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?
Back in June 2014 Ancestry announced the closure of a number of related sites, one of those being MyCanvas. Now some good news for MyCanvas users is that it is sticking around as Alexander’s who are the printers of the photo books have now taken over MyCanvas.
“Bring out your smartphone cameras and dust-off your digital point-and-shoot! It’s time for the Genealogy Photo Challenge for World Photo Day 2014.” That is the challenge that was issued by Denise Levenick of the Family Curator blog.
Wholly Genes, the developers of The Master Genealogist (TMG), announced in late July 2014 that the decision has been made to discontinue The Master Genealogist. A number of people have since written asking what they should do.
Findmypast have had their Passenger Lists Leaving the UK 1890-1960 online for quite some time now, but their brand new release of over 150,000 South Australian passenger lists records covers the years 1847-1886, filling in that very important gap of when so many emigrated.
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 …
In this May-June edition of Inside History Magazine (issue 10) you’ll find: Cemeteries, HMAS Kuttabul in 1942, the Australian Women’s Weekly gets digitised, 50 genealogy blogs you need to follow, and discover Historypin.
Last week I announced the idea of the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge, and got positive feedback, from a number who wish to participate … so now it begins. Without repeating the whole of the original post, which you can read here … we’re looking for genealogists worldwide who are bloggers, Facebookers, and/or Twitterers to join in us in taking the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge.