Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Week 18 brings us to the letter ‘R’. So tell us of a place, a person, a ship, a document, a trait, or a heirloom (or anything else) relating to your own family history that starts with the letter R! The choice is entirely yours …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love Trove + Love Blogging = Trove Tuesday. Aussie Geneabloggers (well actually anyone, from anywhere) now has a new reason to be excited, and that is thanks to Trove Tuesday. Is there a person who doesn’t LOVE Trove? I don’t think so. So let’s share our finds by blogging about them.
Scarborough is a coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia, and is located approximately 14km northwest of the city centre. This suburb and was named after the English beach resort Scarborough, in North Yorkshire. The lovely people from Storyfire have introduced me to “Chronicle Scarborough”. This is a brand new exciting project, that aims at documenting the history of this Perth suburb, and they need your help.
We continue to work our way through the alphabet, and this week we’re up to Q in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. So do you have a special ancestor, a place, or a thing relating to your own family history that starts with the letter Q that’s you’d like to write about, the choice is entirely yours … and throughout this Challenge, we’ve had so many great topics already.
September arrives this weekend, and the September 2012 Issue of Australian Family Tree Connections magazine has arrived in time for some weekend reading. With a whole bunch of articles, a number of Can You Help? queries, a Guest Society, and the Computers and Genealogy section which has a heap of websites for your to discover – there’s weekend reading for you.
Welcome to my first Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. This will be me sharing posts from others with you, they will be posts I find inspiring, posts that make you think, and posts that are just way cool. After spending time reading so many blogs, I thought I’d find a few of my fav’s each month and share them with you here.
Ancestry.com.au have just announced that they are giving you FREE Access to 200 million immigration records until Sunday, 26 August 2012 (11.59pm AEST). The collections cover Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the United States and Europe, and they include passenger lists, convict transportations, passport records, naturalisation records, border crossing lists, crew lists and a whole bunch more.
Welcome to the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge again, this week’s special is the letter P. 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 ‘P. So a place, a person, or a thing relating to family history that starts with the letter P, the choice is entirely yours … and throughout this Challenge, we’ve had so many great topics already.
If you’re stuck with what to give your genealogy-mad dad for Father’s Day, we have the p-e-r-f-e-c-t gift. If he doesn’t have a copy of Google Your Family Tree, trust me this is the go. Pretty much everyone knows (in general) how to use Google, but trust me this book will give you a whole new level of knowledge on how to REALLY search, as well as teach you things that you didn’t even know Google could do.
A story in The Advertiser last weekend was about how Director, Scott Hicks is lending his star power in a bid to help save historic South Australian films that are at risk of being lost forever. The State Library of South Australia has a film collection which includes Super 8 and 16mm films. To preserve and share the more than 7500 films, the Library’s In-House Digitising project requires a $200,000 digital film scanner.
We’ve been starting to get inquiries from customers asking us “what’s happening with Family Tree Maker 2013? and “when do you expect to have it”? Well, now we finally have some answers for you … Ancestry.com has quietly announced there will be no major upgrade for Family Tree Maker this year. However, they do plan on adding numerous improvements to the current Family Tree Maker 2012.
It has been quite a while, but I’ve decided to resurrect my Australian History News series of posts, as I enjoy finding out bits & pieces of genealogy and history news, and passing it on to you. In this one we have details of a free book on one of Queensland’s pioneers, a new User Group, more funding for one of Australia’s top convict sites, a new project for another group, and more societies join in on social media.
“Irish Lives Remembered”, is a new magazine that is dedicated to Irish genealogy and history. It is also environmentally friendly too as it is an eMagazine, meaning that it is available to read online on your computer, mobile device or tablet, and best of all, it is FREE. Each issue contains approx. 60 pages of hints, tips and stories regarding Irish genealogy, there’s something for every level of researcher here.