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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Inside History Magazine’s Top 50 Genealogy Blogs List

Issue 10 of the Inside History Magazine arrived this week, as always it is packed with amazing articles. One that I found particularly great was an article written by Jill Ball (aka @geniaus on Twitter), titled 50 Genealogy Blogs You Need to Follow. Reading through the list, I can personally verify that so many of them are a great read, as I follow them myself.

Products

Gifts for Mother’s Day

Here is a great selection of Genealogy & History gifts for your special mum.

Blog Challenge

Take the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge

Join us in taking the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. It’s not hard, you just need to use the current letter for the week (A, B, C etc. whatever week we’re up to, right through to Z), and connect it to someone, something, or a topic relating to your family that you’d like write about.

Apps

BillionGraves – A Million More in May

Have you heard of the BillionGraves Project? If you haven’t yet, you will soon … as they really are leading the way with a new way to photograph and transcribe cemetery headstones worldwide. And in doing so, it’s making millions of cemetery records readily available to the public.

General

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner: Where Can it Be Used?

Now the Flip-Pal mobile scanners are starting to get out there … but where can they be used? We need your help as we’re wanting to create a list of organisations (societies, archives, museums and similar – big or small) which do (or don’t) allow use of the Flip-Pal scanners on their premises. This list will make it easier for users.

Family Historian

Family Historian 5 Available Now

While it’s not exactly breaking news that the UKs No. 1 selling genealogy software program ‘Family Historian’ released a new version recently (Family Historian 5 was released about a month or so ago). But what is news is that we finally have our first supplies. Version 5 is a major update for Family Historian, as they’ve added a powerful new tool for creating great-looking books and booklets. They’ve added a lot of new features but at the same time worked hard to make the program look better, and be easier and nicer to use than ever …

Genealogy Australia

Introducing ‘History Queensland’ Magazine

Let me introduce to you a new magazine that has hit the streets “History Queensland”. Issued quarterly, the first issue came out in November 2011, with Issue 2 released in February 2012. And really, the name really says it all! It is a magazine that contains articles and information about Queensland’s history.

Genealogy Australia

FREE Military Records on Ancestry Until Sunday April 29th

In honour of ANZAC Day, Ancestry.com.au are making it even easier to discover the military heroes in your family. Until Sunday 29th April you can access over 46 million military records from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and the United States for FREE.

Events

A Few Highlights from SA’s About Time History Festival 2012

South Australia’s big history event (or should I say history MONTH), officially called the ‘About Time History Festival’ is being held throughout May 2012. From Victorian style funerals, to antique appraisals, even devonshire teas and discovering the meaning behind strained glass windows, and playing curator for a day, it’s all on in May!

Products

World War I titles on special

In commemoration of Anzac Day we have a selection of World War I titles on special. The books are 25% off and Data CDs at 50%.

General

Everyone Has a Story, Tell Us One of Yours!

We have giveaways :) … but before just handing them out, we know that EVERYONE has a family story, and we’d like to hear it. So tell us one of yours, but not just ANY story. Since it is Anzac Day next week, we’d like you to tell us about one of your military ancestors. To be in the running for a copy of “History & Genealogy 2011: Australia & New Zealand” as well as a CD copy of “From the Australian Front 1917” we ask that you visit our Facebook page …

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Wanted: Australia’s Missing Newspapers

Have you heard about the “Australian Newspaper Plan”? I’m guessing most of you said no, so I’m going to tell you about it. It is a collaborate project organised by the National Library of Australia in a bid to locate historical newspapers that are missing in their collection.

Apps

Date Finder – A New App for your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone

Date Finder is a brand new App that’s is a research tool for genealogists. Made for use on your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, let’s suppose you have two source documents and you are trying to determine whether they are referring to the same person …