5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Part 1

We’ll the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is underway, and having boarded the Marco Polo ship on Saturday 19th July, we are now currently up to day 3. As I have intermittent internet access onboard I’m not going to give detailed day-by-day happenings but rather an overview of what has happened so far.

On the Road Again …

I owe the title of this blog to Dick Eastman, as whenever he goes away he lets his readers know where he’s off to. That is what I’m doing in this post. Though technically it should probably be called “On the Sea Again … ” as I’m off on another cruise again, and hoping for some warmer weather.

Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.

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Events

Ballarat History and Genealogy Exhibition – 3rd May 2013

If you love genealogy and are going to be in the Ballarat region around the latter part of next week you’ll be interested to know about the Ballarat History and Genealogy Exhibition that is being held next Friday (3rd May 2013).

Records

Tasmania Birth, Death & Marriage Records 1803-1933 Now Online

I discovered “genealogy gold” when I found out that FamilySearch have in conjuction with the Archives Office of Tasmania have just put the images of Tasmanian Births, Deaths and Marriages online. These cover the period 1803-1933, and are there for all to view for FREE!

Events

Kernewek Lowender – The ‘Biggest Cornish Festival in the World’

The Kernewek Lowender, is a Cornish festival held in the Copper Coast towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo on Yorke Peninsula. Held on the 2nd Monday of May, every two years, it claims to be the ‘biggest Cornish Festival in the world’. 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Cornish festival, and the week long program will run from May 20-26, is designed to …

General

ANZAC Day 2013: Special Offers and More

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli. It now commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries. I’m just letting you know about some special offers together with ways that you can honour your military ancestors …

Products

New from Unlock the Past: Australian Military History

Written for genealogists by a military historian “That Elusive Digger: Tracing Your Australian Military Ancestors” is a guide to help you search for Australian military ancestors as well as giving a simple overview of Australia’s military history.

Products

Highlight: Nothing But Gold, the Diggers of 1852

Australia’s goldrushes are an important time in the country’s history, having changed family life for so many due to migration when they headed to the goldfields, and of course some had good fortune, others bad fortune. And some never returned home. Robyn takes up on a journey to life on the goldfields in 1852 …

Events

Open House Adelaide

Open House Adelaide is part of a global network of Open House regions worldwide. With the concept of opening buildings up to the public starting in London almost 20 years ago, Adelaide joined the Open House network in 2012. They hosted their first one during South Australia’s About Time History Festival last year, and this proved incredibly popular, and it’s now it back with even more buildings around Adelaide opening their doors to the public.

Events

Australia’s National Family History Week becomes National Family History Month

In a BIG announcement made last week, the 2013 National Family History Week will be trialed as a month long initiative! So it’s now National Family History Month (NFHM)! It’s no surprise to us that family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world, and why wouldn’t it be when your own family history is far more interesting that fiction!

Events

A Few Highlights from the RootsTech Exhibitors

RootsTech was a few weeks ago already and I want to tell you about a few of the smaller (less well-known) exhibitors that I saw while I was there.

Events

Blinco Family Reunion & Book Launch, 13th April 2013

A family reunion for the Blinco family is planned at Point Walter, Bicton on Saturday, 13th April 2013. The Perth branch of the family descend from Henry Blinco and his wives Eliza (nee Hinds) and Martha (nee Stallard).

RootsMagic

Accolades and Awards for RootsMagic

It’s been a busy start to the year for the team at RootsMagic, having released RootsMagic 6 late last year, they then exhibited at RootsTech last month, have released their latest Webinar schedule … AND they have also been awarded three prestigious accolades.

Societies

Shake Your Family Tree Day – Tuesday 16 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree Day is a day to celebrate your heritage at the National Archives of Australia’s open day, which is on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. Each year the NAA offers a day of speakers, seminars, expert advice and resources to inspire you to delve into your family history. Some states are offering tours through the archives, so if you get the chance, DO NOT MISS THAT!

Family Historian

An Overview of Family Historian 5 [VIDEO]

Family Historian 5 has long been the Number 1 selling genealogy software package in the UK, and is now gaining dedicated followers in Australia. The more I see of this program the more I love it, and I think you will too. In this video Simon gives us an overview of the main aspects of Family Historian, so you can see why so many have fallen in love with this Family Historian.