We Will Remember Them …

English poet Laurence Binyon, overwhelmed by the carnage and loss of life by British and Allied forces in World War 1, penned one of the most moving tributes the world has known to our war dead. Titled ‘For the Fallen’, the poem first appeared in The Times of London on 21 September 1914, and has since become known as ‘Ode of Remembrance’.

Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

Let me tell you about a new website I’ve been playing with recently. It’s called ‘Find-A-Record’. So what is Find-A-Record? Well essentially is is a website that enables you to search for genealogical records by a town, region, or geographic area, and it tells you what records exist in the place and time period that your ancestors lived.

Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

It’s that time again. Yes, there’s another Unlock the Past cruise not that far away, so it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These are not an item that we stock, so they’re not generally available. And we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy (and exclusive, did I mention exclusive as you can’t get these anywhere else) Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your order in now.

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.

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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?

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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 …

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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.

Events

14th Australasian Congress 2015 Calls for Speakers

The 14th Congress is being held in Canberra on the 26-30 March 2015 and the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra are playing hosts and organisers. Even though it is 2 years away their organising Committee are already hard at work planning, and have recently put the call out for speakers. So if you would be interested in being a presenter at Congress, read the details.

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A Must for Every Irish Researcher’s Bookshelf

The Irish Family and Local History Handbook is one of those books that if you are researching Irish family history, you simply need to have. And no, I’m not saying that to try and sell more books, I don’t like people that do that, I am simply stating that it is the type of book that you will continually refer to.

Records

2.5 Million New British Criminal Records Go Online

The latest BIG addition to Findmypast is 2.5 million British criminal records which are now online for the first time ever! This collection of historical “Crime, Prisons & Punishment records” is simply amazing, and will give you information that you will not find elsewhere. And now that they are online can you imagine just how many people worldwide are going to uncover any villains or drunkards lurking in their family trees.

Events

Warby Family Reunion, 24 March 2013

As family historians we love family reunions, don’t we! So let me tell you about the Warby Family Reunion that is coming up later this month. The reunion is for the descendants of John and Sarah Warby (nee Bentley), and will be on Sunday 24th March 2013 at 12.00pm-4.00pm, at Glenalvon, 8 Lithgow Street, Campbelltown, New South Wales. If you’re a reli come and meet your cousins.

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National Library of Australia’s 2013 Community Heritage Grants Are Now Open

The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2013 Community Heritage Grants. 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 and objects for future generations.

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The Forgotten Times Issue 2 Available Now

Back in December 2012 I advised you about the first edition of The Forgotten Times magazine, which was a brand new, free genealogy and history magazine. Now I have the pleasure of advising you that Issue 2 of The Forgotten Times is now available, it is online, and it is still FREE.

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Heritage Scrapbooking: Graphic 45′s Place in Time Collection

The new Place in Time collection from Graphic 45, is MADE for those that love heritage scrapbooking (well actually everything that Graphic 45 make does have that heritage-y look to it, but for this post I’m talking about the ‘Place in Time’ collection).

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Honour Your Anzacs with Findmypast.com.au’s Anzac Memory Bank

Anzac Day is coming up on April 25th, and Findmypast.com.au are are asking those with Australian or New Zealand military ancestors to join them in honouring your Anzacs and the sacrifices they made for their country. They are creating an Anzac Memory Bank to honour and remember the brave men and women who fought for their country. It includes not only those that lost their lives but also the brave men and women who made it home.

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Family Tree Maker & ScotlandsPeople

The team at Unlock the Past are madly getting ready to host their 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise, which sails out of Sydney on Sunday. But they have managed to get two books released just prior to leaving. This is two from a very long list of titles expected this year. And with an amazing […]

Records

The Australian WWI Records Finder, an All-In-One Search

I recently found out about the ‘Australian WWI Records Finder’, which comes from the creative mind of Tim Sherratt from Wragge Labs. Now the beauty of the Australian WWI Records Finder is that it searches the National Archives of Australia (NAA), the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) all with the one search. Sounds good doesn’t it!