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.

Global Search for Descendants of Berwick Families

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.

Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

The deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents …

The Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.

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Genealogy Australia

Australian History News – June 2011

June has been a busy month for Australian history news … we have everything from historic clocks and fountains, to new archives and museums opening, a request to help identify photos, and more award winning museums.

Genealogy Australia

Australian Genealogy and Historical Society Journals on CD-ROM

Society journals are a fabulous source of historical information. Not only do they have articles on family histories, and local history, but also photographs, book reviews, shipping lists, cemetery records, news about the Society, as members interest lists and so much more. Archive Digital Books Australasia have digitised a number of journals from Australian Genealogy and Historical Societies …

Genealogy UK

Early British Military Records Go Online on FindMyPast.co.uk

Over half a million British military records covering 100 years of the British militia – the forerunner of the British Army – have been published online on FindMyPast.co.uk. The Militia Service Records 1806-1915 collection contains 580,281 soldiers’ records with 2,223,510 associated images.

Genealogy UK

UK’s Who Do You Think You Are? 2011 Celebrities Revealed

The interest in family history in the UK (and worldwide for that matter) continues to grow and I have no doubt with the lineup of celebrities for this year’s UK edition of Who Do You Think You Are? TV show, it will not only keep it’s loyal followers, but gain many more. Now into it’s eighth season, the ten celebrities that will take part in the 2011 series will be …

Genealogy Software

The Master Genealogist (TMG) User Groups in Australia and New Zealand – UPDATED

The Master Genealogist (aka TMG) is considered by many to be the “top” program in genealogy software. But is also a program that many are afraid to try because of its learning curve. For TMG users who need some help, or wish to learn more about the endless ability of this program, there are User Groups. Here’s an updated list of those around Australia and New Zealand.

Genealogy Australia

Victorian Community History Awards 2011

Entries for the 13th Victorian Community History Awards are now open. This is an opportunity for your Society, Group or other community organisation (or yourself as an individual) that is involved in preserving Victoria’s history and heritage, to be involved and receive some recognition for your efforts.

Genealogy UK

A Treasure Trove of Ship Passenger Records Go Online

Passenger lists are a treasure of information for historians, and online UK family history website GenesReunited has just put 1.1 million page images of ship passenger lists (listing 24 million passengers) online. The lists include people onboard ships departing British ports for long-distance voyages across the world from 1890 to 1960.

General

Cyndi’s List Launches a New Website

Cyndi’s List is the Mega Site of genealogy gateway sites. With over 300,000 links and growing daily it is THE place to start. Cyndi’s List has just had a major upgrade, so if you haven’t visited the Cyndi’s List website recently, it’s time for a revisit!

Genealogy Australia

Highlight: Australian Soldiers’ Pocket Book

Published in 1943 during WWII, the ‘Australian Soldiers’ Pocket Book’ this pocket-sized, and designed to be carried everywhere, it provided Australian soldiers with a wide range of useful information. Arabic and Japanese words, first aid for gas injuries, signaling, conduct overseas …

Events

Calling all Genealogy, History & Heritage Vendors & Organisations

This is a call to all Genealogy, History & Heritage Vendors & Organisations. We’ve all been to events where you sign in, and get given your free goodie bag. The fun part is finding out all the stuff that’s included. The registration kit is an opportunity for vendors, authors and organisations in the genealogy or history community to get your product or services noticed by others …

Genealogy UK

Guild of One-Name Studies has a Special Offer for New Members

The Guild of One-Name Studies is offering new members a very special deal of extended membership. The offer is available to all who attend the upcoming Yorkshire Family History Fair being held in York (yes, in England), on Saturday 25th June. It is also being offered to those who cannot attend through their website for a limited time.

General

Got Genealogy News? Let us Know!

We’d like to help get your news out there. So if you, or any organisation (society, museum, archive, online data provider) wishes us to help spread the word about anything genealogy related, please send an email to me at news@gould.com.au.

Genealogy Australia

Now You Can Call Ancestry.com.au on Weekends

Ancestry.com.au wish to be there to help you, so they have increased the hours their expert advisers are available to take your calls. Their helpline will now be open 7 days a week.