Pic Scanner: Scan with Your iPhone or iPad

We all know that Smartphones are more than just a portable phone these days. And no doubt you know that you can use your phone as a scanner, but have you tried Pic Scanner? This is an app that will BLOW. YOUR. MIND.

Look Who Turned Five!

Can you believe it … a few days ago this blog turned five! That’s right. “Genealogy & History News” has been spreading the news to the genealogy world for five whole years now.

Congress: 12 Reasons Why You Should Go!

If you are only going to attend one genealogy event in Australia during 2015, be sure to make it the “14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry” otherwise known simply as “Congress” which is Australia’s largest genealogy conference.

71 New Historical Newspaper Titles Added to Trove

Trove’s historical newspaper collection is world class. 14 million pages from over 700 Australian newspapers. And it’s FREE! What’s not to love? The latest update on Trove has the Australian genealogy world jumping for joy, as they have just uploaded images to another 71 titles to their historical newspaper collection.

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Highlight: The South Australian Company

Anyone who can trace their history right back to South Australia’s beginnings will have heard about the ‘South Australian Company’. This book (now on CD) tells you the history of this Company.

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Big Things Happening at MyHeritage

Over the past couple of months we’ve seen some BIG, BIG announcements from MyHeritage, one of the big players in the genealogy field. Let me tell you more about them …

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 16 (May-Jun 2013) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine Issue 16 is available now and this one is their Irish issue and in it you’ll … discover the best Irish resources online and on site; how to find your convict in the newspaper; learn about the lives of famine orphans; read about the experiences of Irish assisted immigrants in the 1800s; see what our ancestors got up to during St Patrick’s Day celebrations, plus a whole heap more …

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A New Project to Digitise Country Victoria Records

Victoria’s history sits on 9km of shelving in the PROV’s repository at North Melbourne. The problem is, these records are hundreds of kilometres away from the folks in country Victoria, so aren’t easily accessible. Now Archival Access Victoria has come up with a Project that will help everyone. Their plan is to digitise these records for country Victoria …

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Kelly Family 175th Anniversary Reunion

A third Kelly family reunion is planned to mark the 175th anniversary of the arrival of William and Jane Kelly in South Australia. William Kelly (1804-1888) and his wife Jane (1819-1893), left the Isle of Man in July 1838 for South Australia, where they arrived on 1 December 1838. They came soon after to what became Cudlee Creek …

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Passenger Lists to Queensland 1848-1912

Passenger lists. They are something that every genealogist hunts for. Some are easy to find, while others aren’t and for those ones we swear that our ancestors either swam or arrived via spaceship. But let me tell you about the wonderful thing the Queensland State Archives have done.

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Speakers on Unlock The Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise

February 2014 is when Unlock The Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise is scheduled to leave Sydney. Now a major part of why the Unlock the Past cruises are so good is because of the guest speakers. Afterall you can’t really have a genealogy cruise without them can you? And this cruise most certainly takes the cake for the speakers. With 6 international speakers, and 12 from Australia this will be a cruise like no other.

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Did Your Ancestor Help Build the Great Ocean Road?

Did any of your ancestors work on building the Great Ocean Road? If so, you’ll be interested to know about a Project that the Portland Family History Group is working on, that is recording details of all of those who worked on, or even those who helped the workers along the way, to enable them to build this iconic part of Australia.

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Canadian Headstone Photos Project

Got Canadian roots? If so, listen up. Dick Eastman’s newsletter first introduced me to the Canadian Headstone Photos Project a couple of years ago, and since then I have been watching this project grow over time. Now I know that not every Australian has Canadian connections, but many do, so I thought this would be of interest.

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Highlight: History of the First 50 Years of Freemasonry in South Australia 1834-84

Authored by Charles Glover, this was the first book to be written on the history of Freemasonry in South Australia, and it is one that is ‘highly’ regarded and a noted authoritative work.

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Thousands of Manx Records Go Online

The heritage collections at the Isle of Man museums have been digitised and have released online at www.imuseum.im giving the world access to the most amazing collection of Manx records right at their fingertips. As well as providing details of 100s of paintings and other artifacts and sound recordings currently housed in museums across the Isle of Man, you’ll also find baptism, marriage and burial records included.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – April 2013

Wow, it’s May already! Anyway I must apologise to you for not keeping up with my Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts, so this is kind of a combined January-April collection of blogs that I’ve read, and loved, and wanted to share with you.

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Tracing Your Irish Ancestors – Research Guides

Working in a bookshop I get excited when new books are released. Especially when nothing, or at least nothing recent has been published on that topic. Today I want to highlight a range of Irish research guides that have been published by Flyleaf Press. Their guides have become ‘standard’ research tools for those researching their Irish roots …