If you’ve been following my posts for a while you might remember a that I had been doing a series (generally once a month) on Australian History News. You can see those posts here. Rather than continue that series (at least at this stage) I thought I’d use some of the new tidbits I was finding together with news from the social media scene and put them togehter as ‘Snippets’.
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.
The Irish Archives Resource is an “online database which contains searchable archival descriptions. It does not hold any archives or records but provides a means to search archival descriptions from various contributing institutions”, and allows you to search the holdings of 34 archives in from the one website. So in some ways is similar to UKs Access to Archives (A2A) website.
It’s been quite some time since I have done a snippets post for you. But recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting genealogy and history newsy items that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.
Find A Grave is the original cemetery website. One that’s been going for 19 years in fact. I’m sure all of you have ended up on it at some stage to check a record or two, while some of may have even uploaded some photographs. If you haven’t, obviously plenty of others have as just this week it was announced that the 100 millionth photograph had just been uploaded to Find A Grave.
It’s second chance time for this collection of 20 years of the Society of Genealogists magazine. They cover the period 1981-2000 with only a couple of issues missing. It’s an amazing collection, one that doesn’t come up very often. If your group, society or organisation is interested …
One of my fav geneabloggers John D. Reid from Anglo-Celtic Connections, asks the question who is your favourite Rock Star Genealogist? By this he means, who are “must-see” people at genie events, or who write “must-read” articles or books.
If your genealogy wish for 2012 was for more new records to be added online, FamilySearch was certainly listening, as they’ve started the year off with a bang by releasing 119 million new (not-previously-online) records … and of course, being on FamilySearch they are all FREE.
The Australian Generations Oral History Project is a new national project, and it needs volunteers. Historians at Monash and La Trobe Universities, in partnership with ABC Radio National and the National Library of Australia, are collecting life story interviews with Australians born from the 1920s to the 1980s.
I’ve found a collection of Family Tree Maker tutorial videos on YouTube. For users of Family Tree Maker, you can use these to help you with your program. For those of you who don’t, check them out, as it’s a great way to see just what the program is like, and how it works.
We are moving our new shop in mid/late January 2012. For more details on our move read here. The showroom is smaller than our current and we would prefer to move as little stock as we have too. So we are having a “20% off all stock in-store moving sale” from Tuesday 3 January 2012 until 5.00pm 18 January 2012 when we will close for our move.
As with many businesses in changing times, we need to change too. From mid/late January 2012 we are moving from our Modbury North premises, where we have been at since 2002. Gould Genealogy & History will then operate from two locations from late January 2012, and we will continue with our online store as usual …
Issued monthly, Australia’s ‘Parade’ magazine claims to have “25 great, true stories from history” in every issue. While I wasn’t personally familiar with Parade magazine prior to recently … trust me, if you’re into Australian history, you WILL find these fascinating.
The end of 2011 is almost here, so we thought we’d get a list our of top 50 best selling titles for the year. And what an interesting list it is. With software, archival storage, scrapbooking papers, and the Unlock the Past guides all dominating the list.
Boxing Day is one of the most popular times of the year for people to research their family history. With this in mind, findmypast.co.uk and Genes Reunited will be taking part in this year’s Start Your Family Tree Week. From Boxing Day 2011 right through to New Year’s Day they will have special offers every day, including free getting started guides, printable charts, discounts and competitions.
Christmas time is approching, and for many that means a busy, busy Christmas Day, followed by some time off afterwards. My copy of the January 2012 Australian Family Tree Connections magazine has arrived just time for some holiday reading.