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.

Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

The deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. 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 …

The Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.

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Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – N is for …

Week 14 of the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge brings us up to the letter ‘N’. 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 ‘N’. So a place, a person, or a thing relating to family history that starts with the letter N!

Records

Findmypast Introduces the World Collection

Findmypast have just introduced their new World Collection subscription which gives you access to search collections from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the United States in one place for a single fee. Subscribing to the World Collection gives you access to over a billion records, with that number growing rapidly. And until August 31 2012, they are offering an introductory 10% discount off new subscriptions.

General

R.I.P. Ron Austin

It is with sad news that I advise of the passing of Ron Austin, one of Australia’s great military historians.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – M is for …

Hey, we’re half way through the Alphabet Challenge already. That went quick didn’t it! But even though we’re half way through the “Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, if anyone new wants to join in please feel free to do so. 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.

Events

Family History is Cool, Pass it on

“Family History is Cool, Pass it on” is the theme for this year’s Family History Month in New Zealand, which is held right throughout August 2012, with events on at various locations around New Zealand, and it is aimed to promote family history to a wider audience. The idea is to encourage people to pass on their family history, stories, photos etc., as well as giving advice on reserarching along the way.

Genealogy Australia

Find Out What the National Library of Australia Has [VIDEO]

Want to find out what the National Library of Australia has to offer without even taking a step outside of your house? Now you can with the new videos that the National Library of Australia have created, which will help viewers started using their collections and services. You’ll learn how to access their readings rooms and galleries, research your family history, use online resources and order copies from the collection.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – L is for …

It’s exciting to see so many people participating. We’ve had an amazing range of topics that people have been writing about … we’ve had everything from emigrant ships, attributes, archives, alphabets, special ancestors, family stories, home towns, war memorials, heirlooms, occupations, streets and more. So now that we’re up to “L”, what does L relate to in your family history?

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – K is for …

Another week means another letter in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, and we are now up to the letter ‘K’. Each letter has brought out so many wonderful topics: family members, websites, photographic montages, occupations, memorabilia and ephemera, emigration, genealogy programs and apps … and OH SO MUCH MORE!

Societies

National Archives of Australia Seeks $92 Million for Preservation Facility

The Canberra Times had an interesting article on the National Archives of Australia seeking $92 million to upgrade their facilities. According to the report the NAA Mitchell storage facility has become so decrepit that tape is being used to hold down floor tiles which could contain asbestos. It is our our NATIONAL Archives for goodness sake!!

General

Help Make Australian BDM Certificates Cheaper

We all know that Australian BDM certificates are ridiculously expensive, but why is this so? Why do we have to pay $30-$40 per certificate, when we can order others from the UK for about $15.00? It doesn’t seem right. Inside History Magazine have started a petiton in a bid to get not only the price of Australian BDM certificates dropped, but also with the aim to make them easier to order.

Events

Australia’s National Family History Week 2012

Australia’s National Family History Week is on again and this year runs it from 27th July through until 5th August 2012. As family history is fast becoming one of the most popular hobbies around, use this opportunity to either expand your own family history knowledge, or share the passion by introducing someone else to it.

Products

Two More Unlock the Past Books Due Soon

The Unlock the Past authors have busy putting pen to paper (or should I say fingers on keyboards?), and have been busy writing a whole host of new books. Two of the new books are due within 1-2 weeks, and are now available for pre-order. Interestingly both of these new books relates to land records, one for Australia and New Zealand and the other for Scotland.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – J is for …

If you’ve just discovered our Alphabet Challenge, we’d love for your to join us. We are looking for genealogists worldwide who are bloggers, Facebookers, and/or Tweeters to join us. All you need to do is use the current letter for the week (J this week), and connect it to someone, something, or a topic relating to your family that you’d like write about. Sounds like fun? It is …