The end of December is here, and as December is notoriously busy for us at Gould Genealogy & History, I didn’t get to as much blog reading in the past month as I would have liked. Still of those that I did read, I found fascinating and inspiring and would like to share with you. DNA, FamilySearch Books, and Camera vs Scanner are are few of the topics this month …
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’.
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.
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.
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.
Our favourite stories from 2012 are now available in the the first ever digital annual edition of Inside History Magazine!
That’s right, you can download Inside History Magazine’s Best of 2012 in their 2012 Annual.
First published in Dec 1909 the “Scottish Australasian”, the journal’s aim was “to help the young folk of Scottish parentage to better understand the history, literature and songs of the land of their forefathers”. Listing articles on a wide range of topics, including articles on well known Scots in Australasia, songstresses, war heroes, ships of long ago, obituaries, the clans, and much more.
The big genealogy news to hit the genealogy grapevine that is the social blogisphere, is that RootsMagic have just released an app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch – so RootsMagic users, you can now take your data with you!!
It’s only a couple of months until the Unlock the Past crew, together with about 150 other keen genealogists will be sailing out of Sydney on the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise. Meanwhile plans are well underway for the 4th History & Genealogy Cruise planned for 2014, and here’s some sneak peek details
This book is a collection of 170 citations or biographies which were presented at the Dressing the Graves ceremonies at the Kernewek Lowender from 2000-2011. Each biography contains fascinating accounts of emigration, life, love, marriage, children and death.
Sentenced Beyond the Seas is a project that State Records NSW is doing, and digitising and indexing Australia’s early convict records, making colour images of early convict indents available online for the first time. This digitisation project marks the 225th anniversary in 2013 of the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788.
“The Forgotten Times” is a brand new Australian digital-only history (and genealogy) magazine. Produced by a team of journalists dedicated to quality writing with a love of history and a combined experience of 70 years, ‘The Forgotten Times” is already attracting expert writers from the industry keen to contribute.
November flew by, and we’re racing towards the end of the year. And somehow in amongst the busyness I found time to read some blogs – some that I call ‘Inspiring Genealogy Blogs’ that I’d like to share with you. I find that reading blog posts helps me keep up with the latest news, products and generally what’s happening in general in the world of genealogy …
The Australian NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages Family History App is the cornerstone of building your New South Wales family tree. Find out more about your ancestors. Where they were born, where they got married, where and when they died. Are there any secrets in your family for you to uncover? Don’t leave any relatives unfound.
YouTube is an amazing place to find ‘genealogy-related’ videos, and while browsing recently I came across a few Introduction to Family Tree Maker 2012 videos, which I know many people will find VERY useful. So here’s the first couple of videos in the series here.