Can you imagine being able to see a photograph of a grave of a relative who died at war? Particularly when there is no chance of being able to visit the burial place. The aim of The War Graves Photographic Project is to photograph every war grave of serving military personnel from WWI to the present day and make these available within a searchable database. But now they’re asking for Australians to help out …
It’s that time again. Yes, as the 2015 Unlock the Past cruises are coming up fast, it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These t-shirts are exclusive, and we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your pre-order in now.
What do you think about the possibility of being able to download historical English and Welsh certificates? Sounds good right? Well a campaign has been launched to enable greater public access to historic UK birth, marriage and death records, and your help is needed.
The team at Unlock the Past are kicking 2015 off with a very special cruise, one to Western Australia. The end of 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary since Australian and NZ troops left Australian shores. They left from Albany, WA. The cruise program will have have some tie in to this occassion. In all there will be 24 talks from 5 well-known Australian presenters covering Australian military history, Irish and German topics, website searching, medical history and more.
The Irish Archives Resource is an “online database which contains searchable archival descriptions. It does not hold any archives or records but provides a means to search archival descriptions from various contributing institutions”, and allows you to search the holdings of 34 archives in from the one website. So in some ways is similar to UKs Access to Archives (A2A) website.
In January I did a post asking people to sign a petition to help save Parramatta’s Historic Female Factory. Now we finally have some good news for you. The Parramatta Advertiser has reported ‘a victory for supporters of the historic Female Factory’.
The world of online genealogy data keeps growing at an unbelievable rate, and it is good to see some New Zealand content being added on as well. Ancestry has just uploaded a heap of new military records for New Zealand, which is perfect timing to be up in time for ANZAC Day.
As far as family tree scrapbooking ranges go, Paper Loft’s “For the Record” range is seriously one of the best around … and easily the best that is currently available. Scrapbooking and family history do go together so well, as once you have done you research, it is really nice to present it in some way. With this range you you really a case of filling in the blanks …
South Australia’s History Week has grown from being a week long celebration to now encompass a full month. That month being May 1-31. And that’s not the only change, HistorySA have also renamed the event to About Time: South Australia’s History Festival.
Your Family History Issue 102s is packed with useful hints and tips to help you discover the easy ways to trace family heirlooms and see if there’s a titled connection in your family tree. The noble theme continues through our special royalty feature, looking at fascinating accounts of royal weddings and we discover how your ancestors would have celebrated. The occupations series continues as we delve into the dangerous occupation of mining and the records that survive for tracing family.
Here’s some exciting news for researchers looking for reli’s in Cambridgeshire. Findmypast.co.uk have just added over 1 million new parish records for Cambridgeshire online. The vast quantity of records and the wide date range they cover, make them a hugely valuable resource for family historians.
Do you have photos, diaries, letters, stories or oral histories relating to our major convict heritage sites in Tasmania that you would like to share? If you do, you are invited to attend events at the Tasmanian World Heritage-listed Convict Sites to celebrate Australian Heritage Week.
The “Anzac Day Blog Challenge” has been issued. This time, it is a joint challenge with our Digger mates from across the Ditch. Do you have an Australian or New Zealander in your family tree who was killed in military operations? We’d like to hear about not only their sacrifice, but the way their loss shaped their family history.