Continuing our cruise speaker profiles brings us to my good friend Helen Smith. With an amazing knowledge on so many aspects of genealogy, as well as an enthusiam that is contagious, Helen is one person that you must make sure you meet.
It’s been quite some time since I have done a snippets post for you. But recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting genealogy and history newsy items that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.
Find A Grave is the original cemetery website. One that’s been going for 19 years in fact. I’m sure all of you have ended up on it at some stage to check a record or two, while some of may have even uploaded some photographs. If you haven’t, obviously plenty of others have as just this week it was announced that the 100 millionth photograph had just been uploaded to Find A Grave.
The Master Genealogist has been in the genealogy-news pretty much since its imminent demise was announced by Wholly Genes a couple of months ago. Many users are undecided as to what to do, stay with the latest version, or change programs. Well now RootsMagic is also going to cater for TMG Users, as they have announced the following …
Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in a museum? Or what the coolest item they have in their collection is? Or want to know the best way to get details of some item in their collection? Simple, send them a tweet. 17 September 2014 is #AskACurator Day. A day when you can send tweets to archive organisations asking all sorts of random (but interesting) questions …
2 Companies, 5 Years and 1 Billion Genealogy Records. The big news that hit the genie world this week is the announcement that Ancestry.com and FamilySearch have come to an agreement to digitise over 1 billion records from FamilySearch’s Granite Mountain vaults, and genealogists worldwide are going to be the winners.
Back in January 2012 John D. Reid from the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog introduced the world to Rock Star Genealogists. He came up with the Rock Star Genealogist list, and it was a big hit and now it’s back again for 2013, and he’s asking you to vote.
New South Wales History Week is back again, and it keeps getting bigger and better. Hosted by the History Council of New South Wales, their aim is to celebrate and advocate history and historians in New South Wales. Running from 7-15 September 2013 and you will be able to go to exhibitions, talks, a symposium, workshops, walking tours, open days and don’t forget the Ball!
How many of you have thought about writing your own life history, but keep putting it in the “too hard basket”? I’m sure quite a number of you have. Writing your life history isn’t an easy thing to do when you think of it in the context of a book … but thanks to The Book of Me, Written by You, it is now easier than ever!
Our cruise speaker profiles continue with Thomas MacEntee. Anyone who is involved in the genealogy social media scene will have heard of Thomas MacEntee and GeneaBloggers. He is a genealogist who specialises in the using technology and social media to advantage to improve and aid genealogical research.
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.
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!
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 …
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.
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.
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.