5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Part 1

We’ll the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is underway, and having boarded the Marco Polo ship on Saturday 19th July, we are now currently up to day 3. As I have intermittent internet access onboard I’m not going to give detailed day-by-day happenings but rather an overview of what has happened so far.

On the Road Again …

I owe the title of this blog to Dick Eastman, as whenever he goes away he lets his readers know where he’s off to. That is what I’m doing in this post. Though technically it should probably be called “On the Sea Again … ” as I’m off on another cruise again, and hoping for some warmer weather.

Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.

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General

Cyndi’s List Needs Our Support, Please Help By Donating

One of the major genealogy websites that is available for researchers is to access Cyndi’s List. Used by thousands of people everyday, it the world’s biggest portal website. But did you realise that it is just a one-woman business? Running a website like this costs money, and Cyndi needs your support …

Events

Unlock the Past Heads to Scotland for Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Glasgow

Who Do you Think You Are? Live, the world’s biggest genealogy event, is heading to Scotland in August 2014, and Australia’s Unlock the Past team will be there too. Held over three days, 29-31 August 2014, at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow in true Who Do You Think You Are? Live fashion, this will be a mighty big event.

Apps

BillionGraves Gives Away iPads

If you think you misread that title, no you didn’t. BillionGraves are indeed giving away iPads. But, (yes there is a but) you do have to work for it!

Products

New Books from Unlock the Past: Baptist History and Migration to New Zealand

In between attending (and organising) numerous events, the team at Unlock the Past have finalised two new guide books. These new books cover Australian Baptist history and how you can use those records to your advantage as a researcher, and also migration to New Zealand, which many will find useful to help find and understand the records available for those who migrated there.

Records

ScotlandsPeople Adds Wills, BDMs and Property Records

Anyone who is researching their Scottish roots will have heard of ScotlandsPeople. With 90 million records it’s a website that you’ll use in your Scottish research. The official government website for Scottish family history, it’s used by millions of people all around the world. The past few months have seen some big additions to ScotlandsPeople, and it’s these that I wanted to …

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – April and May 2014

Hello, hello and welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. This time we cover everything from …. how small societies etc. can survive without funding, family heirlooms, genealogy and microwaves, who owns your genealogy, browsing vs searching – what works better for you?, plagarism, vlogs and a whole heap more.

General

Ancestry.com Cleans House and Discontinues Some Services

The latest big news to hit the genea-waves is that Ancestry.com are having a clean out in a bid to refocus their efforts, and in doing so are discontinuing a number of their services. Their MyFamily, MyCanvas, and Mundia sites will be closed down, and the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests which had been available through their DNA website have now been discontinued.

General

Who Do You Think You Are? US Season 5

After making its debut on US tv screens in 2010, the US version of the popular show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ was cancelled by NBC after 3 just seasons. After that it was picked up by the TLC network, and good news for genea-tv lovers, as they’ve just announced that the 5th Season of Who Do You Think You Are will air in July 2014.

Products

Vintage Australian Telephone Books

Vintage telephone books are an immense resource for historians. Really you say? Why? Well genealogists can use them to see where their ancestors were living at the time. And social historians can use them to see who in the town had a telephone, as well as what businesses were ….

Apps

Evernote and Genealogy: They’re Made for Each Other

it goes without saying that genealogy creates a lot of notes and paperwork which need filing! And there’s no point having the information if you can’t find it,. Evernote in an online note-taking and filing system. Discover how this one program can help you with your genealogy …

Legacy Family Tree

My ”Legacy Deluxe” Installs as ”Legacy Standard”

After many, many months of waiting we finally received our first supplies Legacy Family Tree 8 Deluxe Australia/New Zealand Edition last week. After sending out all the pre-orders for it last week customers are receiving their programs and installing them, they’re some are having an issue with their Legacy Deluxe installing as the Legacy Standard program ,,,

Records

findmypast Adds 800,000 New Zealand Records

I’ve mentioned findmypast’s 100in100 project before, together with some of the new records they’ve added online. Another recent addition is BIG news for our friends across the ditch in New Zealand, as findmypast added almost 800,000 records from New Zealand 1925 electoral roll as well as a number of employment records.

Records

4 Million Devon Records Go Online at findmypast

If you have Devon ancestors, get ready for some serious research as findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has just uploaded over 4 million Devon parish records. These include baptisms, banns, marriages and burials and range from 1538 through to 1915. These records added to those already on findmypast, make findmypast the place for largest collection of Devon records online.

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