldwide Genealogy blog. It’s interesting to hear her suggestions, particularly as she’s worked in archives. Read the full article ….  

The Case of the Missing Bible Collection
Items get donated to archives to make sure they are preserved … right? Linda from the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog, writes about a collection of family bibles in an archives. Which incles ones relating to her family. But what happens when an archives closes? Where do the items go? Where has this fabulous collection of family bibles gone? Read the full article …

Has Ancestry Dot Com Made Us Lazy As Researchers?
Do you like to follow the shaky leaves, or the search hints? Obviously some do, but not everyone does. They’re like me and enjoy playing detective by yourself. But the way the big-name-companies are going about things, they don’t give users a choice. Christine voices what I have been thinking for some time now. Read the full article …

Genealogy: What’s the Point?
Have you had anyone (family or otherwise) say “Genealogy, what’s the point?” to you. I’m sure most of you have. Kris from the Key to Your Tree blog, nails it with the answer “EVERYTHING”. Read the full article …

Breaking the Stereotype
When most people think of genealogy, they tend to think of an older demographic or those who have ample time on their hands to conduct family history research. Crestleaf recently interviewed D. Joshua Taylor, host of Genealogy Roadshow who is most certainly changing traditional genealogy “stereotype”. Read the full article …

6 Genealogy Sources You May Have Overlooked
Judy Webster gives readers more fabulous tips with a bunch of sources that you may have overlooked. So if your ancestor has vanished, and you think you’ve looked “everywhere’’, these might give you new avenues to look. Read the full article …

Objectify Email to Get a Grip on It
This post is actually nothing to do with genealogy, but rather a good read for those who struggle with their inbox. If you find it a constant struggle to cope with the daily emails, this will give you tips on how to tame the inbox. Read the full article …

What’s Wrong With Genealogy
I’m a fan of The Ancestor Hunt’s posts. Kenneth Marks comes up with such interesting topics, and this is yet another one. It’s an interesting question (or two) that he asks – and answers. I totally agree with him, but you can make up your own mind. Read the full article …

Seven Reasons Historians are Failing to Inspire the Next Generation
Some would say that the interest in history (particularly military history) has never been greater, however well known in military historian, Scott Addington has come up with some very valid points as to why not everyone is getting into history. Read the full article …

Copyright and family history: A Personal Perspective
Mark writes a very thought-provoking article in which he talks about writing an article, and wanting to include a bunch of family items. But then he realized he didn’t know if he could use them, as they could well be under copyright law. He then mentions the Orphan Works Licence which you can apply for (at least those in the UK can anyway). Once again, good stuff to know. Read the full article …

Happy reading 😉

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Highlight: History of South Australia: Foundation to Jubilee Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:24:34 +0000 AU5027-2 History of South AustraliaTitle: History of South Australia: From its Foundation to the Year of its Jubilee
Author: Edwin Hodder
Media: 1 CD (2 vols, 812 pages)
Year: (1893) 2007
ISBN: 9781920978556
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Price: AUD$27.50
Link to website

It was a lifelong wish of George Fife Angas’ (one of the founders of South Australia), that a history be written about his adopted homeland, South Australia. Sadly having died in 1879 he never saw that dream fulfilled, as it wasn’t until 1893 when Edwin Hodder wrote his book “The History of South Australia From its Foundation to the Year of its Jubilee with A Chronological Summary of all the Principal Events of Interest up to Date”. This two volume set containing over 800 pages, is primarily based on the papers of George Fife Angas.

Divided into sixteen chapters, the topics covered by this book include: early explorations; attempts to found a colony; the pioneer settlers; administrations of  Captain Hindmarsh, Colonel Gawler, Captain George Grey, Major Robe, Sir Henry Edward Fox Young, Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell, Sir Dominick Daly, Lieutenant-Colonel Hamley, Sir James Fergusson, Sir Anthony Musgrave, General Sir William F.D. Jervois and Sir William C.F. Robinson.

A special feature of this book is the ‘Chronological Summary of Events’. Events included have been chosen as they appear to ‘mark progressive stages in the development of the colony’. Starting with 28 December 1836 with the arrival of Governor Hindmarsh, and concluding on 7 November 1892 with Sir John Morphett’s death. This section alone is over 220 pages, and covers a whole range of topics, which include many appointments and deaths. It is guaranteed you’ll learn new facts about South Australia after reading this!

A few sample entries are below [but have been condensed for this extract]:

  • Oct 1837, arrival of the first Congregational minister
  • May 1838, first execution, the gallows was a tree on the parklands
  • Sep 1844, arrival of 200 German emigrants
  • Jun 1845, discovery of the Burra Burra mine
  • Jul 1847, £160,000 assigned for immigration purposes from England, at the rate of one per month
  • Jul 1848, four of the five bushrangers who escaped from Van Diemen’s Land apprehended on Kangaroo Island
  • Jan 1850, ‘Register’ issued as a daily newspaper
  • Nov 1855, first electric telegraph operational between the City and the Port
  • Feb 1861, £500 collected and sent to the sufferers in the great Indian famine
  • Dec 1871, thermometer 180F in the shade and 153F in the sun
  • Jan 1871, great damage done to the southern portion of the overland telegraph from extraordinarily high floods

The three images below are pages from the chronology, right click on each for a larger view.

sample page 147
sample page 147
sample page 187
sample page 187
sample page 193

sample page 193






For anyone who wants to know the history of South Australia, together with details of the people who made it happen, as well as oodles of anecdotal history – this is one to add to your collection.

This set of books has been digitised by Archive Digital Books Australasia, and is now available on CD-ROM.

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21 Things To Do On “Genealogy Day” 2015 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 02:15:04 +0000 genealogy-day

Did you know that there was such a thing as an official “Genealogy Day“? No? Well I did introduce it to our readers last year after I happened to come across it. But to be honest I’d forgotten about it. But I was looking over my old blog posts today, and noticed it.

Anyway, talk about amazing timing … Genealogy Day is held on the second Saturday of March, which is tomorrow, 14th March 2015!

Don’t believe me? Well, here you go …

Established in 1997 as part of Celebrate Your Name Week, Genealogy Day was created to inspire an interest on one’s family history.

Activities you could partake in for Genealogy Day range from a simple family tree, which is a great activity for children, to starting your own research for a larger project. A great starting point for genealogy is interviewing family and family friends, and making notes, then going from there. You’ll be amazed how quickly things can start to fall into place. If you want to try an activity with children, draw a tree and have them write the names of their family onto the braches and leaves, along with pictures.

It is no secret that genealogy or family history, is one of the fastest growing hobbies around. Everyone knows someone who’s doing it, if they aren’t themselves. It has finally become an accepted hobby, so it is nice to see it recognised with a Genealogy Day.

But what should one do on Genealogy Day? Last year I gave you 13 suggestions which were good ones. I have now added to this list taking the list to 21 suggestions.

1. Enter more names into your family tree. Do you have lots that you’ve found, but just have got around to entering into your genealogy program? Ok, well maybe that’s just me then.

2. If searching is more your thing, why not instead of heading to the usual sites you visit try a different one. MyHeritage and The Genealogist are two that have very different records to the others.

3. If it’s a nice day, take a trip to a cemetery (or two or three), and do the grave walk.

4. Visit a relative, and ask them a few questions about their past, and be sure to take notes, or record it  by audio or video.

5. Start (or continue) scanning your photos and documents. The pile will eventually go down, I promise.

6. Filing. I know it’s not a fun job, but it’s even less fun when you can’t find that record that you know you have … somewhere. So spend an hour and do a little filing. You’ll be thankful for it later.

7. Create a timeline of one of your ancestors, and see where you have gaps. It’s quite fascinating to see.

8. Find a comfy chair and read a genealogy magazine or two – or a genealogy book.

9. Watch a Google Hangout on Air, or listen to a Podcast.

10. Visit your local genealogy or historical society.

11. Explore the FamilySearch site beyond just the searching (check out the Wiki, the Photos, the Indexing, the Famiily Tree as so on).

12. Help someone with a query – RAOGK.

13. Do some transcribing. You might head to the Trove newspapers for that, or the NAA Soda site, FamilySearch Indexing or a number of others.

14. Start a genealogy blog.

15. If crafting is more your thing, create a heritage scrapbook page or two, showcasing your family history.

16. Create a catalogue of all books, CDs, programs, maps, microfiche etc. that you have that are genealogy-related.

17. Start (or continue) writing your own life history. Remember that is just as important as the long-ago past.

18. Sadly your photo collection hasn’t sorted itself, so why not get a start on it.

19. While we’re on the topic of photos, why not create show off your ancestors with a “photo wall”

20. If you are into social media, check out all the genealogy-related Facebook groups/pages there are now (4500 at last count). And if you are a tweeter, type #genealogy in the search box, and see what you come up with. It’s a great way to find new people to follow.

21. Go ahead and order that DNA kit that you’ve been wondering about for a while.

That’s just a few suggestions, and there’s literally hundred more that I could write, and I’m sure each of you will find your own way to celebrate. So Happy Genealogy Day for tomorrow. 😉

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iFamily for Mac Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:41:33 +0000  

logo - iFamily for Mac

Its no secret that the number of people swapping from PC to Mac is on the rise, and a number of those people are also into genealogy. iFamily for Mac is one of the growing number of programs that are available for genealogy Mac users.

iFamily for Mac is not a new program. In fact it is simply a renamed one, having periously been known as iFamily for Tiger and iFamily for Leopard. Obviously with the release of new operating systems, it made sense to change to name to a much better, and much more appropriate name, considering it now works with OSX systems beyond Leopard.

A portion of the description we have for iFamily for Mac says the following …

iFamily for Mac is a genealogy program for people who think differently. Whereas other genealogy software tends to emphasize the family unit, this software’s focus is on each individual person. This distinction is subtle and is a feature of iFamily for Mac. In iFamily you can see at a glance whether an individual has more than 2 parents or more than 1 spouse.

To visually give you an idea of what this program can do, have a look at this short video …

If you feel that you’d like to have a go at it youself, there is a free version that you can down download and try. The demo version of iFamily for Leopard lasts for 10 days and the only function that is unavailable is the export to Gedcom. The free version even lets you import a Gedcom file containing more than 100,000 people! Just head to to get started.

Visit the iFamily for Mac website

To place an order, click here

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The “Going In-Depth” Magazine Turns Two Mon, 09 Mar 2015 10:35:43 +0000 Going In-Depth Magazine collection 530

Recently the team behind The In-Depth Genealogist (Terri, Jen and Shannon) had reason to celebrate, and not just because they were at RootsTech, but rather their online genealogy mag “Going In-Depth” has just had its second birthday.

If you’re not familiar with Going-In Depth, do yourself a favour and check it out, it is a wonderful genealogy magazine.

With noted authors from the US, Europe, the UK, and Australia the articles are varied and are good quality. It’s easy to see why their readership keeps growing worldwide.

It is issued monthly, this is a subscription mag. But so you know the type of magazine it is before parting with your hard-earned money, you can check out the first two issues online for free.
– February 2013 Issue (73 pages) – click here
– March 2013 Issue (70 pages) – click here

You can go to the shop section of their website, and download single issues, or you can subscribe for the iincredibly reasonable cost of US$35.00/year. Seriously that’s just over $2.00/issue! You can’t beat that for value.

I had the pleasure of meeting these ladies in person at RootsTech last month, and because I find it is always nice to put faces to names, I thought I would share Jill Ball’s (aka GeniAus) recent interview at RootsTech 2015 with The In-Depth Genealogist girls …

For more details on subscription, click here

logo - In-Depth GenealogistThese girls are totally up with social media, so you’ll always know what’s going on at IDG if you subscribe to their blog, and/or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube.

And before I finish please let me say a BIG, BIG congratulations to the girls, and everyone involved with the magazine, on a successful two years. Putting together a magazine is no easy feat. And to do it every month, with quality content … you are to be applauded. We wish you MANY more issues to come.

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BillionGraves has March Madness Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:30:05 +0000 With the seasons changing to from Winter to Spring in the northern hemisphere, and Summer to Autumn in the south – it’s a good time to get out and visit some cemeteries. (That is of course unless you’re in the parts of the US that are still snowed in). And BillionGraves gives you even more reasons to.

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Throughout March they are holding their March Madness promotion. You can participate in two ways.

If you like checking out cemeteries, and a ‘drive’ for you, usually results in you ending up at a cemetery, be sure to take your phone or camera, and take photos of the headstones while you’re there, and then upload them to BillionGraves.

Alternatively you can participate from home but transcribing the photos that people have uploaded.

Top Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card
Top Two: Portable Device Charger (a $25 value)*
Top Four: BillionGraves T-Shirt (a $15 value)*
Top Eight: BillionGraves Original Collectors Pin
Top 100: BillionGraves 1 Month BG+ Subscription**

Every photograph you take and upload, and every entry you transcribe all counts towards putting you in the prize draw. The more you do, the higher up on the bracket you’ll be! You won’t want to miss out on these awesome prizes!

Be sure to check the BillionGraves blog or BillionGraves March Madness page regularly to see where you are on the leaderboard.

*For international winners, due to shipping restraints by shipping providers, a gift card worth the same USD monetary value to the prize you have won will be sent to your BillionGraves registered email within 4-6 weeks of the close the competition.

**The 1 Month BG+ Subscription is in addition to those volunteers who upload more than 2500 photos and/or transcribe more than 500 records.


Just remember that every photograph you take, every entry transcribed is one that someone will be looking for. And someone on the other side of the world may well be photographing your great great grandma’s grave, which you’ve never seen, and was never likely to – but thanks to the BIllionGraves users you can now see it. So every little bit helps.

So take advantage of the change in the weather, visit a cemetery or two, and put yourself in the draw for some fabulous prizes!

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Findmypast – Free This Weekend (6-9 March) Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:10:09 +0000 FMP free weekend 2015


This coming weekend is a long weekend for a some Australian states (ACT, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria), and Findmypast are giving all of us FREE ACCESS all weekend (Friday to Monday) for ALL their historical records. All TWO BILLION of them!!

The press release states the following …

“Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between midday on Friday, March 6th and midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to their comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

  • Over 900 million census records from across the UK, USA and Ireland
  • Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
  • Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century, and the largest online collection of UK parish records
  • The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
  • The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
  • Historical newspapers from across the world, including more than 10 million British newspaper pages from as long ago as 1710
  • An easy to use online family tree builder which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere
  • Our automatic Hints feature, which automatically searches our records for you and suggests potential matches to the people you add to your family tree

As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history and bring their past to life.”

It’s not only new users who will be able to take their family history research further this weekend. Those with current Findmypast subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added on to their subscription.

Free access lasts from 12:00pm midday (GMT) on Friday 6th March 2015 until 11:59am (GMT) on Monday 9th March 2015. To access the records you will need to be signed in at Findmypast: you can register for free using your name, email address and country of residence.

Find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.


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National Library of Australia’s 2015 Community Heritage Grants Are Open Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:43:37 +0000 NLA community grants 2015

The 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 preseve 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 artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material”.

Run annually since 1994, the program has awarded $5.3 million to community organisations throughout in the country.

The 2015 Community Heritage Grants round is now open with applications closing on 1 May 2015.

More Information
online: click here
phone: (02) 6262 1147

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Pre-Order Your Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirt for the Baltic Cruise Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:04:20 +0000 Cruise-t-shirt-set 2 510

It’s that time again. Yes, there’s another Unlock the Past cruise not that far away, so it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These are not an item that we stock, so they’re not generally available. And we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy (and exclusive, did I mention exclusive as you can’t get these anywhere else) Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your order in now.

The 8th Unlock the Past cruise to the Baltic is now just over 4 months away, with the 9th Cruise (the Transatlantic) a few months after that. And if you have been on an Unlock the Past cruise in the past but didn’t get an order in, in time to grab one, now you can.

Wearing these shirts on a cruise (apart from being such an easy thing to wear) makes it a really easy way to help identify who is part of our genealogy group onboard. And as we’ve found from experience in the past, it also gets the other cruisers asking about it too.

As with the last cruise, we have eight colours to choose from, for both men and women, which include a bunch of bright colours as well as black and white, and we’ve also made the t-shirts not specific for any particular cruise.

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.

The 8th Unlock the Past Cruise leaves Southampton, England on the 11th of July, which seems a while away, but I guarantee that the time will simply fly by. As these t-shirts have to made we need to leave enough time for our manufacturers to do so, while still leaving enough time for us to post them out to our customers prior to the next cruise … so please note the order cut-off date below.

Ladies t-shirts: available in 8 colours, and in sizes from 8-24, AUD$39.95
Mens t-shirts: available in 8 colours, and in sizes from S-5XL, AUD$39.95
Please note, we won’t have t-shirts available for sale on the ship, as we only order what is actually ordered.


the back of the cruise t-shirts

the back of the cruise t-shirts


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Four New Unlock the Past Guide Books Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:30:16 +0000 logo - Unlock the Past

I last wrote about two new Unlock the Past guide books that were released on 30 January 2015. Since then Unlock the Past have released four more new titles, and they have a HEAP more expected later in March.

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


UTP0425-2 500 Best Genealogy and Family History Tips500 BEST GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY TIPS
Thomas MacEntee
Year: 2015
Item Code: UTP0425

Printed Book: paperback, 72 pages, $19.50 more information
Ebook: download, $9.95 more information

500 Best Genealogy and Family History Tips’ could be be described as a ‘brain dump’ from Thomas MacEntee, a compilation of his many years of knowledge about genealogy and family history.

He’s extracted his favourite tips and tricks from over 85 presentations, 10 books and numerous articles. In addition, he’s reviewed the social media posts and conversations from Facebook, Twitter and other platforms to highlight those issues most important to today’s genealogists.

What will you find in this ‘best tips’ guide? Everything from practical ways to use Google, advice on protecting your privacy online, information about secret or little known resources for genealogy research and more. The best way to use this guide is to browse the table of contents to find a topic of interest. Also simply search the book when trying to find a solution to a problem, such as how to cite a source or locate an app to generate bibliographic information.


UTP0562-2 Buried Treasure English Parish ChestBURIED TREASURE: What’s in the English Parish Chest
Author: Janet Few
ISBN: 9781921956522
Year: 2015
Item Code: UTP0562

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

‘Buried Treasure: What’s in the English Parish Chest’ examines all the records created by parish officials for the civil and religious administrations of the English parish, except the baptism, marriage and burial records described so well in the companion volume – Discover English Parish Registers.

Records surviving in the parish chest will often solve your brick wall problems, including: ‘Where did my ancestor come from before here?’ or “Who is the father of that illegitimate child?” In this detailed guide, family historian Paul Milner explains how and why the records were created, how changing laws affected who was and was not included, what the records look like and what information they contain. After showing examples of numerous records, the guide explains how and where to access the records (online, microfilm, originals or in print).

Here is a practical guide that will help family researchers solve their problems, and put them into historical context. This small volume is full of material for both the beginner and the experienced researcher. It is a well-illustrated guide to the contents of the English parish chest that allows any researcher to go way beyond the baptism, marriage and burial registers commonly used for parish research.


UTP0286-2 Down & Out in ScotlandDOWN AND OUT IN SCOTLAND: Researching Ancestral Crisis
Author: Chris Paton
ISBN: 9781921956980
Year: 2015
Item Code: UTP0286

Printed Book: paperback, 56 pages, $16.50 more information
Ebook: download, $7.95 more information

It is perhaps one of greatest truisms of family history research that we will often find that the lives of our ancestors were best documented when the chips were truly down.

There were many battles that our forebears fought for and against in Scotland, both on a personal level and a part of the society within which they lived. There were the laws of the local parish church and the punishments awaiting those who breached kirk discipline; the struggles to avoid poverty and the stigma of being a debtor; the darkest moments of the soul, from mental health issues and illness, to murder and suicide; and the dramatic moments of rebellion, when our forebears drew a line in the sand against a perceived tyranny or democratic deficit. Illness, death, bigamy, abandonment, accidents, eviction, ethnic cleansing – a dramatic range of challenges across a lifetime, and at times, outright tragedy. And close to each of them, a quill and ink.

But through all of these episodes, there is an even greater story that emerges, of how our ancestors overcame such struggles. In this Unlock the Past guide , genealogist Chris Paton goes in search of the records of ancestral hardship in Scotland, to allow us to truly understand the situations that our ancestors had to endure and overcome across the generations, to hep us become the very people who we are today.


UTP0261-2 Til Death Us Do Part‘TIL DEATH US DO PART: Causes of Death 1300-1948
Author: Janet Few
ISBN: 9781921956461
Year: 2015
Item Code: UTP0261

Printed Book: paperback, 28 pages, $10.00 more information
Ebook: download, $5.95 more information

The diseases and accidents of our ancestors are an integral part of our family history, and one thing that all but our most recent ancestors have in common, is that they are dead.

This booklet examines a wide variety of possible causes of death for our ancestors, describing their symptoms and prognoses. It also suggests records that may be used to provide information about how an ancestor died.

You’ll find a timeline is included which outlines some major British epidemics. In the absence of a definite cause of death for a particular individual, we can at least gain an impression of the major killers of their time.

We owe it to our ancestors to pay tribute not just to their lives, but also to their deaths.


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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – February 2015 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 06:19:00 +0000 Inspiring Blogs 300The year has already hit full speed, as we’re now into March already, which no-one can explain how that happened.

During February I spent two weeks in Salt Lake City. Partly for the RootsTech/FGS 2015 Conferences and partly to spend some time after researching at the Family History Library (who would go all that way, and NOT research?).

Despite having been away, I’ve still been reading blog posts and articles etc., and have a wonderful array of topics covered yet again.

We have everything from: some analogies with genealogy, document analysis, the internet threatens our present-day history, an amazing find in an old diary, ethics comes into a couple of the posts, unexpected places for online information, Ancestry trees and a whole heap more!

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.

Genealogy and Algebra: Finding the Unknown
This was an article that appeared on the New Jersey Journal website. And I have to say that  the title of this post hooked me in. I’m no fan of algebra in any shape or form, but I am a genealogy tragic, so I had to read  what they were on about. And believe it or not, genealogy IS actually a lot like algebra. Read the full article to see how …

Analyzing Census Records: Context Matters!
Elizabeth Shown Mills writes about context in relation to census records, but in reality knowing the context for any timeframe matters. She says how the census record is a one-day snapshot of a family. But look further and you will glean far more from it. Read the full article …

Wring that Document Dry
How often you looked at a document and noted the names and dates. But totally skipped over other aspects of the document? The other bits can be just as important, so as Helen writes here on the GSQ blog “wring that document dry!”. Read the full article …

10 Unexpected Places to Find Family History Online
Heather Rojo of the Nutfield Genealogy blog starts off by saying “Genealogy research usually look online for the usual website for vital records, probate records … But what are the unusual places to look? Here is a list of places I’ve found very helpful” Trust me, this is full of great ideas.  Read the full article …

Copyright and the Genealogy Lecture
People attending conferences go to hear great lectures. However in doing so, some break the rules. Judy Russell (aka The Legal Genealogist) sets out the rules plainly for all attending a conference. Read the full article …

Our Present History Could Be Lost to Future Generations
We hear that we “need to record our own history”. But what form are we doing so. If it is in a digital form, do you think it will still be able to be read/viewed in 5-10 years time? What about 20-30 years time? Think about it. Technology is moving faster than we can imagine, so what form is going to suitable to record our present-day history, so that it is still accessible? Read the full article …

Finding Charlotte
If you were ever in doubt about the value of a diary as a source of information for genealogical research, have a read of this post by Marian. And while we’re on the subject of old diaries – remember that today’s happenings become tomorrows history. So why not record history as it happens, and in your own words by writing a diary! Read the full article …

Ethics, Genealogists and Conferences
Ethics, Generalogy and Conferences have been a theme for a number of posts over the past month, and I have decided to share Pauleen’s with you. She says … “Sometimes we need to be reminded that this genealogical passion of ours isn’t just about vacuuming up as many names, dates and data as we can track down, wherever we find them. We are also obligated to act responsibly, with respect for family (especially living family), ownership of information, and with accountability to those who share their expertise with us.” This really  is an excellent post, one that everyone should take a moment to read. Read the full article ….

Cambridgeshire Church Plague Graffiti Reveals ‘Heartbreaking’ Find
I had to include this one as I’ve never heard of church plague graffiti before, and found it fascinating. Sad, but fascinating. Read the full article …

Should You Copy Ancestry Trees to Your Tree?
Fran from the TravelGenee blog asks the question …”should you copy Ancestry trees to your tree?” For me personally there’s no question, it’s a straight out NO in bold and uppercase, and Fran agrees. Have a read of what she has to say about it. Read the full article …

Genealogy is Hacking
Tammy for the TreeLines blog makes a comparison between genealogy and hacking. This is not ‘hacking’ in the evil sense that most know it – but in the true computing sense of the word., meaning taking something and making it do what you want it to do. It is a really interest analogy. Read the full article …
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Australian Family Tree Connections – March 2015 Issue Out Now Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:55:19 +0000 AFTC Magazine - March 2015 300March has arrived, and there sitting in our letterbox on Friday was the March 2015 edition of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine … just in time for some weekend reading.

Along with all the regular features such as:
– Area research
– Family histories
– Family reunions
– For sale
– Genealogy services
– Missing ancestors
– Missing relatives (living)
– Odds and ends
– One-Name studies
– Wanted
– Where to go
– Genealogy news
– Letters to the editor
– Resources (new publications)
– Surname register
– and What’s on this month (events) you’ll find that the March 2015 issue is packed with numerous articles and Can You Help? queries.

The featured articles in this issue include: The elusive Eluned Thomas, Miss Lillie Wilson, Ned Kelly and Constable Lonigan, Thomas Thynne or Thyne, Who were Mary Pichbeck’s parents?, Mary Jane Slater and Francis Bailey, Finding ancestors in New South Wales institutions, John Wooldridge, and John Cameron.

New on the Net section features news from numerous online data websites and together with their latest additions. While the Top Websites section features sites such as Irish Genealogical Research Society, Last Change to Read, Genuki: Wales, Wales Genealogy, How are We Related?, and a Relationship Chart.

Issued monthly this magazine is on sale at newsagents, and family history societies around Australia (price Aus $7.95, and price NZ $8.95). If you local newsagent doesn’t stock the magazine, you can buy it direct from Australian Family Tree Connections. Subscriptions and back issues can also be purchased directly through AFTC.

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International #MuseumWeek, 23-29 March 2015 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:35:42 +0000 logo - Museum Week 2015We’ve seen amazing impact that using social media to highlight historical items, collections, archives etc has. Putting it simply, it works. It makes people realise the types of records that exist, and where they are held.

In my opinion it is a fabulous way to highlight and create interest in these kind of organisations. Many who despite their amazing collection, just don’t get the attention they deserve.

Recently we had #MuseumSelfie Day which was a huge success with people from right around the world taking part, and snapping themselves at a museum. Now we have #MuseumWeek. This international event is being held from 23-29 March, and is open to all Museums, big and small, and gives them a chance to celebrate their culture and collections on Twitter.

7 Days. 7 Themes. 7 Hashtags. They #MuseumWeek are having a different ‘theme’ each day it’ll keep it interesting for everyone involved.

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So to the all the Museums out there, show us (the public) what you have, and take part in #MuseumWeek.

Registration is free, simple and quick! And you can sign up here. For more indepth info, check this out

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, and type in #museumweek in the search bar at the top, and everything using that hashtag will come up! Simple!


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Help Save South Australian Graves Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:36:39 +0000 Saving Graves South Australia

I’ve written about the controversial issue of reusing of Australian graves in the past. Sadly, even in our large country this is not new.

It is a fact that cemeteries cost money to maintain, and that many are also filling up. So when leases expire, families are asked to pay to extend the lease or else the grave will be reused.

The group Saving Graves South Australia is on a mission to get the word out as far and wide as they can about the about the reusing of graves – in particular those of our Diggers from WW1 and WW2 which are also being reused – and in doing so they hope to get legislation changed.

To help with their cause, they have started a petition which says the following …

Leases are expiring on our Diggers’ graves and those graves will be reused if families don’t know about their expiry and/or cannot afford to renew leases. We need urgent action to prevent the graves from being reused. This affects soldiers who survived the war and returned home and later died from injuries unrelated to their military service, all others are protected by the Office of Australian War Graves. All South Australians whose grave or niche has an expired lease which has not been renewed after two years can have their site reused. This involves the ‘lift and deepen’ process whereby the human remains are excavated, placed in an ossuary, reburied deeper in the grave and a new burial is placed on top leaving no record of the earlier burial.

We need the support of as many people as possible to show the Government that we don’t want graves being reused in South Australia. Saving graves in South Australia is saving our heritage, culture and history. Cemeteries are sacred places where families can go to mourn and remember their loved ones as well as researching local and family history. What heritage are we leaving for future generations?

To sign their petition please go to:

And if you are on Facebook, you might like to join the following groups to keep up with the latest news:
Say NO to Reuse of Graves (South Australia)
Saving Graves South Australia
Saving Graves Victoria
Saving Graves New South Wales

A cemetery is not only a home for those that have died, it is a museum telling stories of a history, of a culture and showcasing glorious artefacts.  – Saving Graves New South Wales

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RootsTech 2015 Livestream Videos Online Now Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:10:35 +0000 logo - RootsTech 2015 600

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The combined RootsTech/FGS 2015 Conference was truly a smorgasbord for attendees, with over 300 presentations on offer.

There were generally around 15-16 talks being held at any one time, it was impossible to get to every talk that you wanted to. So attendees had some hard choices to make.

Fortunately for many (both those who were there, and those who couldn’t attend), a few of these were live streamed and recorded, and are being put up the RootsTech website and you can view them for free. Seven are there already, with more to follow soon.

The listing for those recorded are as below …

Keynote Presentation (Dennis Brimhall, Mike Mallin, Tan Le)
30 Pieces of Tech I Can’t Live Without (D. Joshua Taylor)
You’ve Mastered the Census and Basic Search, What Next? (Karen Auman)
What’s New at FamilySearch (Devin Ashby)
Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy (Diahan Southard)

Keynote Presentation (D. Joshua Taylor, Laura W. Bush, Jenna Bush Hagar)
Innovator Summit Challenge Event
Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox (Thomas MacEntee)
Bring Your Ancestor Back to the Future (Anne Leishman)
The Write Stuff. Leaving a Recorded Legacy: Personal Histories, Journals, Diaries, and Letters (Valerie Elkins)

Keynote Presentation (A.J.. Jacobs, Donny Osmond)
Finding the Living among the Dead: Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins (Amy Archibald)
Family History on the Go Using Phones and Tablet Apps (Crystal Beutler)
Personal History Triage: How to Tell the Best Ten Stories of Your Life (Alison Taylor)
Finding Your Family on (Peter Drinkwater)


To give you a taster of the keynote presentations, here is small portion of Tan Le’s most evocative and incredible talk. One of Thursday Keynotes, Tan is a Vietnamese refugee who lives in Australia, and she is a “technology innovator, and founder and CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences”. At RootsTech she shared her memories of her family and strength of her grandmother.

Unfortunately I didn’t get to the talks as I was busy with our our stand, but Dick Eastman wrote the following about it …

“At the end of her talk, Tan Le received a standing ovation. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. “I cannot possibly describe this talk properly. You HAVE to watch the video when it appears soon on You won’t forget it any time soon.”

So sit back, and make yourself comfy and watch some awesome presentations by some of the big names in the genealogy world. And remember to check back to see when more are online.

Click here for the RootsTech Videos

And if you check out the FamilySearch You Tube channel, you’ll find other videos from RootsTech 2015 too.

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Who Do You Think You Are? US 2015 (Season 6) Thu, 05 Feb 2015 06:16:34 +0000 Logo - WDYTYA US

The American version of Who Do You Think You Are? is now into its 6th series, after making its debut on 5 March 2010, and in 2015 another eight celebs are taken on the journey of discovering thier roots.

With the new season due to start in the US on March here’s the lineup:
March 8 – Julie Chen (television personality, news anchor, and producer for CBS)
March 15 – Josh Groban (singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer)
March 22 – Angie Harmon (television and film actress and fashion model)
March 29 – Sean Hayes (actor, comedian, and producer)
April 5 – Tony Goldwyn (actor and director)
April 12 – America Ferrera (actress)
April 19 – Bill Paxton (actor and film director)
April 26 – Melissa Etheridge (rock singer, songwriter)

For more details on this series including a preview trailer, you can head to the TLC WDYTYA website. And you can ‘Like’ the Who Do You Think You Are? page on and follow @WDYTYA on Twitter.

So for those in the US, diary date it! March 8th, on TLC! For us here in Australia, we’ll eventually get to see it, and in the meantime can watch other various Who Do You Think You Are seasons that are airing at the moment.

Top L-R: Julie Chen, Josh Groban, Angie Harmon, Sean Hayes Bottom Row L-R: Tony Goldwyn, America Ferrera, Bill Paxton, Melissa Etheridge

Top Row L-R: Julie Chen, Josh Groban, Angie Harmon, Sean Hayes
Bottom Row L-R: Tony Goldwyn, America Ferrera, Bill Paxton, Melissa Etheridge

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FamilyTree Webinar’s 2015 Schedule Announced Thu, 05 Feb 2015 02:51:04 +0000 webinar worldWebinars are a fabulous way to learn, and the beauty of them is that you can do it from your own home, at your own time.

Firstly the defintion of webinar for those who may be unfamilar with the term is:

“a seminar conducted over the Internet”

So if you can’t, or simply don’t want to go to genealogy meetings that are held in your area, or your local group/s don’t cover topics of interest to you, use webinars to fill your knowledge gap.

FamilyTree Webinars have been holding webinars for a number of years now, and they have recently released their entire 2015 schedule of topics. There’s 58 online classes (or webinars) scheduled from leading educators in genealogy from around the world, and total about 87 hours of free genealogy education) on topics ranging from genealogy technology to in-depth research methodologies and evidence analysis.

Organised and run by Millennia Corporation, this is the company behind the popular genealogy program “Legacy Family Tree“. Now don’t be fooled into thinking that all of these webinars are just about the Legacy program, because they certainly aren’t.

The full year schedule is listed below, and I know that January has already been and gone, so obviously those webinars have been, but they are still available to view if those topics are of interest to you.

Some new features that FamilyTree Webinars have included in their 2015 series include:

  • Evening webinars! For those who work during the day to support their genealogy habits, they have scheduled at least one evening webinar per month.
  • Popular speaker and writer, Marian Pierre-Louis, will guest-host the evening webinars.
  • Beginners series. Accredited Genealogist, Peggy Lauitzen, will present a three-class series designed especially for beginners.
  • Researching with Karen! series. Submit your research problem to Karen for a chance to have personalised recommendations explained during the live webinar.
  • Subscribers-only bonus webinars. Another new membership benefit for Annual and monthly webinar subscribers – private bonus webinars presented by Thomas MacEntee and Judy Russell.
  • See which webinars you have registered for (another perk for webinar subscribers). Just login and the green checkmarks appear!


January 2015
Genealogy on the Go with iPads & Tablets by Lisa Louise Cooke. 7/1
Tracking Migration Using the Big 4 U.S. Record Sources by Mary Hill. 14/1
Expanding Your Research from a Single Fact by Marian Pierre-Louis. 16/1
My Genealogy DO-Over: A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes by Thomas MacEntee. 21/1
Getting Started in Scrapbooking by Susan Budge. 28/1

February 2015
Tracing the History of a Community by Kirsty Gray. 4/2
Step-by-Step: Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records by Mark Lowe. 6/2
Zigzagging through German Church Records by Jim Beidler. 11/2
Researching Your New Zealand Ancestors by Jan Gow. 18/2
Tap Into Your Iner Private Eye: 9 Strategies for Finding Living Relatives by Lisa Louise Cooke. 25/2

March 2015
Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. 4/3
Tools and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name by Geoff Rasmussen. 6/3
Crafting Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish by Lisa Alzo. 11/3
Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th centuries by Judy Wight. 18/3
Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence by Chris Staats. 25/3

April 2015
Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy – Part 1 by Peggy Lauritzen. 1/4
American Revolution Genealogy by Beth Foulk. 8/4
Isn’t That Special: Hookers, Crooks, and Kooks by Jana Sloan Broglin. 10/4
Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way by Warren Bittner. 15/4
D-I-V-O-R-C-E! by Judy Russell. 22/4
Using Legacy with Specialized Studies – Legacy is for more than your family history by Tessa Keough. 29/4

May 2015
Genealogy 101: A Three-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy, Part 2 by Peggy Lauritzen. 6/5
After You’re Gone: Future-Proofing Your Genealogy Research (subscribers-only bonus webinar) by Thomas MacEntee. 8/5
GenealogyBank: The Power of Finding Our Ancestor’s Stories by Tom Kemp. 13/5
Martha Benshura: Enemy Alien by Judy Russell. 20/5
Migration Patterns East of the Mississippi Prior to 1860 by Mary Hill. 27/5

June 2015
Genealogy 101: A Three-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy, Part 3 by Peggy Lauritzen. 3/6
Tips for Planning a Successful Seminar by Jana Sloan Broglin. 10/6
10 Tips for Using Legacy with Specialized Studies by Tessa Keough. 12/6

July 2015
The Secret Lives of Women: Research Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 1/7
Pinning Your Family History by Thomas MacEntee. 8/7
Making a Federal Case Out of It (subscribers-only bonus webinar) by Judy Russell. 10/7
Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. 15/7
Have Swedish Roots and Don’t Know How to Get Started? by Kathy Meade. 22/7
Storyboard Your Family History by Lisa Alzo. 29/7

August 2015
What’s in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons. 5/8
Power Platting: Technology Tools to Create Pictures from Property Descriptions by Chris Staats. 12/8
Discovering Your Kentucky Ancestors by Mark Lowe. 19/8
Digital Family Reunions by Devin Ashby. 21/8
German Names and Naming Patterns by Jim Beidler. 26/8

September 2015
Break Down Brick Walls in Eastern European Research: Tips, Tools, and Tricks by Lisa Alzo. 2/9
Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online by Kathy Meade. 9/9
Genealogy Serendipity – Listening For Our Ancestors by Geoff Rasmussen. 11/9
Researching Your Dutch Ancestors by Yvette Hoitink. 16/9
Researching Your Ancestors in England and Wales by Kirsty Gray. 23/9
Researching Your Ancestor in Periodicals by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 30/9

October 2015
Wearables and Genealogy: Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait by Thomas MacEntee. 7/10
Colonial Immigration: The English Pioneers of Early America by Beth Foulk. 14/10
Billions of Records, Billions of Stories by Devin Ashby. 16/10
What Happend to the State of Frankland (Using Tennessee’s Pre-Statehood Records) by Mark Lowe. 21/10
Complex Evidence: What Is It? How Does it Work? And Why Does it Matter? by Warren Bittner. 28/10

November 2015
Researching with Karen! by Karen Clifford. 4/11
Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy by Diahan Southard. 11/11
Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp. 13/11
Mapping Madness by Ron Arons. 18/11

December 2015
Stories in Stone – Cemetery Research by Gail Blankenau. 2/12
Thinking about Becoming an Accredited Genealogist? by Apryl Cox and Kelly Summers. 9/12
Pointing Fingers at Your Siblings – Breaking Down Brick Walls with Collateral Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. 16/12

Sign up for one or for all of them today (so you don’t forget later) and you will receive a reminder email both one day and one hour prior to the live event.
Click here to register for individual webinars
Click here to register for multiple webinars at once

Click here to see the list of past webinars by topic

Print the webinar brochure to share with your friends, genealogy society, or Family History Center.

If you find that you love the whole webinar experience and content, and want to “attend” a number you might be interested in a “ Membership“. All live webinars are free (excluding the members-only bonus webinars), and their recordings are free to watch for the next 7 days. If you missed a previous webinar you can now have access to the entire archives (almost 200 classes) and instructors’ handouts (more than 800 pages) through a monthly ($9.95/month) or annual webinar membership ($49.95/year). Click here for more information or to subscribe.

If you wish to watch the “webinar” live, you will need to work out the time in your own area in relation to when it is shown as being held in the US. To do this you can go to Time Converter website

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