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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 quantity of Australian genealogy records online continues to grow, and Ancestry.com.au has contributed to that with their recent additions of destitute children from the Randwick Asylum and New South Wales Publicans’ Licences …
Thursday June 9, 2011 is #AskArchivists Day on Twitter, which is being held to coincide with International Archives Day. On that day everybody can ask questions to archivists in the world on Twitter. The Twitter event is an international happening, so every archive and archivist in the world can take part.
Winter is has arrived, which makes for a good time to sit in front of the heater (or fire) with a hot drink and the read the June issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine … Mining ancestors, photo collections, Clan MacThomas and more are all covered in this issue
News just in is that the NSW Registry has removed the wildcard search facility from the their interenet index search. This is bad news for all researchers, which of course includes family historians. Ann could be listed as Ann, Anne or Annie. With the wildcard the search provided a search for Ann* and it would bring up all possibilties …
It’s the end of May already, and as expected HEAPS of stuff has been happening in the genealogy and history scene around this country. This month we have snippets on the histories of water skiing and a hospital, repairs of pioneers graves, a colonial buildings exhibition, tours, school anniversaries, the opening of a new family history centre, reunions, and a new interest group … oh, and don’t forget the gold coins that have just been discovered.
Obituaries are a goldmine of information for genealogists, as they contain a wealth of information about your family. Obituaries Australia is a new website of obituaries published in newspapers, journals, magazines and bulletins. These contain the life stories of Australians from the earliest times to the present.
It’s been a busy time recently for Unlock the Past, and their publications list continues to grow. This month we’ve already seen the release of three new titles added to the Unlock the Past range … Scottish, German and Australian military are all covered.
It’s always great to hear of new records being released, more so when it relates to Ireland. Irish research can be quite hard and time-consuming due to the lack of census records. A key record which gives information is the Irish Pension Records. Irish-Genealogy.com has spent 20 years copying handwritten pension applications which cover all of Ireland …
Issue 4 of Inside History magazine has just hit the shelves, and in this May/June edition you’ll find: that we celebrate Australia’s first superstar – Dame Nellie Melba! Learn how to find an elusive maiden name, discover how to get more out of death certificates, and we find out that state teachers’ records can be a genealogy goldmine, and read about the mythical monsters that scared our ancestors silly …