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.

Global Search for Descendants of Berwick Families

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a town in Northumberland, England, which is generally known as simply Berwick, and has a VERY long history. This town is situated in England, but is only 4km from the Scottish border. Now there is a global search on to find descendants of those who used to live in this town. Sounds like a grand plan, but it is for a grand occasion, as 2015 is the 900th anniversary of the town.

Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

The deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents …

The Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.

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Genealogy Australia

51 Links for Australian Military History and Research

The interest in Australian military history and research continues to grow at an astonishing rate, and with it comes the availability more resources online. I kept coming across a number of smaller, but very useful and fascinating military websites, so I started to compile them into a list. So the 51 links listed here for Australian Military History and Research, is my list to far.

Family Tree Maker

Family Tree Maker User Groups in Australia – UPDATED

If you are new to Family Tree Maker (or new to a newer version), attending a User Group meeting will help you get started, both in finding out what you can do in Family Tree Maker, and how to how to use it efficiently. Here’s a list of the User Groups around Australia.

Genealogy Australia

Gould Genealogy Christmas and New Year Trading Hours

The management and staff at Gould Genealogy & History would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for your support over the past year, and wish each of you all a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Genealogy Australia

New Books from Unlock the Past – November 2011

2011 has been a busy year for the Unlock the Past team. Along with four History & Genealogy Expos, and two History & Genealogy Cruises, they’ve produced another 11 books this year, including two in November 2011. It is these two new books that I wanted to let tell you about …

Genealogy UK

British Newspaper Archive Website Goes Live

The British Newspaper Archive ( is now live. That’s right! 3,000,000+ pages on British newspapers are online, searchable and ready o be swamped with search requests from genealogists and historians.

Genealogy Australia

Submissions for the ‘History and Genealogy 2012′ Handbook Close December 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, and 2012 is only a few weeks away, the Unlock the Past team are needing to finalise the content that will be in the next edition of their “History and Genealogy 2012″ Handbook. December 15th is the cut-off date for articles to be submitted, while December 31st is the final date for adverts and vouchers, and any Directory updates.

Genealogy Australia

“Your Community Heritage program” grants applications now open

Applications are now open for the Your Community Heritage program, which is Government initiative to support community heritage across Australia. This is an Australia-wide offer aimed at organisations preserving Australia’s heritage.

Genealogy Australia

Submissions for the “Families of the Echuca and Moama Districts” Book

The Echuca-Moama Family History Group are compiling a new volume in their “Families of the Echuca and Moama Districts” series, and are now taking submissions for their 4th volume.

Genealogy Australia

Inside History Magazine – Issue 7 (Nov-Dec 2011) Out Now

If you have a passion for history and/or genealogy in Australia or New Zealand, grab a copy of Inside History Magazine Issue 7 (Nov-Dec 2011). This is a magazine you will read from cover-to-cover. With articles such as preservation, cemetery flowers, apps, key events in history, and Maria Island as a start …

Family Historian

Family Historian Version 5 is Coming Soon

Calico Pie, the publisher’s of Family Historian, the UK’s leading genealogy software program, have just announced that Family Historian version 5 is coming soon. The new version is due for release in February 2012, but thanks to a Christmas offer, anyone who buys Family Historian 4 now will get a free upgrade to version 5 when released.

Genealogy UK

It’s a Big Week for Irish Genealogy

It’s not even the end of the week, but it’s been a BIG week for Irish Genealogy!! Why you ask?? Simple … two major new books relating to Irish genealogy have just been released, and we have both in stock now.

Genealogy Australia

Highlight: Storm: An Australian Town and World War I

For a highlight this week we’ve chosen to highlight a book that has just been released, which tells the story of the men and women from Kapunda, South Australia who volunteered for the Australian Army in World War I. ‘Storm’ is very timely with Remembrance Day later this week.

Genealogy Australia

Australian Family Tree Connections – November 2011 Issue Out Now

Along with the beginning of a new month, comes the November issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections Magazine. Remembrance Day is on 11/11/2011, so it seems apt that a military theme runs throughout this November issue.