The end of July marks the beginning of National Family History Week, which runs from 29 July through until 8 August. National Family History Week is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), as a way to promote and encourage people to trace their family history.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Did your family arrive in New South Wales in the early 1800s? Have you looked for them on the Census? This really is an important record for anyone who had family in New South Wales in 1828 or earlier, as this is the ONLY surviving census for New South Wales. It is not widely known that the original ‘household returns’ survive for a quarter of the population in the New South Wales 1828 census.
Into Australian history or Australian genealogy? If you answered Yes, to either of those, you should be reading this magazine. The July-August edition (issue 5) of this bi-monthly magazine has just been released. In it you’ll find the following: articles about dating old photos, tips for tracing Chinese ancestors, Friendly Societies, and as our Australian Census is coming up in August, a Census special.
If you’re researching your Cheshire ancestry, FamilySearch is a must-visit site, as they’ve just added millions of parish records and bishop’s transcripts online. This is in addition to the Land Tax Assessments, Non-conformist Records, Probate Records, School Records, Workhouse Records, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, and Register of Electors already there.
The National Library of Australia’s digitisation of historical Australian newspapers has to one of the most important resources that is available online, and even better that it is FREE!! As you can understand this is a work-in-progress, but I can tell you that they don’t look like slowing down any time soon!! Yay, and I KNOW I’m not alone on that one!!!
Everyone loves a price drop, and us genie mad people, love it even more when it’s on genealogy products! So the good news for today is that the always popular 3rd edition of the National Burial Index for England and Wales has now dropped in price to $59.50 (AUD).
What is the Gould Genealogy & History 10:10:10:10 sale? 10th July … 10 days … 10.00am … $10.00
Every day at 10.00am (CST) for a total of 10 days starting from Sunday 10th July we will announce on Twitter and Facebook, our new daily $10 special, and trust me there will be MASSIVE savings.
81 community groups across Victoria will share in $355,000 in grants from the Victorian Government to help record and preserve their local history stories and share them with future generations.
Society journals are a fabulous source of historical information. Not only do they have articles on family histories, and local history, but also photographs, book reviews, shipping lists, cemetery records, news about the Society, as members interest lists and so much more. Archive Digital Books Australasia have digitised a number of journals from Australian Genealogy and Historical Societies …
Over half a million British military records covering 100 years of the British militia – the forerunner of the British Army – have been published online on FindMyPast.co.uk. The Militia Service Records 1806-1915 collection contains 580,281 soldiers’ records with 2,223,510 associated images.
The interest in family history in the UK (and worldwide for that matter) continues to grow and I have no doubt with the lineup of celebrities for this year’s UK edition of Who Do You Think You Are? TV show, it will not only keep it’s loyal followers, but gain many more. Now into it’s eighth season, the ten celebrities that will take part in the 2011 series will be …
The Master Genealogist (aka TMG) is considered by many to be the “top” program in genealogy software. But is also a program that many are afraid to try because of its learning curve. For TMG users who need some help, or wish to learn more about the endless ability of this program, there are User Groups. Here’s an updated list of those around Australia and New Zealand.