Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – August 2014

August has come and gone already and as always there’s been some amazing blog posts that I’ve come across during the month that I’d like to share with you. In this August edition we cover everything from a modern way to do genealogy, white gloves in archives, digital photography, genealogy mistakes, new features on FamilySearch, the details of official documents and a bunch more.

A Thankyou to Internet Genealogy Magazine

I’m a little behind on my genealogy magazine reading (I always seem to be), however I did pick up the latest issue of Internet Genealogy (August/September 2014 issue) and started flipping through it today, and found an article titled “Top Genealogy Blogs: 2014 Edition”. And guess who made the list?

Findmypast Adds Victorian Passenger Lists 1839-1923 Online

There’s no doubt that passenger lists are one record that genealogsts’ crave. Being able to find out then when and where of your ancestors arrival is jackpot! And thanks to a deal that findmypast has with the Public Record Office Victoria, we now get online access to over 3.8 million Victorian passenger lists from your own home.

Genealogy: Where Can I Learn More?

Do you want better results from your genealogy searches? Do you want to learn how to use what time you have, to research better? The key to these is education. The more you know about how to research, the more effective your results will be, and the better your time will be used.

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‘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 …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Margaret Doherty

For our next Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile we chat to Marg Doherty, who is the President of the Genealogical Society of Queensland, and also of History Queensland. Marg started doing her family history back in the 1980s BC (before computers), and now that she’s retired, family history is a dominant part of her life. But when you’re president of two big organisations, it’s going to be isn’t it!

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Win a Scanner During National Family History Month

To celebrate Australia’s National Family History Month, Kaiser Baas has partnered together with us at Gould Genealogy & History to offer you the chance to WIN one of three Kaiser Baas WiFi Photo and Document Scanners. Valued at $199.95 this scanner is lightweight, portable, and super-easy to use.

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The Archive Digital Books Australasia Birthday Sale

August is going to be a BIG month. Why you ask? Well you already know that August is Australia’s National Family History Month, but apart from that it is Archive Digital Books Australasia’s birthday. That’s right. Archive Digital Books Australasia turns the big “one-oh” … that’s right they turn 10 in August, and they are having a big Birthday Sale.