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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Events

Family Reunion: The Great Solomon Reunion 2012

Calling all reli’s of Samuel Moss Solomon and his second wife Esther (nee Davis). You are invited to the GREAT SOLOMON FAMILY REUNION. This is not just a regular 1 day reunion. No, this is a 3 day extravaganza reunion!! Afterall it is nearly 200 years since the family arrived in Australia, so why not celebrate and meet the ‘extended’ family.

Events

Bay to Birdwood ‘Classic’ Car Rally – 25 September 2011

South Australia’s ‘Bay to Birdwood’ car rally is the world’s (not just Australia’s, but the world’s) largest most continually staged historic motoring event … now that is truly something to be proud of. This year’s event is being held on Sunday 25 September 2011.

Genealogy Australia

Highlight: Shipping Arrivals and Departures South Australia 1627-1850

‘Shipping Arrivals and Departures South Australia 1627-1850′ is a guide for genealogists and maritime historians wanting to know more about the movement of vessels. Covering the period 1627 -1850 it lists the arrivals and departures of ships of all kinds – explorers, sealers, whale ships, intercolonial and overseas traders, emigrant ships, naval ships, pleasure boats, fishing boats …

Genealogy UK

Three Million Criminal and Convict Records to be Digitised

Everyone loves a good story, and a criminal or convict in the family pretty much guarantees it. Three million crime, court and convict records will be transcribed, digitised and published over the next 18 months.

Genealogy UK

Irish Certificate of Heritage

Do your ancestral roots descend from Ireland, and are proud of these Irish roots? If you answered yes to both, be sure to get your Irish Certificate of Heritage. The Irish government has confirmed it will finally introduce a new “Certificate of Irish Heritage”. This will be available to people with Irish heritage around the world, who do not qualify for Irish citizenship.

Events

Unlock the Past’s Victorian Expo (Geelong), 2-3 September 2011

Unlock the Past’s Victorian Expo at Geelong in September, is coming up quick. This will be a MAJOR history-genealogy-heritage event for not only those in and around Geelong, but Victoria as a whole, and interstaters as well. For genealogy-minded people, this 2 day event will be something not to be missed.

Heritage Scrapbooking

K & Co’s Ancestry.com 12×12 Pedigree Chart – Last Supplies

I received some bad news today, I found out today that the K & Company Ancestry.com 12×12 Pedigree Chart paper, which is not only one of our favourites, but also a favourite with our family tree scrapbooking custmers, has has now been discontinued. One the plus side, I did just recieve a large shipment of it – but this will be the last that we can get, as the Australian distributor is out of stock.

Genealogy Australia

Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Renewed for 5th Season

Australians are in love with watching family history on TV, and “Who Do You Think You Are?” has captured the interest of so many, that the program has now been renewed for a 5th Season.

Genealogy Australia

Highlight: History and Genealogy 2011: Australia and New Zealand

If you are an individual, society, archive, library, or an organisation interested in either history or genealogy, you will want this “History and Genealogy 2011″ in your collection. This is not a HOW-TO book, but rather a collection of articles on a whole range of topics relating to Australia and New Zealand history and genealogy.

Events

New Zealand Family History Fair – 26-27 August 2011

Hamilton played host to the New Zealand Family History Fair in 2010. This was a huge success, as over a 1000 people enjoyed the many exhibits and seminars on offer, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of FREE access to websites. Now it’s on again, and bigger than last year!!

General

President Obama Thanks Genealogists for Researching his Irish Family Roots

There seems to be a trend these days of if you are a celebrity (or in this case a President of the US), you will get your family history researched for you. This difference with this story, is that President Obama not only appreciated it, but also thanked those who researched his Irish roots.

Genealogy Australia

New Genealogy Records Online – July 2011

We’re not quite at the end of the month, yet July has been a has been a BIG, BIG month for new genealogy records online, particularly with the big players in the field. Military records, Wills, Business records, Convicts, Civil Registrations, Parish Registers, Directories, and Cemetery records

Events

National Family History Week 2011

The end of July marks the beginning of National Family History Week, which runs from 29 July through until 8 August. National Family History Week is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), as a way to promote and encourage people to trace their family history.