We Will Remember Them …

English poet Laurence Binyon, overwhelmed by the carnage and loss of life by British and Allied forces in World War 1, penned one of the most moving tributes the world has known to our war dead. Titled ‘For the Fallen’, the poem first appeared in The Times of London on 21 September 1914, and has since become known as ‘Ode of Remembrance’.

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.

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Historic Graves Project Helps Get Irish Gravestone Photos Online

The Historic Graves Project is an Irish-based community-focused heritage project, that aims to work with indivduals and groups around the whole of Ireland to record by photographing and transcribing the details from over 3600 graveyards around the country.

Records

Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and Findmypast

The Periodical Source Index, commonly known as PERSI, is a key resource for genealogists, yet it is one that isn’t used as much as it should be. Created by the Allen County Public Library, they have created an index of over 2 million entries from the articles of 11,000 genealogy and local history periodicals, which include over 3000 titles that are no longer published.

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Record History with “Real People Reel Stories”

Real People Reel Stories is a new Australian-based business which is designed to create video biographies. Photographs and stories are one thing, but video can convey so much more of you and either paper or photos ever can, and in doing so they can “bring your family’s history to life”.

Family Tree Maker

Family Tree Maker 2014 Patch Update (22.0.0.1260 or 22.0.0.260)

Some issues have been discovered in Family Tree Maker 2014, and their programmers have been working on fixes which are included in this patch update. Covering general bug fixes, and also TreeSync, this is an update that everyone with FTM 2014 should do.

Records

Find Your Convict Ancestry with New Online Records

Findmypast.com.au, one of the mega-genealogy-data websites around, has just added over 640,000 convict records to it’s site, which makes it the most comprehensive collection of convict records online.

Events

Cruise Line to Offer a UK to Australia Cruise … Hopefully!

How does taking a cruise from the UK to Australia sound? Twenty-six days of relaxation onboard a state-of-the art ship, stopping in at various places along the way, enjoying the touristing? Sounds good doesn’t it!! Well Project Orient are hoping it’ll become a reality, and so are we.

Apps

Saving Memories Forever Wins the 2014 Developer Award at RootsTech

The biggest genealogy conference in the US, RootsTech, has just wound up for 2014. And one of the big features of it is the Developer Challenge. This is an initiative where they reward developers who introduce the most innovative, new concepts to family history. With 17 entrants from around the world, it was tough, but the panel of judges chose Saving Memories Forever.

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Price Drops at findmypast!

Some big news that has just hit the genealogy grapevine, which was announced at the Melbourne venue of the Chris Paton & Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour earlier this week, and that is that findmypast (all of them) including the Australia/New Zealand site have dropped the price of their subscriptions.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Geoff Doherty

Believe it or we’ve reached the end of our speaker profiles for those who’ll be presenting on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, as Geoff Doherty is the lucky last, and it’s nicely timed too, since the ship is due to leave port tomorrow.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Pauleen Cass

Pauleen Cass is the latest in our series of cruise guest presenters that I’m featuring here. A late addition to the speakers list, she brings with her genealogy knowledge that is only gained by years of research.

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Taking a Short Break

As many of you would know the 4th Unlock the Past cruise is now less than a week away, and I will be joining about 250 other genealogy cruisers on this cruise. So as a result you can expect a few less blogs from me over the next two to three weeks.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Alan Phillips

Apart from being the organiser of the Unlock the Past cruises, and founder of numerous other ventures such as Gould Genealogy & History which is Australia’s biggest genealogy retail/webstore, Alan Phillips is one of the presenters on the upcoming 4th Unlock the Past Cruise.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Neil Grill

Neil Grill joins the speakers of the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise and his areas of interest in history and genealogy are military history. WWI, Coastal Fortification of Australia, researching obscure genealogies of long forgotten soldiers, personal family history, engineering history and heritage, and how to productively use ever changing technology to research are key topic interests.

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