World War 1 Centenary Projects #3

World War 1 Centenary Projects are well underway, with more being started all the time. The aim with this (and my earlier) World War 1 Centenary Projects posts is to list a few of them, so others know what is going on.

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.

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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.

Records

21 Million Irish Birth, Death & Marriage Records Added to Findmypast.com.au

Findmypast.com.au just added 21 million new Irish Birth, Death and Marriage records (1800s-1950s) to its already extensive collection of historical records, and making 60 million Irish records available online on Findmypast.com.au.

Products

Highlight: Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885

If you are researching anyone in South Australia who arrived or was born in South Australia prior to 1885, you NEED this CD. The Biographical Index of South Australian (or BISA as it is commonly known) is one of the key resources that researchers use.

Records

BillionGraves gets Bigger and Better

It was only a few days into 2013 when news emereged that BillionGraves had been sold to Otter Creek Holdings, which is a working strategic partner with American Granite and Memorials, Inc. and American Monument (Utah). Otter Creek Holdings and their affiliate, American Monument, understands the connection people have to families’ headstones – they work with them every day. So BillionGraves could not have asked for a better home!

Products

Inside History Magazine – Issue 14 (Jan-Feb 2013) is Out Now

Outlaws and legends: the January-February edition (issue 14), our crime special, has arrived! Ned Kelly’s secret love? A descendant of the iconic bushranger’s alleged flame puts forward his case Discover your family history to trace lawbreaking ancestors with Shauna Hicks’s guide to criminal records Delve into 1930s murder mysteries with award-winning crime authors Stephen Orr and Sulari …

Records

Help Transcribe the National Archives of Australia’s Records with arcHIVE

Do you have some spare time? Would you like to see more Australian records readily available online? If you answered yes to both, the National Archives of Australia (NAA) are looking for people like you to help transcribe their records. While they already have millions of records online and searchable using RecordSearch, there are still throusands (if not millions) more unindexed.

General

Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2013 Announced

I know it is still early January, but GenealogyInTime Magazine have just released their list of Top 100 genealogy sites for 2013. Having done their annual review, they have ranked the top 100 genealogy websites from around the world. Many old favorites made the list, as well as some interesting new genealogy websites.

Events

Paul Milner is Coming to Town

Paul Milner is coming to town … that’s right, he’s leaving the cold winter of the northern hemisphere behind, jumping on a plane, and heading down under to see some sun. And no doubt he’ll see plenty in the 3 weeks (or so) that he’s here. Now some of you may not know who Paul is, so let me tell you …

General

DNA & the Pandora Shipwreck Project

A new web site details the search for the living male descendants of the 35 men who died on the Great Barrier Reef in 1791 during the wrecking of the Pandora. The intention is to find matching DNA (Y) signatures to sequences recently obtained from 3 skeletons recovered from the Pandora wreck in the 1990s.