Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – September 2014

It’s been quite some time since I have done a snippets post for you. But recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting genealogy and history newsy items that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.

100 Million Reasons to Check Out the “Find A Grave” Cemetery Website

Find A Grave is the original cemetery website. One that’s been going for 19 years in fact. I’m sure all of you have ended up on it at some stage to check a record or two, while some of may have even uploaded some photographs. If you haven’t, obviously plenty of others have as just this week it was announced that the 100 millionth photograph had just been uploaded to Find A Grave.

RootsMagic for TMG Users

The Master Genealogist has been in the genealogy-news pretty much since its imminent demise was announced by Wholly Genes a couple of months ago. Many users are undecided as to what to do, stay with the latest version, or change programs. Well now RootsMagic is also going to cater for TMG Users, as they have announced the following …

#AskACurator Day – 17 September 2014

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in a museum? Or what the coolest item they have in their collection is? Or want to know the best way to get details of some item in their collection? Simple, send them a tweet. 17 September 2014 is #AskACurator Day. A day when you can send tweets to archive organisations asking all sorts of random (but interesting) questions …

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Highlight: George Fife Angas: Father and Pioneer of South Australia

George Fife Angas was instrumental in South Australia’s pioneering history. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, in Northumberland, England in 1789, George Fife Angas started work at the age of 15 as a coachbuilder for his father, and then subsequently added merchant, banker, landowner, politician and a philanthropist to his repertoire …

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Handwriting Recognition for Documents? Yes, It’s Coming!

If you haven’t heard of Mocavo yet, get set to hear a whole lot more about them, as they are about to revolutionise the genealogy world! Sounds big? Well it’s HUGE! We’re talking handwriting recognition. Reading the handwriting on old documents! Can you begin to imagine what this would mean for genealogy?

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Register Your One-Place Study for FREE!

Are you researching the history of a town, parish, street or other geographical area? Well, why not register it on the Register of One-Place Studies website … it’s free!

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Maria Northcote

We are so excited that Maria Northcote is joining us on Unlock the Past’ 4th cruise. Many will have heard of Maria either through meeting her in person, or listening to her podcasts, as she is the person behind Genies Down Under monthly podcasts, which as her website says is “Genealogy with an Australian twist”.

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Ancestry.com Partners with Associated Press for Historical News

The big news out today is that Ancestry.com and Associated Press (AP) have formed a partnership. This means that the world’s biggest commerical genealogy company together with one of the world’s biggest news companies, will be bringing you the stories …

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Family Historian: Using the “All Relatives” Diagram [VIDEO]

Imagine being able to visually see everyone in your tree in the one screen, and edit them too. Well you can using Family Historian’s “All Relatives” diagram. This video gives you an overview of this feature, including how to add in new people to this screen.

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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.

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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.

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