Genealogy & History News http://www.gouldgenealogy.com Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:26:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Historical Australian Birth, Death and Marriage Records http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/historical-australian-birth-death-marriage-records/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/historical-australian-birth-death-marriage-records/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:26:50 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=20014 Birth, death and marriage records (best known as BDM records or certificates) are without a doubt an important part of a family historians research. You can glean so much from just one certificate. Now I've created a list of the Australian registrars of births, marriages and deaths.

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Birth, death and marriage records (best known as BDM records or certificates) are without a doubt an important part of a family historians research. You can glean so much from just one certificate: alternate name spellings, address, mother’s maiden name, father name, or even no father listed, witnesses, informants and more.

I’ve created a listing below giving details of the Registrar of each Australian state and territory, when their records started, details of their privacy period, and cost of their BDM certificates.

While most Australian registrars still require you to submit details and a physical paper copy of the certificate is mailed out to you, the Queensland and Victorian registrars are moving with the times, as they’ve recently digitised their historical certificates and now offer them as downloads. Wouldn’t it be nice if EVERY state offered this?

While indexes are useful, they most certainly don’t give you all the details that a certificate does. So if you can, it pays to get a copy of the original, or at least a transcription of it if that’s offered.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
registration commenced 1 January 1930
(records prior to 1930 were registered in the NSW Registry)
births over 100 years ago, marriages over 75 years, and deaths over 30 years
Printed copies – $45.00
Registrar: Access Canberra

New South Wales (NSW)
registration commenced 1 March 1856
births over 100 years, marriages over 50 years, and deaths over 30 years
Printed copies – $32.00
Registrar: NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Search the free index online: NSW BDM Index 1788-1986

Northern Territory (NT)
registration commenced 24 August 1870
(records between 1856-1863 were registered in the NSW Registry)
(records between 1863-1870 were registered in the SA Registry)
births over 80 years ago, marriages over 60 years ago, and deaths over 30 years ago
Printed copies – $44.00
Registrar: NT.gov.au

Queensland (QLD)
registration commenced 1 March 1856
births over 100 years ago, marriages over 75 years ago, and deaths over 30 years ago
Printed copies – $29.00
Download copies – $20.70
Registrar: Queensland Government
Search the free index online: Queensland BDM Index 1829-1986

South Australia (SA)
registration commenced 1 June 1842
births over 100 years ago, marriages over 75 years ago, and deaths over 30 years ago
Printed copies – $47.75
Registrar: Consumer and Business Services

Tasmania (TAS)
registration commenced 1 December 1838
births over 100 years ago, marriages over 75 years ago, and deaths over 25 years ago
Printed copies – $47.43
Registrar: Department of Justice
Search the free index online: Tasmanian Name Index
Browse the free images and part index online at FamilySearch: Tasmanian BDM 1803-1933 images

Victoria (VIC)
registration commenced 1 July 1853
births over 100 years ago, marriages over 75 years ago, and deaths over 30 years ago
Printed copies – $31.80
Download copies – $24.60
Registrar: Births, Deaths, Marriage Victoria
Search the free index online: Victorian BDM Index 1853-1988

Western Australia (WA)
registration commenced 1 September 1841
births over 85 years ago, marriages over 80 years ago, and deaths over 45 years ago
Printed copies – $48.00
Uncertified copies – $20.00
Registrar: Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Search the free index online: Western Australian BDM Index 1832-1971

* You can also find details of many Australian BDM records (not all – so be sure to check the fine print), on both Ancestry.com.au and Findmypast.com.au. Note these are indexes, not original images, and you will need a subscription.

* Note: all prices are in Australian dollars and exclude postage costs. Prices are correct as at the time of writing, though they are subject to change.

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October is fast approaching, so it’s Spring in the southern half of the world, with Autumn (or Fall) in the north, both of which normally (excluding the crazy amount of rain that half of Australia’s had recently) are great times to get out and about cemetery visiting.

Anyway we know you don’t NEED a reason to go to a cemetery, as you’ll stop at any you see along the way anytime you’re out for a drive. But just in case … Find A Grave are having their 3rd Annual worldwide “Community Meetup” on the weekend of Friday 7 October, to Sunday 9 October.

With groups already registered in many countries around the world (including several states in Australia), it’s exciting to see that details of more headstones are going to be photographed and transcribed and therefore preserved.

Their announcement mentions the following …

We are hosting this global meetup starting on Friday, October 7– Sunday, October 9th to fulfill hundreds of thousands of photo requests still outstanding on Find A Grave, and to document those cemeteries and gravesites that are not currently on our site.

Cemeteries are incredibly valuable to family history research. Volunteers who build memorials for each grave and ensure all cemeteries are documented around the world help those who are unable to visit these cemeteries in person.

We know a lot of this is done on an individual basis, but why not take this chance to meet fellow cemetery lovers in your area? That’s why we’ve organized an entire weekend to come together as a group in your local community to meet one another while you do what you love to do.

In the past two years we had meetups in hundreds of cities and we hope to continue that success.

How to Participate
The first step is to see if your city is listed on our map 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, log into the Find A Grave Forum and join the event.

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 between Friday, October 7 to  Sunday, October 9 to take photos of graves which will be uploaded to FindAGrave.comPlease be sure to ask permission before you arrive.

Once the cemetery confirms this is ok, please add your event to the global calendar.

  • To do this, you will need to be a member of Find A Grave. It’s free and you can sign up here.
  • Then, you need to sign up for the Community Forums, which is also free.
  • If you’re just creating a login for the Find A Grave Community Forum, you will receive a confirmation email after creating your account that states your registration is pending approval. The approval email should be received within a few minutes after confirming your email address and account.
  • Once you are logged into the Forums, just register for an existing event or add your own.
  • If you wish to add your own, simply fill out the registration form above the map to submit your event, and we’ll add it to the global calendar within 48 hours.

CemeteryWhat to Do at the Cemetery
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 and others have dozens or hundreds of open photo requests. 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 review this guide before heading out to the cemetery. Items include cemetery etiquette, 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.

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 by securing a photo of their ancestors grave sites (with or without the marker).

Then upload all the photos you take to FindAGrave.com. 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 hashtags #FGDay and #FindAGrave!

More information:
Visit the Find A Grave Community Weekend website: http://www.ancestry.com/cs/find-a-grave-community-day

Some helpful FAQs:

Social Media:
Don’t forget to share (with hastags of course) your participation in Find A Grave weekend on social media and invite others to join you! And you can follow Find A Grave on Facebook or Twitter and share which cemeteries you’ll be visiting.

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13 Tips for Attending a Genealogy Conference or Expo http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/13-tips-attending-genealogy-conference-expo/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/13-tips-attending-genealogy-conference-expo/#respond Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:10:23 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19991 Most family history researchers at some stage take the plunge and attend a genealogy conference or Expo. For some it might be one in your local area, for others it might be a national event in your country. While others go to the big international ones. Unlock The Past’s Australian History & Genealogy Expo is […]

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Most family history researchers at some stage take the plunge and attend a genealogy conference or Expo. For some it might be one in your local area, for others it might be a national event in your country. While others go to the big international ones.

Unlock The Past’s Australian History & Genealogy Expo is just a couple of weeks away, RootsTech is on in February next year, Who Do You Think You Are? Live in on next April, and Congress is is a couple of years away in 2018. Of course there are plenty of other genealogy events in between at a more local level, but these are the bigger name ones.

Having attended many genealogy events over the years, I thought I’d share a few tips, so those who are new to the genealogy conference scene can make the most of it.

1. Wear comfortable shoes – it might sound silly, but you’ll thank me.

2. Wear layers – from experience it can be hot outside, but with the a/c on rooms where talks are held it can be freezing. Or alternatively it can be freezing outside, but hot inside – particularly in the exhibitor hall, so layers are the way to go.

3. Notebook – if you’re planning on attending talks, bring a notebook. You can jot down notes of the talk if you need, or any other things you come across – such as people you meet, or contacts you want to follow up! Generally you don’t need to note everything in the talks, as speakers offer handouts which you can download later.

4. Have your tree handy – you may have your tree on an app on your tablet or smartphone, or on a program on your laptop. Any of these are fine, or even have part of it printed out that you can carry with you, and have as reference if needed. You really never know who you’ll meet that might be connected. I’ve seen it happen many times over the years.

5. Brickwalls – if you have a brickwall that you’re stuck on, bring details (including where you’ve already looked). Unlock the Past has the “Research Help Zone”, and Who Do You Think You? Live live has “Ask The Experts”, these are one-on-one session with experts to try and help you with your brickwall. The more prepared you are with this the better.

6. Don’t try to go to “every” talk – if you do this you’ll totally suffer from brain drain, and once you hit that point nothing will go in! I know, I’ve been there. So take the time to look over the program. Do it in advance if you can. Unlock the Past have their Expo Program up now which you can download, so that will give you some time to plan ahead.

7. Have cash and credit card – I mention this as not every vendor accepts credit card, so make sure you have some cash with you.

8. Put your phone on silent – this is just a courtesy one. If you’re attending talks, please put your phone on silent. People are there to hear the speaker, not your phone.

9. No recording or photos of talks – this is a standard practice now at events. While the speakers are generally happy for one photo prior to or after the talk (generally for social media purposes), taking photos during, particularly of the slides is a big no-no, as is the recording of the talk itself.

10. Food and drink – while most events do have food available onsite for you to buy, it’s also handy to carry a bottle of water and some snacks with you, because if the event is an all day one, or even several days, you will need the sustenance.

11. Get your seat early – if there is a particular talk you REALLY want to go to, get there early (as long as there isn’t already a talk on in that room). There are many popular speaker who are known to fill rooms before they start. But also if there early, please don’t sit on the end seat which then means everyone has to squeeze past you to get to one further down – again just courtesy.

12. Bring a bag or backpack – most conferences give you a bag as part of the registration kit, but it’s always handy ‘just-in-case’ to bring your own. Apart from having a bag to carry your own things in (notepad, ipad, laptop, drink bottle, pens etc), you never know what else you might find to buy.

13. Bring business cards – some call them business cards some call them contact cards, either way they are useful for you to be able to hand out to those you might meet. Now as a newbie going to a genealogy conference you might wonder why you would need them … putting it simply “you never know” who’ll you’ll meet. Many I’ve seen simply have their name, email, maybe their blog if they blog, and the surnames they are researching! Smart idea isn’t it.

ENJOY THE VIBE. When you’re together with a whole bunch of people who have the same interest/obsession as you, who are so enthused about it, there is a vibe. And unless you’ve been to a genie conference it’s hard to describe the energy and vibe that you get from it. But trust me, there’s nothing like it, so enjoy it.

So that covers the basics. And I hope if you are attending any genealogy conference soon, that this will be of help to you. And I wish you all the best for your continued research.

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Top 6 Titles for Irish Family History http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/top-6-titles-for-irish-family-history/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/top-6-titles-for-irish-family-history/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:41:03 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=20001 Do you have Irish ancestors and need some guidance on how to go about researching your family history? Such as where to look and what’s even available? Here are the 6 top sellers in the Irish family history and genealogy range that we sell. Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians – Ian […]

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Do you have Irish ancestors and need some guidance on how to go about researching your family history? Such as where to look and what’s even available? Here are the 6 top sellers in the Irish family history and genealogy range that we sell.

Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians – Ian Maxwell
This second edition of ‘Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors’ is an expert introduction for the family historian to the wealth of material available to researcers in archives throughout Northern Ireland. Many records, like the early twentieth-century census returns and school registers, will be familiar to researchers, but others are often overlooked by all but the most experienced of genealogists.
Item Code: PNS285
More Details: on our website

Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians – Chris Paton
Ireland has probably experienced more tragedy when it comes to the preservation of resources for family historians than any other region of the British Isles. Many of the nation’s primary records were lost during the civil war in 1922 and through other equally tragic means. But in this book Chris Paton, well-known Northern-Irish-born author, shows that not only has a great deal of information survived, it is also increasingly being made available online.
Item Code: PNS261
More Details: on our website

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Compele Guide – John Grenham
John Grenham’s book has long been regarded as the ‘bible’ of Irish genealogy, and is considered as a ‘must’ for everyone who is researching their Irish roots. This fourth edition of ‘Tracing Your Irish Ancestors’ embraces online research as an essential part of any Irish family history project. He includes detailed guides to Irish online records throughout the book, discussing the idiosyncrasies of the digital versions of sources and outlining research strategies. The sheer scale of digitisation can make it both easier and more confusing to do research, and makes a guide such as this all the more essential. Along with its step-by-step instructions in the location and use of traditional genealogical records, its discussion of civil records of birth, marriage, and death, as well as land records and wills, and its list of Roman Catholic parish records and source lists— all expanded, updated, and indexed–it is easily the most useful book in Irish genealogy.
Item Code: GAM007
More Details: on our website

Irish Family History Resources Online – Chris Paton
Many records still exist which can help with your ancestral pursuits, and for those unable to make their way to Ireland to carry out research, the internet is finally coming to the rescue, as more and more material is increasingly finding it’s way online by the day. This revised and fully updated Unlock the Past guide explores the key repositories and records now available online, and will prove to you that if you have been put off with Irish research in the past, now is absolutely the time to take another look.
Item Code: UTP0282
More Details: on our website

Discover Irish Land Records – Chris Paton
The questions that drive us with family history research in Ireland are no different to those asked anywhere else in the world. We need to find the records that tell us who our ancestors were, when and where they lived, and how they related to others. In this guide book, Chris Paton takes a look at the potential to be found within Irish land records. Amongst documents of ownership and tenancy, valuation and tithes records, documents for inheritance, censuses, and many other resources, there are ancestral stories lying dormant and waiting to be found. In this guide, he demonstrates how to find them.
Item Code: UTP0287
More Details: on our website

A New Genealgical Atlas of Ireland – Brian Mitchell
The 2nd edition of this book is not only valuable for tracing your pre-1864 ancestors in church records but also for locating your post-1864 ancestor in civil records, for this volume provides descriptions and maps of the parochial and civil administrative divisions to which all major Irish record sources are linked. To aid the researcher in identifying the precise location of the administrative divisions, and thus their jurisdiction, the author has drawn at least four, and sometimes five, maps for every county. The first county map depicts the civil/Church of Ireland parishes; the second shows the baronies and Church of Ireland dioceses; the third map illustrates the poor law unions and the parishes included within the probate districts serving that county; the fourth plots Roman Catholic parishes and dioceses; and the fifth locates Presbyterian congregations for the nine counties of Northern Ireland. Three maps of Ireland are also included to show the area covered by each county, diocese, and probate district. In addition, the book describes all of the major record sources of Ireland. These maps provide the clues to the Irish origins of millions of people, making this atlas indispensable for tracing ancestors in Ireland!
Item Code: GPC096
More Details: on our website

The titles listed above are only 6 of the hundreds of Irish history and genealogy related titles that we list. For more Irish products visit our website: https://www.gould.com.au/overseas/ireland/.

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114 Million Irish Records, FREE for Four Days http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/114-million-irish-records-free-four-days/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/114-million-irish-records-free-four-days/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:13:25 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19989 If you think there’s not much available for researching your Irish ancestors, Findmypast will certainly will prove you wrong on that one. One of the world’s leading family history websites, Findmypast has today announced that they will be granting four days of free access to their entire collection of more than 114 million Irish records, […]

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If you think there’s not much available for researching your Irish ancestors, Findmypast will certainly will prove you wrong on that one.

One of the world’s leading family history websites, Findmypast has today announced that they will be granting four days of free access to their entire collection of more than 114 million Irish records, which is the largest available for Ireland anywhere online.

For Australian’s you’ll be able to access this from 5.00pm Thursday 15th September through until 9.00am Monday 19th September (AEST), and you get access to all Irish birth, marriage, death, census, social history, immigration and military records that are currently available on Findmypast.

The reason they’re offering their records free, is to celebrate the landmark publication of more than 3 million historic Irish records released in association with the National Archives of Ireland and FamilySearch. The release consists of a wide range of documents including original wills, lists of Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism, land valuation records and merchant navy crew lists. Take note: these records date back to pre-famine Ireland and will be completely free to search forever.

Spanning over 220 years of Irish history from 1701 to 1922, the release is comprised of four highly valuable National Archives of Ireland collections including:

Original Will Registers 1858-1920
Over 181,000 records forming the largest collection of surviving wills for the post-1858 period for the Republic of Ireland. The registers allow researchers to explore the pages of wills to discover where their family lived, what assets they had, if it was left to relatives, and if anyone was left out due to a family feud.

Qualification and Convert Rolls 1701-1845
Lists of over 52,000 Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism. During the harsh Penal Laws of the 18th century, Irish Catholics were restricted from owning property or running businesses. Many chose to either convert (at least legally) to the established Church or swear loyalty in front of a court in order to qualify for certain rights

Valuation Office books 1824-1856
These land and house surveys kept by the Valuation Office of Ireland contain over 2 million names. The books that make up this collection were preparatory to the Griffith’s Valuation, and provide a comprehensive assessment of the rental value of Irish lands and property from the mid-1820s to the mid-1850s. The books reveal where and when individuals rented or owned property and provide rare glimpses of life in pre-famine Ireland

Merchant Navy Crew lists 1857-1922
These indexed lists records the details of over 832,000 men and women who served with the Merchant Navy. The original lists were extensive and provided detailed information for each crew member, where and when they were born, and their life at sea. The lists not only cover Irish sailors but also include natives of Norway, Russia, Sweden, America and Germany, to name but a few

This is the first time these important National Archives of Ireland collections have been fully indexed with digitised images of the original papers linked online. All four collections are fully searchable, providing relatives and historians from all over the world with opportunities to discover more about their Irish heritage through documents that, until today, could only by accessed by visiting the Archive’s reading rooms in Dublin.

Findmypast is home to the most comprehensive online archive of Irish family history records with over 114 million documents published in partnership with The National Archives of Ireland, The National Archives UK, and a host of other local, county and national archives.

Happy Searching for your Irish roots!

http://www.findmypast.com.au/irish-ancestors

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#AskACurator Day – 14 September 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/askacurator-day-14-september-2014/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/askacurator-day-14-september-2014/#respond Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:02:37 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19980 #AskACurator Day is back for 2016, and it’s year it’s bigger than ever! 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 […]

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#AskACurator Day is back for 2016, and it’s year it’s bigger than ever!

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. This year there’s almost double that number taking part!

Wikipedia’s definition of curator says …  “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.”

Just like #AskAnArchivist Day, 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 of them can reply.

THE DATE
Firstly the date it’s all happening is 14 September 2016, so be sure to diary date it. It starts on the 14th September wherever you are in the world. As Australia is ahead of other countries is is still going on by the time we get to the 15th – so sort of goes for a day and a bit for us, particularly if you are tweeting overseas organisations.

THE QUESTIONS
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.

CAN I PARTICIATE?
AskACurator Day is open to everyone – both to those doing the asking, and those at the archives – the more the merrier for both – but you will need to be on Twitter to do so. This is a global event, and it’s great to see archives from so many counties already on the list to participate (currently almost 1300 archives taking part all around the world, with 53 of them from Australia).

WHO’S PARTICIPATING?
To view the current list of archives taking part in #AskACurator Day click here. But those from Australia that are currently listed are as below and what an amazing group of archives, museums and heritage centres are taking place. You can find all of their Twitter handles on the AskACurator website.
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian War Memorial
Black Diamond Heritage Centre
Carclew Foyer Gallery
Carnamah Historical Society & Museum
Creative Industries Precinct
Geelong Gallery
Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History
History SA
Golden Dragon Museum
Hurstville Museum & Gallery
Kenneth Tyler Collection: National Gallery of Australia
Migration Museum
Mundaring District Museum
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
Museum of Brisbane
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Museum Victoria
Museum Victoria’s Discovery Centre
Museum National Gallery of Victoria
Australia National Archives of Australia
National Gallery of Australia
National Film and Sound Archive
National Library of Australia
National Museum of Australia
National Motor Museum
National Portrait Gallery
Nicholson Museum
QAGOMA
Qantas Founders Museum
AustraliaQUT Creative Industries Precinct
Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art
Queensland Maritime Museum
Queensland Museum
QUT Art Museum
QUT The Cube
RMIT Gallery
SA Community History (History SA)
South Australian Maritime Museum
South Australian Museum
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
State Library of Queensland
State Library of South Australia
State Library of New South Wales
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Tweed Regional Museum
Victorian Collections
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

MORE INFO?
For more on #AskACurator Day, click here

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Diploma of Family History Now Available Through UTAS http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/diploma-family-history-now-available-utas/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/diploma-family-history-now-available-utas/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 07:33:36 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19966 If you’ve decided to take your genealogy education to the next level with some study, the University of Tasmania (UTAS) are offering a Diploma of Family History that you can do online. The Diploma of Family History builds your skills and knowledge in finding and interpreting information about your ancestors (or even someone else’s), and […]

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If you’ve decided to take your genealogy education to the next level with some study, the University of Tasmania (UTAS) are offering a Diploma of Family History that you can do online.

The Diploma of Family History builds your skills and knowledge in finding and interpreting information about your ancestors (or even someone else’s), and sharing family stories with others. It’s not solely about the paper trail though. Objects, images, and places also play a part in learning about the past. You will also learn about organising, storing, and conserving knowledge for future generations.

The Diploma is made up of eight units. The four foundation-level units are free, and HECS Scholarships are available that cover half of the tuition fees for the second level units. You will be charged a tuition fee of 50% for these units. In effect, you are receiving eight units for the fee of two. Can’t beat that for value!!

Foundation Units
Introduction to Family History (7 weeks)
Writing Family History (9 weeks, with a break over Christmas/New Year)
Convict Ancestors (8 weeks)
Place, Image, Object (9 weeks, with a break over Easter)

Second Level Units
Writing the Family Saga (6 weeks)
Convicts and their Legacy (7 weeks)
Oral History (7 weeks)
Families at War (9 weeks, with a break over Easter)

Each course starts at a different time so check the UTAS website for dates on when each is next scheduled: http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/diploma-of-family-history

For more information:
email: ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au
phone: (03) 6226 6365

 

 

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Is Your Family Buried Here? http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/is-your-family-buried-here/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/is-your-family-buried-here/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:18:46 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19957 Queensland genealogy group, the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society are looking for anyone who has family buried in the Drayton and Toowoomba cemetery as they’re currently updating their cemetery book, and offering those that have ancestors buried there, to submit their stories. The first volume of “Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery: Our Backyard” was […]

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Drayton & Toowoomba Cemetery

Queensland genealogy group, the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society are looking for anyone who has family buried in the Drayton and Toowoomba cemetery as they’re currently updating their cemetery book, and offering those that have ancestors buried there, to submit their stories.

coverThe first volume of “Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery: Our Backyard” was published in December 2009 with volume two in 2013.

President of the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society, Marie Green said the next volume was planned to print in early 2017.

Submissions should be in story form and contain a maximum of 1000 words. Photos are welcome and need to be at least 300dpi, and sent as separate files.

“We believe publications of this type preserve the history of those who have come before us whether they were buries 100 years ago or more recently”.

By submitting an entry into the next publication, past of your research will be availble for generations to come.

For further information please contact the society
Toowoomba and Darlings Downs Family History Society
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 1pm-4pm
Address: 452 South Street West, Toowoomba, Qld 4350
Phone: (07) 4634 7377
Email: tddfhs@westnet.com.au
Website: http://tddfhs.org.au/

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Trove Newspapers: What’s New and What’s Coming http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/trove-newspapers-whats-new-whats-coming/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/trove-newspapers-whats-new-whats-coming/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:19:40 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19943 News from the National Library of Australia’s historical newspaper department on Trove has been on the quiet side for a number of months. But with major funding cuts as well as loss of staff and services, it’s not surprising. While it’s sad to see the preservation of such an important part of Australia’s history being […]

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newspaper_pileNews from the National Library of Australia’s historical newspaper department on Trove has been on the quiet side for a number of months. But with major funding cuts as well as loss of staff and services, it’s not surprising. While it’s sad to see the preservation of such an important part of Australia’s history being hit hard, the good news is that while the digitisation of old newspapers has slowed, it hasn’t stopped completely.

And the past few months have seen a number of new releases (listed below), all available to view now online … and still free! The National Library of Australia also have a ‘coming soon’ list, so I have mentioned those here so you can see what they are working on next.

** WHAT’S NEW **

NEW SOUTH WALES
The Sun: Sunday Edition (Sydney, NSW: 1910)
The Teetotaller and General Newspaper (Sydney, NSW: 1842-1843)
The Temperance Advocate and Australasian Commercial and Agricultural Intelligencer (Sydney, NSW: 1840-1841)
The True Sun and New South Wales Independent Press (Sydney, NSW: 1844)
The Voice of Jacob. or, the Hebrews’ Monthly Miscellany (Sydney, NSW: 1842)
The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts and General Literature (Sydney, NSW: 1843-1845)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Australische Zeitung (Adelaide, SA: 1875-1916)
The South Australian Colonist and Settlers’ Weekly Record of British, Foreign and Colonial Intelligence (London, England: 1840)

TASMANIA
The Tasmanian Colonist (Hobart Town, Tas: 1851-1855)
The Teetotal Advocate (Launceston, Tas: 1843)

VICTORIA
Illustrated Australian Mail (Vic: 1861-1862)
Jamboree Daily (Frankston, Vic: 1934; 1949; 1955; 1964; 1976; 1992; 2007)
The Melbourne Advertiser (Vic.: 1838)
The Melbourne Courier (Vic: 1845-1846)
Melbourne Times (Vic: 1842-1843)
The Melbourne Weekly Courier (Vic: 1844-1845)
Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (Vic: 1839-1845)
The Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser (Vic: 1845-1848)
Seamen’s Strike Bulletin (Melbourne, Vic: 1919)

 

** WHAT’S COMING SOON **

Most of the titles listed below are part of the an Australian Cooperative Digitisation Project and redigitised as part of the Australian Newspaper Plan, or ones chosen by the National Library of Australia unless otherwise mentioned.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra News (1939-1940)

NEW SOUTH WALES
The Australian Star (1887-1892) [State Library of NSW]
The Bee of Australia (1844)The Blackheath Bulletin (1926) [State Library of NSW]
The Colonial Observer (1841-1844)
Commercial Journal and General Advertiser (1835-1840)
Commercial Journal, General Advertiser & Odd Fellows’ Advocate (1845-1845)
The Cumberland Times & Western Advertiser (1845)
The Dispatch (1843-1844)
Dubbo Dispatch and Wellington Independent (1887-1932) [State Library of NSW
The Examiner (1845-1845)
Free Press & Commercial Journal (1841-1841)
The Hunter River Gazette & Journal of Agriculture, Commerce, Politics, & News (1841-1842)
Le Courrier Australien (1955-2011)
The New South Wales Examiner (1842)
The Omnibus & Sydney Spectator (1841-1843)
Parramatta Chronicle (1843-1845)
The Satirist & Sporting Chronicle (1843)
The Sentinel (1845-1848)
Society (29 Jan 1887)
The Star (1845-1876)
The Star (1909-1910) [State Library of NSW]
The Star & Working Man’s Guardian (1844-1845)
The Sun & New South Wales Independent Press (1843)
The Sun: Sunday Edition (Sydney, NSW: 1910)
The Sunday Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1903-1910) [State Library of NSW]
The Sydney Dispatch (1844)
Sydney Free Press (1841-1842)
The Sydney Mail (16 March 1932 – coloured / special Bridge edition)
The Sydney Record (1843-1844)
The Teetotaller & General Newspaper (1842)
The Temperance Advocate & Australasian Commercial & Agricultural Intelligencer (1840-1841)
Tharunka (1953-2010) [University of NSW]
The True Sun & New South Wales Independent Press (1844)
The Weekly Register of Politics, Facts & General Literature (1843-1845)

QUEENSLAND
Bundaberg Daily New-Mail (1940)
Bundaberg Daily News and Mail (1925-1940)
Coolangatta Chronicle (1926); [Gold Coast City Council Library]
Daily Record (1897-1922)
Herbert River Express (1910-1954)
North Queensland Register (1892-1954)
South Coast Bulletin (1950-1954); [Gold Coast City Council Library]
Townsville Evening Star (1889-1940)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Australische Zeitung (1875-1916)
Express & Telegraph War Edition (1916-1917)

TASMANIA
The Teetotal Advocate (1843)
The Tasmanian Colonist (1851-1855)

VICTORIA
The Bendigo Independent (1902-1918); [joint sponsorship by State Library of Victoria and Sidney Myer Fund]
Gippsland Farmers’ Journal (1893-1896) [Latrobe City Libraries]
Illustrated Australian Mail (1861-1862)
Jamboree Daily & supplements (1934-2007) [Scout Association of Australia – Victorian Branch]
Kerang New Times (Vic: 1901-1913)
Kerang Times (Vic:1889-1901)
The Melbourne Advertiser (1838)
The Melbourne Courier (1845-1846)
Melbourne Punch (Dec 10, 1925)
Melbourne Times (1842-1843)
The Melbourne Weekly Courier (1844-1845)
The Port Phillip Gazette & Settler’s Journal (Vic : 1845-1850)
The Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser (Melbourne) (1845-1848)
The Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (1839-1842)
Seamen’s Strike Bulletin (Aug 1919)
Sportsman (Melbourne, Vic: 1882-1904)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Avon Gazette & Kellerberrin News (1914-1916)
Empire (1907-1908) [Fremantle City Library]
The Hannans Herald (1895-1896) [State Library of WA]
Mail (Fremantle, WA: 1904-1905) [Fremantle City Library]
The Malcolm Chronicle and Leonora Advertiser (1897-1905) [State Library of WA]
Murchison Advocate (1911-1912) [State Library of WA]
The Possum (Fremantle, WA: 1890) [State Library of WA]
The Possum (Perth, WA: 1887-1888) [State Library of WA]
W.A. Bulletin (1888-1890) [State Library of WA]

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

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Importing Family Tree Maker (any version) into RootsMagic 7 [VIDEO] http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/importing-family-tree-maker-version-rootsmagic-7-video/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/importing-family-tree-maker-version-rootsmagic-7-video/#respond Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:40:57 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19922 With many people making the switch from Family Tree Maker to RootsMagic, the makers of RootsMagic have made this short video to show you how to import your files into the program. This video demonstrates how easy it is to directly import any version of Family Tree Maker file into RootsMagic 7. No GEDCOM file […]

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With many people making the switch from Family Tree Maker to RootsMagic, the makers of RootsMagic have made this short video to show you how to import your files into the program.

This video demonstrates how easy it is to directly import any version of Family Tree Maker file into RootsMagic 7. No GEDCOM file is necessary, and you don’t even have to have Family Tree Maker installed on your machine. All you need is the FTM data file itself, and RootsMagic can import it.

And be sure to check out the RootsMagic YouTube Channel for more videos.

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Help Stop Funding Cuts to the State Library of South Australia http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/help-stop-funding-cuts-state-library-south-australia/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/help-stop-funding-cuts-state-library-south-australia/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:03:17 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19930 It seems all too common … the government needs more money, so they “reallocate” library funds, and use it for other things. We heard of this in regards to Trove and the National Library of Australia, and sadly now the State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is facing major funding cuts too, which will result […]

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the State Library of South Australia

It seems all too common … the government needs more money, so they “reallocate” library funds, and use it for other things. We heard of this in regards to Trove and the National Library of Australia, and sadly now the State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is facing major funding cuts too, which will result in not only staff cuts, but reduced services as well.

I believe that libraries ARE important, and I’m not the only one. June Edwards from the Oral History Association is taking a stand by starting a Change.org petition, and she needs your help to spread the word as far as you can about these funding cuts.

Here’s a portion of what she’s written:

Why should you care:
$1.42 million is to be cut this financial year from the State Library of South Australia’s budget and the State Government allocation for 2016-7 will be reduced by $400,000 resulting in a $1.82 million cut overall. This is a massive hit to the budget of the State Library of South Australia and the significant work it does for South Australians. This follows more than a decade of major cuts in staff and finances which have reduced services and opportunities. A funding reduction of this magnitude means the Library’s budget will be less than it was a decade ago. The operations of the Library will become untenable.

These cuts translate not only to the loss of up to 35 jobs, but an appalling loss of skills and specialist knowledge. The Library’s collections and services lie at the very heart of South Australians perception of themselves – an understanding of where they live, who they are and where they have come from.

There has been no budget for buying new books in the past twelve months. This is at a time when there is a growing demand to access print material especially from schools.

The ability to collect digital resources is limited and contributing to the Pandora project has ceased.

There is a notion that research staff are no longer needed. The attitude that questions can be answered by searching the internet is bleak. It shows a complete lack of understanding of the depth of material in the State Library’s unique collections.

These cuts come at a time when more and more people require the Library’s services. There is enormous pressure to make the archives accessible for such events as the commemoration of World War 1.

Family history research is now one of the most popular pastimes in the world. The State Library is the first place many people visit in their quest to find out about their family story. This service will become a part of general reference with no specialist staff

Authors, journalists, politicians and historians use the Library’s collections to inform their work, resolve problems and find solutions. Some make their living from the collection

How will the Library ensure ‘current and future generations will enjoy and learn from the collections’?
How will the Library be able to provide timely information and research services?
How will the Library make their collections accessible?

Students, families, and researchers from all genres use the State Library on a regular basis. There are events, exhibitions and tours that are held there regularly, these are likely to be affected. And it’s more than just those that visit in person. The State Library’s website contains a wealth of information, with thousands using it each day: The Red Cross letters, the thousands of photos on Flickr including the South Australian’s in WW1, SA Memory, transcripts of diaries and letters, as well as a whole bunch of eResources – they’re all valuable resources. But what will happen to these?

If you are horrified at these funding cuts and want to try and do something about them, please take a moment to sign this petition, and then share it with everyone you can.

I want to sign the petition

It’s not right that the government simply keeps taking library funds. Libraries are just as important as many other services (and sometimes more). Afterall they help educate, and education is needed for the future, or as June writes “information is power”. Now let’s see what we can do about this.

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Introducing “GenealogyDOTCoach” http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/introducing-genealogydotcoach/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/introducing-genealogydotcoach/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:31:58 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19924 A brand new genealogy service was launched yesterday, and it fills a “critical gap” that is in the genealogy industry. We’ve all hit that brickwall somewhere along the line, and simply don’t know where to look next. So while many give up and go on to another branch, some may choose the option of hiring […]

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A brand new genealogy service was launched yesterday, and it fills a “critical gap” that is in the genealogy industry.

We’ve all hit that brickwall somewhere along the line, and simply don’t know where to look next. So while many give up and go on to another branch, some may choose the option of hiring a professional researcher,  which isn’t a cheap option, but usually gets results.

Now there is an option in between. GenealogyDOTcoach is a new online service that matches up professional genealogists (genealogy coaches) with people who want to do the research themselves, but just need a little assistance.

From their Press Release

“With do-it-yourself sites like Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org it has become so easy for anyone start climbing their family tree,” says co-founder, Janet Hovorka.  “But, sometimes people get a little stuck in the process.  The traditional option at that point has been to purchase a 10 or 20 hour research package from a professional genealogist.  Many people can’t afford that kind of help.  Others are reluctant to do so because they want the joy of making those family history discoveries themselves.  genealogyDOTcoach aims to fill that gap.”

The service launches with 25 coaches across 47 different categories.  Topics include:  getting started; genetic genealogy/DNA; tree analysis and writing a research plan; and document translation.  Coaches also specialize in research for different regions of the world and different ethnic groups.  The initial group of coaches have an average of 25 years of training and experience a piece.  They are researchers, authors, and lecturers.  The impressive list of coaches includes some of the most well-known genealogists in the industry.

On the genealogyDOTcoach website, users can select a topic and see a list of coaches who specialize in that topic.  They can review comments and ratings from previous clients, to help them select a coach they would like to work with.  Sessions can be scheduled for 15, 30 or 60 minutes.  Pricing starts as low as US$15 for 15 minutes.

Shortly before the coaching session, an email link is sent that allows the user to log in to a private video chat room. There they meet face to face, via video chat, to share screens and documents with the genealogy coach, and receive the help they need to keep them moving along in their family history journey.

“Clients leave the coaching sessions with a game plan for how to move forward in their family history research,” says Hovorka. “Just like life coaches or athletic coaches, genealogy coaches can give you the boost you need to be better at what you enjoy.”

What an amazing idea, and one that I’m sure will prove popular. While they do have an amazing group of coaches already, I assume that over time they’ll get more ‘coaches’ and I do hope that will include some from the UK as well as Australia and New Zealand too.

Check out their website, and their impressive list of genealogy coaches:
https://genealogy.coach/project/all-coaches/

And follow them on social media to keep up with the latest News. You can find genealogyDOTcoach on:
Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and YouTube

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Calling all Geneabloggers Going to Unlock the Past’s Australian Expo http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/calling-geneabloggers-going-unlock-pasts-australian-expo/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/calling-geneabloggers-going-unlock-pasts-australian-expo/#respond Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:29:54 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19909 Q1. Are you going to Unlock the Past’s Australian Expo, in Adelaide, 7-8 October 2016? Q2. Are you a genealogy blogger? If you answered yes to both of those questions, we have got beads for you. Geneablogger beads. But to be eligible you must register. And just in case you’ve not heard of the term […]

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Q1. Are you going to Unlock the Past’s Australian Expo, in Adelaide, 7-8 October 2016?
Q2. Are you a genealogy blogger?

If you answered yes to both of those questions, we have got beads for you. Geneablogger beads. But to be eligible you must register.

Australian Expo 2016 blogger beads

Australian Expo 2016 blogger beads

And just in case you’ve not heard of the term “blogger beads”, this is a term that Thomas MacEntee (aka Mr Geneabloggers himself) dreamt up as a wacky, colourful way to geneabloggers to spot each other in the crowd. And having taken part in this myself, both at Australian and overseas genie conferences … it works! And you will meet and make new blogging friends.

Blogger beads are a genie bling that that has made it’s way into Australian genealogy conferences, and we will have these lovely purple and gold ones available for all who register.

To register as a geneablogger, simply send an email to me at alona@gould.com.au with your name and your blog URL. Then when you get to the Expo, head on over to the Gould Genealogy stand and I’ll have your beads waiting for you. I look forward to catching up some old geneablogger friends, and meeting new ones too.

And one more note: we are also hoping for a group geneablogger photo. So keep an eye out at the Expo for details of where and when.

 

 

 

 

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70 Million Australian Records Free to Search for Four Days http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/70-million-australian-records-free-search-four-days/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/70-million-australian-records-free-search-four-days/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:41:21 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19883 If you’re trying to trace your family in Australia, now’s a great time to do so, as Findmypast are giving you four days of FREE ACCESS to all 70 million Australian records. If you’re not sure of the type of records they have, here’s an overview: BDM records, Biographical records, Cemetery records, Census records, Convict […]

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If you’re trying to trace your family in Australia, now’s a great time to do so, as Findmypast are giving you four days of FREE ACCESS to all 70 million Australian records.

If you’re not sure of the type of records they have, here’s an overview: BDM records, Biographical records, Cemetery records, Census records, Convict and criminal records, Directories, Electoral rolls, Gold rush records, Government and Police gazettes, Hospital records, Land records, Local histories, Military records, Monumental inscriptions, Occupational records, Passenger lists, Pioneer records, Religious records, Telephone books. But click here for the full listing of individual record sets.

The free access to Findmypast’s Australian records lasts from 00.01 (AEDT) on 26th August 2016 until 23:59 (AEDT) on 29th August 2016. To access records, you will need to be registered and signed in to the site.

Happy researching.

http://www.findmypast.com.au

 

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7 Features of the New Gould Genealogy Website http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/7-features-new-gould-genealogy-website/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/7-features-new-gould-genealogy-website/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 02:53:16 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19853 You may have noticed that we have a brand new website over at www.gould.com.au. Along with our new website comes a few changes and things that we wanted to make mention of here.

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You may have noticed that we have a brand new website over at www.gould.com.au. If you haven’t been there recently, please go check it out and have a look. Along with our new website comes a few changes and there’s a few things that we wanted to make mention of here.

1. Account
For those of you who have ordered on our previous Gould Genealogy website, we have transferred your name and email, but for security reasons did not transfer your password, so you will need to reset this. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to do that here. And just so you’re aware, your past order history has also not been transferred. While you can order online without needing to set-up an account, there are benefits for doing so. If you create an account you can checkout faster, it allows you to save multiple shipping addresses, you can access your order history, track current orders and save items to your wish list.

2. Searching and Browsing
Searching and browsing on our new website should be a whole lot easier as we’ve streamlined our categories. For searching you can type a keyword, title or code in the search box, and titles will come up as you type. If you type “Ireland” (without quotes) in the search box, it shows 5 titles in a dropdown list, and then gives you a link to “View All Results”. If you click on the “View All Results” link any product that has Ireland in the title or description will come up. Obviously this is going to give you hundreds of results, so that’s where this screen allows you to narrow down your search by using the Advanced Search.

sample search

sample search

3. Currency
A new feature of our website is the additon of a currency converter (up the very top). Currently it allows for Australia dollars, New Zealand dollars, Euros, GB pound, and US dollars. The other currencies are a guide only – but a fairly good guide to what you will be finally charged. Items are charged in Australian dollars.

choose which currency you'd like the prices to show in

choose which currency you’d like the prices to show in

4. Payment
We still offer the same methods of payment: Bank Deposit, Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard), PayPal, Phone or Mail credit card details, Cheque or Money order by mail, Purchase Order Number (for organisations), or Pay in Store if you wish to order online and collect from our store.

payment options

payment options

5. Postage
To coincide with our new website we’ve introduced some great postage rates for delivery in Australia. We now have a “small parcel” rate which means that an order for a small book, single CD, or other small items will now be at a cheaper rate of $6.95 per order. Orders over $200 will now be sent freight free, and our standard postage rate has increased by $1 to $9.95 – our first increase for several years. Express Post is still available as an option, and as it is no longer a fixed rate but based on weight, depending on what you order, it is quite often going to be cheaper than what we offered previously.

6. Gift Certificates
We’re moving with the times, and now for the first time we can offer you online Gift Certificates. So for those ‘hard-to-buy-for’ people, you can now get purchase an instant gift certificate which is emailed to the your friend or relative. There are no set value amounts for these, so you simply ‘buy’ the amount you wish to spend.

7. Brands
If you like to see all the titles we list from a particular publisher you can. Once you’re on a title you will see that we list the Publisher (on the right hand side, just below the title), if you click on that link, all titles we list from that Publisher are shown. Also we now have a ‘Brands’ list – a listing of all the Publishers we deal with. You can find this on the bottom on our homepage under Top Brands > View All Brands.

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use the “View All Brands” link to call up an entire list of brands

 

 

 

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Gould Genealogy Website: Then and Now http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/gould-genealogy-website-now/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/gould-genealogy-website-now/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2016 06:19:23 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19827 “Brand new website!” that’s what you’re greeted with when you go to www.gould.com.au now. That’s right, we’ve finally updated our website. We know it’s been needed for a while, but it’s not been an easy task finding something that can cater to our website’s needs. Anyway we have one. It’s up. And it’s bright and […]

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“Brand new website!” that’s what you’re greeted with when you go to www.gould.com.au now. That’s right, we’ve finally updated our website. We know it’s been needed for a while, but it’s not been an easy task finding something that can cater to our website’s needs. Anyway we have one. It’s up. And it’s bright and shiny and hopefully you will find it works well for you (if not, please do let us know).

This year (2016) marks our 40th birthday, and of those years we’ve actually been online for 20 of them, so it seemed very timely to get a new website to celebrate.

So while I wanted to introduce you to our new website, I also wanted to take a moment to look back at our previous incarnations over the years … and thanks to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, I can. Now don’t laugh, I know they look ‘old-fashioned, and out-of-date’ now. But it also proves that websites do need updating periodically.

Anyway, how many of these do you remember?

our first website - 1996

our first website – 1996

a new logo, a new address, and a new website - 2002

a new logo, a new address, and a new website – 2002

same website, with a bit of a makeover - 2007

same website, with a bit of a makeover – 2007

another new website and another new logo - 2009

another new website and another new logo – 2009

our brand new website - 2016

our brand new website – 2016

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21 Reasons Why You Should Attend Unlock The Past’s Genealogy Expo http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/21-reasons-attend-unlock-pasts-genealogy-expo/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/21-reasons-attend-unlock-pasts-genealogy-expo/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:45:58 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19625 The biggest genealogy event in the Southern Hemisphere for 2016 is coming ... and it's now less than two months away. And just in case the fact that it is a genealogy conference didn't entice you, here's 21 more reasons why you should attend!

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The biggest genealogy event in the Southern Hemisphere for 2016 is coming … and it’s now less than two months away. And just in case the fact that it is a genealogy conference didn’t entice you enough, here’s 21 more reasons why you should attend!

  1. Learn direct from the experts, with 35+ speakers there’s so much you can learn from them
  2. Choose from 90+ talks and information sessions
  3. Have a one-on-one session with an expert in the Research Help Zone
  4. Check out the exhibitors (all 100 of them)
  5. These include many big and small heritage organisations, societies and libraries
  6. And all the big names: Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage and FamilySearch
  7. Learn more about records, where you can find them and how they can help you
  8. Genealogy and DNA (need I say more!)
  9. Take part in the Treasure Hunt
  10. See product demonstrations
  11. You’ll get a whole lot of goodies in your Registration Bag
  12. There will be $1000s worth of prizes on offer
  13. The Gold Ticket is excellent value for those wanting to go to numerous talks
  14. Buy the latest products from vendors
  15. Vili’s Bakery (a South Australian icon) will have their Mega Van there, so along with a coffee cart there will be great food available onsite
  16. Although the venue isn’t in the city, it’s not too far away. So come for the Expo and stay for a few days so then you can check out the State Library of SA, GenealogySA, State Records and more while you visit
  17. Low cost admission
  18. Free parking onsite, and bus and tram public transport nearby
  19. You’ll meet hundreds of other likeminded genea-fanatics
  20. This will be a one-stop genealogy experience
  21. I guarantee that you’ll leave inspired and enthused and have so many new ideas on how to tackle your family history

Organised by Unlock the Past, who is well-known for organising genealogy events (including Expos and Cruises), this really is Australia’s biggest genealogy event, not just for 2016, but possibly ever (though don’t hold me to that, but I can’t think of any off hand). With exhibitors and speakers coming from interstate and even some from overseas it will be something that the folks of Australia haven’t seen before, and is an opportunity not to be missed.

We at Gould Genealogy & History will be there (of course), along with our sister companies (Unlock the Past, Unlock the Past cruises, and Genealogy Ebooks).

It will certainly be an amazing event, and we hope to see you there.

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DATE/TIME:
Friday 7 October 2016, 10am-5pm
Saturday 8 October 2016, 9am-4pm

VENUE:
Immanuel College, 32 Morphett Road, Novar Gardens, South Australia

ADMISSION:
$15 for 1 day, $20 for 2 days
children 18 and under free

MORE INFO:
For a list of speakers, click here
For a list of exhibitors, click here
For a link to the program, click here
To BOOK your entry ticket, click here

WEBSITE:
www.unlockthepast.com.au/Australian Expo2016

CONTACT DETAILS:
phone: (08) 8263 2055
email: inquiries@unlockthepast.com.au

SOCIAL MEDIA:
for more Expo details follow our Facebook page
if you’re interested in attending, you might like to like the Event on Facebook
and social media users, we’re using the hashtag #utpexpo

Pile of Australian Expo Brochures

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Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 8 (2016) http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/who-do-you-think-you-are-australia-season-8-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/who-do-you-think-you-are-australia-season-8-2016/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 01:31:08 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19786 Australia's 8th season of the always popular Who Do You Think You Are? is due to air soon. So which celebrities are going to feature this year?

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Well we’ve waited, and waited, and waited (longer than usual), but the wait is almost over folks … SBS have just made the announcement about Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 8, together with details of celebrities who’ll be dicovering their family this year. Not to mention giving the all important airing date.

So who’s features in this year’s episodes?

Delta Goodrem – Australian singer-songwriter and actress, and judge on The Voice.

Jane Turner – Australian actress and comedian. Well known for being Kath from the Kath & Kim tv show.

John Newcombe – Former tennis player from Australia who was ranked Number 1 in the world.

Mal Meninga – Former Australian professional rugby league football player, and now head coach of the Australian national team.

Peter Garrett – Australian musician, environmentalist, activist and former politician. Garrett was lead singer of the rock band Midnight Oil from 1976 until it disbanded.

Rachel Griffiths – She is an Australian actress and director. She acting started with the 1994 film Muriel’s Wedding and continues to the present as she’s currently working on both movies and TV shows.

Shane Jacobson – Shane is an Australian actor, director, writer, and comedian, best known for his character “Kenny”, a plumber working for a portable toilet company.

SBS writes …

“tune in to find out the answers to burning questions like: Is Delta Goodrem’s hair so full and fabulous because she’s actually a direct descendant of Rapunzel? Is Aussie Comedy Legend Jane Turner’s family history noice, different and unusual? Take the journey of discovery with these favourites and more, including acting royalty Rachel Griffiths, sporting legends Mal Meninga and John Newcombe, rocker-turned-pollie Peter Garrett and certified Funny Person Shane Jacobson.”

From Prussia to the Pacific, to Scandinavia and the streets of Sydney, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia will once again highlight how the story of (modern) Australia is a story of immigration and diversity. Without it, we simply wouldn’t be who we are …”

Series 8 of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia begins
Tuesday 13th September at 7.30pm (AEST) on SBS

And you can catch up on the previous seasons episodes when series 1-7 lands on SBS On Demand on 9 August.

WDYTYA Aus Season 8 group

 

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Family Historian 6 Tops The List http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/07/family-historian-6-tops-list/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/07/family-historian-6-tops-list/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:10:06 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19747 England’s Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine has  done an eight-page in-depth group comparison of the leading genealogy programs in their recent issue (Issue 114, July 2016). The program comparison titled “The Best Family Tree Builders” looked at price, user interface, mapping tools, photo management, online integration, as well as charts and reports. And […]

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WDYTYA Magazine 2016-07England’s Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine has  done an eight-page in-depth group comparison of the leading genealogy programs in their recent issue (Issue 114, July 2016). The program comparison titled “The Best Family Tree Builders” looked at price, user interface, mapping tools, photo management, online integration, as well as charts and reports.

And just one program came out with an impressive score of 5 out of 5, and that was Family Historian.

A quote from the article says “Family Historian remains out favourite program for Windows users”. The program won particular praise for its photo management and mapping tools. The reviewer, Nick Peers said “Family Historian’s overall media management has long set the benchmark for others to follow.”

So if you’re in need of a genealogy software program, or are in need of a new one, take a look of Family Historian.

An Introduction to Family Historian 6 [VIDEO]

TRY IT OUT …
Want to try it out for yourself? Well you can with a 30-day trial version from the publishers.
http://www.family-historian.co.uk/

BUY IT …
If you like what you see, why not buy the program, and now is a great time to do so as us here at Gould Genealogy & History have Family Historian on sale for July 2016, and this saves you $20.00. Buy now.

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New Issue Brings Changes to Inside History Magazine http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/07/new-issue-brings-changes-inside-history-magazine/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/07/new-issue-brings-changes-inside-history-magazine/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:31:04 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19770 Inside History, Australia's award winning magazine for Australian history and genealogy which has been going for nearly six years, has just released their Winter issue (issue 35). This bi-monthly magazine brings some BIG news ...

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Inside History Magazine - 2016-07 WinterInside History, Australia’s award winning magazine for Australian history and genealogy which has been going for nearly six years, has just released their Winter issue (issue 35).

This bi-monthly magazine brings some BIG news, in that that as of now (issue 35), IHM is changing to quarterly.

For those that are already subscribers, they say “subscriptions will be automatically converted to the new format, meaning subscribers will still receive the same number of issues as before, except that their subscription will last longer.”

So while it’s disappointing that there will be less issues per year, IHM said that it will allow them to “take on more projects, particularly in the digital sphere”. So keep an eye out for more big things from them in the future.

Anyway the latest issue has arrived,and here’s a rundown of what you’ll find in it.

In the Winter issue (issue 35):

  • Must-read tips on how to date photographs like an expert
  • Your essential guide to the Western Front Battlefields
  • Learn how to write your convict’s life story
  • Read about the colonial life of Samuel Thomas Gill
  • And the rare diary that’s revealing what Melbourne society was like in in 1860s

And there’s much more – in fact, 76 pages of terrific features, practical information on family tree research, chances to network with other genealogists, competitions and product reviews.

Regular features of the magazine include:
– Postie’s here! (your thoughts, your say)
– Cup of tea with … (IHM have a chat to … )
– Bob’s Your Uncle: (Network with other descendants and researchers)
– Ask our experts (learn from  the experts)
– Way back when … (Historical events and happenings)
– What’s on (Events on around the country)
– What we’re reading (The latest and greatest to hit the shops)
– One picture … 1000 memories (The story behind the image)

If you’re in Australia or New Zealand and you’d like an actual printed copy of the magazine, be sure check your local newsagent, or you can buy or subscribe to the magazine by going to the Inside History website.
Aus $9.95 per issue
Aus $35.00 12 month subscription (4 issues)
Aus $50.00 18 month subscription (6 issues)

For those who are into ebooks, you can also get Inside History magazine as a digital download available from the iTunes and Android Play stores.

‘Inside History’ is for people passionate about Australian and New Zealand history and heritage, whether it’s their family’s ancestry, or in a broader social context.

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Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – July 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/07/australian-genealogy-and-history-snippets-july-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/07/australian-genealogy-and-history-snippets-july-2016/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:49:01 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19777 Snippets, tid-bits of genealogy and history news from social media and beyond.

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SnippetsRecently 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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150 Year Anniversary of Shire of Huntly
In July 2016 the Huntly area will be celebrating 150 years since the Shire of Huntly began. The Huntly and Districts Historical Society are looking for photographs of any of these seven gentlemen for their Former Huntly Shire Presidents Gallery. Would be lovely to have them for the Anniversary of the Council. They are: John Slade 1866, 1876. John Tootell 1871 onwards, Maurice Henigan 1881, 1888, Patrick Codey 1884,Thomas O’Donnell 1894, G. Sullivan 1910 and Frederick Gerber 1925, 1931. If you can help out, you can find contact details on their Facebook page.

OpenBook Howden Writers Club and Forums
OBH have been involved in the book printing business for many, many years, and are all about helping their authors. So much so that they have created a Writers Club, and associated Writers’ Forums. “As an extension of our self-publishing seminars, we are excited to announce that we now offer two online communities: the OBH Writers’ Club and the OBH Facebook Writers’ Forum.” They invite anyone who is interested in writing or publishing to join their exciting new forums.
http://www.openbookhowden.com.au/writers-club/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1747142955522028/

Dressing of the Graves Nominations, 2017
Nominations are sought from descendants of persons buried in the Kadina, Moonta, Wallaroo and Greens Plains cemeteries in South Australia, for inclusion in the “Dressing of the Graves” ceremony, held as part of the 2017 Kernewek Lowender. Ceremonies will be held in 16-17 May 2017. For further information contact the co-ordinator on 0409 007 054. [via Sunday Mail, Can You Help]

Cheaper Western Australian BDM Certificates
The WA Registrar is now offering you the option of purchasing uncertified copies of BDM certificates to assist you with your for family history. The price of a certified certificate is $48, while the price of an uncertified one is just $20. To obtain these certificates you must apply to the Registrar in Perth online or by mail. http://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au/U/uncertified_copies.aspx?uid=4092-9421-8980-9815
[via Facebook]

New (or Updated) Websites
There’s been some big website updates recently, and here’s three that I’ll mention. Firstly the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) (aka Family History ACT) have  just launched a new website http://familyhistoryact.org.au/index.php. Be sure to have at the Society of Australian Genealogy’s new site www.sag.org.au, and also Find & Connect (the website dedicated to resources on Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and anyone interested in the history of child welfare in Australia), as they have updated theirs as well. http://www.findandconnectwrblog.info/2016/05/weve-made-some-changes/

WA Screen Awards 2016

Congrats to the Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Team
Congratulations to the Who Do You Think You Are? Series 7 team for winning Best Factual Long Form at the recent WA Screen Awards. Their editor, Teresa Ashton-Graham, also won for best editing long form for her work on Toni Collette’s episode. https://www.fti.asn.au/28th-wasa-winners-announced [via Facebook]

Stonningon History Centre Online Collection
The Stonnington History Centre in Victoria is an archive dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the City of Stonnington and the former cities of Malvern and Prahran. The Stonnington History Centre, has a partnership with Malvern Historical Society and they have an impressive 60,000 items online. http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/Discover/History  [via Twitter]

Essendon Historical Society Museum fire, 27 June 2016

Essendon Historical Society Museum fire, 27 June 2016

Fire at Essendon Historical Society Museum
On 27 June 2016, a blaze swept through the 125 years old former court house containing old records and valuable photos in Melbourne’s north west. About 50 firefighters tackled the fire in top floor of the two-storey building, extinguishing it in about an hour. It was reported that a faulty light transformer in the building’s ceiling caused the fire, and that the damage bill would be about $450,000. The fire left the main courtroom without a roof, ravaged the period woodwork, including ceiling and original courthouse fittings and features, and destroyed a number of irreplaceable items from the EHS Collection. The bulk of the Collection was fortunately spared from the worst by being stored in other rooms that suffered minimal fire damage. These photos depict the damage to the Courthouse. [via ABC News website, and Essendon Historical Society Facebook page] The Socierty vows to rebuild, you can read about that here.

Tea Tree Gully RSL Looking for Descendants
The Tea Tree Gully RSL sub branch is celebrating their 80 th anniversary in February 2017. To celebrate a commemorative service will be held to mark this milestone, and they are trying to trace the descendants of the initial committee to attend the service. They were: L. Milton (president); D.H. Whiting (secretary); A.C. Lucas (treasurer); and V.S. Bowen (life member). Their honour board shows that they are all deceased, but the RSL is hoping there may be some family members living who would be interested in attending. More information: Wayne Langford OAM (president), 0409 675 225, or presttgrsl@yahoo.com.au.

one of Toowoomba's original fire trucks

one of Toowoomba’s original fire trucks

Toowoomba’s Fire Truck Returns Home After 40 Years
Built in 1952, the Fargo truck was originally part of the Toowoomba Fire Brigade. After serving two decades in the city, the truck was sold to the Thargomindah council in the 1970s for the princely sum of $150. It served the south-western community for another 20 years before being decommissioned. Recently the the truck’s original owners came knocking, and it is now being returned to the Toowoomba Fire Brigade Museum, who plans to reunite the original five fire trucks that were in service when the Toowoomba Fire Brigade moved to its current location in Kitchener Street.[via ABC News]

 

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State Library of South Australia’s Retrieval Service Changes http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/07/state-library-south-australias-retrieval-service-changes/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/07/state-library-south-australias-retrieval-service-changes/#respond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 11:28:47 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19768 The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is a key resource for researchers to visit, and as they have just announced some changes to their retrieval service, you may wish to take note of these before your next trip there.

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logo - SLSA #2The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is a key resource for researchers to visit, and as they have just announced some changes to their retrieval service, you may wish to take note of these before your next trip there.

From Monday 4 July 2016
There is a change to the evening retrieval service on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The last retrieval request time for those days will be 6.00pm for delivery by 6.30pm. Their opening hours remain the same.

From Thursday 21 July 2016
If you need to request a collection item from storage for viewing on the weekend, your request needs to be made by 12 noon on the Thursday proceeding. And please specify that they are for use on the weekend.

Sadly the impact of budget pressures and decline in retrieval rates over the past several years has prompted the need for changes.

 

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The 2016 South Australian History Grants Are Open Now! http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/07/2016-south-australian-history-grants-open-now/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/07/2016-south-australian-history-grants-open-now/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 06:23:04 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19756 History SA's 2016-17 South Australian History Fund grants opened today. With $35,000 to give to worthy recipients, if you or your group are in need of some funds, why not apply?

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grant moneyGood news for South Australian historians, as application for History SA’s South Australian History Fund grants for 2016-17 opened today (Friday 1 July). With $35,000 to give to worthy recipients in three categories: Projects, Publications and Research, if you or your group are in need of some funds, why not apply?

As always, applications are invited from:
– community groups for small project grants (up to $2,000);
– individuals and organisations for publication and research grants (up to $3,000 and $5,000 respectively);
– and individuals from community groups for training grants or to attend a relevant conference or seminar (up to $200).

Applications close 5pm Friday 19 August 2016.

You can apply online or download the application form as a Word document via the South Australian Community History website where you will also find guidelines and FAQs.

You are welcome to contact History SA to discuss potential applications, to check your eligibility to apply, and to request guidelines or application forms to be sent to you either by post or electronically.

For further information contact History SA by phone: (08) 8203 9888 or email: community@history.sa.gov.au.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – June 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/inspiring-genealogy-blogs-june-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/inspiring-genealogy-blogs-june-2016/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:32:33 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19733 In this edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts we have posts that cover: look-ups, family memorabilia, YouTube, not finding anything, digital diets, will your photos be sold?, the tough family stories… together with a whole heap more!

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Inspiring BlogsThe end of the month brings us to another Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. The following are a collection of blog posts that I’ve read during the past couple of 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: look-ups, family memorabilia, YouTube, not finding anything, digital diets, will your photos be sold?, the tough family stories… 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.

Are “Look-Ups” Copyright Violation?
We’ve all seen it on newsgroups, message boards, and more recently on Facebook in particular, “can someone who has a subscription to … [genealogy website] do a look up for me please”?  This is not only violating copyright, but it also unethical as well. Take a moment to read why. Read the full article …

Sort, Scan, Share: How to NOT Drown in Family Memorabilia
Have you become the family’s historian? The person that treasured photos, memorabilia and family heirlooms are passed on to? While being the family’s “keeper of records” is certainly an honour and a thrill – it does come with it’s own problems. How to store it all? Read the full article …

How to Preserve Your Genealogy Research
In Amy Johnson Crow’s words … “You’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and money tracing your family tree. Not to be morbid, but have you thought about what happens to all of that when you’re gone? Don’t leave things to chance. Here are 5 ways to preserve your genealogy research.” Read the full article …

YouTube for Family History Documentaries You’ll Love
All too often people forget about YouTube, thinking it’s all cats and funniest home videos. It’s not as this post on Lisa Louise Cooke’s blog will show you. Sunny writes that ‘after learning last year that my great-grandfather survived the horrific Johnstown flood of 1889, I wanted to learn all I could about it. The flood claimed the lives of thousands of people within hours. It was considered the worst man-made disaster to date in the U.S. My first stop was YouTube.’ You should use it to see what you can find that relates to your family, or events of their era. Read the full article …

Go on a Digital Diet
Are you overwhelmed by the number of photos, files and documents on your computer, and can’t find anything? Maybe you need to follow Maureen Taylor’s advice and go on a digital diet. Watch her video here…

The Myth of Not Finding Anything
Amy Johnson Crow writes about something we’ve all come up against – a finding that “I didn’t find anything”. She explains how that those few words can put up brickwalls, so instead we need to ask ourselves, “Why isn’t he here?” Read the full article …

The Challenge of Innovation and Change in the Genealogical Community
It’s true, people in general don’t like change. In this post James Tanner writes about how some part of genealogy have seen major changes over the past few years, there are certain sectors of the genealogy community that need to keep up with new technology and innovations. Read the full article …

Who Will Handle Your Facebook Page After You Are Gone?
Who will be able to update your Facebook after you die or even if you become disabled? Who will notify your friends and acquaintances of your death or disability? Who will be able to reply to messages sent to you? Assuming you will not be able to you? Read the full article …

Will Your Photos be Sold?
Helen Smith writes on the GSQ blog and asks the important question “will your photos be sold?” We all assume they won’t, but how do we know. How do we prevent our families from simply doing the ‘’clean out” which includes the photos? Read the full article …

The Toughest Entry I’ve Ever Tried to Write
Dee reminds up that that not all family memories are easy, happy ones as she writes about her mother in this poignant post. Read the full article …

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Free Access to All of Findmypast’s Military Records – 27 June to 4 July http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/free-access-findmypasts-military-records-27-june-4-july/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/free-access-findmypasts-military-records-27-june-4-july/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:15:05 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19723 Findmypast has announced that are making their entire collection of military records (65 million of them) free for eight days to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

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FINDMYPAST GRANTS FREE ACCESS
TO ALL MILITARY RECORDS
TO COMMEMORATE CENTENARY OF
THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

 

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has announced that they are making their entire collection of military records free for eight days to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

For those in Australia, from 6:00pm AEST, 27th June until 8:59pm AEST, 4th July 2016, all 65 million records within Findmypast’s “Military, Armed Forces and Conflict” category will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe the opportunity to uncover the stories of the military heroes within their own family.

And as an added bonus, all 265 million UK and Irish census records will also be free to search, allowing researchers to uncover details of their military ancestor’s civilian lives.

This will include free access to Findmypast’s vast collection of more than 32 million World War 1 records, including:
– Over 12.5 million British World War 1 records
– The most comprehensive collection of British Army service records both for WW1 and pre WW1 – these multiple page documents were released in partnership with The National Archives and are packed with fascinating biographical details such as the names and addresses of next of kin, physical descriptions and character references from commanding officers
– Exclusive Pals battalion records covering major cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
– Soldiers Died In The Great War 1914-1919 records
– Comprehensive, illustrated Victoria Cross records
– Over 1.5 million medal index cards, memorial rolls and roll of honour records
– Military tribunal records – the records of thousands of men who attempted to avoid conscription
– Military Nurses 1856-1994 records
– Over 25,000 British Red Cross records
– The most comprehensive British Naval collection available online
– The most comprehensive Royal Air Force collection online

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire between 1st July and 18th November 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France. It was the largest battle fought on the Western Front with more than one million men wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

The first day of the action alone resulted in more than 58,000 British casualties, one third of whom were killed in action. This was followed by 140 days of horror in which hundreds of thousands of British troops fought and died in some of the worst conditions of the entire war.

If you’re not already a subscriber to Findmypast, use this opportunity to see what you can find using Findmypast’s extensive (and many exclusive) military records.

www.findmypast.com.au

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