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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Heritage Scrapbooking: Graphic 45′s Place in Time Collection

The new Place in Time collection from Graphic 45, is MADE for those that love heritage scrapbooking (well actually everything that Graphic 45 make does have that heritage-y look to it, but for this post I’m talking about the ‘Place in Time’ collection).

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Honour Your Anzacs with Findmypast.com.au’s Anzac Memory Bank

Anzac Day is coming up on April 25th, and Findmypast.com.au are are asking those with Australian or New Zealand military ancestors to join them in honouring your Anzacs and the sacrifices they made for their country. They are creating an Anzac Memory Bank to honour and remember the brave men and women who fought for their country. It includes not only those that lost their lives but also the brave men and women who made it home.

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Family Tree Maker & ScotlandsPeople

The team at Unlock the Past are madly getting ready to host their 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise, which sails out of Sydney on Sunday. But they have managed to get two books released just prior to leaving. This is two from a very long list of titles expected this year. And with an amazing […]

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The Australian WWI Records Finder, an All-In-One Search

I recently found out about the ‘Australian WWI Records Finder’, which comes from the creative mind of Tim Sherratt from Wragge Labs. Now the beauty of the Australian WWI Records Finder is that it searches the National Archives of Australia (NAA), the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) all with the one search. Sounds good doesn’t it!

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Reunion 10 – Top 10 Features

Reunion is a very high quality genealogy software progarm that is deliberately made for the Mac-user market. Having been around for over 20 years, this family tree program just gets better and better with each version, this latest version of Reunion (version 10) just cements that fact.

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UK’s National Archives Launches New Australia Collection

An amazing collection of thousands of images relating to Australia, and dating back 150 years, shows the growth of the colonies, has been discovered in a London archive. The Australia Collection was released last week by the UK’s National Archives, in time to coincide with Australia Day on 26 January, these images of Australian towns, buildings, landmarks and people dating back as far as the mid 19th century.

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Heritage Scrapbooking: Bazzill Basics Heritage Collection

Family Tree scrapbookers will love the new (and older) range of Heritage collection papers from Bazzill Basics. Made for you to record your family tree using pedigree charts, and family group sheets, this is an easy, yet very stylish way to record your family history.

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21 Million Irish Birth, Death & Marriage Records Added to Findmypast.com.au

Findmypast.com.au just added 21 million new Irish Birth, Death and Marriage records (1800s-1950s) to its already extensive collection of historical records, and making 60 million Irish records available online on Findmypast.com.au.

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Highlight: Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885

If you are researching anyone in South Australia who arrived or was born in South Australia prior to 1885, you NEED this CD. The Biographical Index of South Australian (or BISA as it is commonly known) is one of the key resources that researchers use.

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BillionGraves gets Bigger and Better

It was only a few days into 2013 when news emereged that BillionGraves had been sold to Otter Creek Holdings, which is a working strategic partner with American Granite and Memorials, Inc. and American Monument (Utah). Otter Creek Holdings and their affiliate, American Monument, understands the connection people have to families’ headstones – they work with them every day. So BillionGraves could not have asked for a better home!

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 14 (Jan-Feb 2013) is Out Now

Outlaws and legends: the January-February edition (issue 14), our crime special, has arrived! Ned Kelly’s secret love? A descendant of the iconic bushranger’s alleged flame puts forward his case Discover your family history to trace lawbreaking ancestors with Shauna Hicks’s guide to criminal records Delve into 1930s murder mysteries with award-winning crime authors Stephen Orr and Sulari …

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Help Transcribe the National Archives of Australia’s Records with arcHIVE

Do you have some spare time? Would you like to see more Australian records readily available online? If you answered yes to both, the National Archives of Australia (NAA) are looking for people like you to help transcribe their records. While they already have millions of records online and searchable using RecordSearch, there are still throusands (if not millions) more unindexed.

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Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2013 Announced

I know it is still early January, but GenealogyInTime Magazine have just released their list of Top 100 genealogy sites for 2013. Having done their annual review, they have ranked the top 100 genealogy websites from around the world. Many old favorites made the list, as well as some interesting new genealogy websites.