7th Unlock the Past Cruise: Western Australia

The team at Unlock the Past are kicking 2015 off with a very special cruise, one to Western Australia. The end of 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary since Australian and NZ troops left Australian shores. They left from Albany, WA. The cruise program will have have some tie in to this occassion. In all there will be 24 talks from 5 well-known Australian presenters covering Australian military history, Irish and German topics, website searching, medical history and more.

Irish Archives Resource – A Genealogist’s Dream

The Irish Archives Resource is an “online database which contains searchable archival descriptions. It does not hold any archives or records but provides a means to search archival descriptions from various contributing institutions”, and allows you to search the holdings of 34 archives in from the one website. So in some ways is similar to UKs Access to Archives (A2A) website.

Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – September 2014

It’s been quite some time since I have done a snippets post for you. But recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting genealogy and history newsy items that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.

100 Million Reasons to Check Out the “Find A Grave” Cemetery Website

Find A Grave is the original cemetery website. One that’s been going for 19 years in fact. I’m sure all of you have ended up on it at some stage to check a record or two, while some of may have even uploaded some photographs. If you haven’t, obviously plenty of others have as just this week it was announced that the 100 millionth photograph had just been uploaded to Find A Grave.

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Two More Unlock the Past Books Due Soon

The Unlock the Past authors have busy putting pen to paper (or should I say fingers on keyboards?), and have been busy writing a whole host of new books. Two of the new books are due within 1-2 weeks, and are now available for pre-order. Interestingly both of these new books relates to land records, one for Australia and New Zealand and the other for Scotland.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – J is for …

If you’ve just discovered our Alphabet Challenge, we’d love for your to join us. We are looking for genealogists worldwide who are bloggers, Facebookers, and/or Tweeters to join us. All you need to do is use the current letter for the week (J this week), and connect it to someone, something, or a topic relating to your family that you’d like write about. Sounds like fun? It is …

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Find & Connect – Australian Orphanage and Child Migrant Records

Don’t you love it when you hear of new projects that start up, and you can see the potential for it to not only be huge, but so useful to others as well! This is how I feel about Find & Connect. This is a project that is designed to connect forgotten Australians, former child migrants, orphans and those in Children’s Homes to their families as well as information and resources …

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30 Reasons to Attend a Genealogy Cruise

Genealogy Crusing seems to be a popular way of combining a genealogy conference together with a holiday these days, and with just over 7 months until the 3rd Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Cruise, here’s 30 reasons as to why you (together with a friend or family) should attend a genealogy cruise.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – I is for …

As we’re now 9 weeks into the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge (really, where’d that time go), that brings us up to letter ‘I’. So geneabloggers, Facebookers, and Tweeters, tell us what the letter ‘I’ means in connection to your family history.

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Update on Trove’s Historical Australian Newspaper Digitisation Program

Back in July 2011 I posted Trove’s digitisation schedule of historical Australian newspapers, now they have released an update on this list, and have included the schedule for newspapers in 2012-2013.

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Ancestry Adds Half a Million New Dorset Records

If you’ve got Dorset ancestry, you’ll love this. Ancestry have just added almost half a million new Dorset records to the site. These include including convict records from the 1700s-1900s, as well as Jury Lists, Militia records, Vagrant passes and a whole heap more. Whether your family’s black sheep committed their crimes on land or sea, you’ll find detailed accounts of their offences, and their punishment

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – H is for …

Another week brings another letter, and this week we’re up to letter H in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. So far just a few examples that we’ve had are: streets that ancestors have lived in, genealogy apps, ancestors and their achievements – or what they mean to us, stories of life and death, attributes for family historians, genealogy software, emigrants, historical photographs of people and towns, old documents, food, countries, websites and records … ahh the list goes on, and so does the creativity.

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Buy Scottish Wills & Testaments Online With ScotlandsPeople Credits

ScotlandsPeople have changed the pricing and payment method for purchasing Wills & Testaments documents on their website. Instead of purchasing a Will & Testament through a separate transaction, these documents can now be viewed using ScotlandsPeople credits. As an introductory offer they have also reduced the cost from £5 to 10 credits …

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – G is For …

Welcome to another week in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. This week we are up to G. A few examples that we’ve had are: streets that ancestors have lived in, genealogy apps, ancestors and their achievements, stories of life and death, attributes for family historians, genealogy software, emigrants, historical photographs, food, websites, old documents

Records

New FamilySearch Videos [VIDEO]

FamilySearch is one of the most used websites for genealogy research – and why not, it’s got the largest collection of genealogy records online (in the billions), and it is free, so who wouldn’t. But do you know just how FamilySearch works? And how best to search their website? FamilySearch has recently released two videos that discuss this massive collection of genealogical records, and will lead you to discover more about FamilySearch and their records.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – F is for …

We’ve done A, B, C, D, and E already – so that brings us to ‘F’ in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. I am intrigued to see what our participants and bloggers come up with for the letter ‘F’. We have really had wonderful posts from the bloggers, and comments via Facebook and Twitter for the previous letters. You guys are so creative, I love it.

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MyHeritage Hits the 1 Billion Profiles Mark

MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, today announced that it has reached the milestone of one billion profiles. The billion individuals in nearly 23 million family trees, created by the millions of families using MyHeritage worldwide