Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

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.

Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

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.

Chris Paton–Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour Survey Stats

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.

Global Search for Descendants of Berwick Families

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.

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More Celebrities Announced for Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 6

Back in October there was an announcement of five celebrities who would feature in the 6th Season of Australia’s Who Do You Think You Are?. Well, today SBS made an announcement of three more celebrities who’ll be appearing in this series …

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Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2014

Ever wondered what the Top 100 genealogy websites are? Well wonder no more as GenealogyInTime have just released their Top 100 Genealogy Websites list. One of those that made a ‘significant gain’ was this here genealogy blog (Genealogy & History News). Can you believe we actually made it into the Top 100 Genealogy websites list?

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Melissa Hulbert

If you were told as a child that you were related to Batman, you would be fascinated wouldn’t you? Well, that’s what happened to Melissa. Alas it was not the ‘Caped Crusader’, but rather ‘Batman’ of Melbourne. However, far from being disappointed with this revelation, she became even more intrigued.

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Adelaidia: Adelaide’s History Goes Online

Adelaidia is a new website that is designed to showcase Adelaide’s history through stories of the city’s people, places and events, the streets, the buildings, as well as the monuments that line them.

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Ancestry, PCC and 1 Million Wills

The big news to hit the genealogy world recently is that Ancestry.co.uk have added over 1 million English and Welsh wills from the Perogative Court of Canterbury (PCC). Not everyone left a will, but those that did can be a goldmine of information, so it’s ALWAYS worth checking just in case there is one for your family ancestors.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Maggie Clarke

“Hello I am an avid scrapbooker. My name is Maggie and I have been teaching scrapbooking for over 7 years” … this is how Maggie introduces herself on her blog, and as she’s joining us on the cruise it seemed appropriate to have that as her introduction here.

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More Old Newspapers Added to Trove

Since the National Library of Australia started digitising the old newspapers back in July 2008 and putting them online, they just keep geting better and better. Launched with over 3 million articles, the Trove website now gives users access to over 12 million pages from over 650 Australian newspapers, with more historical newspapers and articles added regularly.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Diane Foster

We are working our way through the guest presenters who are on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, and today we chat to Diane Foster. A past geneacruiser, Diane and has a passion for not only for genealogy and interecting with other genealogists, but also sharing her knowledge on archiving techniques with others.

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FamilySearch Adds More Than 145 Million New Records

FamilySearch continue to add to their vast collection of images and indexed records. And for January’s update they have added a whopping 145 million new records online. Of these 145 million records, there’s about 140 million new UK BDM records they’ve added! So it’s worth checking out.

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Out-of-Style: The How, Why and When of Vintage Fashion

Former columnist/illustrator for Ancestry Magazine, Betty Kreisel Shubert, has published a ground breaking book inspired by the need of genealogists to date old family pictures, as well as the research needs of costume designers, theatre companies, social historians, vintage clothing collectors and fashionistas.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 20 (Jan-Feb 2014) is Out Now

Summer in Australia is the time for sports. And you couldn’t get a better way to start Inside History Magazine “sports issue” than by featuring Don Bradman on the cover. Readers will get to explore Melbourne’s tennis heritage, you’ll find our discover your ancestor in sport club archives, read about the upcoming NSW football history resource, and readers taken on a tour of Sir Don Bradman’s boyhood home.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – January 2014 Issue Out Now

January has arrvied, and so has the latest edition of the Australian Family Tree Connections Magazine. Along with all the regular features, the January 2014 issue is packed with numerous articles and Can You Help? queries. More websites for you to discover, and details of the latest records that have been added online.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Kerry Farmer

A professional genealogist, regular presenter, author, and course tutor for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, as well as being involved with local her genealogy society Kerry Farmer is well-known in the Australian genealogy scene, and she has a wide range of knowledge on Australian genealogy, DNA and other topics.

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