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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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.

Genealogy UK

Give Away: 20 Years of the Society of Genealogists “Genealogists’ Magazine”

The Society of Genealogists (SoG) is a UK-based society founded in 1911. As do most Societies, it has a quarterly journal. The “Genealogists’ Magazine” was first produced in 1925, and is STILL produced today. We have been fortunate enough to be asked to find 20 years of this exclusive magazine a good new home.

General

Kiva and the ‘Genealogists for Families’ Project

Genealogists are known for their generosity with time, advice, look-ups and sharing information. Now thanks to an initiative of Australian genealogist, Judy Webster, we all have another way to share. She’s created the ‘Genealogists for Families’ Project through Kiva, which helps those in need with small loans.

Genealogy UK

Millions of Irish Prison Registers Go Online

For the many people who are researching Irish heritage … if you have convicts or criminals in your family, it just a whole lot easier, thanks to Findmypast.ie putting over 4 million Irish Prison Records online.

Events

History Week in Victoria, 23-30 October 2011

October 23 (this coming weekend) marks the start of Victoria’s History Week for 2011, and if you are a history or genealogy buff (which no doubt was scheduled on your calendar months ago) you’ll be loving the opportunity to spend the week travelling back in time, discovering Victoria’s amazing history.

Events

WWII Bombing of Darwin 70th Anniversary Tour – February 2012

On 19 February 1942 war came to Australia. Dubbed the ‘Pearl Harbour’ of Australia, Darwin was subjected to two raids by the Japanese within an hour of each other. Unlock the Past is teaming up with Clean Cruising, our travel/cruise partner, and Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, to organise a War Comes to Australia: WWII Bombing of Darwin 70th Anniversary Tour in February 2012.

Genealogy Australia

Celebrities Revealed for Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 4 (2011)

Well we’ve reached the latter part of the year, and that seems to be when SBS screen their Who Do You Think You Are? Australia TV show. Today they announced who the celebrities for this year’s Season 4 will be …

General

I Seek Dead People T-Shirt – Limited Time Offer

We have had several requests asking us to import the “I Seek Dead People” t-shirt from our supplier in the US, so have decided to make it an open offer to everyone, for a limited time. And I’m sure it’ll prove popular, as this is something all die-hard genealogists are going to want, I mean need …

Genealogy Australia

Australian Electoral Rolls 1903-1980, Updated and Free on Ancestry

As part of Ancestry’s 15th birthday offers they giving users FREE access to various collections until October 15th, and the Australian Electoral Rolls 1903-1980 Collection is one of them. With 69,000,000 records in this Collection, there is bound to be someone there you’re looking for.

Genealogy Australia

Gould Genealogy & History’s Birthday Specials

In a blog post I wrote last week, I mentioned that October 2011 is Gould Genealogy & History’s 35th birthday, and to stay tuned for our birthday specials. It’s time to cue the drumroll … we’ve chosen 35 products, and have slashed their prices by 35%.

Genealogy Australia

New Findmypast.com.au Website Coming Soon

I was reading the latest news from Findmypast.com.au, when I noticed a snippet on the bottom about the ‘new’ Findmypast.com.au website that is coming soon. For those who don’t subscribe to their email newsletter, here’s their announcement …