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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Events

Exodus Conference: Migration to, From and Within the British Isles

Let me tell you about about an event that is on in England in a couple of weeks time (actually only 10 days time according to the countdown on their website), and that is the Exodus Conference. Organised by the Halstead Trust, with this being their 2nd International Genealogy Conference, this year the theme is British Migration: from, to and within the British Isles.

Legacy Family Tree

New Features in Legacy Family Tree 8

Legacy Family Tree 8 is coming … soon … and here’s a sneak peek of some of the new features which you’ll find included!

Events

Diary Date: 12-14 February 2015, RootsTech + FGS

Here’s something for you to diary date. 12-14 February 2015 will be when the BIGGEST genealogy conference to be held in the US will be on, as the FGS committee has announced that they will combine their FGS Conference with RootsTech making it one mighty huge event!

General

‘City of Adelaide’ Clipper Ship to Begin it’s Last Journey

The world’s oldest surviving clipper ship, the City of Adelaide, will shortly begin her final voyage to South Australia and it is hoped that it become one of the state’s major tourist attractions. Built in 1864, she made 24 voyages to South Australia …

General

Don’t Stereotype a Genealogist

Now I think you’ll all agree with me that genealogy has been stereotyped for far too long, and it’s time to change that. If you think of most genealogy events or seminars that you’ve been to, was the majority of attendees from the older generation? Probably. But it NEEDS to change! And it IS changing.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Linda Elliott

Linda is one of two guest speakers that are joining us from ‘across the ditch’ in New Zealand. And after having a total ball on the 3rd Cruise, Linda has been spreading the word about genealogy cruises all over New Zealand to her genie friends, and can’t wait for the 4th Cruise to start.

Events

National Family History Month in Australia and New Zealand

I’m sure all of you know that August 2013 (yes, right now) is National Family History Month in Australia and New Zealand. Anyway if this is news to you, never fear as there are still another two whole weeks of the month left to participate, and enjoy.

Records

FamilySearch Adds a Few More Million Records Online

The world biggest genealogy website, just on keeps getting bigger. This month FamilySearch has added more than 3.1 million new records online. These relate to England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States, with some being indexed entries, and others images only.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Noeline Kyle

Continuing our Speaker Profiles for Unlock the Past’s 4th History and Genealogy Cruise, and we have well-known author Noeline Kyle, who will be one of the guest speakers on the cruise. With knowledge on researching female ancestors, writing your family history and how to cite your sources …

Records

Trove Adds More Old Newspapers Online

While we all continue “Troving” (yes, that is now a word), and text correcting on the Trove newspapers website, the team who digitise the newspapers for the NLA have been working hard, and have a huge batch of new newspaper titles most of which are online already, with a few to follow shortly.

Products

Highlight: Extracts from Portsmouth Records

The city of Portsmouth in Hampshire, England has such a long and important history, in that is is one of the significant naval port for centuries. This book of ‘Extracts from Portsmouth Records’ was published in 1891, and contains fascinating primary source information from the Portsmouth area at this time.

General

Follow Up to “Are You Doing a World War 1 Centenary Project?”

A few weeks ago I did a post titled “Are You Doing a World War 1 Centenary Project?”, as there are a number that are being planned to make the Centenary. Our good friends at Inside History Magazine have created the WorldWarOneLink website this is designed to be a central place to list (and look for) WW1 Projects that are being undertaken. Though not yet live …

Records

Canada 1921 Census is Now Online!

This BIG, BIG genealogy news that’s making it’s way through the grapevine today, is that Ancestry.ca have just (only a few hours ago) uploaded the images for the Canadian 1921 Census. So if you’re like me have one ancestor who went to Canada, while the rest stayed in England, or emigrated to Australia, this could well be useful to you.