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.

Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

The deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents …

The Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.

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Events

Australia’s National Family History Week becomes National Family History Month

In a BIG announcement made last week, the 2013 National Family History Week will be trialed as a month long initiative! So it’s now National Family History Month (NFHM)! It’s no surprise to us that family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world, and why wouldn’t it be when your own family history is far more interesting that fiction!

Events

A Few Highlights from the RootsTech Exhibitors

RootsTech was a few weeks ago already and I want to tell you about a few of the smaller (less well-known) exhibitors that I saw while I was there.

Events

Blinco Family Reunion & Book Launch, 13th April 2013

A family reunion for the Blinco family is planned at Point Walter, Bicton on Saturday, 13th April 2013. The Perth branch of the family descend from Henry Blinco and his wives Eliza (nee Hinds) and Martha (nee Stallard).

RootsMagic

Accolades and Awards for RootsMagic

It’s been a busy start to the year for the team at RootsMagic, having released RootsMagic 6 late last year, they then exhibited at RootsTech last month, have released their latest Webinar schedule … AND they have also been awarded three prestigious accolades.

Societies

Shake Your Family Tree Day – Tuesday 16 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree Day is a day to celebrate your heritage at the National Archives of Australia’s open day, which is on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. Each year the NAA offers a day of speakers, seminars, expert advice and resources to inspire you to delve into your family history. Some states are offering tours through the archives, so if you get the chance, DO NOT MISS THAT!

Family Historian

An Overview of Family Historian 5 [VIDEO]

Family Historian 5 has long been the Number 1 selling genealogy software package in the UK, and is now gaining dedicated followers in Australia. The more I see of this program the more I love it, and I think you will too. In this video Simon gives us an overview of the main aspects of Family Historian, so you can see why so many have fallen in love with this Family Historian.

Records

19 Million UK WWI Service Records on FamilySearch

This week FamilySearch has added 23.9 million indexed records to their collection on online data. Notable collection updates include over 19 million images from the new UK WWI Service Records 1914-20 collection, 2 million index records from the US World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918, nearly a million NY passenger & crew lists …

Products

New Version of Software for the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Released

The team from Flip-Pal attended the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City last week, and during the 3 day event they not only launched the brand new Flip-Pal software, but also demonstrated the benefits of using the brand new software and the Flip-Pal Toolbox.

Anzac Day

The ANZAC Day Blog Challenge is on Again

With the beginning on April only a day away, it also means that ANZAC Day is coming soon. This is the day that is a national day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealanders who died during armed conflict. Seonaid from the Auckland Libraries has put the word out that they’re holding the ANZAC Day Blog […]

Events

Meeting the Suppliers at RootsTech 2013

RootsTech, is not only the the world’s largest genealogy-tech related conference, but it is also now officially the largest genie conference in the US with the latest figures quoting around 6800 people who were registered (which doesn’t include the 1700 12-17 year olds who came on Saturday). RootsTech was held over three days last week […]

Events

RootsTech 2013

One of the mega genealogy events of the year is about to kick off later this week, and that is RootsTech. Held over three days (Thursday, Friday & Saturday), this event is the second largest genealogy event in the world, with currently over 5000 people registered to attend. So why am I bothering to tell you about an event that on in the other side of the world?

General

Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 5 Starts in April 2013

For all of you who have been hanging out for the new Australian season of Who Do You Think You Are?, the wait is nearly over. We’ve had the UK ones airing recently, along with reruns of previous Australian ones, but “after Easter” is when Season 5 is scheduled to air. By that SBS means …

Products

Highlight: London Life in the 18th Century

This book on CD gives a great insight into how people lived in London in the 1700′s and one which later historians have often consulted as a reference in their own works. It covers just about every conceivable subject including life and death, housing and growth, immigrants and emigrants, people and trades, parish children and the uncertainties of life, plus much, much more.