It seems to be the season for history grants, and now it is South Australia’s turn, as the South Australian History Fund grants for 2012-13 are now open. This annual fund, which totals $35,000 in funding from the Government of South Australia and is administered by History SA, has three categories: Projects, Publications and Research.
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.
The Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge continues … and this week we’re up to ‘E’. I was initially stuck for ideas, but bit-by-bit I thought of a bunch of topics … a few that came to mind were England, emigration, the excitement of a find, or an Elizabeth in your family. It’s up to you and your imagingation, but I think you get the idea.
How is genealogy growing? This is an interesting question that GenealogyInTime Magazine has asked. It is a known fact that the interest in genealogy has increased over the past 5-10 years, largely because of online records and genealogy TV programs – but just HOW is it growing?
News from the Public Record Office Victoria is that applications for the Victorian Community History Awards for 2012 are now open. These Awards recognise excellence in historical method, and the range of award categories acknowledges that history can be told in a variety of formats with the aim of reaching and enriching all Victorians.
Guess who’s coming to Australia? Audrey is … that’s right, Audrey Collins from The National Archives in the UK is coming out to Australia in June and July 2012. We’re super excited to have Audrey come to Australia to be a special guest presenter at the Unlock The Past Queensland Expo coming up in June, and she’s extending her trip to also visit Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
The weeks are flying by, and we’re already up to the letter ‘D’ in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. I’m totally loving the creativity of those who are taking part, already there’s been emigrant ships, attributes, alphabets, home towns, war memorials, websites, convicts, heirlooms, and those very special ancestors. Now it is time for the letter ‘D’! So tell us what D is for …
The BIG, EXCITING news just in, is that the brand new findmypast Australia website is live, and officially launched. Visit www.findmypast.com.au to see their fantastic new website including an exciting blog and findmypast family tree so you can build your family tree online! You also now have more choice with 6 and 12 month subscriptions and credit packages available. Stay tuned for details of brand new records and features coming really soon …
Week 3, and I hope you’re enjoying the responses we’ve had to our Challenge as much as I am. We’ve had everything from emigrant ships, attributes, archives, alphabets, special ancestors, home towns, war memorials, family heirlooms even a sad story of being buried alive and something all true genealogists can relate to … Addicted to genealogy. So now it is time for letter C! Tell us what C is for …
The best book ever written on Irish genealogy, John Grenham’s “Tracing Your Irish Ancestors” has a new edition. It retains the familiar structure of previous editions while at the same time providing a directory to online records for your Irish research.
It’s been a week already since we started the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, and what a fun week it was. But now it’s time to get on to ‘B’. What will your letter B relate to? An ancestral place, a ship name, an heirloom, or one of your ancestors. Let the creativity flow … the only rule is, it has to start with B.
A BIG congratulations to the 58 Victorian oganisations who have just been awarded Local History Grants. The money used by them will go toward projects which will aid in preserving different aspects of Victoria’s history.
It’s all go now, with the planning for the Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Queensland Expo, which is on 25-27 June 2012 in Brisbane. From those who have attended our previous Expo’s you’ll know how fun and informative they really are, and something not the be missed. But for those that haven’t, here’s 6 reasons you should attend the Queensland Expo …