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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Events

6th Unlock the Past Cruise: Eastern Australia

For Unlock the Past’s 6th Cruise, the team has decided on a 3 night cruise out of Sydney, which will be followed by a 5 day tour of Norfolk Island. You can find preliminary details are already to their website, with further details, and bookings due to open soon.

General

Just How Popular is Genealogy?

If you were to ask 100 people if they have any interest in learning more about their ancestors, the vast majority of people would say ‘yes’. But ask it slightly differently, and you’re likely to get quite a different answer …

General

R.I.P. Sue Bayley from S&N Genealogy

Gould Genealogy has a long association with S&N Genealogy, having been dealing with them for over 13 years. And Alan has met them on numerous occassions on his visits to England. So it is with sadness that we have heard the news of the passing of Sue Bayley, co-owner of the business.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Kirsty Gray

Today we talk to Kirsty Gray. Kirsty is one of the English guest presenters who’ll be joining us for the 4th Unlock the Past cruise. She’s not only eager to meet other genealogists, but also to get some summer sun! And with her experience as professional genealogist and heir hunter, as well as a freelance author, speaker and more, Kirsty will be someone you’ll want to catch up with on the cruise.

Family Tree Maker

What’s New in Family Tree Maker 2014?

With Family Tree Maker 2014 Ancestry.com have said “you spoke and we listened!” And as a result Family Tree Maker 2014 includes many new enhancements that users have requested. Many of the new features are listed below, together with a getting started video …

Records

The British Library Uploads a Million Images on Flickr

Created in 1973, the British Library is not only the national library of the UK, but it is now one of the largest libraries in the world. And they’ve now ventured on to Flickr, having just uploaded over a million images to the photo sharing website for “anyone to use, remix and repurpose”.

RootsMagic

RootsMagic Update 6.3.0.6 Available

RootsMagic is one of the leading genealogy software programs out there for the PC. Having released RootsMagic 6 just over a year ago, the team at RootsMagic continue to add and improve their program, and have just released another update for users of RootsMagic.

Records

World War 1 Centenary Projects #1

There’s no doubt that 2014 is the year military historians have been working towards for years as it marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War 1. The Great War. The “war to end all wars”. As you can imagine there are literally thousands of World War 1 projects going on right around the world. Some big, some small. All important in recording history. And it’s going to be hard keep up with them all, but through a series of “World War 1 Projects” posts I shall share at least some of them with you.

General

Recording History With Historypin

Historypin is kind of like “Google Maps meets Pinterest” as it allows you to attach photos, stories and even movies to places. Use it to add your own images, or use it to search for an area you’re interested in, the choice is yours.

Events

‘Start Your Family Tree Week’ is Back and Starts on December 26th

You’ll be pleased to know that findmypast, who are one of the world’s leading online genealogy data websites, is holding ”Start Your Family Tree Week” again. Every day from 26 December to 1 January, findmypast will share hints and tips on how to start your family tree, and they will make sure you know how to get the most out of their records.

Products

Australian Family Tree Connections – December 2013 Issue Out Now

In amongst the pile of mail and supplier parcels we’ve received recently, the latest Australian Family Tree Connections magazine arrived. This December issue quite naturally has a Christmas theme, while still providing readers with an interesting array of articles for their holiday reading.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Jan Gow

A genealogist, a speaker, a genealogy tour guide, and owner of a genealogy bookstore, as well as being as active member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Jan Gow is well-known throughout the genealogy community, and she’s one of the guest speaker on the 4th Unlock the Past cruise.

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – November 2013

We’ve come to end of November, and during that period I have read a heap of wonderful blog posts that I want to share with you. We cover stuff like etiquette at cemeteries, the value of ‘events’ for a genealogist, FamilySearch’s lookup service, a new genealogy disease, who owns the rights to a photograph, calendars, dying and your online presence and a heap more.

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