Created by leading family history experts, Ancestry.com.au, has just launched My Place in History. This is a free web-based educational program designed for teachers to assist them in teaching their students about family history. The program brings family history right into the classroom of Australian primary schools by placing the child’s family history at the centre of the learning experience.
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 interest in genealogy is constantly growing, and with it comes the availability of more records … mostly online. Here is a list of ‘must-visit’ sites for those who are reseaching Australians. Newspapers, convicts, cemeteries, military records, photographs, shipping records and more are all available online and for FREE.
The Ryerson Index is a website with over 2,800,000 death, funeral, probate and obituary notices from Australian newspapers. The Ryerson Index team have now put the call out to Family History or Local History Societies who are interested in indexing the notices from their local paper, can you help?
Among the many Irish criminals transported were those whose crimes were political. The resentment of these Irish political convicts ran deep. This was largely due to the lack of official records, which caused injustice and confusion over the lengths of their sentences. ‘The Battle of Vinegar Hill’ is the story of botched, mini-rebellions failed escape attempts, mutiny, conspiracies, betrayals and personal tragedy.
During 2010 our sister company, Unlock the Past embarked on bringing a number of history and genealogy events to people throughout Australia and New Zealand. Let me tell you what is coming in 2011 and 2012 …
As a genealogist, can you imagine life without Cyndi’s List? Do you think you’d be able to find many of the links that her website has, without it? She has made the life of everyone who uses her website that much easier … and now she needs our help, so please support Cyndi’s List.
For fans of Who Do You Think our Are? (the US edition), you can now tune in to them online. Episode 1 featuring Vanessa Williams is available to watch online until 18 September 2011.
If you love history, and live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, or are just visiting, and fancy a day out discovering, and are wondering where to go? The National Trust in the UK has just released an app that you can download for FREE for your Android phone.
‘Family History on the Cheap’ highlights numerous tips and tricks for how to get the most from research trips to archives, libraries, family history and local historical societies, visits to relatives, social networking sites, commercial websites and of course, Google.
With the arrival of the February issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine, 2011 is reminding us that the year is already flying by. With Christmas and new year holidays over, and the kids are now back to school, sit down with a cup of coffee and the latest issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine.
Families app is an app that is already available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, but has just been released for Android. It works in conjunction with Legacy Family Tree, allowing your to view, edit, and sync back your complete tree at any time.
Wow, what a way to start the year! FamilySearch have just announced another 90 million records have gone online. That is 90 MILLION records people … records that were not online even a month ago!!