5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Part 1

We’ll the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is underway, and having boarded the Marco Polo ship on Saturday 19th July, we are now currently up to day 3. As I have intermittent internet access onboard I’m not going to give detailed day-by-day happenings but rather an overview of what has happened so far.

On the Road Again …

I owe the title of this blog to Dick Eastman, as whenever he goes away he lets his readers know where he’s off to. That is what I’m doing in this post. Though technically it should probably be called “On the Sea Again … ” as I’m off on another cruise again, and hoping for some warmer weather.

Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.

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Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – C is for …

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 …

Products

Highlight: John Grenham’s Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 4th Edition

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.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – B is for …

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.

General

58 Victorian Organisations Awarded Local History Grants

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.

Events

6 Reasons to Attend Unlock the Past’s Queensland Expo, 25-27 June 2012

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 …

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 10 (May-Jun 2012) is Out Now

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.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – A is for …

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.

General

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.

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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 …