Genealogy & History News http://www.gouldgenealogy.com Genealogy and history news and product announcements for Australians Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 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/#respond 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.

convict prisoner with ball and chain

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”.

vintage telephone books

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

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Findmypast #TreeChallenge

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.

http://familyhistorymonth.org.au/

 

 

 

http://familyhistorymonth.org.au/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pomonal: A Picturesque Place Revisited

Pomonal: A Picturesque Place Revisited

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on RootsMagic click here.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – May 2016 Issue Out Now http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/australian-family-tree-connections-may-2016-issue-out-now/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/05/australian-family-tree-connections-may-2016-issue-out-now/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 10:18:03 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19541 May is here, and we’ve just had the brand new issue of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine arrive in our letterbox. Along with all the regular features such as: – Area research – Family histories – Family reunions – For sale – Genealogy services – Missing ancestors – Missing relatives (living) – Odds and ends […]

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

Along with all the regular features such as:
– Area research
– Family histories
– Family reunions
– For sale
– Genealogy services
– Missing ancestors
– Missing relatives (living)
– Odds and ends
– One-Name studies
– Wanted
– Where to go
– Genealogy news
– Letters to the editor
– Resources (new publications)
– Surname register
– and What’s on this month (events) you’ll find that the May 2016 issue is packed with numerous articles and Can You Help? queries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more details about speakers, click here.

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

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

To see the full Preliminary program, click here.

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

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

 

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – April 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/inspiring-genealogy-blogs-april-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/inspiring-genealogy-blogs-april-2016/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:11:26 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19438 Welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. The following are a collection of blog posts that I’ve read during the past few months that I have found intriguing, useful and/or inspiring and wanted to share with you. In this edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts we have posts that cover: scanning photos and documents, sources, […]

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Inspiring Blogs 300Welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. The following are a collection of blog posts that I’ve read during the past few months that I have found intriguing, useful and/or inspiring and wanted to share with you.

In this edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts we have posts that cover: scanning photos and documents, sources, who owns your online tree, ethics and etiquette, dates, writing, cameras, names and archiving … together with a whole heap more!

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

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

Five Things You Need to Know About Digitizing Photos
Let’s face it, scanning is tedious. You can spend hours and hours scanning, labeling and filing your photos, slides and documents. But are they then useable? Here’s some very wise words from Alison Taylor on what you should be doing when you scan your photos. Read the full article …

The Easy, Low-Tech Way to Label Scanned Photos
You’ve scanned some family photos. Great! But who is in them? With file names like IMG_1092.jpg, it isn’t readily apparent who is in the photo. Amy Johnson Crow gives us some easy low-tech ways to label our photos. Read the full article …

For Photo’s Sake Stop Scanning Every Picture
We’ve been hearing for several years now on the importance of scanning all documents and photos, so to hear that we shouldn’t scan “every” photo, is something different. Read why Denise says we shouldn’t scan  every-single-photo! Read the full article ….

What are Primary and Secondary Sources?
I’m sure every one of you have heard the term “Primary Source” and “Secondary Source”. But do you actually know what they are? And they relate to your genealogy research? Tim Firkowski explains just that in this post. Read the full article …

Who Actually Owns the Family Tree You Have Online?
If you put your tree online (even privately), you own it … right? Well, not necessarily! How many of you have ever taken the time to read the fineprint , and can actually understand it? Take a moment to read this post and you might be surprised. Read the full article …

Ethics, Etiquette and Old Family Letters
Denise write about how “family historians have been uncovering long-buried family secrets long before genetic testing was available. Historians and biographers devour personal correspondence, diaries, and journals for clues to understanding people and events” which is true, and she then asks is it morally correct (ethical) to read other people’s mail? And is it socially acceptable (proper etiquette) to do so? It’s a really interesting read, and it might make you think twice next time. Read the full article …

Dates, Dates and More Dates – Understanding History
As researchers we love dates. Birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial dates! But we can’t forget history in general. The history of the country. The history of the state or county. The history of the town. Religious history. Economic history. It’s all relevant. The natural disasters that occurred there. The industrialisation that caused mass unemployment. The plagues. You MUST know the history of the area at that time, the help put your family into context. Sadly many don’t see this as relevant and wrong information ends up online. While James Tanner doesn’t cover all of the above in his post, have a read of his understanding of dates. Read the full article …

Should I Include That?
You’re finally getting around to writing up that memoir or family history, but you a blessed with so much information, photos and records, just what do you include? Believe it or not, there is a thing as TOO MUCH for a publication. And you need to be mindful about WHAT you write as well. As Devon Lee writes in this article “It’s a tough balancing act. When done correctly, a compelling book about an ancestor does result.” Read the full article …

Real Genealogists Use Cameras
I admit when I read the title of this post I thought it would be about cameras vs smartphones. Alas I was surprised to find it wasn’t, but rather an image vs transcript discussion. Author of the post, James Tanner says “I still see people laboriously copying entries in books and other records by hand into notes, when all they have to do is pull out their cell phone and take a photo of the entire page in a few seconds.” So it not only saves errors, it save time too. Read the full article …

What First Names Say About Someone
Our friends at GenealogyInTime wrote this very interesting article on first names. And how it “turns out that you can tell a lot about a person by their first name. Why? Because parents often put a considerable amount of thought into a child’s first name.  The end result reflects the parents’ level of education, social background (class) and cultural preferences.  You can use this to your advantage when searching for an ancestor.” Read the full article …

How to Look After Your Family Documents
If you are lucky you might have in your possession a number of precious family documents and photographs, which can vary in age, condition and type. If you are lucky, you may have deeds written on parchment, wills or other legal documents, family letters, original certificates, newspaper cuttings etc. These are precious to you, so you want to look after them properly, but how? Read the full article …

 

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Mobile Genealogy Apps – Apps for Desktop Genealogy Software http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/mobile-genealogy-apps-apps-desktop-genealogy-software/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/mobile-genealogy-apps-apps-desktop-genealogy-software/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:05:05 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19421 These days you can take your genealogy data with you on your smartphone or tablet. But what is available? And what works with what? That's the question I hope to answer for you today and there is a whole range of mobile genealogy software apps available.

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app - ReunionTouch ipad iphoneGenealogy software is good to have, but what about when you’re out and about and on-the-go? Out and about visiting relatives, or our researching and you need to check details. Do you lug your laptop or folders with all of your notes along with you?

These days you can take your genealogy data with you on your smartphone or tablet. But what is available? And what works with what? That’s the question I hope to answer for you today.

There are a whole range of mobile genealogy apps available. Ones that link in with your desktop genealogy program, ones that link in with specific online genealogy programs, and ones that will work with a GEDCOM file. This is the first post in a series that I’ll do on apps, and we shall start by looking at the mobile apps that link in with (the better known ones) genealogy software programs.

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app - HeredisProgram: Heredis
App: Heredis
Available: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device
Price: Free
Publisher: BSD Concept

Heredis lets you create your family tree, share your genealogy and take it with you wherever you want with this free app.

Everything you like about Heredis is now also available on your mobile device. Not only can you view your data on it, but you can edit it too. And of course you can synchronize your files on several devices, keeping you up to date all the time.

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app - FamiliesProgram: Legacy Family Tree
App: Families
Available: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device
Price: iOS US$14.99, Android US$13.98
Publisher: TelGen

The Families app works in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree, the leading Windows-based genealogy software from Millennia Corporation. Legacy family files can be easily transferred from a PC to your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device, enabling them to be viewed and edited wherever you are.

Families supports the following functionality:
– Multiple family files
– New family files can be created from scratch
– Family View, Pedigree View, Descendant View and Timeline
– Index, searchable by Given Name, Surname or RIN
– Events
– To Do Lists
– Master and Detail Sources
– Locations and Addresses, with geolocation via Google Maps
– Alternate Names
– Pictures, including the ability to add pictures from camera or photo album
– Documents, audio and video files
– Bookmarks
– Portrait and Landscape mode on all views
– Full screen support on the iPad
– Legacy file versions 6, 7 and 8 are supported

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app - MobileFamilyTreeProgram: MacFamilyTree
App: MobileFamilyTree
Available: iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad device
Price: US$14.99
Publisher: Synium Software

MobileFamilyTree 7 is the first full-featured mobile genealogy app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It comes with all the features you’d expect from a modern genealogy application, provides you with everything you need for genealogical research and works like a charm – without a Mac or PC! Exchange GEDCOM files with other genealogists share your family tree by e-mail or synchronize your data with other iOS devices or Macs using iCloud.

MobileFamilyTree 7 is based on the same architecture as MacFamilyTree 7 and offers all charts and reports available in MacFamilyTree, making it the only mobile app of its kind and therefore unrivaled!

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app - ReunionTouchProgram: Reunion
App: ReunionTouch
Available: iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad device
Price: US$9.99
Publisher: Leister Productions

ReunionTouch is a single, universal app for Apple’s mobile devices and is designed to complement Reunion for Mac. ReunionTouch replaces our previous mobile apps “Reunion for iPad” and “Reunion for iPhone” and includes many new features.

ReunionTouch lets you take your family with you. View, navigate, search, and edit your information on the go. You’ll always be ready to add people, add pictures, document new information, and make corrections to your data – all while automatically staying in sync with Reunion for Mac.

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app - RootsMagicProgram: RootsMagic
App: RootsMagic
Available: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device
Price: Free
Publisher: RootsMagic Inc.

Now you can easily take and show off your family history with you wherever you go, and have your family tree at your fingertips! RootsMagic lets you carry your genealogy on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Andriod devices!

This viewer is designed as a companion product to RootsMagic, the award-winning desktop genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional, RootsMagic is the perfect tool for you!

Features include:

Files:
* Uses your actual RootsMagic files- no conversion needed
* Easily put your family history files on your device through iTunes or DropBox
* Keep as many files as you want right on your device
* Use the free desktop software to convert other genealogy files including PAF, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, and GEDCOM into viewable RootsMagic files.

Views:
* Pedigree, Family, Descendant, and Individual Views to quickly explore your family tree
* Browse people by surname and given names
* Search ancestors by name or record number
* View media, notes, and sources for people, families, events, and facts

Lists:
* Source list
* To-do lists
* Research Logs
* Media Lists
* Address Book
* Repository List
* Correspondence List
* Place List

Tools:
* Perpetual calendar
* Date calculator
* Relationship calculator
* Soundex calculator

Note: Requires RootsMagic desktop family tree software or the free RootsMagic Essentials software to create, edit, or add to your genealogy files.

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app - TreeView #2Program: TreeView
App: TreeView
Available: iPhone, iPad or Android device
Price: Free
Publisher: Genealogy Supplies Inc.

Build your family tree with TreeView and you’ll have your family history at your fingertips, even when you have no signal! Whether you’re an experienced family historian or just starting out, you’ll find TreeView easy to use and an essential tool in your research.

Features
– Includes a number of flexible tree designs including Pedigree, Hourglass, Ancestors, Descendants and Family views.
– Add and amend details easily and add notes, all from within the app.
– View historical records for your ancestors via TheGenealogist (subscription required).
– Upload photos to embellish your tree.
– Offline mode – View your family tree even when you have no signal.
– Information you add on one device will automatically be available on all your other devices.
– Help and advice at your fingertips.

Compatibility
– Import a GEDCOM file of your family tree at TreeView.co.uk (Free of charge) or TheGenealogist to view and edit it on your device.
– If you have already built a family tree on TheGenealogist or TreeView.co.uk, you can log in with that account to view and edit you tree.

Privacy
TreeView offers you the flexibility to be as private or public with your trees as you wish. With 3 settings you have the choice of who you share your family tree with: Private, Invitation only, or Public.

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So why not take your genealogy with you? Afterall you just never know when you might need to check the death date of great grandpa Smith, or to see if great grand aunt had eight children or nine, or when you visit your cousins, and you can tell them all sorts of family stories, not to mention having the old family photos there on your mobile device as well!

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Australian History & Genealogy Expo 2016 – Exhibitor Registrations Now Open http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/history-genealogy-expo-adelaide-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/history-genealogy-expo-adelaide-2016/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:49:57 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19085 Unlock the Past are hosting another History and Genealogy Expo. And this one will be in my hometown of Adelaide, South Australia. Here’s the when and where details so you can add it to your diary: When: Fri 7 October – Sat 8 October 2016, 9am-5pm each day Where: Immanuel College, 32 Morphett Road, Novar […]

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Unlock the Past are hosting another History and Genealogy Expo. And this one will be in my hometown of Adelaide, South Australia.

Here’s the when and where details so you can add it to your diary:

When: Fri 7 October – Sat 8 October 2016, 9am-5pm each day
Where: Immanuel College, 32 Morphett Road, Novar Gardens, South Australia

Australian Expo 2016 - Immanuel College map

By all means mark it on your calendar now, but the Expo isn’t open for general public bookings yet, but rather exhibitors only at this stage.

So if you would like to exhibit, you can now book your place at the Expo. And to those who have already expressed interest in exhibiting, you will need to fill in the booking form as well.

EXHIBITOR BOOKING FORM

If you are associated with any genealogy, history or heritage groups, museums, archives, military history, sport club history, digital restoration, archival storage, researchers, genealogy/history magazines, online data companies, secondhand book dealers, heritage scrapbookers, book printers, chart printing, genealogy software, and any number of other businesses or organisations in this genre, Unlock the Past would love for you to exhibit. From initital interest there is likely to be exhibitors from most states around Australia.

There is also provision for those you can’t attend in person, or not all the time, to have a presence through an information/display only table, sharing stand duties with other similar organisations or supplying brochures to be available on the day.

The Expo will also feature guest presenters with talks throughout the two days, two mini theaters and a Research Help Zone (one-on-one) area.

For more information about the Australian History and Genealogy Expo, please contact Unlock the Past.
w: www.unlockthepast.com.au/AustralianExpo2016
e. inquiries@unlockthepast.com.au
p. (08) 8263 2055

History & Genealogy Expo Sudney

 

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South Australia’s History Festival, 1-31 May 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/south-australias-history-festival-1-31-may-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/south-australias-history-festival-1-31-may-2016/#respond Fri, 08 Apr 2016 01:38:21 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19388 May is just around the corner, and South Australia's History Festival for 2016 is ready and raring to go for 31 days of history events.

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May is just around the corner, and South Australia’s History Festival for 2016 is ready and raring to go for 31 days of history events.

The excitement for it is building as the launch was held recently, the program booklets are out, and the website is live. So now we all get to scan through the website or printed programs and work out what is on when, that we can get to.

The event grows bigger and bigger each year, and this year is no different with more than 600 events presented by over 340 organisers around the state. There are exhibitions, talks, seminars, guided tours, self-guided tours, workshops, open days, and even a cruise.

Walk through some of Adelaide’s historic buildings, or use the app and discover Adelaide’s history as you walk the streets. Have a high tea in the country, learn how to interview your realtives, or walk through the cemetery learning about the stories of those buried there. Learn how to knit or crochet, or go on a tour to learn about the records that State Records holds. Learn how to research your family history or restore old photographs. Military history, pub yarns, and even a cruise at Port Adelaide learning the history of the port also make up part of this years events.

Getting the program …
You can grab a printed copy of the South Australia’s History Festival program at numerous places around the state, including our shop. Or you can download a copy from their website.

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And download the free app so you’ll have the program with you. Available for iOS and Android.

SA History Festival 2016 app

Keeping up socially …
You’ll find South Australia’s History Festival on social media everywhere.
Facebook
Flickr
Twitter
Instagram

Hashtag it …
And don’t forget the official hashtag for SA’s History Festival is #SAHistoryFest, but if you’d like to be in the draw for a heap of prizes, use the hashtag #CaptureSAHistory and @HistoryFestival on your photos.

http://historyfestival.sa.gov.au/

 

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Family Historian version 6.2 Adds Findmypast “Hints” http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/family-historian-version-6-2-adds-findmypast-hints/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/04/family-historian-version-6-2-adds-findmypast-hints/#respond Mon, 04 Apr 2016 02:22:42 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19391 The makers of Family Historian are working hard, with version 6.1 catering for direct import from TMG and Genbox, and now just a few weeks later we have Family Historian version 6.2 which now incorporates "hints" from Findmypast into their program.

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CPL010-2 Family Historian 6Calico Pie, the company behind the genealogy software program, Family Historian have been working hard on developing their program. It was just over a month ago that they announced the release of Family Historian version 6.1, which was a free upgrade for anyone who already had version 6, and amongst the long list of new features it now allows direct import from The Master Genealogist and Genbox. You can read about that here.

Now just a few weeks later we have Family Historian version 6.2 released, and the big news from Calico Pie is that they have now incorporated “hints” from Findmypast into their program.

Family Historian 6.2 FMP hints

The press release is as as follows …

LONDON – April 2nd, 2016. Calico Pie today released a new version of Family Historian, the award-winning desktop genealogy program.  The new version includes automatic matching against records on Findmypast databases. Users are notified of matches with on-screen icons called ‘hints’.

“Automatic record matching is a very popular feature of Family Historian”, said Simon Orde, CEO of Calico Pie. “It makes the process of finding historical records for the people in your family tree considerably more enjoyable and easier. Now Family Historian users can use this same feature to automatically find matching records in Findmypast databases. We are delighted to be working with Findmypast, one of the leading data providers for genealogists. It’s great news for Family Historian users.”

Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast agreed: “We are delighted to be partnering with one of the world’s leading providers of desktop genealogy products. Findmypast’s heritage and rich record collections coupled with Family Historian’s sophisticated technology will make for a powerful combination, enabling us to offer customers new and improved ways of unlocking the fascinating stories within their family. At Findmypast we are committed to making family history as easy and as rewarding as possible, not just through new records but also through new technologies. Together with Family Historian, we can provide a dynamic family history experience that offers customers the opportunity to make a real connection with their family heritage.”

The new version of Family Historian, 6.2, is a free update for all version 6 users. To learn more about automatic record matching – also known as Automatic Internet Data Matching – see www.family-historian.co.uk/aidm.

For more information on Family Historian or the associated products, please click here.

 

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Unlock the Past’s WW1 Bundle http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/unlock-pasts-ww1-bundle/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/unlock-pasts-ww1-bundle/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:10:38 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19355 The past few years have seen a huge surge interest in military history, with the commemoration of WW1 and Gallipoli adding to the interest. During this time Unlock the Past have produced a collection of useful guide books for researchers, including a number that relate to researching your Australian military ancestors.

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The past few years have seen a huge surge interest in military history, with the commemoration of WW1 and Gallipoli adding to the interest. During this time Unlock the Past have produced a collection of useful guide books for researchers, including a number that relate to researching your Australian military ancestors.

Anzac Day, the 25th of April, is one that is commemorated by Australians and New Zealanders. It is a time to remember those who willingly signed up for war to defend their country, and sadly many of whom never returned. It is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.”

These three books Unlock the Past guide book will help you when researching the history of your Australian military ancestors. We have bundled them together at a special price, just for April.

AIF Unit Histories of the Great War 1914-1918
Unit histories are an incredible source of information for researchers. But what unit histories have been published? This book is valuable in that it lists hundreds of them – all grouped into relevant categories (AIF, Machine Gun Companies, Pioneer Battalions, Cyclist Corps, Field Artillery Brigades, Light Horse Regiments, Field Engineers, Army Medical Corps, Signal Units, Pay Corp, and Australian Flying Corp Squadrons).
Normal retail price $9.00
For the full description of this title click here

That Elusive Digger: Tracing Your Australian Military Ancestors
Previously there was no concise but comprehensive guide to help the family historian embark on the search for Australian military ancestors, much less one which also gives simple overviews of Australia’s military history. This small book sets out to rectify this, and provides a handy summary of Australia’s military history both in peace and war.

It gives readers a guide of where to look and what to look for as far as records go, and brief information on how to understand and get the most from military records. For those seeking to search out their Australian military ancestors, there is no better place to start. Covering all wars not just WWI, it actually starts back with the Volunteer Forces, and Militia before detailing the Sudan, Boxer Rebellion and the Boer War. This followed by WWI, WWII Japan, Korea, Malaya, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Normal retail price $13.50
For the full description of this title click here

The War to End War: Tracing Your Great War Australian Military Ancestors
This concise, yet comprehensive guide is made to help the family historian embark on the search for Australian military ancestors in World War I, as well as giving you a simple overview of Australia’s military history.

After spending over 20 years in the military, Lieutenant Colonel Neil Smith now focuses his time on military history. In this guide book he provides handy outlines of the progress of the war with emphasis placed on the part played by Australia. Armed with this essential knowledge the reader is then shown where to look and how to interpret all available personal war-like records. For those seeking out their Australian military ancestors in World War I, there is no better place to start.
Normal retail price $17.00
For the full description of this title click here

 

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Unlock the Past Cruise T-Shirts – Back for a Limited Time http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/unlock-the-past-cruise-t-shirts-back-for-a-limited-time/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/unlock-the-past-cruise-t-shirts-back-for-a-limited-time/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:42:20 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19339 The "Unlock the Past Cruise" T-shirts are back, but only for a limited time. If you would like your own 'exclusive' Unlock the Past cruise t-shirt be sure to get your order in by ...

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The “Unlock the Past Cruise” T-shirts (ok, technically they are polo shirts, but I call them t-shirts) are back, but only for a limited time. These t-shirts are not generally available, we get them made to order.

During the recent two cruises (10th and 11th Unlock the Past cruises) we had a number of requests for them. So they are back … but only for a limited time.

Available for men and women, and in a choice of 10 colours each. We have sizes ranging from small up to XXXXX-large.

Being a polo shirt, they are a comfy, easy-to-wear shirt. And of course NO IRONING is required!

The front is simply embroidered with the “Unlock the Past” logo, while the back has “Genealogy Cruising” and the Unlock the Past Cruises website printed on it.

Please note the date, and get your order in by then, as we’ll be sending an order off to the manufacturer straight after that.

TO ORDER:
Ladies t-shirts: available in 10 colours, and in sizes from 8-24, AUD$39.95
Mens t-shirts: available in 10 colours, and in sizes from S-XXXXXL, AUD$39.95

Last day to order
Sunday, 1st May 2016

Anthea Phillips, Rosemary Kopittke, Alona Tester & Helen Smith on the 4th Unlock the Past cruise

Anthea Phillips, Rosemary Kopittke, Alona Tester & Helen Smith on the 4th Unlock the Past cruise

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#MuseumWeek – 28 March to 3 April 2016 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/museumweek-28-march-to-3-april-2016/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/museumweek-28-march-to-3-april-2016/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2016 03:08:20 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19358 It was on in 2015, and now it's back again for 2016! #MuseumWeek is back. This is an opportunity for museums right around the world to show off their collections to the public, through social media.

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#MuseumWeek 2016It was on in 2015, and now it’s back again for 2016! #MuseumWeek is back.

This is an opportunity for museums right around the world to show off their collections to the public, through social media.

Their website states that … “#MuseumWeek is an event devoted to the celebration of culture by cultural institutions and is open to artists, museums, libraries, galleries, archives, foundations, science centers, zoos, aquariums…!”

Note that is says not only museums, but also “libraries” and “archives”!! Surely there’s a heap of historical societies, and archives and libraries around the world who would be paricipating.

Why not invite your favorite cultural institutions to register for the #MuseumWeek. Registration is free, simple and quick! And if you’re involved in a museum (or associated organisation) you can sign up here. For more indepth info, check this out.

Held along the lines of what was done last year, there are 7 day, 7 themes and 7 hashtags. Each participating museum is to tweet (once or more) about that days theme … and just a suggestion from a fellow tweeter who follows along on these days – photos are wonderful! So feel free to tweet lots of them.

To be involved simply register on their website, get yourself a Twitter account, follow @MuseumWeek, then spend some time checking out the cool items in your museums collection, so you’ll be ready and raring to go in time for #MuseumWeek!!

For us (the public, the non-museum-working folk) we can simply sit back and enjoy it by watching the hashtags. Use the #MuseumWeek one, but also use those for each day (those in the picture above), and see what the Museums themselves are tweeting. And to do this you don’t even need a Twitter account. Just go to www.twitter.com, and type in #museumweek in the search bar at the top, and everything using that hashtag will come up! Simple!

 

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#MuseumWeek
March 28 – April 3, 2016

 

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Big News for Australia’s 2016 Census http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/big-news-australias-2016-census/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/big-news-australias-2016-census/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2016 07:04:09 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19337 Tuesday, 9 August 2016 is the date for the next Australian census. And the big news is that the WHOLE of this census will be retained. Not just the portion that answered "yes" as happened in the last three censuses ...

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Australia’s seventeenth national Census of Population and Housing will be held on Tuesday, 9 August 2016. The first national census was held in 1911 and since 1961 they have been conducted every five years.

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

Australian’s who have completed censuses over the past 15 years will be familiar with “question 60” of the Census. That’s the one that says:

“Question 60. Does each person in this household agree to his/her name and address and other information on this form being kept by the National Archives of Australia and then made publicly available after 99 years?”

question 60 from the 2011 Australian census

question 60 from the 2011 Australian census

Since 2001 there has been a big push to educate people in the importance of answering “Yes” to that question. In 2001 53% answered yes, with 56% in 2006. I haven’t found the statistics for 2011, but I do hope it is more. So for those three censuses, only those that answered yes will have their records  retained with the rest be destroyed. The statistics of the others will be kept, but the original records will be destroyed. Sad, but true. But at least some are being kept.

Now the big, big news that I’ve just come across. Are you sitting down? In 2016, for the very first time in Australia’s history, ALL of the census will be retained. There is no question 60. There is no option. It will be retained, and will be made public after 99 years. Not just the statistics … the whole complete census! How cool is that?

While you will expect that this will cause concern for some people, for historians and genealogists this is certainly good news. This is what we’ve been pushing for. The information won’t be available to any of us in our lifetime (unless you do what I do, and keep a copy of it for your own reference before sending it back), but it will be for future generations, and that’s a good thing. We all know how valuable the censuses have been for our own research (UK, US or other countries), so hopefully here in Australia our future generations will be able to use these records for theirs.

Australian 2016 Census
Tuesday, 9 August 2016

For more details about the Australian 2016 Census you can read it on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website and here.

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#fundTrove – Show Your Support the National Library of Australia and Trove http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/fundtrove-show-support-national-library-australia-trove/ http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/03/fundtrove-show-support-national-library-australia-trove/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:49:21 +0000 http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/?p=19211 Trove truly is the heart and soul of Australian history. Where else can you search over 473 million records at your fingertips? And yet, this our National treasure is facing budget cuts which will result is losses to staff and services. Here's how can you help?

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If you’ve been anywhere near social media in the past few weeks, you will more than likely have seen the huge news about the proposed budget cuts to the National Library of Australia.

On hearing this the Australian genealogy and history world is in shock wondering how anyone could do such a thing to this national treasure. This would be devastating. Admittedly they are not saying that they will close it, but rather cut funds and staff – which will mean less services, and slow down digitisation projects.

Trove truly is the heart and soul of Australian history. Where else can you search over 473 million records at your fingertips?

“Find and get over 473,929,852 Australian and online resources:
books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more”

Trove is used by around 70,000 people each day. The historians (family, social, local, military, medical and numerous others) are already having their say on this topic, but the usefulness of Trove and goes way, way beyond the genealogy and history world – a fact which has been highlighted by the number of people from different genres who have been showing their support.

The #fundTrove campaign has started with people having their say about the funding cuts, and how important the NLA and Trove is as a resource for everyone. With endless stories of people saying “I never would have found this, without Trove”. I think every one of us can relate to that. And now the #fundTrove campaign is going global, with many people from overseas also chipping in on how much they use, and love Trove.

I’m not going to go into a long spiel, as others have said it so well  … so I’ll direct you to their posts instead. Please take the time to read, as it is an important matter for Australia and Australia’s history.

The place to start is Tim Sherratt’s post titled #fundTrove. A recent former manager of Trove, he tells how he saw a tweet from his local ABC radio station saying “NOW: @nlagovau informs its staff of budget cuts”. From there the word of the government funding cuts for the NLA has spread far and wide.

ABC News – Trove online database’s future in doubt due to National Library funding cuts
Canberra Times – Australian and international arts institutions, researchers throw support behind Trove
The Australian – The researcher’s treasure, Trove, is under threat

This is just three of the many articles that have appeared in the media recently. See Tim’s #fundTrove post for more down the bottom.

We must have our say and do all we can to prevent these cuts from happening.

You Can Help …
Tim Sherratt lists a number of things that we can do now:
– Tweet or post about the value of Trove using the hashtag #fundTrove
– Write to Senator Fifield (or other government members) – the folks at the eScholarship Research Centre at Melbourne University have already drafted a sample letter.

Keep up to date …
– Like the #fundTrove Facebook page

Sign one or all of these petitions …
1. Fund Trove! created by Edwina Byrne on Megaphone.org.au
2. Stop Cuts to National Library of Australia & Save Trove created by Paddy O’Toole at Change.org
3. Stop the Australian government from wrecking Trove created by Ian Gardener at Change.org

 

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