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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More Irish Genealogy Resources Available Online

Irish genealogy. Millions of people around the world have Irish roots, and everyone says it’s researching Ireland is hard. OK, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but trust me it’s getting easier. The number of records available online continues to boom, and this includes Irish genealogy records too.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Jane Taubman

As we continue to work our way through the profiles of each of the guest presenters on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, we meet another of our overseas guest speakers, Jane Taubman. Although she’s not new to cruising, Jane hasn’t been on a genealogy cruise and hasn’t been to Australia, so this will be really something unique for her

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Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? Season 3

House history is something that we tend to associate with the UK, as they have such old houses that have managed to stand the test of time. With many still standing that are hundreds of years old, it’s naturally intriguing to want to know the history that house has been through. But now thanks to the TV show ‘Who’s Been Sleeping in My House’ Australians are now starting to get interested in the history of their houses too.

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#genchat continues in 2014

Genchat, the genealogy Twitter chat sessions (or as it is offically known, “#genchat”) has proved to be such a hit that they’re continuing in 2014. And not only that, but the ladies behind #genchat are so incredibly organised and have already have the dates and topics that will be covered during #genchat sessions in 2014.

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brightsolid Gets a Name Change

Brightsolid online publishing, the UK company behind findmypast (UK, US, Aus & Ire), ScotlandsPeople, The British Newspaper Archive, 1911Census, 1901 Census Online, Genes Reunited, and FriendsReunited may not be a name you’ve heard of. But the chances of you having used one or more of their sites is quite high, so this is news I thought I’d share. As of now brightsolid have now changed their name to “DC Thomson Family History”.

RootsMagic

Creating a Shareable CD with RootsMagic [VIDEO]

After spending years researching your family history, it is nice to be able to put it into a presentable form for other family to enjoy and appreciate, and creating a CD of your history is just one way to do that. RootsMagic is one of the genealogy software programs that will allow you to create a shareable CD.

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It’s Our 4th Blogiversary

Back on the 9th of October 2009, I wrote my first ever blog post. Tentative as I was, it opened up the world of blogging to me … and what can I say, now there’s simply not enough time to blog! On this our 4th blogiversary I just wanted to say a BIG thankyou …

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Speakers Announced for the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise

It was just over a week ago that we announced that the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise was open for bookings, and already there has been strong interest and bookings. Since then the organisers have been busy finalising the speakers for this cruise. Nine presenters from four countries (England, Scotland, the United States and Australia) make up the presenters team for the 5th cruise …

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Family Tree Tracker Magazine Hits the Shelves

There’s a new Australian genealogy magazine out, and it’s called “Family Tree Tracker”. With a format much like the UK genealogy magazines, in that it is a glossy magazine, with useful tips, some articles, and software reviews, it’s a good read.

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Biographical Database of Australia: Australia’s New Genealogy Resource

The latest BIG thing to hit the Aussie genealogy scene is the Biographical Database of Australia website. Already being referred to as BDA, this website is the result of many years of work by volunteer genealogists and historians and contractors. With over 500,000 records online already, with this number set to increase dramatically over the next year, this is a resource that you should be looking at.

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Queensland Genealogist, Judy Webster Revamps Her Website

Well-known Queensland professional genealogist, author, and speaker Judy Webster has been adding indexes and records to her website to make it a valuable resource for those particularly with Queensland connections. Now she’s totally revamped (and actually moved) her website, so be sure to bookmark it.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Jill Ball

With a passion for genealogy and technology, and an enthusiam to share her knowledge with everyone, Jill Ball is most certainly an engaging speaker to learn from. As one of the leading Australian geneabloggers, Jill has been an inspiration for many, myself included.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – August/September 2013

Welcome to another edition of “Inspiring Genealogy Blogs”, once again we have a real mix of topics, with everything from ethics, to ages in records, how to protect your photos from ageing, using Google Maps and Google Earth legally, artificial brick walls, the English and Welsh census and more …

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