Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – August 2014

August has come and gone already and as always there’s been some amazing blog posts that I’ve come across during the month that I’d like to share with you. In this August edition we cover everything from a modern way to do genealogy, white gloves in archives, digital photography, genealogy mistakes, new features on FamilySearch, the details of official documents and a bunch more.

A Thankyou to Internet Genealogy Magazine

I’m a little behind on my genealogy magazine reading (I always seem to be), however I did pick up the latest issue of Internet Genealogy (August/September 2014 issue) and started flipping through it today, and found an article titled “Top Genealogy Blogs: 2014 Edition”. And guess who made the list?

Findmypast Adds Victorian Passenger Lists 1839-1923 Online

There’s no doubt that passenger lists are one record that genealogsts’ crave. Being able to find out then when and where of your ancestors arrival is jackpot! And thanks to a deal that findmypast has with the Public Record Office Victoria, we now get online access to over 3.8 million Victorian passenger lists from your own home.

Genealogy: Where Can I Learn More?

Do you want better results from your genealogy searches? Do you want to learn how to use what time you have, to research better? The key to these is education. The more you know about how to research, the more effective your results will be, and the better your time will be used.

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Baptist History and Migration to New Zealand

In between attending (and organising) numerous events, the team at Unlock the Past have finalised two new guide books. These new books cover Australian Baptist history and how you can use those records to your advantage as a researcher, and also migration to New Zealand, which many will find useful to help find and understand the records available for those who migrated there.

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ScotlandsPeople Adds Wills, BDMs and Property Records

Anyone who is researching their Scottish roots will have heard of ScotlandsPeople. With 90 million records it’s a website that you’ll use in your Scottish research. The official government website for Scottish family history, it’s used by millions of people all around the world. The past few months have seen some big additions to ScotlandsPeople, and it’s these that I wanted to …

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – April and May 2014

Hello, hello and welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. This time we cover everything from …. how small societies etc. can survive without funding, family heirlooms, genealogy and microwaves, who owns your genealogy, browsing vs searching – what works better for you?, plagarism, vlogs and a whole heap more.

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Ancestry.com Cleans House and Discontinues Some Services

The latest big news to hit the genea-waves is that Ancestry.com are having a clean out in a bid to refocus their efforts, and in doing so are discontinuing a number of their services. Their MyFamily, MyCanvas, and Mundia sites will be closed down, and the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests which had been available through their DNA website have now been discontinued.

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Who Do You Think You Are? US Season 5

After making its debut on US tv screens in 2010, the US version of the popular show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ was cancelled by NBC after 3 just seasons. After that it was picked up by the TLC network, and good news for genea-tv lovers, as they’ve just announced that the 5th Season of Who Do You Think You Are will air in July 2014.

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Vintage Australian Telephone Books

Vintage telephone books are an immense resource for historians. Really you say? Why? Well genealogists can use them to see where their ancestors were living at the time. And social historians can use them to see who in the town had a telephone, as well as what businesses were ….

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Evernote and Genealogy: They’re Made for Each Other

it goes without saying that genealogy creates a lot of notes and paperwork which need filing! And there’s no point having the information if you can’t find it,. Evernote in an online note-taking and filing system. Discover how this one program can help you with your genealogy …

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My ”Legacy Deluxe” Installs as ”Legacy Standard”

After many, many months of waiting we finally received our first supplies Legacy Family Tree 8 Deluxe Australia/New Zealand Edition last week. After sending out all the pre-orders for it last week customers are receiving their programs and installing them, they’re some are having an issue with their Legacy Deluxe installing as the Legacy Standard program ,,,

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findmypast Adds 800,000 New Zealand Records

I’ve mentioned findmypast’s 100in100 project before, together with some of the new records they’ve added online. Another recent addition is BIG news for our friends across the ditch in New Zealand, as findmypast added almost 800,000 records from New Zealand 1925 electoral roll as well as a number of employment records.

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4 Million Devon Records Go Online at findmypast

If you have Devon ancestors, get ready for some serious research as findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has just uploaded over 4 million Devon parish records. These include baptisms, banns, marriages and burials and range from 1538 through to 1915. These records added to those already on findmypast, make findmypast the place for largest collection of Devon records online.

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The Gould Genealogy Pedigree

Today I want to introduce you to the “Gould Genealogy Pedigree”. This isn’t a post about new records online, or a press release about a new company, but rather it is introducing you to OUR company. That’s right, for a change I’m actually writing about ourselves. Some of you would know that we’ve been around for years (almost 38 years actually), while others of you have found us more recently. Either way, I do hope that we have been able to help you on your research journey.

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FamilySearch Celebrates 15 Years!

FamilySearch, the world’s biggest website of genealogical data (which by the way is all FREE), celebrated their 15th birthday yesterday. Can you believe that it’s been around that long already?

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63 Organisations Share $350,000 in Victoria’s Local History Grants

Sixty-three Victorian community groups, ranging from schools and libraries to sporting clubs and museums, will be doing their bit to record Victoria’s history thanks to support provided under the latest round of the Victorian Local History Grants Program.

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