You’ve heard of one-name studies, but have you heard of one-place studies? I’m sure some of you will have, while other may not, so let me tell you about the new Society and wesbite that has just been launched.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new records just keen on coming on Findmypast.com.au. In the Australian data that they’ve recently added, you’ll find passenger lists and BDM records. All good stuff, and all key records for researchers.
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.
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!