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.

RootsMagic for TMG Users

The Master Genealogist has been in the genealogy-news pretty much since its imminent demise was announced by Wholly Genes a couple of months ago. Many users are undecided as to what to do, stay with the latest version, or change programs. Well now RootsMagic is also going to cater for TMG Users, as they have announced the following …

#AskACurator Day – 17 September 2014

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in a museum? Or what the coolest item they have in their collection is? Or want to know the best way to get details of some item in their collection? Simple, send them a tweet. 17 September 2014 is #AskACurator Day. A day when you can send tweets to archive organisations asking all sorts of random (but interesting) questions …

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Records

Join FamilySearch for the Worldwide Indexing Day

Genealogists and historians owe so much to volunteer indexers all around the world. There’s no doubt that ALL of us have used indexes, While there are many indexing projects going on, at a local, state and country levels, this post is just about FamilySearch’s Worldwide Indexing Day.

Societies

History SA’s 2014 South Australian History Grants Are Now Open

Are you a involved with a South Australian genealogy group, historical society, museum, archive, or similar organisation? If so, this is for you. Applications for History SA’s annual South Australian History Fund grants has just opened for 2014.

Records

FamilySearch: One Billion and Counting

FamilySearch reached the billionaires club when it uploaded its one billionth digital image online this week. We can’t even fathom (or visualise) just how much 1 billion records is. Or even the work involved in getting all 1 billion records from an archive, to being digitised, to being online for us all to use. It takes multiple people to even get even one record online.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruises has a Genealogy Cruise for Everyone

Unlock the Past Cruises is a reasonably new player on the genealogy cruise scene having run their first cruise in 2011, but in that short time they have certainly made themselves known. Having run four successful cruises to date, they have now set up the their calendar of cruises for the next two years, and there really is something for everyone …

Legacy Family Tree

What’s New in Legacy Family Tree Version 8 [VIDEO]

Legacy Family Tree is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading genealogy software programs. While it is an easy enough program to get started with, Legacy has oodles of features for those who wish to explore it further. Have a look at the video below …

Societies

State Records of South Australia is on the Move!

The State Records of South Australia which is currently sharing a building with the National Archives of Australia in Leigh Street, Adelaide will going to be moving to the State Library of South Australia in August 2014. For more details on this and how it will affect their Gepps Cross Centre, as well as obtaining records, read on …

General

Cyndi’s List Needs Our Support, Please Help By Donating

One of the major genealogy websites that is available for researchers is to access Cyndi’s List. Used by thousands of people everyday, it the world’s biggest portal website. But did you realise that it is just a one-woman business? Running a website like this costs money, and Cyndi needs your support …

Events

Unlock the Past Heads to Scotland for Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Glasgow

Who Do you Think You Are? Live, the world’s biggest genealogy event, is heading to Scotland in August 2014, and Australia’s Unlock the Past team will be there too. Held over three days, 29-31 August 2014, at the Scottish Exhibition Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow in true Who Do You Think You Are? Live fashion, this will be a mighty big event.

Apps

BillionGraves Gives Away iPads

If you think you misread that title, no you didn’t. BillionGraves are indeed giving away iPads. But, (yes there is a but) you do have to work for it!

Products

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.

Records

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 …

General

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.

General

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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