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.
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 deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents …
The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s been a lot of talk about genealogy cruises recently, but get ready for a whole heap more as Unlock the Past Cruises are ramping up their cruise schedule to three throughout 2014, and three or four in 2015, with plans for those in 2016 and later already underway.
Webinars. They are slowly getting known, but I still think a lot of people don’t actually know what a Webinar is. In short, it in a seminar or presentation that you watch on your computer. You can watch it live at a specified time, or later through YouTube or a similar viewing program. In terms of genealogy think of them like video tutorials, and with the topics covered you could do almost all of your genealogy training online through watching webinars.