Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

Let me tell you about a new website I’ve been playing with recently. It’s called ‘Find-A-Record’. So what is Find-A-Record? Well essentially is is a website that enables you to search for genealogical records by a town, region, or geographic area, and it tells you what records exist in the place and time period that your ancestors lived.

Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

It’s that time again. Yes, there’s another Unlock the Past cruise not that far away, so it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These are not an item that we stock, so they’re not generally available. And we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy (and exclusive, did I mention exclusive as you can’t get these anywhere else) Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your order in now.

Chris Paton–Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour Survey Stats

Those who attended the recent Chris Paton-Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour around Australia were invited give feedback as well, on the venue, on the talks, and on some general genealogy queries. It is those extra genealogy questions that we have the stats for here, and wanted to share as they give some very interesting results.

Global Search for Descendants of Berwick Families

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a town in Northumberland, England, which is generally known as simply Berwick, and has a VERY long history. This town is situated in England, but is only 4km from the Scottish border. Now there is a global search on to find descendants of those who used to live in this town. Sounds like a grand plan, but it is for a grand occasion, as 2015 is the 900th anniversary of the town.

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General

Looking for Next-of-Kin of WWII Far East Prisoners of War

The Australian Department of Defence is looking for Next-of-Kin of World War II Far East Prisoners of War. The men listed below have been posthumously approved for the award of the Commendation for Gallantry for their service during World War II and to date their award has not been claimed.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – V is for …

We’re on the home stretch now in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, just a few more letters to go, and this week we’re up to the letter V. As with each week, the one rule of this Challenge is that you need to use the current letter of the week and connect it to someone or something relating to your family history, and this weeks letters is ‘V’.

General

Phases of a Family Tree Chart

As your genealogy knowledge grows, so do your family tree charts. What phase are your family tree charts up to?

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – September 2012

Another month has passed and once again I have found a bunch of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts that I’d like to share with you. Everything from the cost of genealogy, to reality genealogy TV, to the must-read post about dynamic destinations, and not forgetting the post about the broadsides that are now online …

General

New Project on British Officers in WWI Begins

Well here’s another fabulous new project, Professor Michael Durey, from Murdoch University is undertaking an ambitious project to chronicle the lives, deaths and memorialisation of 1700 British officers who were killed on the Western Front in the Great War of 1914-1918.

It sounds like an amazing project doesn’t it?

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – U is for …

The weeks keep flying by, and so do the letters in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. This week brings us up to the letter U. As with each week, the one rule of this Challenge is that you need to use the current letter of the week and connect it to someone or something relating to your family history, and this weeks letters is ‘U’. So what can you think of that relates to your own family history?

Records

400 Million More Genealogy Records

Good news for all researchers, GenealogyInTime Magazine who is now the fifth largest free genealogy website in the world (this is based on Alexa stats, and the largest free genealogy websites in order are FamilySearch, Find A Grave, Geni, GeneaNet followed by GenealogyInTime Magazine), has just added 400 million new records to their two free search engines.

Events

Victoria’s History Week, 21-28 October 2012

Victoria’s History Week for 2012 is on from the 21st to 28th of October, and as usual is packed full of events to celebrate Victoria’s history. To celebrate, why not spend the week travelling back in time, discovering Victoria’s wide and wonderful past. From fascinating walking tours and engaging discussions, to exhibitions and ‘history in the making’ events – there is something in store for everyone to enjoy.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – T is for …

The Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge is nearing the end, but we’re not there yet … still a few more letters to go, and this week brings us to the letter T. So do you have a special ancestor, a place, or a docuement, an heirloom or something else that relates to your own family history that starts with the letter T that you’d like to write about.

Societies

‘Ryde Goes to War’ Project

Let me introduce you to a new research project that the Ryde District Historical Society, has just begun. Titled ‘Ryde Goes to War’, the Society has taken on the challenge of gathering data on World War 1 Service personel who have a strong connection with the City of Ryde in Sydney.

Products

New Unlock the Past Books: DNA, Church Records, findmypast.com.au, Pitfalls, Social Media & Trove

Unlock the Past have been busy, releasing 6 new books in the past 2 of weeks. With topics such as genealogy pitfalls, Aus/NZ church records, how to use social media with your family history, DNA in genealogy, and the NLA’s Trove, and a book on the brand new findmypast.com.au website, there really is something here for everyone

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – S is for …

‘S’ is this week’s letter in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. As we’ve odne each week, the one rule of this Challenge is that you need to use the current letter of the week and connect it to someone or something relating to your family history. So you could write about Scotland, shipping records, Aunt Susan, sharing or even searching … there’s so many options.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 12 (Sep-Oct 2012) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine Issue 12 is out now, and in this issue they celebrate weddings. Covering topics such as FamilySearch marriage records, and how to find “the one” you’re after; Learn what our convict ancestors got up to, all in the name of love; Who is the beautiful bride on the cover, you ask?; And we get some favourite family recipes and the stories behind them