Genealogy & History News Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:22:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Free Access to Ancestry’s Immigration Records (2-5 October) Fri, 02 Oct 2015 03:51:39 +0000 Ancestry - Free Immigration Weekend

Findmypast had a free records weekend recently, and now it’s Ancestry’s turn, and they’re offering ALL of their immigration records free for everyone to use from 2-5 October, which at least for some Australian states, is a long weekend. So this is perfect timing!

While this is only a portion of their records, there’s a lot available as you’ll see from the data collections listed below.

To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address, and they will then send you a username and password to access the records.

*Access to the records in the immigration collections will be free until 11.59 pm Monday 5 October 2015 AEDT.

Start searching the immigration records now

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Be a Part of the Find A Grave Community Day 2015 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 05:10:10 +0000 Find-A-Grave-community-day-2015Last year Ancestry organised the “Find A Grave Community Day“, and it was an amazing success thanks to everyone who participated … there were more than 100 meet-up points around the globe, and more than 100 cemeteries were visited, and people contributed more than 250,000 photos on the days leading up to, and on, Find A Grave Community Day 2014.

Now Ancestry and Find A Grave have high hopes of beating that 2014 record, and their next global meetup is scheduled for Saturday, 17th October. While they love to photograph graves in cemeteries in general, they also have the aim of it being to fulfill hundreds of thousands of photo requests still outstanding on Find A Grave.

“We all know how important cemeteries are to our family history research. Your work to fulfill outstanding photo requests and building memorials helps people around the world who cannot visit these cemeteries in person. We know a lot of this is done on an individual basis and we thought it would be great to try and organize a single day to come together as a group in your local community to meet one another while you do what you love to do.

Last year we had meetups in 100 citiesand we hope to expand even further this year. Please note, these events are all volunteer run and are easy to set up. We hope you will be inspired to host an event in your local town and add it to the list below.”


So if you are interested and are wondering what you can do, and how to go about it, Find A Grave have given details on how you can participate …

How to Participate
If you would like to participate, the first step is to see if your city is listed on our Facebook events page, here. If it is, click on name of the city to see the cemetery (or if the city is large, a list of cemeteries) that will be hosting the event. If you find a cemetery you want to help with, simply click the ‘Join’ button on the right of the screen, just below the event cover image.

It will also give you the option to share this event on the social web to let your friends know about it and we hope you do – all are welcome!

If your city is not located in this list, we encourage you to contact a cemetery near you and ask them if it would be alright if you visited on Saturday, October 17th to take photos of graves that will be uploaded to Please be sure to ask permission before you arrive.

Once the cemetery confirms this is ok, please go to our Google Doc and provide your Find A Grave Day meetup location including city and state, province or country, the time of your meetup, and Find A Grave cemetery URL.

We will upload new meetup locations on our Facebook events page each day so check back frequently.

[At the time of writing this post, there are Find A Grave Community Day events scheduled in Australia, England, Irealand and the US … but here’s hoping a heap more will be added in the coming days and weeks.]


What to Do on Saturday, 17th October
To ensure a successful day, we encourage you to look up the cemetery you will be visiting and go through the list of the outstanding photo requests. Some cemeteries have one, others have hundreds. Then work with cemetery staff a week or two before the day of the event to locate the graves you are wishing to photograph on a map. Most offices are more than happy to look up the name and provide the section and plot number for each request. Just please keep in mind asking them to do 100 might be taxing on their staff. Let them know how many you are trying to fulfill and then let them advise what makes the most sense based on their own resources.

We have put together a page of resources for you here. Be sure to go through that before the event. Items include a cemetery etiquette guide, a link to download the Find a Grave mobile app where you can batch upload photos (iOS and Android compatible) and where you can easily search for your local cemetery.

Ancestry and Find A Grave staff members will be attending a select number of events across the globe and we’ll post an update on exact locations in the next week or two. Our hope is to be able to meet many of you in person, and that you have the opportunity to meet others in the community who share your love of cemeteries and giving back.

Make a day of it. Bring the family out. Meet other volunteers. Get to know your local cemetery staff a little bit better. Help those who cannot get to the cemetery in person secure a photo of their ancestors grave site (with or without the marker).

Then upload all the photos you take to If you are fulfilling a specific photo request for someone, you can go to the main cemetery page (this is the page for the cemetery that has the total number of records, photos of the cemetery, a map, etc.) and then click on “# photo requests.” Scroll down until you find the right person and then click on the ‘fulfill’ link on the right. You can upload the photo there and they will be notified you have done them a great service. And if you decide to share any of this on the social web (events, photos, videos, etc) please use the hashtags #FGDay and #FindAGrave if you can!


And while we’re on the topic of cemeteries and graves, here are some other topics that Find A Grave think you may find helpful:

If you plan on joining in, please let Find A Grave know where you will be and make sure to either RSVP for an existing event by checking their Facebook page for events here or registering your event so others can join by completing this quick form.

Will you be there?


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New Australian TV Show Reunites Long-Lost Relatives Thu, 24 Sep 2015 07:18:48 +0000 Australian family history buffs are going to get their genealogy fix when a new tv program goes to air.

Apart from the Australian edition of Who Do You Think You Are? and the various UK and US family history related shows that we get … there is new Australian TV documentary series coming that aims to help find long lost relatives, and they are currently looking for participants.

If you are desperate to trace a lost family member and have been searching with no success, they would like to hear from you – and perhaps they can help you (at no cost to you).

The press release states …

“We understand that this is a very emotional quest and we will always be very sensitive to seekers who respond to us.

The programme will follow the stories of people who have, for one reason or another, experienced long term separation from members of their family and are seeking to be reunited with them.

The aim of the programme is to help people who are struggling to find enough information to move closer to a reunion.  The programme hopes to track down lost relatives and follow the stories from the search through to the reunion.”

Please note this request relates to the assistance of the location of family members ONLY.  If you are searching for someone who is not a family member, please do not complete the form.

For details on who is eligible to apply, together with the submission form, please click here.

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Trove Digitises More Historical Australian Newspapers Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:55:48 +0000 newspaper_pileAustralia’s best free genealogical and historical resource, Trove continues to grow with more historical newspapers being digitised!!

The National Library of Australia are pleased to announce that the following newspapers have been recently added to Trove:

New South Wales
Chaser (The) (Glebe, NSW: 1999-2005)
Enterprise (The) (Katoomba, NSW: 1913)
Record of the Blue Mountains (The) (Katoomba, NSW: 1924)

Bowen Independent (Qld: 1911-1954)
Evening News (The) (Rockhampton, Qld: 1924-1941)
Pittsworth Sentinel (Qld: 1919-1954)
Truth (Brisbane, Qld: 1900-1954)

South Australia
Adelaide Chronicle and South Australian Advertiser (SA: 1839-1840)
Adelaide Chronicle and South Australian Literary Record (SA: 1840-1842)
Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA: 1869-1912)
Gadfly (Adelaide, SA: 1906-1909)
Journal (The) (Adelaide, SA: 1912-1923)
Millicent Times (The) (SA: 1891-1905)
Pioneer (The) (Yorketown, SA: 1898-1954)
Port Adelaide News (SA: 1878-1883)
Port Adelaide News and Commercial and Shipping Gazette (SA: 1878)
Port Adelaide News and Lefevre’s Peninsula Advertiser (SA: 1883-1897)
Port Augusta Dispatch (SA: 1877-1880)
Port Augusta Dispatch (SA: 1884)
Port Augusta Dispatch and Flinders’ Advertiser (SA: 1880-1884)
Port Augusta Dispatch, Newcastle and Flinders Chronicle (The) (SA: 1885-1916)
Port Pirie Standard and Barrier Advertiser (The) (SA: 1889-1898)
Saturday Journal (Adelaide, SA: 1923-1929)
South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register (Adelaide, SA: 1845-1847)
South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal (Adelaide, SA: 1847-1852)
South Eastern Times (The) (Millicent, SA: 1906-1954)
Times (Victor Harbor, SA: 1987-1999)
Whyalla News (SA: 1940-1954)

Colonist (The) (Launceston, Tas: 1888-1891)
Colonist and Van Diemen’s Land Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser (The) (Hobart Town, Tas: 1832-1834)
North West Post (The) (Formby, Tas: 1887-1916)
Tasmanian (The) (Launceston, Tas: 1871-1879)
Tasmanian (The) (Launceston, Tas: 1881-1895)
Tasmanian Daily News (The) (Hobart Town, Tas: 1855-1858)
Tasmanian Tribune (The) (Hobart Town, Tas: 1872-1876)
Tribune (Hobart, Tas: 1876-1879)
True Colonist Van Diemen’s Land Political Despatch, and Agricultural and Commercial…(The)  (Hobart Town, Tas: 1834-1844)

Bell’s Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic: 1857-1868)
Church of England Messenger (Melbourne, Vic: 1905)
Church of England Messenger (The) (Melbourne, Vic: 1870-1876)
Church of England Messenger and Ecclesiastical Gazette for the Diocese of Melbourne and Ballarat (The) (Vic: 1876-1889)
Church of England Messenger for the Diocese of Melbourne (The) (Vic: 1869)
Church of England Messenger for Victoria and Ecclesiastical Gazette for the Diocese of Melbourne  (The) (Vic: 1889-1905)
Dandenong Journal (The) (Vic: 1927-1954)
Hamilton Spectator and Grange District Advertiser (South Melbourne, Vic: 1860-1870)
Melbourne Leader (The) (Vic: 1861-1862)
Snowy River Mail and Tambo and Croajingolong Gazette (The) (Orbost, Vic: 1890-1911)
Tocsin (The) (Melbourne, Vic: 1897-1906)

Western Australia
Beverley Times (The) (WA: 1905-1977)
Black Range Courier and Sandstone Observer (The) (WA: 1907-1915)
Evening Star (The) (Boulder, WA: 1898-1921)
Laverton Mercury (Laverton, WA: 1899-1919)
Meekatharra Miner (WA: 1909-1918)
Moora Herald and Midlands District Advocate (The) (WA: 1914-1930)
Southern Argus and Wagin-Arthur Express (The) (Perth, WA: 1905-1924)
Southern Cross Times (The) (WA: 1920-1940)

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Findmypast is FREE All Weekend (18-21 September 2015)! Thu, 17 Sep 2015 04:42:15 +0000 FMP-free-weekend

Cancel all of your plans this weekend, and get ready for a full-on genealogy-fest as Findmypast have just announced that they are giving you FREE access to ALL of their records, all this weekend (18-21 September 2015). That’s over 4 billion records that you can search for free.

Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 9pm on Friday, September 18th to 9pm on Monday, September 21st (AEST), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

  • Millions of records you won’t find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection.
  • Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century
  • The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538
  • Historical newspapers from across the world, including more than 11 million British newspaper dating all the way back to 1710
  • The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
  • The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
  • Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
  • An easy to use online family tree builder, which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere

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

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

Terms & conditions
Free access lasts from 09:00 pm midday (AEST) on Friday 18th September 2015 until 08:59am (AEST) on Monday 21st March 2015. To access the records you will need to be signed in at Findmypast: you can register for free using your name, email address and country of residence. The free access excludes the UK Electoral Registers (2002-2013) and the UK Companies House Directors (2002-2013) record sets. Free access is subject to our fair usage policy: each account may view up to a maximum of 1,000 records per day.

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

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 30 (Sep-Oct 2015) is Out Now Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:33:53 +0000 Inside History Magazine - 2015-09Issue 30 of Australia’s premier genealogy and history magazine, Inside History Magazine has hit the newsagent shelves and the letterboxes of subscribers, and as usual it is another issue of cover-to-cover reading.

In this one Inside History Magazine debates the landing of the First Fleet and the question, is history wrong? First Fleet historians Michael Flynn and Gary Sturgess have been investigating where exactly the First Fleet came ashore on 26 January 1788, and their conclusion (and evidence for it), makes fascinating reading. While no one doubts that the landing took place at Port Jackson, exactly where in Sydney Cove has been a subject of contention for nearly 130 years!

Also included is the Parramatta Female Factory which was the scene of Australia’s first known riot by women. You’ll find out how you can support the ongoing battle to have this important precinct preserved.

The Inside History Magazine team headed to Canberra to discover the best places to start your genealogy research, and they interviewed celebrities Ray Martin and Luke Nguyen about being a part of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 7.

The reading continues with the “Postie’s Here”, “Bob’s Your Uncle”, and “Cup of Tea with Barbara Hall”, “The Latest News” and “Ask Our Experts” sections. The “What’s New Online” section contains a 85 new genealogy resources which will have you racing to your computer to check them all out!!

And if that isn’t enough, you’ll even find books reviews and the latest history and genealogy apps.

You can buy the printed copies of the magazine from Inside History directly, and a number of societies and newsagents around Australia stock it as well (Click here to see a list of stockists).  For a sneak peek of this issue, and past issues check out Issuu.

So if you love Australian history and genealogy, and reading, you really can’t go past Inside History Magazine!



Copies of the current issue (and back issues) can be bought from the Inside History website. Or you can subscribe to the magazine
AUD$9.95 / NZ$10.95 per issue
AUD$25.00 / NZ$45.00 6 mth subscription (3 issues)
AUD$50.00 / NZ$90.00 1 year subscription (6 issues)
AUD$85.00 / NZ$125.00 2 year subscription (12 issues)
AUD$125.00 / NZ$165.00 3 year subscription (18 issues)

iPad edition (available from the iTunes Store)
Android & Desktop edition (available from Zinio)

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New South Wales 1828 Census Householders’ Returns Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:11:38 +0000 1828 NSW census

The 1828 New South Wales Census was Australia’s first census and took place in November of that year. Previous government statistics were based on “musters”, a head count of assembled convicts and settlers. In 1828 the white population of the whole of Australia was 36,598, made up of 20,870 free settlers and 15,728 convicts. There were 638 of that total white population living in what is now Queensland and just over 18,100 in Tasmania. Almost a quarter were born in the colony and a quarter were women while 25,248 were Protestants, with 11,236 Catholic. Indigenous Australians were not counted.

The 1828 census is the only complete 19th century census to have survived and consists of original householders’ returns; meaning that the form was filled in and signed by householders on census night rather than the more usual enumerators’ books. Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original record held by State Records New South Wales.

Containing nearly 10,000 records, the 1828 New South Wales Census was the first census ever to be taken in Australia. Previous government statistics were based on “musters”, a head count of assembled convicts and settlers.

And to protect individual privacy, national censuses were destroyed after the statistical information had been collected. These records are the original householders’ returns. In other words, the form was filled in, and signed by householders on census night rather than the more usual enumerators’ books.

Forms typically include the individuals name, occupation, birth year, arrival year, ship name, residence, class (whether free settler or class of convict) sentence, religion and details of their land and livestock.

Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original record. The amount of information can vary but you can find out the following about your ancestor:

  • Name
  • Occupation
  • Birth year
  • Arrival year
  • Residence
  • Ship name
  • Sentence

The image often contains further information including:

  • Class – whether someone was a Free settler (FS), Bonded convict (BC), had a Ticket of Leave (TL) or a Certificate of Freedom (CF)
  • Religion
  • Total number of acres
  • Number of acres farmed
  • Number of acres cleared
  • Number of horned cattle
  • Number of horses
  • Number of sheep

This is an incredible record that has survived, from such an early (I know know early for the rest of the world, but early for Australia) period of Australia’s history.

And just a reminder that back in 1828, New South Wales covered a whole heap more of Australia than the New South Wales as we know it today. So Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and even New Zealand technically “were” New South Wales back then.

[source: Wikipedia]

[source: Wikipedia]

Search the New South Wales 1828 Census records now.

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One Million World War II POW Records Now Online Thu, 10 Sep 2015 03:32:06 +0000

Allied prisoners of war after the liberation of Changi Prison, Singapore, c.1945 [source: Wikipedia]

Last week Findmypast published details of one million records of service men, women and civilians who were taken captive as POWs during World War II are published online for the first time.

The publication, in association with The National Archives, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on all fronts on 2 September and the anniversary on 5 September of the liberation of the notorious Changi Prison camp, located on the eastern side of Singapore.

For the first time online, relatives and historians can search through the records of some of the most infamous POW camps of World War II. Included are the records for Stalag Luft III, the Nazi camp renowned for the mass escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners that inspired the film The Great Escape, and the Far East Prisoner of War camps immortalised in films such as The Railway Man.

The records cover the period 1939-1945 and contain the names, ranks and locations of Prisoners of War, along with the length of time spent in camps, the number of survivors, details of escapees and the nationalities of prisoners. Britons represent the largest number in the collection, followed by Dutch, Americans and Australians. In addition to this type of data, the collection comprises 360,000 images, including pages from personal diaries and photographs. Many official World War II records remain classified, making this an invaluable resource enabling members of the public to research the histories of relatives and those held captive during the war.

Prisoners of War 1939-1945 forms part of the wider Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection. To find out more about these fascinating records, visit

Included in the records are:

  • Ronald Searle, whose harrowing sketches depicting the inhumanity of life in the camps of the Far East are in stark contrast to the much-loved St Trinian’s cartoons for which he is most known
  • Immunologist Dr Bill Frankland: at 103 years old (and still a practising doctor), he is just one of many prisoners who did not speak of their experiences until very recently
  • Eric Lomax, whose defining account of life in the camps, The Railway Man, was made into a major feature film starring Colin Firth
  • The names of the 76 escapees from Stalag Luft III, immortalised in The Great Escape, grouped according to their fates
  • Archibald Henry Flanagan, father of the Australian novelist Richard Flanagan, whose haunting traumatic experiences as a Far East POW inspired The Road to the Deep North which won the Man Booker Prize in 2014
  • Accounts showing that the shooting of British POWs by the Nazi’s – in defiance of the Geneva Convention – was conducted at the ‘express personal orders’ of Hitler.

Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast, says: ‘Many of those who were captured during WWII endured barbaric conditions and found it difficult on their return to discuss the experience. Today’s publication allows the public to explore their story, and learn more about this dark period.’

David Langrish, Military Records Specialist at The National Archives says: ‘Extraordinary stories of ordinary men and women whose lives were caught up in the calamities of war have been told for years, but the online publication of these records makes it much easier for a wider audience to research this period and even find members of their own family. The National Archives are committed to widening access to our shared national records and the publication of these files is a significant development in facilitating this.’

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220,000 of Francis Frith’s Vintage UK Photos on Ancestry Sun, 06 Sep 2015 13:58:53 +0000 logo - Francis FrithFrancis Frith was an English photographer whose name became synonomous with photographing not only the Middle East, but also thousands of UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland) cities, towns and villages from the 1850s. Frith is recognised as one of the great pioneers of photography. The Francis Frith Company was founded in 1860 and published photographs which were sold to tourists as souvenirs, and later as postcards.

It is the UK images (over 220,000 of them) that are included in this collection on Ancestry’s website. Covering over 7000 different places, the photos are primarily topographical – of towns, landmarks and landscapes. These include thousands of individual streets, churches, castles, landscapes, businesses, bridges, municipal buildings and locations that have been important in individuals’ lives.

Frith is best known today for the amazing archive his company created. His collection is famous as an outstanding record of British towns and villages over 110 years and provides a lot of information about everyday life over that period, often photographing the same place years apart – which gives a unique perspective of the place, building or landscape over time.

Lemon Street c1890, Truro, Cornwall

Lemon Street c1890, Truro, Cornwall

Royal Lunatic Asylum c1878, Lancaster, Lancashire

Royal Lunatic Asylum c1878, Lancaster, Lancashire

Search the Francis Frith Collection on Ancestry
click here

Further information:
The Francis Frith website
Francis Frith’s biography on Wikipedia
Ancestry’s blog post about the Collection

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – August 2015 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:50:27 +0000 Inspiring Blogs 300Welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blog post. Here are a collection of posts that I’ve read during August that I’ve found intriguing, useful and/or inspiring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy reading 😉

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on #AskACurator Day, click here

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

A filled in book like this is a true treasure.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Fortunately, the problem is easy to fix:

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

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

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

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

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

Have you participated in any? Or hosted one even?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register your event
Register your event now.


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

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

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

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

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





Germany and Prussia

Germany and Prussia

Norway and Sweden

Norway and Sweden



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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Victoria Passenger List PROV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

here's the family photo album

here’s the family photo album

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

scanning the photos with the Flip-Pal

scanning the photos with the Flip-Pal

still scanning

still scanning

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

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

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

one of the scanned images from the album

one of the scanned images from the album

we made sure we scanned the names too

we made sure we scanned the names too

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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