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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General

How to Organise Your Genealogy: That’s the Big Question!

I work in a genealogy store, and there is one question that customers ask fairly regularly is “how should I organise my genealogy?” It is a good question, a very important one, but unfortunately the answer is not that simple.

Societies

2013 South Australian History Fund Grants Are Now Open

The South Australian History Fund Grants provides funding for small history projects, publications and research projects. Get your group together and make sure you get your applications in by Monday 22 July 2013.

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – May 2013

My list of Inspiring Blogs that I read during May is a tad late, but better late than never, as there’s a heap of great reading in this lot. This time we have everything from why you should blog to find your ancestors, to lessons Gen Y can teach you, to how to organise your genealogy, and even one on etiquette. So quite a range!

General

WikiNorthia: Documenting Melbourne’s North

After asking our staff who knew about WikiNorthia, and getting a unanimous “no”, I’ve decided that this site needs to get more attention than it does. So let me introduce you to it. Firstly WikiNorthia is a website (a wiki in this case) that is all about documenting life, history (and the present) of everything to to do with Melbourne’s north.

Products

Highlight: The South Australian Company

Anyone who can trace their history right back to South Australia’s beginnings will have heard about the ‘South Australian Company’. This book (now on CD) tells you the history of this Company.

Records

Big Things Happening at MyHeritage

Over the past couple of months we’ve seen some BIG, BIG announcements from MyHeritage, one of the big players in the genealogy field. Let me tell you more about them …

Products

Inside History Magazine – Issue 16 (May-Jun 2013) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine Issue 16 is available now and this one is their Irish issue and in it you’ll … discover the best Irish resources online and on site; how to find your convict in the newspaper; learn about the lives of famine orphans; read about the experiences of Irish assisted immigrants in the 1800s; see what our ancestors got up to during St Patrick’s Day celebrations, plus a whole heap more …

Records

A New Project to Digitise Country Victoria Records

Victoria’s history sits on 9km of shelving in the PROV’s repository at North Melbourne. The problem is, these records are hundreds of kilometres away from the folks in country Victoria, so aren’t easily accessible. Now Archival Access Victoria has come up with a Project that will help everyone. Their plan is to digitise these records for country Victoria …

Events

Kelly Family 175th Anniversary Reunion

A third Kelly family reunion is planned to mark the 175th anniversary of the arrival of William and Jane Kelly in South Australia. William Kelly (1804-1888) and his wife Jane (1819-1893), left the Isle of Man in July 1838 for South Australia, where they arrived on 1 December 1838. They came soon after to what became Cudlee Creek …

Records

Passenger Lists to Queensland 1848-1912

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.

Events

Speakers on Unlock The Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise

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.

General

Did Your Ancestor Help Build the Great Ocean Road?

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.

Records

Canadian Headstone Photos Project

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.