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

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!

General

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.

Products

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.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Lesley Silvester

For Lesley genealogy started (as it does with most of us), as a hobby. But it didn’t take long until the fascination grew, and she made it into her business. Now Lesley runs Time Trackers with her husband Mike Murray (who is also a guest presenter on the cruise).

RootsMagic

RootsMagic Update (6.3.0.0) Adds in ‘Problem Alerts’

The makers of RootsMagic recently released a new update for RootsMagic 6 users, version 6.3.0.0. This update adds a fabulous new feature and includes a fix for a problem some people had with FamilySearch Family Tree.

Records

Ancestry Offer Free Access to the 1911 English and Welsh Census

Census and Free are two words genealogists love to hear. And both Ancestry.co.uk and Ancestry.com.au are offering you free access to the English and Welsh 1911 Census for a limited time, but rather than their usual weekend or week long offer, this is actually FREE until the 14th October 2013.

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – July 2013

For our July edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs, we have a real mixture. Everything from how to fix old photos, to a number about social media, what to pack for a research trip, copyright and plagarism, how to get the younger generation interested in genealogy, tips on how to find old photos, and even how to save money on Australian BDM certificates!!

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Neil C. Smith

Our Cruise Speaker Profiles continue, and in this one we chat to Neil Smith. Well-known throughout the Australian military history scene, Neil was in the Australian Army for over 20 years, prior to becoming a military historian, author and presenter.

Societies

Can You Help? #1

From time to time we are asked if we can help “spead the word” for people or groups who are doing a project and are after some futher information. And rather that just putting a little note on our Facebook page about it, I have decided to do it as a blog post so it gets a wider audience. So welcome to our first “Can You Help?” post.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Tiggy Johnson

For our sixth Cruise Speaker Profile we have a chat to Tiggy Johnson. The 4th Unlock the Past Cruise will be Tiggy’s first cruise, and she’s really looking forward to not only meeting with fellow genealogists and gaining knowledge to aid with her own research, but also introducing the idea of poetry to genealogists as a way of sharing your family history.

General

Introducing Thomas MacEntee’s “Hack Genealogy”

Well-known US genealogist, author and speaker Thomas MacEntee has a knack for seeing a need for something, and coming up with a solution to fill that need. He did it with his GeneaBloggers website, and he’s done it again with his latest venture “Hack Genealogy”, which is described as a “new genealogy and technology resource” and “repurposing today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy”.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Anne Daniels

Anne will be joining us all the way from England, and shall be bringing her unique talent of combining old family photographs and ephemera together with drawings to create a truly unique family heirloom. And it’s be the first time Unlock the Past have had their own artist onboard.

Family Tree Maker

A Quick Overview of Family Tree Maker 2012 [VIDEO]

If you want to know the basic in’s and out’s of Family Tree Maker 2012 before going ahead and buying it, you can check it out here. See what it looks like. What it can do. How it works … and so on. So have a seat, get comfy and spend 12 minutes watching this video to find out.