Genealogy & History News http://www.gouldgenealogy.com Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:23:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 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/#respond 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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AncestryDNA Testing Hits the 2 Million Mark http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/ancestrydna-testing-hits-2-million-mark/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/ancestrydna-testing-hits-2-million-mark/#respond Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:43:31 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19697 Big news in the genealogy world is that AncestryDNA has just reached the incredible tally of 2,000,000 (yes, that's 2 million) people having been tested.

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Big news in the genealogy world is that AncestryDNA has just reached the incredible tally of 2,000,000 (yes, that’s 2 million) people having been tested. I’m pleased to say that I have helped add to that tally, as I have personally tested, as have 8 other family members.

“AncestryDNA is honored to be the first and only consumer genetics company to reach the two million-customer milestone. And with thousands more joining the community every day, your chances of finding new family connections are only getting better. See what people are saying about AncestryDNA.”

Ancestry.com launched AncestryDNA in the US in 2012, then branched out to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and England during 2015, and it seems to have become a worldwide phenomenon.

With more and more people testing worldwide, finding out their ethnicity, together with finding family connections, DNA has proved itself to be a useful tool which can be used in conjuction with traditional paper-trail genealogy.

For more on AncestryDNA’s achievement of reaching 2,000,000 testers, have a look at their announcement here: http://dna.ancestry.com.au/lp/genetic-testing-news, and watch the videos below to see how people have found it amazing, astonishing and life changing.

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“Genealogy Connection” Podcast Launches Soon http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/genealogy-connection-podcast-launches-soon/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/genealogy-connection-podcast-launches-soon/#respond Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:18:53 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19688 How do you get your genealogy news? For some it would be the usual social media sites (you know, Facebook, Twitter or similiar). Others would say blogs, newsletters and emails. For others it would be podcasts and magazines. All are valid and useful ways to keep informed. Podcasts are a great way to learn, and […]

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How do you get your genealogy news?

For some it would be the usual social media sites (you know, Facebook, Twitter or similiar). Others would say blogs, newsletters and emails. For others it would be podcasts and magazines. All are valid and useful ways to keep informed.

Podcasts are a great way to learn, and find out the latest happenings, and now there’s a new one in the mix, as Aha! Seminars, the company behind the “Genealogy Guys Podcast” are introducing the “Genealogy Connection” Podcast.

The Press Release said the following …

“The “Genealogy Connection” will present interviews with genealogical speakers, authors, librarians and archivists, database service providers, software and technology developers, and other leaders in the community. Each episode will be approximately one hour in length, hosted by noted genealogical speaker, author, and podcaster Drew Smith.

The first episode of the new podcast will debut the week of 27 June 2016. “We are excited to add an informative and fun interview show for the genealogical community,” says Smith, who also is vice president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. “Interviews have been very popular with our audience, and our listeners are eager to learn from the perspectives of others in the community.”

Genealogy Guys PodcastGenealogy Connection joins with Genealogy Guys Podcast which debuted on 5 September 2005 and is the longest running podcast with thousands of listeners around the world. Genealogy Connection will alternate with episodes of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, and all episodes are free for download at http://genealogyguys.com and from the iTunes store, or by subscription from iTunes and/or with podcatcher software. All subscribers to The Genealogy Guys Podcast will automatically receive episodes of the Genealogy Connection podcast.’

So subscribe or follow them on social media, to keep up to date with the latest podcasts – and remember the first episode of the Genealogy Connection Podcast is due next week, so tune in.

http://genealogyguys.com/

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FamilySearch Shutdown and Upgrade http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/familysearch-shutdown-and-upgrade/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/familysearch-shutdown-and-upgrade/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:31:47 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19698 FamilySearch have announced a major update with an outage starting from 27th June, 12 midnight MDT (US time) and may be out for up to 24 hours

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FamilySearch have announced a major update
with an
outage starting from 27th June, 12 midnight MDT (US time)
and may be out for up to 24 hours

The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, starting June 27th, 12am midnight MDT (US time) – (see below for Australian times), and may be down for up to 24 hours as they test the system.

This is obviously a BIG maintenance and upgrade to warrant that kind of potential downtime, but at least they are giving users a heads up. So plan ahead and make use of the site this weekend, or make plans to use other resources during the outage. And as long as Trove, Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage and TheGenealogist don’t go down as well … we’ll be fine!

Also FamilySearch have said that there “will be no major changes in functionality”. So for those who don’t like change, all is good.

Now for us here in Australia to make sense of the US time, I’ve done a conversion for you:

Salt Lake City (USA - Utah)                         Monday, 27 June 2016 at 12:00AM
Canberra (Australia - Australian Capital Territory) Monday, 27 June 2016 at 4:00PM
Sydney (Australia - New South Wales)                Monday, 27 June 2016 at 4:00PM   
Darwin (Australia - Northern Territory)             Monday, 27 June 2016 at 3:30PM 
Brisbane (Australia - Queensland)                   Monday, 27 June 2016 at 4:00PM   
Adelaide (Australia - South Australia)              Monday, 27 June 2016 at 3:30PM 
Hobart (Australia - Tasmania)                       Monday, 27 June 2016 at 4:00PM   
Melbourne (Australia - Victoria)                    Monday, 27 June 2016 at 4:00PM   
Perth (Australia - Western Australia)               Monday, 27 June 2016 at 2:00PM

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100 Million Dutch Records Added to Ancestry http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/100-million-dutch-records-added-to-ancestry/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/100-million-dutch-records-added-to-ancestry/#respond Tue, 21 Jun 2016 02:24:43 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19651 For those with Dutch roots here’s some major, huge news for you. The Netherlands Centre for Family History holds an enormous collection of records which has only previously been accessible within the Netherlands. Thanks for an agreement with Ancestry, everyone worldwide will have access to over 100  million Dutch records from their own home. The […]

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For those with Dutch roots here’s some major, huge news for you. The Netherlands Centre for Family History holds an enormous collection of records which has only previously been accessible within the Netherlands. Thanks for an agreement with Ancestry, everyone worldwide will have access to over 100  million Dutch records from their own home.

The following is part of the announcement from Ancestry:

Ancestry Launches Dutch Records Online Following Agreement with the Netherlands Centre for Family History

More than 100 million birth, marriage and death records from the Netherlands are available online for the first time thanks to an agreement between Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genomics and CBG, the Netherlands Centre for Family History.

The collection is made up of indexes of civil registration records, population registers, church registers and family announcements from a comprehensive network of archive organisations within the Netherlands. Most of the records cover events from the 19th and 20th Century.

To date this collection has only been available in its entirety via the dedicated WieWasWie database, as operated by the Netherlands Centre for Family History. Now these records can be accessed and shared by Ancestry’s 2.5 million family history enthusiasts around the world.

Nikolai Donitzky, Ancestry’s Managing Director of Content for Europe, comments: “The Centre for Family History and regional archives have done a remarkable job in gathering and digitizing these records across the country. We are delighted to help share this extensive collection of Dutch records with a worldwide audience.” Leo Voogt (Executive Director of CBG) adds: We have worked with the archive community in the Netherlands to provide a unified window on all our joint genealogical records. Working with Ancestry.com will generate an enormous additional audience for these holdings and will drive new traffic to the sites of the participating institutions in the Netherlands.

To listing of Dutch records tht Ancestry lists is extensive, and you can view that here:
http://search.ancestry.com.au/Places/Europe/Netherlands/Default.aspx

Please note: while you can search the site for free, to view these records you will need an Ancestry World Subscription. They offer a 1 month or 1 year subscription, or you can always see if you can access these records from your local library or genealogy society.

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The FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event 2016 – Sign Up Now http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/familysearch-worldwide-indexing-event-2016-sign-now/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/familysearch-worldwide-indexing-event-2016-sign-now/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:57:12 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19616 72,000 participants in 72 hours that’s the goal The FamilySearch website is without a doubt one of the world’s largest websites for genealogical records, and it is all free. FamilySearch staff and volunteers have been travelling the world recording original records for over 100 years now. These records have been held in storage in Granite […]

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72,000 participants in 72 hours
that’s the goal

The FamilySearch website is without a doubt one of the world’s largest websites for genealogical records, and it is all free. FamilySearch staff and volunteers have been travelling the world recording original records for over 100 years now. These records have been held in storage in Granite Mountain in Salt Lake City. For more about this incredible mountain read here – it really is worth reading. But now the task is to make these billions of records accessible to everyone by putting the images online, and getting them indexed.

FamilySearch rely on volunteers from all around the world to help with the enormous task indexing.

And FamilySearch are holding their next worldwide indexing event over a period of 72 hours (15-17 July), and are aiming to get 72,000 participants (indexers) onboard during that period.

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During 72 hours from July 15 to 17, help us index the world’s historical records, making them freely searchable on the Internet and helping families worldwide find their ancestors.

Join us as we “rewrite” history.

At the time of writing this, FamilySearch currently have over 15,500 people signed up to take part. Be a part of it it. Sign up and take part in indexing their records.

If you’ve never taken part in indexing FamilySearch records before, here are a couple of getting started videos for you …

We’ve all used FamilySearch. We know how important a resource it is. And how we all like to just put in a name and see what comes up. So why not give a little back by helping index a batch or two?

For more information, and to sign up, visit the FamilySearch website as below.

https://familysearch.org/campaign/worldsrecords

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Ancestry’s Criminal Records Free This Long Weekend http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/ancestrys-criminal-records-free-long-weekend/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/ancestrys-criminal-records-free-long-weekend/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:32:51 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19671 If you were planning some research this long weekend, Ancestry have just announced that they are giving Australian and New Zealanders FREE access to their collection of Australian and UK criminal and convict records!

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It’s Friday, the day before a long weekend, and if you’re not one of the many that are packing up the car and heading away for the weekend, you’ll probably be like me, and want to spend it getting stuck into some research.

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Now Ancestry have made that easier for you, as they’ve just announced that this Queen’s Birthday long weekend, they are giving Australian and New Zealanders FREE access to their collection of Australian and UK criminal and convict records!

This offer is running from now, Friday 10 June, and ends 11.59pm on Monday 13 June 2016.

Start searching today: http://www.ancestry.com.au/cs/blacksheep

(Note: To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.com.au with your name and email address.)

 

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Win Your DNA Journey With Momondo http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/win-dna-journey-momondo/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/win-dna-journey-momondo/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:32:54 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19635 Are you interested in finding out where you came from based on your DNA? Ever wondered what makes you, you? If you answered yes to either question you’ll be interested to know that Momondo (yes, the big name in the travel industry) has teamed up with both AncestryDNA and 23andMe to launch their “Lets Open […]

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Are you interested in finding out where you came from based on your DNA? Ever wondered what makes you, you? If you answered yes to either question you’ll be interested to know that Momondo (yes, the big name in the travel industry) has teamed up with both AncestryDNA and 23andMe to launch their “Lets Open Our World” competition.

Momondo says that it’s time to discover that there are more things uniting us than dividing us. “There would quite likely be a lot less extremism in the world if people knew their heritage. We truly are children of the world, and not of a ‘pure race’.
#LetsOpenOurWorld

WIN your own DNA kit and go on a journey to discover where you are from.

1. WIN A DNA KIT AND FIND OUT HOW DIVERSE YOU ARE
All you have to do is tell us why you should win a DNA kit (spit test), by 16th August 2016. If you win a DNA kit, you can take the next step towards winning the journey of your life.

2. WIN A JOURNEY OF YOUR LIFE
When you get your DNA results, shoot a short video of how you react to seeing where you’re from for the very first time – who knows what emotions you’ll capture! Your video is your ticket to winning a journey of your life: a trip to every country you’re from, or a trip to your favourite country found in your DNA.

“EXPLORE YOUR DIVERSITY AND FIND OUT HOW CONNECTED
YOU ARE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.
JOIN THE COMPETITION AND WIN AMAZING JOURNEYS.”

The prizes on offer are:
– the journey of your life: a trip to every country you’re from
– 17 trips: travel to your favourite country found in your DNA
– 500 DNA kits: find out where you’re from

This competition is open to people aged 18 or over who ‘permanently reside’ in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom or the USA.

You can find more details on their website, as well as all their social media sites. And be sure to read their Terms & Conditions.

ENTRIES CLOSE 16th AUGUST 2016

#LetsOpenOurWorld

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Gould Genealogy’s “Giant Directories Sale” http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/gould-genealogys-giant-directories-sale/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/gould-genealogys-giant-directories-sale/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:18:00 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19633 Directories are a key source of information for researchers, be it family history, local history or social history. Street directories, business and trade directories, agricultural directories, motoring directories, medical directories, even telephone directories and a newspaper one… every one of these is a possible research tool. You can find not only names, but addresses and […]

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Directories are a key source of information for researchers, be it family history, local history or social history.

Street directories, business and trade directories, agricultural directories, motoring directories, medical directories, even telephone directories and a newspaper one… every one of these is a possible research tool. You can find not only names, but addresses and occupations, nearby businesses, what organisations existed in the area, and more. And then there’s the adverts … If you’re like me you’ll lose hours just looking through those, they really are fabulous.

Amongst the 9000 or so products that we sell here at Gould Genealogy & History, we have a heap of directories. And as part of our 40th birthday celebrations throughout 2016, we have over put over 600 directory titles on sale for the month of June. These cover the countries of: Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland and Scotland. We have never had a directory sale this big before, so this really is our “Giant Directories Sale”.

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You’ll save 40% off all Australian titles, and 20% off all other countries, so take this opportunity to dive into the directories and see what you can find about your family.

You can find the full list of titles on sale here:
https://www.gould.com.au/Articles.asp?ID=368

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Election Junk Mail is Actually Useful http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/election-junk-mail-is-actually-useful/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/06/election-junk-mail-is-actually-useful/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 10:05:59 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19623 Australians head to the polls again on 2 July 2016, and as happens each election, between now and then we are bombarded with electoral material – flyers, brochures, how-to-vote info, banners, posters and more. However if you’re like me, you probably don’t take a whole lot of notice of it, and the junk mail and […]

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Australians head to the polls again on 2 July 2016, and as happens each election, between now and then we are bombarded with electoral material – flyers, brochures, how-to-vote info, banners, posters and more. However if you’re like me, you probably don’t take a whole lot of notice of it, and the junk mail and associated items usually end up in the recycle bin … but ‘DON’T THROW THEM AWAY as the National Library of Australia has a great use for them. They actually keep them for historical posterity.

Here’s a quote from their website:

“Instead of throwing it away please help us collect it.”

“We did it in 2013, and now we need your help to collect 2016 federal election ephemera for the National Library collection. From posters to how-to-vote cards, stickers, buttons and all original printed material, we want it all—even the occasional political pizza box or collection of pollie-themed teabags. By collecting, preserving and making this material available, we can ensure these stories live on in our nation’s history.”

“We add original printed campaign material to our holdings for each Australian federal election … we are keen to collect material from regional or remote electorates as well as those in the metropolitan centres.”

If you, your friends and/or relatives have access to this material (we want published original material, not photocopies or digital files) send it to us to add to the national collection:

Ephemera Officer
Printed Australiana – National Library of Australia
Reply Paid 83281
PARKES ACT 2600

For more about the National Library Collection and the 2016 electoral ephemera, please have a read on their website: https://www.nla.gov.au/ephemera/federal-election-campaigns.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you accept the #TreeChallenge?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

UTAS family history diploma

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Congress 2018 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/congress-2018/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/congress-2018/#comments Sun, 22 May 2016 10:40:36 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19548 Congress, the once-every-three-years event is the BIG one for Australian and New Zealand genealogy. Organised by the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies (AFFHO), and the dates for the next one (the 15th) which will be held in Sydney in 2018, have just been in released. The following was an announcement from the Society of […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registrations will open in early 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pomonal: A Picturesque Place Revisited

Pomonal: A Picturesque Place Revisited

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

 

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