Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

Let me tell you about a new website I’ve been playing with recently. It’s called ‘Find-A-Record’. So what is Find-A-Record? Well essentially is is a website that enables you to search for genealogical records by a town, region, or geographic area, and it tells you what records exist in the place and time period that your ancestors lived.

Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

It’s that time again. Yes, there’s another Unlock the Past cruise not that far away, so it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These are not an item that we stock, so they’re not generally available. And we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy (and exclusive, did I mention exclusive as you can’t get these anywhere else) Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your order in now.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Highlight: History of the First 50 Years of Freemasonry in South Australia 1834-84

Authored by Charles Glover, this was the first book to be written on the history of Freemasonry in South Australia, and it is one that is ‘highly’ regarded and a noted authoritative work.

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Thousands of Manx Records Go Online

The heritage collections at the Isle of Man museums have been digitised and have released online at www.imuseum.im giving the world access to the most amazing collection of Manx records right at their fingertips. As well as providing details of 100s of paintings and other artifacts and sound recordings currently housed in museums across the Isle of Man, you’ll also find baptism, marriage and burial records included.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – April 2013

Wow, it’s May already! Anyway I must apologise to you for not keeping up with my Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts, so this is kind of a combined January-April collection of blogs that I’ve read, and loved, and wanted to share with you.

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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors – Research Guides

Working in a bookshop I get excited when new books are released. Especially when nothing, or at least nothing recent has been published on that topic. Today I want to highlight a range of Irish research guides that have been published by Flyleaf Press. Their guides have become ‘standard’ research tools for those researching their Irish roots …

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Australian Family Tree Connections – May 2013 Issue Out Now

The beginning of a new month always means that you can expect your magazine subscriptions to arrive in the letterbox, and the May 2013 issue of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine has just arrived in ours. With a whole bunch of articles, a number of Can You Help? queries …

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Family Tree Magazine’s 40 Best Genealogy Blogs for 2013

Family Tree Magazine – the US one (and not to be confused with the UK genealogy mag with the same title) has become well-known for their yearly list of the 4o Best Genealogy Blogs, and has just announced the list for 2013.

Events

Ballarat History and Genealogy Exhibition – 3rd May 2013

If you love genealogy and are going to be in the Ballarat region around the latter part of next week you’ll be interested to know about the Ballarat History and Genealogy Exhibition that is being held next Friday (3rd May 2013).

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Tasmania Birth, Death & Marriage Records 1803-1933 Now Online

I discovered “genealogy gold” when I found out that FamilySearch have in conjuction with the Archives Office of Tasmania have just put the images of Tasmanian Births, Deaths and Marriages online. These cover the period 1803-1933, and are there for all to view for FREE!

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Kernewek Lowender – The ‘Biggest Cornish Festival in the World’

The Kernewek Lowender, is a Cornish festival held in the Copper Coast towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo on Yorke Peninsula. Held on the 2nd Monday of May, every two years, it claims to be the ‘biggest Cornish Festival in the world’. 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Cornish festival, and the week long program will run from May 20-26, is designed to …

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ANZAC Day 2013: Special Offers and More

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli. It now commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries. I’m just letting you know about some special offers together with ways that you can honour your military ancestors …

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New from Unlock the Past: Australian Military History

Written for genealogists by a military historian “That Elusive Digger: Tracing Your Australian Military Ancestors” is a guide to help you search for Australian military ancestors as well as giving a simple overview of Australia’s military history.