7th Unlock the Past Cruise: Western Australia

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.

Irish Archives Resource – A Genealogist’s Dream

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.

Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – September 2014

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.

100 Million Reasons to Check Out the “Find A Grave” Cemetery Website

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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Who Do You Think You Are? UK Season 10

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, the UK series that started the worldwide phenomenon which started back in 2004 has already seen 9 seasons aired, and attracts approximately 6 million vewiers in the UK per episode. Impressive isn’t it! So viewers will be pleased to know that Season 10 of UK’s Who Do You Think You Are? is almost here.

Events

Shamrock in the Bush 2013: Celebrating Irish Heritage in Australia

“Shamrock in the Bush” is a weekend with a difference. Now in its 21st year, this is a gathering for those with a love of history and culture which is unashamedly (although not exclusively), Irish in flavour!