In just over 3 months, Australia’s biggest genealogy conference is set to begin. This will be an event like no other. It is being held over 10 days, and will feature numerous guest speakers from all around the world … and it is being held on not only the biggest ship to arrive in Australian shores, but this mega-liner also makes it into the world’s top 10 of BIG ships.
You’ll be pleased to know that findmypast, who are one of the world’s leading online genealogy data websites, is holding ”Start Your Family Tree Week” again. Every day from 26 December to 1 January, findmypast will share hints and tips on how to start your family tree, and they will make sure you know how to get the most out of their records.
In amongst the pile of mail and supplier parcels we’ve received recently, the latest Australian Family Tree Connections magazine arrived. This December issue quite naturally has a Christmas theme, while still providing readers with an interesting array of articles for their holiday reading.
A genealogist, a speaker, a genealogy tour guide, and owner of a genealogy bookstore, as well as being as active member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Jan Gow is well-known throughout the genealogy community, and she’s one of the guest speaker on the 4th Unlock the Past cruise.
We’ve come to end of November, and during that period I have read a heap of wonderful blog posts that I want to share with you. We cover stuff like etiquette at cemeteries, the value of ‘events’ for a genealogist, FamilySearch’s lookup service, a new genealogy disease, who owns the rights to a photograph, calendars, dying and your online presence and a heap more.
I’ve decided that the letter ‘Z’ is like Christmas. It always seems so far away, but all of a sudden it’s here, don’t you think? Anyway welcome to the last week of the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Week, the letter “Z”.
Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on 1000s of men’s faces in Australia and around the world during November. Our friends at Inside History Magazine are once pledging their support to Movember, and are doing it with their Hairy Mancestors. And they’re expecting to be hairier than ever.
Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners are taking over the world … family historians have discovered them, and can’t live without them, photographers have found just how useful they are, and the craft and scrapbooking industry have found them simply Ah-mazing. Sadly not every archive repositry, library, museum, family history society or historical group allows use of the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner on-site. So to make everyone’s life a little easier we have started to compile a listing of places that do allow useage of the scanner on-site.
As the 20th Century dawned and the Australian nation was born, Australian women led in democratic reform, making the new nation among the first where women had the same rights as men to vote and to stand for public office. The theme for the next Women’s History Month Australia in March 2013 is ‘Seeking Founding Mothers’, identifying women involved in shaping Federation and the Australian Constitution in 1901 …
Now we all knew that there was a Season 5 of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia was in the works, and I can now let you know a little more about who the celebrities on it will be … Firstly it is being extended from 6 episodes, to 8 episodes, and we’re currently only being told of 6 celebrities, with two surprises to follow (oh the suspense).
Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Week 25 brings us to the letter ‘Y’. So tell us about a place, a person, a ship, a document, a trait, or a heirloom (or anything else) relating to your own family history that starts with the letter Y! The choice is entirely yours …
Anyone who has been researching Australian records for a while will know about the Ryerson Index, and just how valuable it is. The Ryerson Index is an index of death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers, it also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. What started as one person’s passion for collecting the death notices out the newspaper, has now grown to encompass death notices from 216 Australian newspapers, and currently has over 3.5 million entries online.
If you have a passion for preserving South Australia’s heritage, and have a project that you’d like to do, but need some funds to help you along the way, you’d better be quick as applications for grants from the Historical Society of South Australia close on Wednesday 31 October 2012.
findmypast.com.au, the Australian division of one of the world’s biggest online genealogy data sites, has just added a whopping 56 million more records online. This now brings the total of Australia and New Zealand records they have to over 135 million, which is quite a collection isn’t it! So head on over to findmypast.com.au and search their millions of records …
The Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge is fast approaching the end, but we’re still not there yet … and this week brings us to the letter X. As the English language doesn’t contain a whole lot of X words, I’m thinking this could be a toughy, so I’m really intrigued to see what everyone comes up with.
The world’s best genealogy website FamilySearch, has just added another 19 million, that’s right 19 M-I-L-L-I-O-N more indexed records and images to its free online searchable database. Austria, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Ivory Coast, NZ, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, US, UK, Venezuela and Wales are all covered
With a growing user base of Legacy Family Tree in Australia, there have been a number of User Groups start up, and today I’m pleased to announce that Canberra now has a Legacy User Group too. So if you are in Canberra and are interested in learning more about Legacy, sharing your experiences or just need help solving a problem, feel free to join them.