Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – September 2014

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.

100 Million Reasons to Check Out the “Find A Grave” Cemetery Website

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.

RootsMagic for TMG Users

The Master Genealogist has been in the genealogy-news pretty much since its imminent demise was announced by Wholly Genes a couple of months ago. Many users are undecided as to what to do, stay with the latest version, or change programs. Well now RootsMagic is also going to cater for TMG Users, as they have announced the following …

#AskACurator Day – 17 September 2014

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in a museum? Or what the coolest item they have in their collection is? Or want to know the best way to get details of some item in their collection? Simple, send them a tweet. 17 September 2014 is #AskACurator Day. A day when you can send tweets to archive organisations asking all sorts of random (but interesting) questions …

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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 …

General

I Seek Dead People T-Shirt – Limited Time Offer

We have had several requests asking us to import the “I Seek Dead People” t-shirt from our supplier in the US, so have decided to make it an open offer to everyone, for a limited time. And I’m sure it’ll prove popular, as this is something all die-hard genealogists are going to want, I mean need …

Genealogy Australia

Australian Electoral Rolls 1903-1980, Updated and Free on Ancestry

As part of Ancestry’s 15th birthday offers they giving users FREE access to various collections until October 15th, and the Australian Electoral Rolls 1903-1980 Collection is one of them. With 69,000,000 records in this Collection, there is bound to be someone there you’re looking for.

Genealogy Australia

Gould Genealogy & History’s Birthday Specials

In a blog post I wrote last week, I mentioned that October 2011 is Gould Genealogy & History’s 35th birthday, and to stay tuned for our birthday specials. It’s time to cue the drumroll … we’ve chosen 35 products, and have slashed their prices by 35%.

Genealogy Australia

New Findmypast.com.au Website Coming Soon

I was reading the latest news from Findmypast.com.au, when I noticed a snippet on the bottom about the ‘new’ Findmypast.com.au website that is coming soon. For those who don’t subscribe to their email newsletter, here’s their announcement …

Genealogy Australia

Happy 35th Birthday to Gould Genealogy & History

Happy Birthday to us … that’s right folks, Gould Genealogy & History has hit the big 3-5! So October is our birthday month, and we are celebrating by offering you specials throughout the month!! So keep your eyes on your inbox for our next email newsletter, or keep a look out on Facebook or Twitter for the latest – it all starts next week.

Genealogy Australia

Millions of New Genealogy Records Go Online – September 2011

Millions of new genealogy records go online … that’s right, many millions in fact. Online data for genealogy seems to be booming … the big online companies have been releasing new records at a phenomenal rate over the past few weeks. Everyday there seems to be an email advising of new records added online somewhere, it is hard to actually keep up with them …

Events

13th Australasian Genealogy Congress – Bookings Are Now Open

The big genealogy event that happens in Australia and New Zealand is the Australasian Congress. Held every three years, this draws speakers, exhibitors and delegates from both countries and overseas. Bookings are now open for the 2012 Congress.