Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – September 2014

It’s been quite some time since I have done a snippets post for you. But recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting genealogy and history newsy items that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.

100 Million Reasons to Check Out the “Find A Grave” Cemetery Website

Find A Grave is the original cemetery website. One that’s been going for 19 years in fact. I’m sure all of you have ended up on it at some stage to check a record or two, while some of may have even uploaded some photographs. If you haven’t, obviously plenty of others have as just this week it was announced that the 100 millionth photograph had just been uploaded to Find A Grave.

RootsMagic for TMG Users

The Master Genealogist has been in the genealogy-news pretty much since its imminent demise was announced by Wholly Genes a couple of months ago. Many users are undecided as to what to do, stay with the latest version, or change programs. Well now RootsMagic is also going to cater for TMG Users, as they have announced the following …

#AskACurator Day – 17 September 2014

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in a museum? Or what the coolest item they have in their collection is? Or want to know the best way to get details of some item in their collection? Simple, send them a tweet. 17 September 2014 is #AskACurator Day. A day when you can send tweets to archive organisations asking all sorts of random (but interesting) questions …

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Events

14th Australasian Congress 2015 Calls for Speakers

The 14th Congress is being held in Canberra on the 26-30 March 2015 and the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra are playing hosts and organisers. Even though it is 2 years away their organising Committee are already hard at work planning, and have recently put the call out for speakers. So if you would be interested in being a presenter at Congress, read the details.

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A Must for Every Irish Researcher’s Bookshelf

The Irish Family and Local History Handbook is one of those books that if you are researching Irish family history, you simply need to have. And no, I’m not saying that to try and sell more books, I don’t like people that do that, I am simply stating that it is the type of book that you will continually refer to.

Records

2.5 Million New British Criminal Records Go Online

The latest BIG addition to Findmypast is 2.5 million British criminal records which are now online for the first time ever! This collection of historical “Crime, Prisons & Punishment records” is simply amazing, and will give you information that you will not find elsewhere. And now that they are online can you imagine just how many people worldwide are going to uncover any villains or drunkards lurking in their family trees.

Events

Warby Family Reunion, 24 March 2013

As family historians we love family reunions, don’t we! So let me tell you about the Warby Family Reunion that is coming up later this month. The reunion is for the descendants of John and Sarah Warby (nee Bentley), and will be on Sunday 24th March 2013 at 12.00pm-4.00pm, at Glenalvon, 8 Lithgow Street, Campbelltown, New South Wales. If you’re a reli come and meet your cousins.

General

National Library of Australia’s 2013 Community Heritage Grants Are Now Open

The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2013 Community Heritage Grants. 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 and objects for future generations.

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The Forgotten Times Issue 2 Available Now

Back in December 2012 I advised you about the first edition of The Forgotten Times magazine, which was a brand new, free genealogy and history magazine. Now I have the pleasure of advising you that Issue 2 of The Forgotten Times is now available, it is online, and it is still FREE.

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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.

Family Tree Maker

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 […]

Records

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!

Reunion

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.

Records

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.

Products

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.