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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Genealogy Australia

Highlight: New South Wales 1828 Census with data from Surviving Household Returns

Did your family arrive in New South Wales in the early 1800s? Have you looked for them on the Census? This really is an important record for anyone who had family in New South Wales in 1828 or earlier, as this is the ONLY surviving census for New South Wales. It is not widely known that the original ‘household returns’ survive for a quarter of the population in the New South Wales 1828 census.

Genealogy Australia

Inside History – Issue 5 (Jul-Aug 2011) Out Now

Into Australian history or Australian genealogy? If you answered Yes, to either of those, you should be reading this magazine. The July-August edition (issue 5) of this bi-monthly magazine has just been released. In it you’ll find the following: articles about dating old photos, tips for tracing Chinese ancestors, Friendly Societies, and as our Australian Census is coming up in August, a Census special.

Genealogy UK

Millions of Cheshire Records Added to FamilySearch

If you’re researching your Cheshire ancestry, FamilySearch is a must-visit site, as they’ve just added millions of parish records and bishop’s transcripts online. This is in addition to the Land Tax Assessments, Non-conformist Records, Probate Records, School Records, Workhouse Records, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, and Register of Electors already there.

Genealogy Australia

Historical Australian Newspapers Digitisation Schedule for 2011-2012

The National Library of Australia’s digitisation of historical Australian newspapers has to one of the most important resources that is available online, and even better that it is FREE!! As you can understand this is a work-in-progress, but I can tell you that they don’t look like slowing down any time soon!! Yay, and I KNOW I’m not alone on that one!!!

Genealogy UK

National Burial Index for England and Wales Drops in Price

Everyone loves a price drop, and us genie mad people, love it even more when it’s on genealogy products! So the good news for today is that the always popular 3rd edition of the National Burial Index for England and Wales has now dropped in price to $59.50 (AUD).

Genealogy Australia

Gould Genealogy & History is Having a 10:10:10:10 SALE

What is the Gould Genealogy & History 10:10:10:10 sale? 10th July … 10 days … 10.00am … $10.00
Every day at 10.00am (CST) for a total of 10 days starting from Sunday 10th July we will announce on Twitter and Facebook, our new daily $10 special, and trust me there will be MASSIVE savings.

Genealogy Australia

Victorian Local History Grants Help 81 Community Groups

81 community groups across Victoria will share in $355,000 in grants from the Victorian Government to help record and preserve their local history stories and share them with future generations.

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.