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.
August has come and gone already and as always there’s been some amazing blog posts that I’ve come across during the month that I’d like to share with you. In this August edition we cover everything from a modern way to do genealogy, white gloves in archives, digital photography, genealogy mistakes, new features on FamilySearch, the details of official documents and a bunch more.
I’m a little behind on my genealogy magazine reading (I always seem to be), however I did pick up the latest issue of Internet Genealogy (August/September 2014 issue) and started flipping through it today, and found an article titled “Top Genealogy Blogs: 2014 Edition”. And guess who made the list?
There’s no doubt that passenger lists are one record that genealogsts’ crave. Being able to find out then when and where of your ancestors arrival is jackpot! And thanks to a deal that findmypast has with the Public Record Office Victoria, we now get online access to over 3.8 million Victorian passenger lists from your own home.
Do you want better results from your genealogy searches? Do you want to learn how to use what time you have, to research better? The key to these is education. The more you know about how to research, the more effective your results will be, and the better your time will be used.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.