Millions of new genealogy records go online … that’s right, many millions in fact. Online data for genealogy seems to be booming … the big online companies have been releasing new records at a phenomenal rate over the past few weeks. Everyday there seems to be an email advising of new records added online somewhere, it is hard to actually keep up with them …
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.
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.
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.
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.
The big genealogy event that happens in Australia and New Zealand is the Australasian Congress. Held every three years, this draws speakers, exhibitors and delegates from both countries and overseas. Bookings are now open for the 2012 Congress.
Ever wanted a book which contains an enormous amount of information about Irish genealogy (although not technically a how-to book), as well as a listing of archives and societies you can contact? Well stay tuned … it’s almost here … the publishers of the annual English publication ‘The Family and Local History Handbook’ (currently up to number 13), are now set to bring you the IRISH version of this.
Let me tell you, spending 8 hours in a vehicle driving back from Geelong (Victoria) to Adelaide (South Australia), is the perfect time to catch up on reading. And at last week’s Unlock The Past Victorian Expo I was so excited to see Issue 6 of the Inside History Magazine available, hot off the press, and even before it’s made it to the shops.
Victorian family history groups, historical societies, museums, heritage centres, local archive centres and other community groups with a historical focus … now is your chance to apply for a grant with the 2011-2012 Victorian Local History Grants, and share in $350,000 that’s up for offer …
The original “99 Things Genealogy Meme” from 2009 was distinctly US flavoured, but now thanks to an Aussie geneablogger we have “99 Things Genealogy Meme – Aussie Style”. Traditionally I’m not into doing meme’s but this was was about genealogy so was worthwhile. So take a look, and see how many apply to you. And Aussie geneabloggers please take part ….
Your Family History Magazine is ALWAYS a great read, but trust me Issue 107 excels itself, and if you only buy the occasional issue, this one is well worth the cost. Go on, do something for yourself and buy this issue.
Calling all reli’s of Samuel Moss Solomon and his second wife Esther (nee Davis). You are invited to the GREAT SOLOMON FAMILY REUNION. This is not just a regular 1 day reunion. No, this is a 3 day extravaganza reunion!! Afterall it is nearly 200 years since the family arrived in Australia, so why not celebrate and meet the ‘extended’ family.
South Australia’s ‘Bay to Birdwood’ car rally is the world’s (not just Australia’s, but the world’s) largest most continually staged historic motoring event … now that is truly something to be proud of. This year’s event is being held on Sunday 25 September 2011.
‘Shipping Arrivals and Departures South Australia 1627-1850′ is a guide for genealogists and maritime historians wanting to know more about the movement of vessels. Covering the period 1627 -1850 it lists the arrivals and departures of ships of all kinds – explorers, sealers, whale ships, intercolonial and overseas traders, emigrant ships, naval ships, pleasure boats, fishing boats …
Everyone loves a good story, and a criminal or convict in the family pretty much guarantees it. Three million crime, court and convict records will be transcribed, digitised and published over the next 18 months.
Do your ancestral roots descend from Ireland, and are proud of these Irish roots? If you answered yes to both, be sure to get your Irish Certificate of Heritage. The Irish government has confirmed it will finally introduce a new “Certificate of Irish Heritage”. This will be available to people with Irish heritage around the world, who do not qualify for Irish citizenship.