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

“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.

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 …