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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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.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Mike Murray

Continuing our 4th Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profiles, let me introduce you to Mike Murray. Mike together with his wife Lesley run TimeTrackers, and they do research, education classes, publishing and film-making. With Mike’s primary role being the publishing and film-making.

Products

Inside History Magazine – Issue 17 (Jul-Aug 2013) is Out Now

July had arrived and so has the latest issue of Inside History Magazine. When looking at this cover there are three things that grab me: the first being the image itself, it is simply stunning, the second is the heading “50 blogs you need to read” and the third is “Eureka Moments!” Intrigued? You should be.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Shauna Hicks

For our third ‘Cruise Speaker Profile’, we delve into the mind of Shauna Hicks. Shauna is well-known throughout the Australian archive, library and genealogy industries, and she’s a regular speaker at genealogy events around the country (including genealogy cruises) who never fails to inspire those who attend her talks.