5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Part 1

We’ll the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is underway, and having boarded the Marco Polo ship on Saturday 19th July, we are now currently up to day 3. As I have intermittent internet access onboard I’m not going to give detailed day-by-day happenings but rather an overview of what has happened so far.

On the Road Again …

I owe the title of this blog to Dick Eastman, as whenever he goes away he lets his readers know where he’s off to. That is what I’m doing in this post. Though technically it should probably be called “On the Sea Again … ” as I’m off on another cruise again, and hoping for some warmer weather.

Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.

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Genealogy Australia

Introducing ‘History Queensland’ Magazine

Let me introduce to you a new magazine that has hit the streets “History Queensland”. Issued quarterly, the first issue came out in November 2011, with Issue 2 released in February 2012. And really, the name really says it all! It is a magazine that contains articles and information about Queensland’s history.

Genealogy Australia

FREE Military Records on Ancestry Until Sunday April 29th

In honour of ANZAC Day, Ancestry.com.au are making it even easier to discover the military heroes in your family. Until Sunday 29th April you can access over 46 million military records from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and the United States for FREE.

Events

A Few Highlights from SA’s About Time History Festival 2012

South Australia’s big history event (or should I say history MONTH), officially called the ‘About Time History Festival’ is being held throughout May 2012. From Victorian style funerals, to antique appraisals, even devonshire teas and discovering the meaning behind strained glass windows, and playing curator for a day, it’s all on in May!

Products

World War I titles on special

In commemoration of Anzac Day we have a selection of World War I titles on special. The books are 25% off and Data CDs at 50%.

General

Everyone Has a Story, Tell Us One of Yours!

We have giveaways :) … but before just handing them out, we know that EVERYONE has a family story, and we’d like to hear it. So tell us one of yours, but not just ANY story. Since it is Anzac Day next week, we’d like you to tell us about one of your military ancestors. To be in the running for a copy of “History & Genealogy 2011: Australia & New Zealand” as well as a CD copy of “From the Australian Front 1917” we ask that you visit our Facebook page …

General

Wanted: Australia’s Missing Newspapers

Have you heard about the “Australian Newspaper Plan”? I’m guessing most of you said no, so I’m going to tell you about it. It is a collaborate project organised by the National Library of Australia in a bid to locate historical newspapers that are missing in their collection.

Apps

Date Finder – A New App for your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone

Date Finder is a brand new App that’s is a research tool for genealogists. Made for use on your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, let’s suppose you have two source documents and you are trying to determine whether they are referring to the same person …

Other

New Unlock the Past Books: Genealogy Software and FamilySearch

The book publishing side of Unlock the Past continues to grow. One new title and one new edition have recently been released. Read Which Genealogy Program? to help you choose the best genealogy software program for you and use the FamilySearch book to help you work your way around the new FamilySearch website.

Other

An Introduction to the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner [VIDEO]

The Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner has seen a huge success in the US, and is the latest must-have item in both the genealogy and crafting world. FINALLY us Aussies get to see what all the hype is about. Trust me this is no ordinary scanner – it will totally WOW you. If you haven’t already seen a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner here’s a good ‘Introduction to Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner’ video.

Genealogy Australia

Inside History Magazine – Issue 9 (Mar-Apr 2012) Out Now

Issue 9 of the Inside History Magazine is out now. Once again it contains an amazing mix of articles relating to the history of Australia and Australians. From reuniting a vintage baby photo with current reli’s, to how WDYTYA changed Shaun Micallef and his family. Discover why some WWI Anzac records are hard to find, and find Victorian goldfield treasures in places you may not think to look

Events

My Roundup of the Australasian Congress 2012

The 13th Australasian Congress was on last week, and now that immediate backlog of work has been caught up, I figured it was time to sit and write my roundup of the event. Let me just start by saying my take on Congress is likely to be quite different from others as I went purely as an exhibitor, and I didn’t attend any sessions …

Genealogy UK

1 Million Westminster Parish Records now Online at Findmypast.co.uk

Findmypast.co.uk continues their busy pace of digitising, having just released over 1 million records from the Westminster City Archives in the past week. These records cover baptism, marriage and burial records dating back to 1538 from the Westminster City Archives, and that this is the first time that the images of the original parish records from Westminster will be seen online.

Anzac Day

ANZAC Day Blog Challenge 2012

The ANZAC Day Blog Challenge is on again. This is a great way to remember and honour our Australians and New Zealander military ancestory. You’re invited to write about your Anzac reli, in celebration of their life and in commemoration of their service.