Genealogy: Where Can I Learn More?

Do you want better results from your genealogy searches? Do you want to learn how to use what time you have, to research better? The key to these is education. The more you know about how to research, the more effective your results will be, and the better your time will be used.

Ancestry’s MyCanvas Finds a New Home

Back in June 2014 Ancestry announced the closure of a number of related sites, one of those being MyCanvas. Now some good news for MyCanvas users is that it is sticking around as Alexander’s who are the printers of the photo books have now taken over MyCanvas.

Join the Genealogy World Photo Day Challenge 2014

“Bring out your smartphone cameras and dust-off your digital point-and-shoot! It’s time for the Genealogy Photo Challenge for World Photo Day 2014.” That is the challenge that was issued by Denise Levenick of the Family Curator blog.

TMG to be Discontinued! What Should I Do?

Wholly Genes, the developers of The Master Genealogist (TMG), announced in late July 2014 that the decision has been made to discontinue The Master Genealogist. A number of people have since written asking what they should do.

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Records

Easier Access to South Australian Court Records

Until now accessing South Australian court records has not been an easy task, as you needed to go to the Supreme Court itself in Victoria Square, Adelaide. Now thanks to the efforts of the Friends of South Australia’s Archives Inc., access to many records held by the South Australian Supreme Court is now easier …

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Chris Paton

Unlock the Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise just over 6 months away, so let me introduce the guest speakers to you. To help with this I have given each speaker a list of questions, and shall quote those together with their answers. First up, let me introduce Chris Paton to you …

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Are You Doing a World War 1 Centenary Project?

There is no question that 2014 is going to be a massive year for military history, as it marks 100 years since the start of World War 1. I know that there are a number of Societies, Groups, Museums and Communities who are doing their own World War 1 Project, and are on the lookout for information for those involved from their town, region or country.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – June 2013

I have had the pleasure of reading a whole bunch of fabulous blog posts throughout June, and here are a few that I’d like to share with you. For June we cover everything from who owns your own data?, cousin bait, privacy and genealogy, photo sharing, wasting time?, LGBT family members, and why Twitter is so good! As usual there’s quite a variety!

General

Who Do You Think You Are? US Season 4

After making its debut on US tv screens in 2010, the US version of the popular show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ was cancelled by NBC after 3 just seasons, much to the surprise of everyone. Since then, the fate of this program has been in limbo until recently, when it was announced that the TLC network would take it on.

Family Tree Maker

Family Tree Maker World Express is Available for FREE

The news just hitting the genie-waves (or the grapevine whichever you prefer to call it) seems that Ancestry.com have released a cut-down version of Family Tree Maker 2012, which they have called “Family Tree Maker World Express”, and they are offering it as a free download, yes F-R-E-E!

Events

Unlock the Past Cruises (International) is Launched

For anyone who is loves genealogy and cruising this is something for you, no matter where you are in the world. Australia’s Unlock the Past are bringing genealogy cruising (geneacrusing) to the world by planning a truly interational range of cruises to their repertoire.

Genealogy Software

FamilySearch Discontinues Personal Ancestral File (PAF)

After almost reaching the wonderful age of 30, FamilySearch has decided to say goodbye to its genealogy software program Personal Ancestral File (aka PAF).

Records

Free Access to Irish BDM Records from findmypast

To mark the anniversary of the destruction of the Public Records Office of Ireland on June 30, 1922 findmypast (which includes England, Ireland, US and Australia) are giving you FREE access to their Irish Birth, Death & Marriage records from Thursday 27 June through until Sunday 30 June …

Products

New Books from Unlock the Past: Citing Sources, Women Ancestors, Military and English Research

With the team at Unlock the Past back from their trips from earlier this year, it means there has been a degree of normality returning to life which has enabled a few new books to be released. New titles cover Citing your sources, researching women Ancestors, British and Australian military and English research.

General

Crowdsourcing for the Retake Melbourne Project

Let me introduce you to the “Retake Melbourne” project. The State Library of Victoria has a vast collection of old photographs of Melbourne, one collection in particular is that from immigrant Australian photographer Mark Strizic who tooks over 5000 images. Using these images the idea is to re-photograph Melbourne.

RootsMagic

RootsMagic 6: Places and Mapping [VIDEO]

When you’re wanting to learn more about your new genealogy program don’t forget to check out YouTube, as there are a who heap of tutorial videos online. And here’s one for RootsMagic 6 showing you how to use their places and mapping fatures.

Records

Order Your Queensland BDM Certificates Online

More good news for Aussie genealogists – as a sign of another organisation moving with the times, the Queensland Registrar now gives you the option of buying a copy of the printed certificate which gets mailed out to you OR you can order a digital copy which you can then download instantly.