It’s Cruise T-Shirt Time Again!

It’s that time again. Yes, as the 2015 Unlock the Past cruises are coming up fast, it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These t-shirts are exclusive, and we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your pre-order in now.

Download English and Welsh BDM Records … Maybe?

What do you think about the possibility of being able to download historical English and Welsh certificates? Sounds good right? Well a campaign has been launched to enable greater public access to historic UK birth, marriage and death records, and your help is needed.

7th Unlock the Past Cruise: Western Australia

The team at Unlock the Past are kicking 2015 off with a very special cruise, one to Western Australia. The end of 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary since Australian and NZ troops left Australian shores. They left from Albany, WA. The cruise program will have have some tie in to this occassion. In all there will be 24 talks from 5 well-known Australian presenters covering Australian military history, Irish and German topics, website searching, medical history and more.

Irish Archives Resource – A Genealogist’s Dream

The Irish Archives Resource is an “online database which contains searchable archival descriptions. It does not hold any archives or records but provides a means to search archival descriptions from various contributing institutions”, and allows you to search the holdings of 34 archives in from the one website. So in some ways is similar to UKs Access to Archives (A2A) website.

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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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Victorian Goldfields on Fire Crowdsourcing Project

Archival Access Victoria launched a crowdsourcing project a few months ago to digitise Victorian country town court records. That worked well, and now they are on to a new project, this one to do with the Victorian Goldfields, but they need your held to do so.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – November 2013 Issue Out Now

November is here, and so is the latest Australian Family Tree Connections magazine. With the themes of Remembrance Day and Scottish ancestry both featured in this issue, there’s articles, Can You Help? queries, New on the Net section with websites for you to discover, together with news and events, all packed into 62 pages. With the themes of Remembrance Day and Scottish Ancestry both featured in this issue,

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Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 6 (2014)

For the genealogy TV lovers, it has just been announced that Who Do You Think You Are?, the Australian version will be back in 2014, which will make it it’s 6th season. That’s a good effort don’t you think. Now I can tell you five of the celebrities who will feature in it …

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Rob Hamilton

With a passion for genealogy, combined together with an amazing knowledge of all things Freemasonry, Rob Hamilton will be able to advise how genealogists can access and utilise these records. While Freemason records are not a usual resource for people to check out, don’t dismiss them, as they contain all sorts of genealogical content.

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Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean the end of the year, and I don’t even mean Christmas. In this instance I’m actually talking about the next Unlock the Past cruise. With the 4th and 5th cruises booking well why not make yourself known as a ‘genealogy cruiser’ by wearing an exclusive Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt.

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Chris Paton and Thomas MacEntee Downunder Roadshow 1-15 Feb 2014

Australia’s Unlock the Past are known for bringing international guest presenters to Australian shores both for their cruises and roadshows as well as some other events they’ve held. And they’re doing it again in 2014 with the “Chris Paton and Thomas MacEntee Downunder Roadshow”.

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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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