It’s Cruise T-Shirt Time Again!

It’s that time again. Yes, as the 2015 Unlock the Past cruises are coming up fast, it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These t-shirts are exclusive, and we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your pre-order in now.

Download English and Welsh BDM Records … Maybe?

What do you think about the possibility of being able to download historical English and Welsh certificates? Sounds good right? Well a campaign has been launched to enable greater public access to historic UK birth, marriage and death records, and your help is needed.

7th Unlock the Past Cruise: Western Australia

The team at Unlock the Past are kicking 2015 off with a very special cruise, one to Western Australia. The end of 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary since Australian and NZ troops left Australian shores. They left from Albany, WA. The cruise program will have have some tie in to this occassion. In all there will be 24 talks from 5 well-known Australian presenters covering Australian military history, Irish and German topics, website searching, medical history and more.

Irish Archives Resource – A Genealogist’s Dream

The Irish Archives Resource is an “online database which contains searchable archival descriptions. It does not hold any archives or records but provides a means to search archival descriptions from various contributing institutions”, and allows you to search the holdings of 34 archives in from the one website. So in some ways is similar to UKs Access to Archives (A2A) website.

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General

ANZAC Day 2013: Special Offers and More

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli. It now commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries. I’m just letting you know about some special offers together with ways that you can honour your military ancestors …

Products

New from Unlock the Past: Australian Military History

Written for genealogists by a military historian “That Elusive Digger: Tracing Your Australian Military Ancestors” is a guide to help you search for Australian military ancestors as well as giving a simple overview of Australia’s military history.

Products

Highlight: Nothing But Gold, the Diggers of 1852

Australia’s goldrushes are an important time in the country’s history, having changed family life for so many due to migration when they headed to the goldfields, and of course some had good fortune, others bad fortune. And some never returned home. Robyn takes up on a journey to life on the goldfields in 1852 …

Events

Open House Adelaide

Open House Adelaide is part of a global network of Open House regions worldwide. With the concept of opening buildings up to the public starting in London almost 20 years ago, Adelaide joined the Open House network in 2012. They hosted their first one during South Australia’s About Time History Festival last year, and this proved incredibly popular, and it’s now it back with even more buildings around Adelaide opening their doors to the public.

Events

Australia’s National Family History Week becomes National Family History Month

In a BIG announcement made last week, the 2013 National Family History Week will be trialed as a month long initiative! So it’s now National Family History Month (NFHM)! It’s no surprise to us that family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world, and why wouldn’t it be when your own family history is far more interesting that fiction!

Events

A Few Highlights from the RootsTech Exhibitors

RootsTech was a few weeks ago already and I want to tell you about a few of the smaller (less well-known) exhibitors that I saw while I was there.

Events

Blinco Family Reunion & Book Launch, 13th April 2013

A family reunion for the Blinco family is planned at Point Walter, Bicton on Saturday, 13th April 2013. The Perth branch of the family descend from Henry Blinco and his wives Eliza (nee Hinds) and Martha (nee Stallard).

RootsMagic

Accolades and Awards for RootsMagic

It’s been a busy start to the year for the team at RootsMagic, having released RootsMagic 6 late last year, they then exhibited at RootsTech last month, have released their latest Webinar schedule … AND they have also been awarded three prestigious accolades.

Societies

Shake Your Family Tree Day – Tuesday 16 April 2013

Shake Your Family Tree Day is a day to celebrate your heritage at the National Archives of Australia’s open day, which is on Tuesday, 16 April 2013. Each year the NAA offers a day of speakers, seminars, expert advice and resources to inspire you to delve into your family history. Some states are offering tours through the archives, so if you get the chance, DO NOT MISS THAT!

Family Historian

An Overview of Family Historian 5 [VIDEO]

Family Historian 5 has long been the Number 1 selling genealogy software package in the UK, and is now gaining dedicated followers in Australia. The more I see of this program the more I love it, and I think you will too. In this video Simon gives us an overview of the main aspects of Family Historian, so you can see why so many have fallen in love with this Family Historian.

Records

19 Million UK WWI Service Records on FamilySearch

This week FamilySearch has added 23.9 million indexed records to their collection on online data. Notable collection updates include over 19 million images from the new UK WWI Service Records 1914-20 collection, 2 million index records from the US World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918, nearly a million NY passenger & crew lists …

Products

New Version of Software for the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Released

The team from Flip-Pal attended the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City last week, and during the 3 day event they not only launched the brand new Flip-Pal software, but also demonstrated the benefits of using the brand new software and the Flip-Pal Toolbox.

Anzac Day

The ANZAC Day Blog Challenge is on Again

With the beginning on April only a day away, it also means that ANZAC Day is coming soon. This is the day that is a national day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealanders who died during armed conflict. Seonaid from the Auckland Libraries has put the word out that they’re holding the ANZAC Day Blog […]