Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – August 2014

August has come and gone already and as always there’s been some amazing blog posts that I’ve come across during the month that I’d like to share with you. In this August edition we cover everything from a modern way to do genealogy, white gloves in archives, digital photography, genealogy mistakes, new features on FamilySearch, the details of official documents and a bunch more.

A Thankyou to Internet Genealogy Magazine

I’m a little behind on my genealogy magazine reading (I always seem to be), however I did pick up the latest issue of Internet Genealogy (August/September 2014 issue) and started flipping through it today, and found an article titled “Top Genealogy Blogs: 2014 Edition”. And guess who made the list?

Findmypast Adds Victorian Passenger Lists 1839-1923 Online

There’s no doubt that passenger lists are one record that genealogsts’ crave. Being able to find out then when and where of your ancestors arrival is jackpot! And thanks to a deal that findmypast has with the Public Record Office Victoria, we now get online access to over 3.8 million Victorian passenger lists from your own home.

Genealogy: Where Can I Learn More?

Do you want better results from your genealogy searches? Do you want to learn how to use what time you have, to research better? The key to these is education. The more you know about how to research, the more effective your results will be, and the better your time will be used.

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Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – W is for …

Hello everyone, and welcome to Week “W” of the Family History Through the Alphabet. Are a genealogists who is also a blogger, Facebooker, and/or Tweeter? If so, join us in the Alphabet Challenge. All you need to do is use the current letter for the week (this week’s letter is W), and connect it to someone, something, or a topic relating to your family …

Events

About Time 2013: South Australia’s History Festival

The About Time Team are so excited. And so they should be. The 2012 About Time Festival was a huige success with both those who organised events and exhibitions, as well as those who attended. And now it’ll be one again next year. That’s right … mark your calendar or diary as About Time: South Australia’s History Festival will run from 1-31 May in 2013!

General

Looking for Next-of-Kin of WWII Far East Prisoners of War

The Australian Department of Defence is looking for Next-of-Kin of World War II Far East Prisoners of War. The men listed below have been posthumously approved for the award of the Commendation for Gallantry for their service during World War II and to date their award has not been claimed.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – V is for …

We’re on the home stretch now in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, just a few more letters to go, and this week we’re up to the letter V. 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 ‘V’.

General

Phases of a Family Tree Chart

As your genealogy knowledge grows, so do your family tree charts. What phase are your family tree charts up to?

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – September 2012

Another month has passed and once again I have found a bunch of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts that I’d like to share with you. Everything from the cost of genealogy, to reality genealogy TV, to the must-read post about dynamic destinations, and not forgetting the post about the broadsides that are now online …

General

New Project on British Officers in WWI Begins

Well here’s another fabulous new project, Professor Michael Durey, from Murdoch University is undertaking an ambitious project to chronicle the lives, deaths and memorialisation of 1700 British officers who were killed on the Western Front in the Great War of 1914-1918.

It sounds like an amazing project doesn’t it?

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – U is for …

The weeks keep flying by, and so do the letters in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. This week brings us up to the letter U. 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 ‘U’. So what can you think of that relates to your own family history?

Records

400 Million More Genealogy Records

Good news for all researchers, GenealogyInTime Magazine who is now the fifth largest free genealogy website in the world (this is based on Alexa stats, and the largest free genealogy websites in order are FamilySearch, Find A Grave, Geni, GeneaNet followed by GenealogyInTime Magazine), has just added 400 million new records to their two free search engines.

Events

Victoria’s History Week, 21-28 October 2012

Victoria’s History Week for 2012 is on from the 21st to 28th of October, and as usual is packed full of events to celebrate Victoria’s history. To celebrate, why not spend the week travelling back in time, discovering Victoria’s wide and wonderful past. From fascinating walking tours and engaging discussions, to exhibitions and ‘history in the making’ events – there is something in store for everyone to enjoy.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – T is for …

The Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge is nearing the end, but we’re not there yet … still a few more letters to go, and this week brings us to the letter T. So do you have a special ancestor, a place, or a docuement, an heirloom or something else that relates to your own family history that starts with the letter T that you’d like to write about.

Societies

‘Ryde Goes to War’ Project

Let me introduce you to a new research project that the Ryde District Historical Society, has just begun. Titled ‘Ryde Goes to War’, the Society has taken on the challenge of gathering data on World War 1 Service personel who have a strong connection with the City of Ryde in Sydney.

Products

New Unlock the Past Books: DNA, Church Records, findmypast.com.au, Pitfalls, Social Media & Trove

Unlock the Past have been busy, releasing 6 new books in the past 2 of weeks. With topics such as genealogy pitfalls, Aus/NZ church records, how to use social media with your family history, DNA in genealogy, and the NLA’s Trove, and a book on the brand new findmypast.com.au website, there really is something here for everyone