Genealogy & History News http://www.gouldgenealogy.com Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians Tue, 24 May 2016 05:45:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Take the Findmypast #TreeChallenge http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/take-findmypast-treechallenge/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/take-findmypast-treechallenge/#respond Tue, 24 May 2016 05:45:09 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19598 Findmypast have issued the #TreeChallenge … Add your tree and get 1.8 billion free records this week If you haven’t discovered the power of Findmypast’s record matching yet, why not give it a go now. Either start a tree, or upload one, and see what records it comes up with that match the names on […]

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Findmypast have issued the #TreeChallenge …
Add your tree and get 1.8 billion free records this week

If you haven’t discovered the power of Findmypast’s record matching yet, why not give it a go now. Either start a tree, or upload one, and see what records it comes up with that match the names on your tree.

If you do take part in their TreeChallenge, access to their 1.8 billion records is completely free for this week. And not only that, you will also go into the draw for some incredible prizes too.

There are prizes!
Every day this week, Findmypast will pick the best discovery made while building a family tree on their website. They will select someone to win a 12 Month World Subscription every day. The Grand prize drawing at the end of the week is for a genealogy bundle worth over £1000, including an iPad Mini.

To enter, simply tag a post on Facebook or Twitter with #TreeChallenge.

Get started now
If you want to take up the challenge, you can find the details to get started here http://www.findmypast.com.au/build-your-tree

Do you accept the #TreeChallenge?

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More Free Online Genealogy-Related Courses from UTAS http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/free-online-genealogy-related-courses-utas/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/free-online-genealogy-related-courses-utas/#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 07:19:42 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19588 The University of Tasmania (UTAS) have found a need for short, free, online genealogy related courses. Their beginners course, writing course and convicts course have all proved popular. Now they are introducing two new courses, a new one on writing, with the other being about finding the stories in your family’s treasures. As with all […]

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The University of Tasmania (UTAS) have found a need for short, free, online genealogy related courses. Their beginners course, writing course and convicts course have all proved popular.

Now they are introducing two new courses, a new one on writing, with the other being about finding the stories in your family’s treasures.

As with all of their family history courses, they are open to Australian and NZ citizens, and Permanent Residents and Humanitarian Visa Holders (provided all studies are on-shore in Australia). Also there’s no prerequisites except that you will need to have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection throughout the course.

UTAS Writing the Family Saga 200Writing the Family Saga
Course starts: 27 June 2016
Runs: 6 weeks
More information: http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/familysaga
Adventure or romance, tragedy or triumph, legends of extraordinary feats or quiet tales of everyday struggles. What kinds of stories are there in your family tree? Develop key skills for writing fiction and/or non-fiction based on genealogical records.

 

Place, Image, Object
UTAS Place Image Object 200
Course starts: 27 June 2016
Runs: 6 weeks
More information: http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/place-image-object
Homes, heirlooms, albums and art; find stories in your family treasure. The material world surrounds us. The objects and images we have collected, and places our families have inhabited, help us in researching our family history and memories. Homes, human-shaped environments like gardens, and inherited items (some valuable, others mundane) can carry stories down through generations. Places, images, and objects are imbued with the potential to provide immediate ways of relating to your family’s past, and sharing it with others.

Applications for both courses are open now.
You’ll find all the details on their website.

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And in case you were wondering when they are going rerun the earlier ones, the dates are below, but applications for these courses are not yet open. So mark it on the calendar to recheck later.

Introduction to Family History
Course starts: 8 August 2016
Runs: 7 weeks
More information: http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/introduction-to-family-history
Ever wanted to know more about your past? Introduction to Family History is designed for people interested in their own family histories or genealogy in general. You will learn how to research family history accurately and efficiently using the growing range of online family history resources. You may be surprised at what you discover and what you can share with family and friends.

Writing Family History
Course starts: 21 November 2016
Runs: 6 weeks
More information: http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/writing-family-history
Secrets, twists, triumphs and tragedies; bring the stories of ancestors to life! Writing Family History is a fully online unit from the University of Tasmania. Join students around Australia for an introduction to writing non-fictional and fictional narratives based on real genealogical records.

The courses above are four of the eight units that make up UTASs Diploma of Family History. If you’d like more information on that you can find that on their website here.

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Congress, the once-every-three-years event is the BIG one for Australian and New Zealand genealogy. Organised by the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies (AFFHO), and the dates for the next one (the 15th) which will be held in Sydney in 2018, have just been in released.

The following was an announcement from the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) who are the hosts for this one …

Calling all family historians! Congress 2018 will be held 9-12 March 2018 at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) is the host and our theme is Bridging The Past and Future.

This 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry is a major international event and is held under the auspices of AFFHO, the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations.

Reserve these dates in your diaries and book your holidays now!

Bridging The Past and Future will offer exciting opportunities to learn more about family history, visit a range of exhibitors including historical societies, interest groups, archives and repositories, and catch up with old friends and new.

Registrations will open in early 2017.

If you are interested in presenting, the Call for Speakers will be issued in June 2016.

Held over 4 days, there will be national and international guest presenters giving talks right throughout the event. Attending Congress is the perfect way to increase your genealogical knowledge by learning from some of the world’s best.

Website: http://www.congress2018.org.au/
Facebook: Congress 2018
For information on past Congresses, the AFFHO website has details

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National Family History Month, 1-31 August 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/national-family-history-month-1-31-august-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/national-family-history-month-1-31-august-2016/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 08:14:09 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19576 National Family History Month (NFHM) is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO). NFHM has been an annual event in Australia and New Zealand since August 2006, originally organised as National Family History Week, which was held during the first week of August. But due to its ever increasing popularity, NFHM […]

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National Family History Month (NFHM) is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO). NFHM has been an annual event in Australia and New Zealand since August 2006, originally organised as National Family History Week, which was held during the first week of August. But due to its ever increasing popularity, NFHM was increased to the whole month of August from 2013. With events held around Australia, over the course of the month – this is one for every Australian family historian to diary date.

NFHM for Organisations
The year is flying by, and May is here already, which means that it is time (if you haven’t already) to start thinking about what you would like to do for National Family History Month (NFHM).

Each year hundreds of groups, societies, museums, libraries and other ogranisations hold events thoughout August, in a bid to help promote family history, local history and military history to the general public.

It could be a beginning your family history talk, a scanning old photos afternoon, a tour through historical buildings or archives … and so on. Even online events. The list can go on.

Anyone who is organising an event can simply go to the National Family History Month website, click on the “Add an Event” tab and add the details online.

At the time of writing this post, only 30 events are listed for the whole of Australia for the month. Come on people, we can do better than that! We love family history, right? We would hate to see NFHM go, so why not make it truly something.

You don’t even have to do anything special. Genealogy and family history societies can participate simply by naming their monthly meeting in August their National Family History Month meeting or have one or more of their library open days during August a National History Month library open day.

We should be excited about taking family history to the public. This an opportunity to help someone else get started on the exciting journey of family history. So let’s show how much we love National Family History Month (NFHM) by organising and event or two.

NFHM for Individuals
Each year Shauna Hicks, the National Family History Month national co-ordinator, comes up with a number of ways that you as an individual can participate.

There are some ideas like the few below listed on the NFHM website:
– Visit your local State Archives, State Library or the local office of the National Archives of Australia
– Write your life story
– Interview a relative about their life story
– Label family photos

Shauna’s website does say that she will be offering the 31 Activities for Researchers and 31 Activities for Genealogy/Family History Societies during NFHM again, but she’ll put the link up closer to August. So keep an eye on http://www.shaunahicks.com.au/resources/ for that one. These lists are great, and you can do one every day, or a few a week or only one or two over the month.

Keep up to date
You can follow NFHM on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news and events.

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Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – May 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/australian-genealogy-history-snippets-may-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/australian-genealogy-history-snippets-may-2016/#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 05:36:04 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19406 It’s been a while since my last Snippets post, but recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting history and/or genealogy related tidbits that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post. These aren’t meant to be comprehensive in anyway, but rather they […]

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Snippets 280It’s been a while since my last Snippets post, but recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting history and/or genealogy related tidbits that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.

These aren’t meant to be comprehensive in anyway, but rather they are just bits that I’ve found, and wanted to share with you.

If you have any news that you’d like to share, please do so by emailing Alona at inquiries@gould.com.au, or your can phone (08) 8263 205, M-F 9am-4pm.

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Footsteps in Time – an Event to Diary Date
Footsteps in Time the second Queensland state conference will be held in 2017 at Southport on the Gold Coast. They now have a website (http://www.footstepsintime2017.com.au/) where you can sign up to be kept informed of news about the conference, and they also now have a Facebook page. They are also calling for papers, so if you’d like to be a speaker at this event, you should get working on your presentations now. (https://www.facebook.com/FootstepsinTime2017)

Adelaide Northern Districts Family History Group – New Website
The Adelaide Northern Districts Family History Group (ANDFHG) in South Australia, have recently launched their new website, which looks and works much better than the old one, and also includes a Members Area. The new website address is: http://www.andfhg.org.au

WW1 Soldier’s Inscriptions Found in Bass Drum
The current day Footscray-Yarraville City Band from the Western Suburbs on Melbourne came across a drum in the bands’ storeroom which they were ready to throw out. But on closer inspection they discovered the significance of the drum. “On the inside of the drum we discovered faint marking of soldiers who had served overseas with the AIF during the 1st World War.” The soldiers have been identified as:
– No. 3833 Ossory Arthur Charles Fitzpatrick (born North Sydney, enlisted Dubbo)
– No. 2133 Alexander Lambert (born Wallsend, enlisted Newcastle), KIA 1917
– No. 2123 Edward Rees Harry (born near Broken Hill, enlisted Adelaide)
– No. 3715 Robert Lynch (born Glasgow, Scotland, enlisted Brisbane)
– No. 3307 Edward McCarter Brown (born Hamilton, Scotland, enlisted Sydney)
Many bandsmen were killed or wounded in action carrying out their duties as stretcher bearers, ammunition carriers and other tasks. The Footscray-Yarraville City Band marched with this WW1 bass drum at this year’s ANZAC commemorations to honour the service of these men and of all our Australian service men and women. The band is keen to hear from relatives of these men to they can add further details to their stories. You can contact the band by emailing anzaccentenary@fycb.com.au, or visit the band’s website www.fycb.com.au. As part of the band’s ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Project the band is committed to the preservation and public display of this drum and researching the history of these men.

Harefield, England. The Australian Brass Band at No. 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England, with their pet kangaroo, Jimony. The bass drum shown in the photo is very similar to, and possibly is, the bass drum in the possession of the Footscray-Yarraville City Band. [AWM H19084]

The Australian Brass Band at No. 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England, with their pet kangaroo, Jimony.
The bass drum shown in the photo is very similar to, and possibly is, the bass drum in the possession of the
Footscray-Yarraville City Band. [AWM H19084]

Werchon Family Reunion
The Werchon Family Reunion will be held at Millicent, South Australia on October 1-3, 2016. Freidrich Werchon and Anna Kossatz came to Australia in 1959 with sons: Freidrich Wilhelm (11), and Friedrich (9). They settled in Blumberg, now Birdwood, and later moved to the South-East. Both boys married the Aberle sisters and had children. We would like to hear from anyone who has a connection with our family. Also seeing contact with anyone who can add to our family records, as we hope to have a display of records, memorabilia and photos. Dawn (08) 8733 3945, 0417 875 481 or singum1@bigpond.com [Sunday Mail, 1 May 2016]

Angaston and Penrice History
A request has been made for photos and stories of Angaston and Penrice houses and building that have been demolished or historic views of those still standing. The Angaston and Penrice Historical Society seeks to borrow/copy/return them for their Putting Angaston on the Map display from May 27-29. Owner will get recognition at the display. Old maps, street photos, stories of streets that you used to live in also wanted. In you can help contact: A&PHS, Box 337, Angaston, SA 5252. Bill Gransbury (08) 8564 3222, email: billgran@chariot.net.au or Barry Chinner (08) 8564 2460, email: barchin@bigpond.com. [Sunday Mail, 1 May 2016]

Kirk Family History Books to Give Away
Kirk family history book “Skelmorlie to South Australia”. Last remaining copies to give away. An extensive history of the family of Robert and Grace Kirk, who arrived in South Australia in 1840 from Skelmorlie in Ayrshire, Scotland. For details email: thekirks@internode.on.net. [Sunday Mail, 20 March 2016]

2016-05-09 13.08.34Digger Search – Who is this Man?
This was another entry I saw in the Sunday Mail, “I’m researching the deployment of the tens of thousands of Australian and Allied ground forces to Darwin during World War II. I have acquired a large number of photographs of Australian personnel that were taken by the person in the picture shown. These pictures were mainly developed by a photographic business in Kadina, South Australia call Pells Studios. If anyone help me identify the person in the photo, I can be contacted either through my website www.milepegnt.com or phone: 0419 889 382”. [Sunday Mail, 6 March 2016]

Hosking Family History to Pass On
I saw this entry in the Sunday Mail, and wanted to share here, because this family history information needs a good home. “Hosking family: I would like to pass information to a descendant. The last known Hosking lived at Capper Street, Kent Town (South Australia), in about 1908. Jonathan Hosking m. Mary White in 1876, Edwin Hosking m. Nellie Humble in 1886, Francis m. William Aderson at Kooringa in 1881. Other information goes back to John Henry Hosking 1842.” If you are related please phone Emilie (08) 8278 2716. [Sunday Mail, 3 April 2016]

Brooks and Colwill Family History
“The Brooks and Colwill of Magill 1839-2015” 235 page family history has been completed and has identified hundreds of descendants, but strangely not one living Colwill. Richard and Betsy Burrows Colwill and their seven children came on the “Hesperus” from Clovelly, Devon, in 1878, and settled in Finchley/Murray Park. The eldest daughter Fanny Ann Burrows Colwill m. Nicholas Brooks in 1883, and their family photo album and documents have been the basis of the project. We have some good history of the Colwill’s life (from the UK census) in Devon, where the relatives ran a water-powered corn mill, Rosedown Mill. If any Colwill (or Brooks) descendants would like to know mor of the project (or book), please contact neildbrooks49@hotmail.com. [Sunday Mail, 3 April 2016]

Gordon Clan Reunion
The Gordon 150 year reunion will be held in Bowen from August 20-21, 2016. Five generations of Gordons are expected to attend. For more information please contact Heather Blackband on hbblackband@bigpond.com, Bill Townsend bill_townsend2003@yahoo.com, or Bill Gordon on (07) 3848 9868.

Pictures in 1939 in Bowen James Lott Gordon, James Gordon (seated), James Gordon and William (Bill) Gordon

Pictured in 1939 in Bowen
James Lott Gordon, James Gordon (seated), James Gordon and William (Bill) Gordon

Unlock the Past’s Australian Blog List Continues to Grow
The list of Australian genealogy and/or history bloggers continues to grow as new people submit details of blogs. With the latest update there are now over 350 Aussie blogs listed there. You can find the list here
http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/australian-genealogy-history-blogs.

Australian History and Genealogy Expo, October 2016
Preparations continue for this event, and bookings are now open for exhibitors.You can find more details on that here. And if you’re a Facebooker, you can also follow along with the latest happenings about the Expo here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1153079268076721/

Pomonal: A Picturesque Place Revisited

Pomonal: A Picturesque Place Revisited

Book on the History of Pomonal, Victoria Available
Pomonal is a small town in western Victoria, with a history stretching back into the 1800s. The book “Pomonal: A Picturesque Place Revisited” comprises 178 pages and explores the early occupaton, along with chapters on land settlement, early homes, fruit growing, the Depression, development spreading, World War One, tobacco growing, natral disasters and more – right through the photographs of Pomonal in 2011. Basic family trees are included for some of th earea’s pioneers. Produced by the Pomonal Progress Association, copies are $25 each, with $7.50 postage (in Australia), and can be ordered from the Pomonal Progress Association, c/- Post Office, Pomonal, Vic 3381.

 

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Two Big Announcements from RootsMagic (versions 7.1 and 7.2) http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/two-big-announcements-rootsmagic-versions-7-1-7-2/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/two-big-announcements-rootsmagic-versions-7-1-7-2/#respond Sun, 08 May 2016 07:43:32 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19526 The two latest updates of RootsMagic (versions 7.1 and version 7.2) bring incredible new features to this world-renowned genealogy software program.

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RootsMagic recently made the big announcement about having updated their program to now be able to import Family Tree Maker files directly, and not having to rely on gedcom. In fact that’s not just big news, that’s HUGE news, and it has certainly captured many ex-Family Tree Makers because of it.

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If you missed the original announcement, here’s part of it:

“Since Ancestry’s announcement that they were parting ways with their Family Tree Maker software, thousands of FTM users have found a new home in RootsMagic. One of the first questions they have is, “How do I get my data from FTM into RootsMagic?”

Until today, the answer has always been through a GEDCOM file. But GEDCOM files from Family Tree Maker, while mostly effective, were often lacking data and details only found in the original file. Plus it added an extra step in the conversion process.

That’s why we’re excited to announce today’s release of RootsMagic 7.1. In addition to various tweaks and fixes, this update adds the ability to directly import any Family Tree Maker file.

And by “any” Family Tree Maker file, we really mean it. RootsMagic can directly import:

– Family Tree Maker 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 for Windows (*.ftm, *.ftmb)
– Family Tree Maker 3 for Mac (*.ftm, *.ftmb)
– Family Tree Maker 2010 and 2012 for Mac (*.ftmm, *.ftmd)
– Classic Family Tree Maker Files (*.ftw)

In fact, RootsMagic can import a bigger variety of Family Tree Maker files than any single version of Family Tree Maker itself.”

For more details on how to go about importing a Family Tree maker file into RootsMagic, you can find detailed instructions here.

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Now the other BIG news from RootsMagic is their collaboration with Findmypast.

One of the biggest new features in RootsMagic 7 is the amazing WebHints (along the lines of Ancestry and Family Tree Maker’s shaky leaves). RootsMagic automatically searches the FamilySearch and MyHeritage sites for possible matches to your data. As matches are found, a light bulb appears next to each person’s name. Clicking on the light bulb opens up a web browser with the matching records (some records may require a subscription).

Now the team at RootsMagic are excited to say that with this brand new update (version 7.2), Findmypast has been added to RootsMagic’s WebHints, and also becomes the first software to search multiple providers for matching records.

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For those who may not be familiar with Findmypast, it is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. They have over 4 billion historical records from around the world with more being added every week. With more than 1,000 exclusive collections, Findmypast has records which you just won’t find anywhere else.

Do I need a Findmypast subscription to view the records?
Yes. RootsMagic can search Findmypast for records matching your ancestors and display WebHints without a Findmypast account. But to view the records, you will need a paid Findmypast subscription.

Current RootsMagic 7 users can get the 7.2 update for free by checking for updates via the RootsMagic main menu or can download the update from www.rootsmagic.com. New customers and those currently using an earlier version than 7, can try RootsMagic Essentials for free and purchase the upgrade at any time.

For more on RootsMagic click here.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – May 2016 Issue Out Now http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/australian-family-tree-connections-may-2016-issue-out-now/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/australian-family-tree-connections-may-2016-issue-out-now/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 10:18:03 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19541 May is here, and we’ve just had the brand new issue of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine arrive in our letterbox. 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 […]

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AFTC Magazine - 2016-05 300May is here, and we’ve just had the brand new issue of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine arrive in our letterbox.

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 May 2016 issue is packed with numerous articles and Can You Help? queries.

The featured articles in this issue include: The very elusive “Charles Pearce”, What became of Catherine Dwyer, Margaret Neylon: Mothers in family tree, Patricia Mary (Higgins) Dewar, John Edward Price = John Louis Edwards, What happened to Mary Ann Ferris?, The Coppin family history, Violet Day 1914 in Sydney, Thomas and Emma Reeves (Elliott), Upotipotpon State School No. 2526, John and Agnes Emily (Graham) Walker, Where do I stand legally?, and Felix O’Hare.

New on the Net section features news from numerous online data websites and together with their latest additions.

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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13th Unlock the Past Cruise: Papua New Guinea http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/13th-unlock-past-cruise-papua-new-guinea/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/13th-unlock-past-cruise-papua-new-guinea/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 07:16:41 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19404 After a busy schedule of 3 cruises during 2016, Unlock the Past cruises are taking it a little easier in 2017 with just one scheduled. Having been around Australia, to New Zealand, to the Pacific Islands, around the UK and Europe, their 13th cruise is something totally different. This one goes from Brisbane to Papua […]

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After a busy schedule of 3 cruises during 2016, Unlock the Past cruises are taking it a little easier in 2017 with just one scheduled.

Having been around Australia, to New Zealand, to the Pacific Islands, around the UK and Europe, their 13th cruise is something totally different. This one goes from Brisbane to Papua New Guinea, its islands, and back. A total of 10 nights (4 sea days, 5 sightseeing days), its a great mix of holiday, and genealogy.

Date: 28 July – 7 August 2017
Duration: 10 nights
Ship: Pacific Aria
Price: you can book the cruise with Clean Cruising our cruise agent, or your own, and pay the daily rate for the cabin, with a conference fee of AU$450 per person, and AU$250 for a non-genealogy companion sharing a cabin

THE ITINERARY
Fri 28 Jul 2017, Brisbane – depart 2pm
Sat 29 Jul 2017, at sea
Sun 30 Jul 2017. at sea
Mon 31 Jul 2017, Milne Bay (Alotau) – 8am-6pm
Tue 1 Aug 2017, Kitava – 8am-4pm
Wed 2 Aug 2017, Rabaul – 8am-5pm
Thu 3 Aug 2017, Kirwana Island, Trobriand Islands – 9am-5pm
Fri 4 Aug 2017, Conflict Islands – 8am-5pm
Sat 5 Aug 2017, at sea
Sun 6 Aug 2017, at sea
Mon 7 Aug 2017, Brisbane – arrive 8am

THE SHIP
The voyage is on P&O’s Pacific Aria, and this newly renovated ship has one of the best for conference facilities that we’ve ever seen. The Unlock the Past cruise group will have exclusive access to two of the three conference rooms for the duration of the cruise.

This ship has 9 guest decks, and can cater for a total of 1500 passengers. And as you would expect with a cruise ship it has numerous restaurants, bars, and entertainment areas. But have a look at the video below for more.

THE SPEAKERS
Dr Tom Lewis OAM
Kerry Farmer
Rob Hamilton
Shauna Hicks
Eric Kopittke
Rosemary Kopittke
Helen Smith

For more details about speakers, click here.

THE PROGRAM
The program features 40 presentations with a special Pacific war stream by lead presenter Dr Tom Lewis. It will also include Research Help Zone sessions (one-on-one help from experts) and as the conference is held on sea days, it won’t conflict with time in port to go and sightsee.

Just a few of the topics on the Preliminary program include:
– Big brushes and big guns: The Japanese attack on the half of the world (T. Lewis)
– Online newspapers and eResources: Are you making the most of them? (S. Hicks)
– Land a property records England (R. Kopittke)
– DNA: Which test and why? (H. Smith)
– Treatment of Germans during the World Wars (E. Kopittke)
– What does Freemasonry offer genealogists (R. Hamilton)
– Mapping ancestors in Australia (S. Hicks)
– Maps and gazetteers for German research (E. Kopittke)
– What we still don’t know about the Japanese war against Australia (T. Lewis)
– Deliving into Australasia wills and probates for family history (S. Hicks)

To see the full Preliminary program, click here.

MORE DETAILS
For more information on this cruise visit the Unlock the Past cruises website, phone them on (08) 8263 2055, or for booking queries you can contact Ciaran at Clean Cruising on 1800 121 187 and he’ll be able to help you.

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Great fun, great friends, great genealogy, and great places to see – that’s what you’ll find on a Unlock the Past cruise. We hope you can join us on this one, or another in the future.

 

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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/#comments 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/#comments 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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Search 10 Million Irish Catholic Parish Records for Free! http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/search-10-million-irish-catholic-parish-records-free/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/search-10-million-irish-catholic-parish-records-free/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 03:03:26 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19214 If 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 […]

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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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