Welcome to another week in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. This week we are up to G. A few examples that we’ve had are: streets that ancestors have lived in, genealogy apps, ancestors and their achievements, stories of life and death, attributes for family historians, genealogy software, emigrants, historical photographs, food, websites, old documents
Passenger lists. They are something that every genealogist hunts for. Some are easy to find, while others aren’t and for those ones we swear that our ancestors either swam or arrived via spaceship. But let me tell you about the wonderful thing the Queensland State Archives have done.
February 2014 is when Unlock The Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise is scheduled to leave Sydney. Now a major part of why the Unlock the Past cruises are so good is because of the guest speakers. Afterall you can’t really have a genealogy cruise without them can you? And this cruise most certainly takes the cake for the speakers. With 6 international speakers, and 12 from Australia this will be a cruise like no other.
Did any of your ancestors work on building the Great Ocean Road? If so, you’ll be interested to know about a Project that the Portland Family History Group is working on, that is recording details of all of those who worked on, or even those who helped the workers along the way, to enable them to build this iconic part of Australia.
Got Canadian roots? If so, listen up. Dick Eastman’s newsletter first introduced me to the Canadian Headstone Photos Project a couple of years ago, and since then I have been watching this project grow over time. Now I know that not every Australian has Canadian connections, but many do, so I thought this would be of interest.
FamilySearch is one of the most used websites for genealogy research – and why not, it’s got the largest collection of genealogy records online (in the billions), and it is free, so who wouldn’t. But do you know just how FamilySearch works? And how best to search their website? FamilySearch has recently released two videos that discuss this massive collection of genealogical records, and will lead you to discover more about FamilySearch and their records.
We’ve done A, B, C, D, and E already – so that brings us to ‘F’ in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. I am intrigued to see what our participants and bloggers come up with for the letter ‘F’. We have really had wonderful posts from the bloggers, and comments via Facebook and Twitter for the previous letters. You guys are so creative, I love it.
MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, today announced that it has reached the milestone of one billion profiles. The billion individuals in nearly 23 million family trees, created by the millions of families using MyHeritage worldwide
It seems to be the season for history grants, and now it is South Australia’s turn, as the South Australian History Fund grants for 2012-13 are now open. This annual fund, which totals $35,000 in funding from the Government of South Australia and is administered by History SA, has three categories: Projects, Publications and Research.
The Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge continues … and this week we’re up to ‘E’. I was initially stuck for ideas, but bit-by-bit I thought of a bunch of topics … a few that came to mind were England, emigration, the excitement of a find, or an Elizabeth in your family. It’s up to you and your imagingation, but I think you get the idea.
How is genealogy growing? This is an interesting question that GenealogyInTime Magazine has asked. It is a known fact that the interest in genealogy has increased over the past 5-10 years, largely because of online records and genealogy TV programs – but just HOW is it growing?
News from the Public Record Office Victoria is that applications for the Victorian Community History Awards for 2012 are now open. These Awards recognise excellence in historical method, and the range of award categories acknowledges that history can be told in a variety of formats with the aim of reaching and enriching all Victorians.
Guess who’s coming to Australia? Audrey is … that’s right, Audrey Collins from The National Archives in the UK is coming out to Australia in June and July 2012. We’re super excited to have Audrey come to Australia to be a special guest presenter at the Unlock The Past Queensland Expo coming up in June, and she’s extending her trip to also visit Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
The weeks are flying by, and we’re already up to the letter ‘D’ in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. I’m totally loving the creativity of those who are taking part, already there’s been emigrant ships, attributes, alphabets, home towns, war memorials, websites, convicts, heirlooms, and those very special ancestors. Now it is time for the letter ‘D’! So tell us what D is for …
The BIG, EXCITING news just in, is that the brand new findmypast Australia website is live, and officially launched. Visit www.findmypast.com.au to see their fantastic new website including an exciting blog and findmypast family tree so you can build your family tree online! You also now have more choice with 6 and 12 month subscriptions and credit packages available. Stay tuned for details of brand new records and features coming really soon …
Week 3, and I hope you’re enjoying the responses we’ve had to our Challenge as much as I am. We’ve had everything from emigrant ships, attributes, archives, alphabets, special ancestors, home towns, war memorials, family heirlooms even a sad story of being buried alive and something all true genealogists can relate to … Addicted to genealogy. So now it is time for letter C! Tell us what C is for …