It has been quite a while, but I’ve decided to resurrect my Australian History News series of posts, as I enjoy finding out bits & pieces of genealogy and history news, and passing it on to you. In this one we have details of a free book on one of Queensland’s pioneers, a new User Group, more funding for one of Australia’s top convict sites, a new project for another group, and more societies join in on social media.
You’ll be pleased to know that findmypast, who are one of the world’s leading online genealogy data websites, is holding ”Start Your Family Tree Week” again. Every day from 26 December to 1 January, findmypast will share hints and tips on how to start your family tree, and they will make sure you know how to get the most out of their records.
In amongst the pile of mail and supplier parcels we’ve received recently, the latest Australian Family Tree Connections magazine arrived. This December issue quite naturally has a Christmas theme, while still providing readers with an interesting array of articles for their holiday reading.
A genealogist, a speaker, a genealogy tour guide, and owner of a genealogy bookstore, as well as being as active member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Jan Gow is well-known throughout the genealogy community, and she’s one of the guest speaker on the 4th Unlock the Past cruise.
We’ve come to end of November, and during that period I have read a heap of wonderful blog posts that I want to share with you. We cover stuff like etiquette at cemeteries, the value of ‘events’ for a genealogist, FamilySearch’s lookup service, a new genealogy disease, who owns the rights to a photograph, calendars, dying and your online presence and a heap more.
“Irish Lives Remembered”, is a new magazine that is dedicated to Irish genealogy and history. It is also environmentally friendly too as it is an eMagazine, meaning that it is available to read online on your computer, mobile device or tablet, and best of all, it is FREE. Each issue contains approx. 60 pages of hints, tips and stories regarding Irish genealogy, there’s something for every level of researcher here.
Hello everyone, and welcome to Week “O” of the Family History Through the Alphabet. We are after genealogists worldwide who are bloggers, Facebookers, and/or Tweeters to join us. All you need to do is use the current letter for the week (this week’s letter is O), and connect it to someone, something, or a topic relating to your family that you’d like write about. Sound like fun? It is …
DearMYRTLE and her daughter Carrie have organised the 2012 “Share a Memory” contest. Running through until 30 September 2012, to enter you need to think of a memory that you would like to share, and blog about it, Facebook it, Instagram it, or even YouTube it. It could write about a child’s memory, an ancestor’s story, a reunion, a family recipe, a family holiday story, a family do-it-yourself project, an heirloom …
Week 14 of the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge brings us up to the letter ‘N’. As with each week, the one rule of this Challenge is that you need to use the current letter of the week and connect it to someone or something relating to your family history, and this weeks letters is ‘N’. So a place, a person, or a thing relating to family history that starts with the letter N!
Findmypast have just introduced their new World Collection subscription which gives you access to search collections from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the United States in one place for a single fee. Subscribing to the World Collection gives you access to over a billion records, with that number growing rapidly. And until August 31 2012, they are offering an introductory 10% discount off new subscriptions.
Hey, we’re half way through the Alphabet Challenge already. That went quick didn’t it! But even though we’re half way through the “Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, if anyone new wants to join in please feel free to do so. As with each week, the one rule of this Challenge is that you need to use the current letter of the week and connect it to someone or something relating to your family history.
“Family History is Cool, Pass it on” is the theme for this year’s Family History Month in New Zealand, which is held right throughout August 2012, with events on at various locations around New Zealand, and it is aimed to promote family history to a wider audience. The idea is to encourage people to pass on their family history, stories, photos etc., as well as giving advice on reserarching along the way.
Want to find out what the National Library of Australia has to offer without even taking a step outside of your house? Now you can with the new videos that the National Library of Australia have created, which will help viewers started using their collections and services. You’ll learn how to access their readings rooms and galleries, research your family history, use online resources and order copies from the collection.
It’s exciting to see so many people participating. We’ve had an amazing range of topics that people have been writing about … we’ve had everything from emigrant ships, attributes, archives, alphabets, special ancestors, family stories, home towns, war memorials, heirlooms, occupations, streets and more. So now that we’re up to “L”, what does L relate to in your family history?
Another week means another letter in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, and we are now up to the letter ‘K’. Each letter has brought out so many wonderful topics: family members, websites, photographic montages, occupations, memorabilia and ephemera, emigration, genealogy programs and apps … and OH SO MUCH MORE!
The Canberra Times had an interesting article on the National Archives of Australia seeking $92 million to upgrade their facilities. According to the report the NAA Mitchell storage facility has become so decrepit that tape is being used to hold down floor tiles which could contain asbestos. It is our our NATIONAL Archives for goodness sake!!