5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Part 1

We’ll the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is underway, and having boarded the Marco Polo ship on Saturday 19th July, we are now currently up to day 3. As I have intermittent internet access onboard I’m not going to give detailed day-by-day happenings but rather an overview of what has happened so far.

On the Road Again …

I owe the title of this blog to Dick Eastman, as whenever he goes away he lets his readers know where he’s off to. That is what I’m doing in this post. Though technically it should probably be called “On the Sea Again … ” as I’m off on another cruise again, and hoping for some warmer weather.

Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.

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RootsTech Hits the Seas with Unlock the Past’s 4th Cruise

RootsTech (the largest genealogy conference in North America), is taking part in Unlock the Past’s 4th Cruise. So we WILL be having RootsTech at sea! How cool is that?

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Julie Goucher

Julie Goucher is another of our overseas guest speakers on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, and she’s coming all the way from England to be a part of it.

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About Time: South Australia’s History Festival 1-31 May 2014

After the success of history month over the past two years, the team behind South Australia’s About Time History Festival are already planning for the 2014 one. They’ve updated their website and are now taking details of events for next year, which you can add online yourself.

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78 Grants Awarded to Australian Community Groups

Back in March 2013 the National Library of Australia announced that their Community Grants were open for submission. The grants of up to $15,000 were available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held collections. Well, now they’ve announced the recipients of the 78 grants that have been awarded.

Records

Ireland XO: Finding Irish Ancestors with Reverse Genealogy

A few months ago Ireland XO was launched. But just what is Ireland XO? It simply is a reverse genealogy program that has been created with aims connecting the Irish Diaspora through family and local history. Ireland XO doesn’t wait for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, they simply go the other way. And it’s all FREE.

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Support Movemeber By Showing Off Your Ancestors

November has arrived, and so has Movember. And once again, our good friends at Inside History magazine, are doing their part to contribute through their Hairy Mancestors Facebook page. Share pics of your mo’d up ancestors, and a donation for each will go to Movember Australia. So show off your ancestors, and support Movember.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – October 2013

During October I did a heap of genealogy blog reading, so I have a great bunch of interesting posts for you. We start off with the Young and Savvy Genealogists who’ve hit the scene in a big way, then move on to cover topics such as things our grandparents did, cousins with the same name, new evidence that might rewrite America’s history, archivists role, archaic abbreviations, preserving your home movies, reading newspapers, and how we can help societies. And a heap more.

Records

Victorian Goldfields on Fire Crowdsourcing Project

Archival Access Victoria launched a crowdsourcing project a few months ago to digitise Victorian country town court records. That worked well, and now they are on to a new project, this one to do with the Victorian Goldfields, but they need your held to do so.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – November 2013 Issue Out Now

November is here, and so is the latest Australian Family Tree Connections magazine. With the themes of Remembrance Day and Scottish ancestry both featured in this issue, there’s articles, Can You Help? queries, New on the Net section with websites for you to discover, together with news and events, all packed into 62 pages. With the themes of Remembrance Day and Scottish Ancestry both featured in this issue,

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Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 6 (2014)

For the genealogy TV lovers, it has just been announced that Who Do You Think You Are?, the Australian version will be back in 2014, which will make it it’s 6th season. That’s a good effort don’t you think. Now I can tell you five of the celebrities who will feature in it …

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Rob Hamilton

With a passion for genealogy, combined together with an amazing knowledge of all things Freemasonry, Rob Hamilton will be able to advise how genealogists can access and utilise these records. While Freemason records are not a usual resource for people to check out, don’t dismiss them, as they contain all sorts of genealogical content.

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Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean the end of the year, and I don’t even mean Christmas. In this instance I’m actually talking about the next Unlock the Past cruise. With the 4th and 5th cruises booking well why not make yourself known as a ‘genealogy cruiser’ by wearing an exclusive Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt.

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Chris Paton and Thomas MacEntee Downunder Roadshow 1-15 Feb 2014

Australia’s Unlock the Past are known for bringing international guest presenters to Australian shores both for their cruises and roadshows as well as some other events they’ve held. And they’re doing it again in 2014 with the “Chris Paton and Thomas MacEntee Downunder Roadshow”.

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