5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Part 1

We’ll the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is underway, and having boarded the Marco Polo ship on Saturday 19th July, we are now currently up to day 3. As I have intermittent internet access onboard I’m not going to give detailed day-by-day happenings but rather an overview of what has happened so far.

On the Road Again …

I owe the title of this blog to Dick Eastman, as whenever he goes away he lets his readers know where he’s off to. That is what I’m doing in this post. Though technically it should probably be called “On the Sea Again … ” as I’m off on another cruise again, and hoping for some warmer weather.

Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.

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Lest We Forget – Remembrance Day 11 November

Remembrance Day – the 11th hour, of 11th day, of the 11th month (11th November 1918) the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous war. Remembrance Day has attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front has became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – The Finale

This will be my final post on the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’, hence the title ‘The Finale’. It has been an amazing journey from A to Z, but serioulsy I couldn’t have done it, and it wouldn’t have been as fun without everyone who participated. That includes those who commented on Facebook and Twitter as well a the geneabloggers who took up the challenge.

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – October 2012

October has passed and once again I have found a whole bunch of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts that I’d like to share with you. I don’t know about you, but I definitely find that reading blog posts helps me keep up with the latest news, products and what’s happening in general in the world of genealogy. Anyway I hope you find the following Genealogy Blogs … Inspiring.

Events

Australia’s Biggest Genealogy Conference meets one of the World’s Biggest Ships

In just over 3 months, Australia’s biggest genealogy conference is set to begin. This will be an event like no other. It is being held over 10 days, and will feature numerous guest speakers from all around the world … and it is being held on not only the biggest ship to arrive in Australian shores, but this mega-liner also makes it into the world’s top 10 of BIG ships.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – Z is for …

I’ve decided that the letter ‘Z’ is like Christmas. It always seems so far away, but all of a sudden it’s here, don’t you think? Anyway welcome to the last week of the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Week, the letter “Z”.

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Hairy Mancestors and Movember

Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on 1000s of men’s faces in Australia and around the world during November. Our friends at Inside History Magazine are once pledging their support to Movember, and are doing it with their Hairy Mancestors. And they’re expecting to be hairier than ever.

Products

Where Can I Use My Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner?

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners are taking over the world … family historians have discovered them, and can’t live without them, photographers have found just how useful they are, and the craft and scrapbooking industry have found them simply Ah-mazing. Sadly not every archive repositry, library, museum, family history society or historical group allows use of the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner on-site. So to make everyone’s life a little easier we have started to compile a listing of places that do allow useage of the scanner on-site.

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Women’s History Month 2013: Seeking Founding Mothers

As the 20th Century dawned and the Australian nation was born, Australian women led in democratic reform, making the new nation among the first where women had the same rights as men to vote and to stand for public office. The theme for the next Women’s History Month Australia in March 2013 is ‘Seeking Founding Mothers’, identifying women involved in shaping Federation and the Australian Constitution in 1901 …

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Season 5 (2013) Celebrities – Who Do You Think You Are? Australia

Now we all knew that there was a Season 5 of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia was in the works, and I can now let you know a little more about who the celebrities on it will be … Firstly it is being extended from 6 episodes, to 8 episodes, and we’re currently only being told of 6 celebrities, with two surprises to follow (oh the suspense).

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – Y is for …

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Week 25 brings us to the letter ‘Y’. So tell us about 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 Y! The choice is entirely yours …

Records

Ryerson Index Now Has 3.5 Million Australian Death Notices Online

Anyone who has been researching Australian records for a while will know about the Ryerson Index, and just how valuable it is. The Ryerson Index is an index of death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers, it also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. What started as one person’s passion for collecting the death notices out the newspaper, has now grown to encompass death notices from 216 Australian newspapers, and currently has over 3.5 million entries online.

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Historical Society of South Australia Grants Close 31 October 2012

If you have a passion for preserving South Australia’s heritage, and have a project that you’d like to do, but need some funds to help you along the way, you’d better be quick as applications for grants from the Historical Society of South Australia close on Wednesday 31 October 2012.

Records

findmypast.com.au Adds Another 56 Million Records

findmypast.com.au, the Australian division of one of the world’s biggest online genealogy data sites, has just added a whopping 56 million more records online. This now brings the total of Australia and New Zealand records they have to over 135 million, which is quite a collection isn’t it! So head on over to findmypast.com.au and search their millions of records …