Linda is one of two guest speakers that are joining us from ‘across the ditch’ in New Zealand. And after having a total ball on the 3rd Cruise, Linda has been spreading the word about genealogy cruises all over New Zealand to her genie friends, and can’t wait for the 4th Cruise to start.
The team at Unlock the Past are kicking 2015 off with a very special cruise, one to Western Australia. The end of 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary since Australian and NZ troops left Australian shores. They left from Albany, WA. The cruise program will have have some tie in to this occassion. In all there will be 24 talks from 5 well-known Australian presenters covering Australian military history, Irish and German topics, website searching, medical history and more.
The Irish Archives Resource is an “online database which contains searchable archival descriptions. It does not hold any archives or records but provides a means to search archival descriptions from various contributing institutions”, and allows you to search the holdings of 34 archives in from the one website. So in some ways is similar to UKs Access to Archives (A2A) website.
It’s been quite some time since I have done a snippets post for you. But recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting genealogy and history newsy items that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.
Find A Grave is the original cemetery website. One that’s been going for 19 years in fact. I’m sure all of you have ended up on it at some stage to check a record or two, while some of may have even uploaded some photographs. If you haven’t, obviously plenty of others have as just this week it was announced that the 100 millionth photograph had just been uploaded to Find A Grave.
I’m sure all of you know that August 2013 (yes, right now) is National Family History Month in Australia and New Zealand. Anyway if this is news to you, never fear as there are still another two whole weeks of the month left to participate, and enjoy.
The world biggest genealogy website, just on keeps getting bigger. This month FamilySearch has added more than 3.1 million new records online. These relate to England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States, with some being indexed entries, and others images only.
Continuing our Speaker Profiles for Unlock the Past’s 4th History and Genealogy Cruise, and we have well-known author Noeline Kyle, who will be one of the guest speakers on the cruise. With knowledge on researching female ancestors, writing your family history and how to cite your sources …
While we all continue “Troving” (yes, that is now a word), and text correcting on the Trove newspapers website, the team who digitise the newspapers for the NLA have been working hard, and have a huge batch of new newspaper titles most of which are online already, with a few to follow shortly.
The city of Portsmouth in Hampshire, England has such a long and important history, in that is is one of the significant naval port for centuries. This book of ‘Extracts from Portsmouth Records’ was published in 1891, and contains fascinating primary source information from the Portsmouth area at this time.
A few weeks ago I did a post titled “Are You Doing a World War 1 Centenary Project?”, as there are a number that are being planned to make the Centenary. Our good friends at Inside History Magazine have created the WorldWarOneLink website this is designed to be a central place to list (and look for) WW1 Projects that are being undertaken. Though not yet live …
This BIG, BIG genealogy news that’s making it’s way through the grapevine today, is that Ancestry.ca have just (only a few hours ago) uploaded the images for the Canadian 1921 Census. So if you’re like me have one ancestor who went to Canada, while the rest stayed in England, or emigrated to Australia, this could well be useful to you.
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!
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.
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.
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).
The makers of RootsMagic recently released a new update for RootsMagic 6 users, version 184.108.40.206. This update adds a fabulous new feature and includes a fix for a problem some people had with FamilySearch Family Tree.