Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

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.

Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

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.

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.

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General

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 …

Other

New Unlock the Past Books: Genealogy Software and FamilySearch

The book publishing side of Unlock the Past continues to grow. One new title and one new edition have recently been released. Read Which Genealogy Program? to help you choose the best genealogy software program for you and use the FamilySearch book to help you work your way around the new FamilySearch website.

Other

An Introduction to the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner [VIDEO]

The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner has seen a huge success in the US, and is the latest must-have item in both the genealogy and crafting world. FINALLY us Aussies get to see what all the hype is about. Trust me this is no ordinary scanner – it will totally WOW you. If you haven’t already seen a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner here’s a good ‘Introduction to Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner’ video.

Genealogy Australia

Inside History Magazine – Issue 9 (Mar-Apr 2012) Out Now

Issue 9 of the Inside History Magazine is out now. Once again it contains an amazing mix of articles relating to the history of Australia and Australians. From reuniting a vintage baby photo with current reli’s, to how WDYTYA changed Shaun Micallef and his family. Discover why some WWI Anzac records are hard to find, and find Victorian goldfield treasures in places you may not think to look

Events

My Roundup of the Australasian Congress 2012

The 13th Australasian Congress was on last week, and now that immediate backlog of work has been caught up, I figured it was time to sit and write my roundup of the event. Let me just start by saying my take on Congress is likely to be quite different from others as I went purely as an exhibitor, and I didn’t attend any sessions …

Genealogy UK

1 Million Westminster Parish Records now Online at Findmypast.co.uk

Findmypast.co.uk continues their busy pace of digitising, having just released over 1 million records from the Westminster City Archives in the past week. These records cover baptism, marriage and burial records dating back to 1538 from the Westminster City Archives, and that this is the first time that the images of the original parish records from Westminster will be seen online.

Anzac Day

ANZAC Day Blog Challenge 2012

The ANZAC Day Blog Challenge is on again. This is a great way to remember and honour our Australians and New Zealander military ancestory. You’re invited to write about your Anzac reli, in celebration of their life and in commemoration of their service.

Genealogy UK

Highlight: Inky Fingers, The Life and Times of Elijah Tucker

This is a biographical family history exploring the life and times of Elijah Tucker (1811–1894), who was a printer, publisher, newspaper editor and writer and who emigrated with his family from London to New Zealand’s New Plymouth, then moved to the South Island in 1856.

Family Tree Maker

Activating Your Free Ancestry Subscription within Family Tree Maker

How do I activate the free Ancestry subscription that came with Family Tree Maker? This is a question I get asked regularly, so felt that it will be useful to put it as a blog post …

Events

About Time: South Australia’s History Festival 1-31 May 2012

The About Time: South Australia’s History Festival is on again. Continuing last years month-long format, it’s on 1-31 May 2012, and is being held at locations right around SA. There’s something for everyone from 100s of events to choose from. Everything from tours and heritage displays, to beginning your family history courses and vintage movies..

Genealogy Australia

64 New Projects to Honour Australia’s War History

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants worth close to $170,000, will fund 64 projects across Australia will commemorate Australia’s wartime history and honour those who served, and continue to serve, Australia in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Heritage Scrapbooking

LAST SUPPLIES – Australian Scrapbooking Wholesaler Closes its Doors

Why am I doing a post an Australian Scrapbooking Wholesaler closing their doors? Simply because it is likely to affect the availability of a number of scrapbook products we sell. We have a reasonable range of heritage and family tree scrapbooking and associated products, which come from numerous Australian Scrapbook Wholesalers. Sadly ones of these companies will be closing its doors.