Chris Paton–Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour Survey Stats

Those who attended the recent Chris Paton-Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour around Australia were invited give feedback as well, on the venue, on the talks, and on some general genealogy queries. It is those extra genealogy questions that we have the stats for here, and wanted to share as they give some very interesting results.

Global Search for Descendants of Berwick Families

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a town in Northumberland, England, which is generally known as simply Berwick, and has a VERY long history. This town is situated in England, but is only 4km from the Scottish border. Now there is a global search on to find descendants of those who used to live in this town. Sounds like a grand plan, but it is for a grand occasion, as 2015 is the 900th anniversary of the town.

Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

The deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents …

The Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.

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Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Chris Paton

Unlock the Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise just over 6 months away, so let me introduce the guest speakers to you. To help with this I have given each speaker a list of questions, and shall quote those together with their answers. First up, let me introduce Chris Paton to you …

General

Are You Doing a World War 1 Centenary Project?

There is no question that 2014 is going to be a massive year for military history, as it marks 100 years since the start of World War 1. I know that there are a number of Societies, Groups, Museums and Communities who are doing their own World War 1 Project, and are on the lookout for information for those involved from their town, region or country.

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – June 2013

I have had the pleasure of reading a whole bunch of fabulous blog posts throughout June, and here are a few that I’d like to share with you. For June we cover everything from who owns your own data?, cousin bait, privacy and genealogy, photo sharing, wasting time?, LGBT family members, and why Twitter is so good! As usual there’s quite a variety!

General

Who Do You Think You Are? US Season 4

After making its debut on US tv screens in 2010, the US version of the popular show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ was cancelled by NBC after 3 just seasons, much to the surprise of everyone. Since then, the fate of this program has been in limbo until recently, when it was announced that the TLC network would take it on.

Family Tree Maker

Family Tree Maker World Express is Available for FREE

The news just hitting the genie-waves (or the grapevine whichever you prefer to call it) seems that Ancestry.com have released a cut-down version of Family Tree Maker 2012, which they have called “Family Tree Maker World Express”, and they are offering it as a free download, yes F-R-E-E!

Events

Unlock the Past Cruises (International) is Launched

For anyone who is loves genealogy and cruising this is something for you, no matter where you are in the world. Australia’s Unlock the Past are bringing genealogy cruising (geneacrusing) to the world by planning a truly interational range of cruises to their repertoire.

Genealogy Software

FamilySearch Discontinues Personal Ancestral File (PAF)

After almost reaching the wonderful age of 30, FamilySearch has decided to say goodbye to its genealogy software program Personal Ancestral File (aka PAF).

Records

Free Access to Irish BDM Records from findmypast

To mark the anniversary of the destruction of the Public Records Office of Ireland on June 30, 1922 findmypast (which includes England, Ireland, US and Australia) are giving you FREE access to their Irish Birth, Death & Marriage records from Thursday 27 June through until Sunday 30 June …

Products

New Books from Unlock the Past: Citing Sources, Women Ancestors, Military and English Research

With the team at Unlock the Past back from their trips from earlier this year, it means there has been a degree of normality returning to life which has enabled a few new books to be released. New titles cover Citing your sources, researching women Ancestors, British and Australian military and English research.

General

Crowdsourcing for the Retake Melbourne Project

Let me introduce you to the “Retake Melbourne” project. The State Library of Victoria has a vast collection of old photographs of Melbourne, one collection in particular is that from immigrant Australian photographer Mark Strizic who tooks over 5000 images. Using these images the idea is to re-photograph Melbourne.

RootsMagic

RootsMagic 6: Places and Mapping [VIDEO]

When you’re wanting to learn more about your new genealogy program don’t forget to check out YouTube, as there are a who heap of tutorial videos online. And here’s one for RootsMagic 6 showing you how to use their places and mapping fatures.

Records

Order Your Queensland BDM Certificates Online

More good news for Aussie genealogists – as a sign of another organisation moving with the times, the Queensland Registrar now gives you the option of buying a copy of the printed certificate which gets mailed out to you OR you can order a digital copy which you can then download instantly.

Records

New South Wales 1800-1952 Will Books to be Digitised

The big new that hit the genealogy world today was findmypast.com.au are working together with State Records NSW and as a result we will see New South Wales Will Books online later this year. Anything that provides easier access to Australian wills will be more than welcome.

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