Since the National Library of Australia started digitising the old newspapers back in July 2008 and putting them online, they just keep geting better and better. Launched with over 3 million articles, the Trove website now gives users access to over 12 million pages from over 650 Australian newspapers, with more historical newspapers and articles added regularly.
We all know that Smartphones are more than just a portable phone these days. And no doubt you know that you can use your phone as a scanner, but have you tried Pic Scanner? This is an app that will BLOW. YOUR. MIND.
Can you believe it … a few days ago this blog turned five! That’s right. “Genealogy & History News” has been spreading the news to the genealogy world for five whole years now.
If you are only going to attend one genealogy event in Australia during 2015, be sure to make it the “14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry” otherwise known simply as “Congress” which is Australia’s largest genealogy conference.
Trove’s historical newspaper collection is world class. 14 million pages from over 700 Australian newspapers. And it’s FREE! What’s not to love? The latest update on Trove has the Australian genealogy world jumping for joy, as they have just uploaded images to another 71 titles to their historical newspaper collection.
We are working our way through the guest presenters who are on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, and today we chat to Diane Foster. A past geneacruiser, Diane and has a passion for not only for genealogy and interecting with other genealogists, but also sharing her knowledge on archiving techniques with others.
FamilySearch continue to add to their vast collection of images and indexed records. And for January’s update they have added a whopping 145 million new records online. Of these 145 million records, there’s about 140 million new UK BDM records they’ve added! So it’s worth checking out.
Former columnist/illustrator for Ancestry Magazine, Betty Kreisel Shubert, has published a ground breaking book inspired by the need of genealogists to date old family pictures, as well as the research needs of costume designers, theatre companies, social historians, vintage clothing collectors and fashionistas.
Summer in Australia is the time for sports. And you couldn’t get a better way to start Inside History Magazine “sports issue” than by featuring Don Bradman on the cover. Readers will get to explore Melbourne’s tennis heritage, you’ll find our discover your ancestor in sport club archives, read about the upcoming NSW football history resource, and readers taken on a tour of Sir Don Bradman’s boyhood home.
January has arrvied, and so has the latest edition of the Australian Family Tree Connections Magazine. Along with all the regular features, the January 2014 issue is packed with numerous articles and Can You Help? queries. More websites for you to discover, and details of the latest records that have been added online.
A professional genealogist, regular presenter, author, and course tutor for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, as well as being involved with local her genealogy society Kerry Farmer is well-known in the Australian genealogy scene, and she has a wide range of knowledge on Australian genealogy, DNA and other topics.
There’s been a lot of talk about genealogy cruises recently, but get ready for a whole heap more as Unlock the Past Cruises are ramping up their cruise schedule to three throughout 2014, and three or four in 2015, with plans for those in 2016 and later already underway.
Webinars. They are slowly getting known, but I still think a lot of people don’t actually know what a Webinar is. In short, it in a seminar or presentation that you watch on your computer. You can watch it live at a specified time, or later through YouTube or a similar viewing program. In terms of genealogy think of them like video tutorials, and with the topics covered you could do almost all of your genealogy training online through watching webinars.
For Unlock the Past’s 6th Cruise, the team has decided on a 3 night cruise out of Sydney, which will be followed by a 5 day tour of Norfolk Island. You can find preliminary details are already to their website, with further details, and bookings due to open soon.
Gould Genealogy has a long association with S&N Genealogy, having been dealing with them for over 13 years. And Alan has met them on numerous occassions on his visits to England. So it is with sadness that we have heard the news of the passing of Sue Bayley, co-owner of the business.
Today we talk to Kirsty Gray. Kirsty is one of the English guest presenters who’ll be joining us for the 4th Unlock the Past cruise. She’s not only eager to meet other genealogists, but also to get some summer sun! And with her experience as professional genealogist and heir hunter, as well as a freelance author, speaker and more, Kirsty will be someone you’ll want to catch up with on the cruise.