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.

Global Search for Descendants of Berwick Families

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a town in Northumberland, England, which is generally known as simply Berwick, and has a VERY long history. This town is situated in England, but is only 4km from the Scottish border. Now there is a global search on to find descendants of those who used to live in this town. Sounds like a grand plan, but it is for a grand occasion, as 2015 is the 900th anniversary of the town.

Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

The deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. 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 …

The Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.

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Genealogy Australia

Highlight: The Scottish Australasian 1910-1918

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.

Apps

RootsMagic App Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

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!!

Events

Unlock the Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise is Announced & Calls for Papers

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

Products

Highlight: Copper Brought them Here: Pioneers Buried at Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo

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.

Products

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners Comparison Chart

If you’ve heard about the Flip-Pal mobile scanners, but you’re a little confused at what comes with what, we’ve created this handy chart for you.

Records

Early Australian Convict Records: Sentenced Beyond the Seas

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.

General

The Forgotten Times – New Australian History Magazine Available Now

“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.

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – November 2012

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 …

Apps

NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages – Family History App

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.

Family Tree Maker

Introduction to Family Tree Maker 2012 [VIDEO]

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.

Products

Digital Imaging Essentials – the Australian edition

‘Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians’ is a brand new book that will be hitting the shelves shortly, and will no doubt make it under many Christmas Trees this year as well. This is the PERFECT book for learning about what to do, and what not to do with your digtal images, and encompasses your digital photos, as well as the photos and documents you scan.

Products

Inside History Magazine – Issue 13 (Nov-Dec 2012) is Out Now

Issue 13 of Inside History Magazine out now, and this issue is their “Remembrance and discovery” edition. In it Ross Coulthart reveals how he unearthed 1000s of glass plate images of Aussie WWI soldiers in France, and experts talk us through the process of identifying WWI soldiers through photos. We learn of the discovery of two Macquarie-era maps charting a lost city in inland NSW …

Products

Highlight: Tales from Bush Graves

For this highlight, let me introduce you to a new book that has recently been published. Tales from Bush Graves recounts the stories of 218 people who met their death in the Queensland bush, with most of these were caused by fever, accidents, suicide, and murders. The stories have been reconstructed from the actual inquests, with many including newspaper accounts of the day.