World War 1 Centenary Projects #3

World War 1 Centenary Projects are well underway, with more being started all the time. The aim with this (and my earlier) World War 1 Centenary Projects posts is to list a few of them, so others know what is going on.

It’s Cruise T-Shirt Time Again!

It’s that time again. Yes, as the 2015 Unlock the Past cruises are coming up fast, it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These t-shirts are exclusive, and we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your pre-order in now.

Download English and Welsh BDM Records … Maybe?

What do you think about the possibility of being able to download historical English and Welsh certificates? Sounds good right? Well a campaign has been launched to enable greater public access to historic UK birth, marriage and death records, and your help is needed.

7th Unlock the Past Cruise: Western Australia

The team at Unlock the Past are kicking 2015 off with a very special cruise, one to Western Australia. The end of 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary since Australian and NZ troops left Australian shores. They left from Albany, WA. The cruise program will have have some tie in to this occassion. In all there will be 24 talks from 5 well-known Australian presenters covering Australian military history, Irish and German topics, website searching, medical history and more.

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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.

Genealogy UK

Highlight: Inky Fingers, The Life and Times of Elijah Tucker

This is a biographical family history exploring the life and times of Elijah Tucker (1811–1894), who was a printer, publisher, newspaper editor and writer and who emigrated with his family from London to New Zealand’s New Plymouth, then moved to the South Island in 1856.

Family Tree Maker

Activating Your Free Ancestry Subscription within Family Tree Maker

How do I activate the free Ancestry subscription that came with Family Tree Maker? This is a question I get asked regularly, so felt that it will be useful to put it as a blog post …