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.

Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

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

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.

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General

Waitangi Day Blog Challenge: Your Early Settler Memories

Our New Zealand friends have seen what a great idea the Australia Day Challenge was, and that it provoked participation from a heap of people … and would now like to do the same for New Zealander’s, or those with New Zealand connections for Waitangi Day (New Zealand’s national day).

Genealogy Australia

Australia Day Heritage: Meet Isaac Richardson, Labourer, Swing Rioter and Convict

As a way to help celebrate our Australian heritage on Australia Day, fellow Aussie genealogy blogger TwigsOfYore, has suggested a theme of finding a document relating to your earliest Australian ancestor and writing about it. So let me introduce you to my great-great-great-great grandpa Isaac Richardson.

Other

Highlight: A Treasury of Royal Scandals

Gleeful, naughty, and sometimes perverted – like so many of the crowned heads themselves – ‘A Treasury of Royal Scandals’ presents the best (and worst?) of royal misbehaviour through the ages. From ancient Rome to Edwardian England, from the lavish rooms of Versailles to the dankest corners of the Bastille, the great royals of Europe are all covered in this fascinating book.

General

Murphy’s Law of Genealogy

As genealogists and family historians it is often one step forward, then three steps back in what we find. And Murphy’s Law never seems to be far away when looking for that elusive record!!

Genealogy Australia

Find Your Convict Ancestors Online for FREE

To celebrate Australia Day Ancestry.com.au are giving you FREE, unlimited access to the 2.3 million convicts records that they have online. Records such as Passenger Lists from the First Fleet, Muster rolls and Registers of Pardons dating back to 1788 are all there. Be quick, you only have FREE access until 31 January.

Genealogy UK

Society of Genealogists Adds 9 Million Records to FindMyPast.co.uk

When a large Archive and an online data site decide to work together this is GOOD news for the community worldwide. Even better when it adds another 9 million records online!! The records relating to millions of people held by the Society of Genealogists are now easier than ever to search online, thanks to a partnership with findmypast.co.uk.

Genealogy Australia

Inside History – Issue 2 (Jan-Feb 2011) Out Now

The newest history and genealogy magazine for the Australian and New Zealand market was launched in November 2010, and has received rave reviews. Released bi-monthly, Issue 2 has just hit the shelves and provides yet another great read for all with Australian history and genealogy interests.

Family Tree Maker

New History & Genealogy Titles – 14 January 2011

More new genealogy and history related titles have recently been added to our range. New products come in the Australia, England, Wales, Scotland, Scrapbooking & Software categories.

Genealogy Australia

Genealogy Certificate Course in Australian Records coming February

A world leader in online genealogy certificate courses and distance education, the National Institute of Genealogical Studies method of study allows students to study at their own pace, at the time and place convenient for them. The Institute annouces that the new “Australian Records Certificate” is now available, and starts in 7 February 2011.

Family Tree Maker

Convert Your Family Tree Maker PC files to Mac?

“How do I convert my FTM (PC) files so that it can be read on FTM for Mac?” … this is a question that I’m being asked regularly, so I feel that a blog post is needed. The answer is that there are different methods of transferring depending on what version of FTM you are currently transferring from.

Genealogy Australia

Share a Piece of Your Australian Heritage on Australia Day – 26 January 2011

To celebrate Australia Day this year, find the earliest piece of documentation you have about an ancestor in Australia. If you don’t have an Australian ancestor, then choose the earliest piece of documentation you have for a relative in Australia, then answer three questions.

Genealogy Australia

Help Save Australia’s Convict Heritage, Sign the Petition Now

The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct is the location of Australia’s first purpose built convict establishment for women and children. Despite this important history, the Precinct has not been recognised as a National Heritage site. The Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association is preparing a national heritage listing application, and needs your help by signing a petition.

Genealogy Software

Free RootsMagic Online Classes – Sign Up Now!!

RootsMagic is one world’s leading genealogy software programs. Easy-to-use, yet with a lot of features that many might not use to their full potential. So with a growing number of RootsMagic users worldwide, the publishers have decided to offer some online webinar courses for you to help you gain more from your program.