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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Apps

Capture Life Stories with the Vimily App

Capture the wonderful life stories of your parents, grandparents and family by video this Christmas and ensure their legacy is preserved forever using the Vimily app.

Records

Introduction to findmypast Australia/New Zealand [VIDEO]

There is no doubt that findmypast have become a dominant player in the genealogy data online scene. This introduction to findmypast Australia/New Zealand video gives you a little rundown on some of the types of records you can find on their Australian site.

Events

Vote for Your Favourite Cruise T-Shirt Slogan

Last week I announced that we would be having t-shirts available for the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise which is coming up in February 2013, and I put out the call for slogans to go on the back. We have had 25 slogans submitted, so now it’s your turn. You get to vote for your favouite slogan or slogans (you can choose as many as you like). Voting will close on Wednesday 21st November.

Events

RootsTech 2013 From Australia

What happens when the techonology and genealogy industries collaborate on a conference … ROOTSTECH, that’s what!!! The world’s biggest genealogy technology conference is on again. And now into it’s 3rd year seems to be getting better-and-better each year. Who from Australia is going?

Family Historian

Genealogy Software and Windows 8

Windows 8 has only been out for about two weeks, and we’ve already had a number of inquiries from people who have, or who it already or who are wishing to update to it, and querying if their genealogy software will work on it.

Events

Cruise T-shirt – Slogan Competition

Make yourself known as an Unlock the Past cruiser on the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise by wearing an Unlock the Past Cruise souvenir t-shirt. We had these available for the 1st cruise and they looked fabulous, were comfortable, and helped people identify members of ‘our’ group, which when you’re on a ship that carries thousands of people, it is nice to be able to find others in our group.

Products

Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day 11 November

Remembrance Day – the 11th hour, of 11th day, of the 11th month (11th November 1918) the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous war. Remembrance Day has attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front has became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – The Finale

This will be my final post on the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’, hence the title ‘The Finale’. It has been an amazing journey from A to Z, but serioulsy I couldn’t have done it, and it wouldn’t have been as fun without everyone who participated. That includes those who commented on Facebook and Twitter as well a the geneabloggers who took up the challenge.

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – October 2012

October has passed and once again I have found a whole bunch of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts that I’d like to share with you. I don’t know about you, but I definitely find that reading blog posts helps me keep up with the latest news, products and what’s happening in general in the world of genealogy. Anyway I hope you find the following Genealogy Blogs … Inspiring.

Events

Australia’s Biggest Genealogy Conference meets one of the World’s Biggest Ships

In just over 3 months, Australia’s biggest genealogy conference is set to begin. This will be an event like no other. It is being held over 10 days, and will feature numerous guest speakers from all around the world … and it is being held on not only the biggest ship to arrive in Australian shores, but this mega-liner also makes it into the world’s top 10 of BIG ships.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – Z is for …

I’ve decided that the letter ‘Z’ is like Christmas. It always seems so far away, but all of a sudden it’s here, don’t you think? Anyway welcome to the last week of the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Week, the letter “Z”.

General

Hairy Mancestors and Movember

Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on 1000s of men’s faces in Australia and around the world during November. Our friends at Inside History Magazine are once pledging their support to Movember, and are doing it with their Hairy Mancestors. And they’re expecting to be hairier than ever.

Products

Where Can I Use My Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner?

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners are taking over the world … family historians have discovered them, and can’t live without them, photographers have found just how useful they are, and the craft and scrapbooking industry have found them simply Ah-mazing. Sadly not every archive repositry, library, museum, family history society or historical group allows use of the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner on-site. So to make everyone’s life a little easier we have started to compile a listing of places that do allow useage of the scanner on-site.