A new web site details the search for the living male descendants of the 35 men who died on the Great Barrier Reef in 1791 during the wrecking of the Pandora. The intention is to find matching DNA (Y) signatures to sequences recently obtained from 3 skeletons recovered from the Pandora wreck in the 1990s.
Passenger lists. They are something that every genealogist hunts for. Some are easy to find, while others aren’t and for those ones we swear that our ancestors either swam or arrived via spaceship. But let me tell you about the wonderful thing the Queensland State Archives have done.
February 2014 is when Unlock The Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise is scheduled to leave Sydney. Now a major part of why the Unlock the Past cruises are so good is because of the guest speakers. Afterall you can’t really have a genealogy cruise without them can you? And this cruise most certainly takes the cake for the speakers. With 6 international speakers, and 12 from Australia this will be a cruise like no other.
Did any of your ancestors work on building the Great Ocean Road? If so, you’ll be interested to know about a Project that the Portland Family History Group is working on, that is recording details of all of those who worked on, or even those who helped the workers along the way, to enable them to build this iconic part of Australia.
Got Canadian roots? If so, listen up. Dick Eastman’s newsletter first introduced me to the Canadian Headstone Photos Project a couple of years ago, and since then I have been watching this project grow over time. Now I know that not every Australian has Canadian connections, but many do, so I thought this would be of interest.
#GENCHAT is coming. This is the innovative idea from three ladies who are in the genealogy industry, who are going to help answer your genealogy questions through Twitter. Starting on Friday Jan 25 at 9pm CST US time, which is Saturday Jan 26 2pm EDT Australian time, the sessions will be held every fortnight.
Increase your genealogy knowledge with genealogy webinars. Legacy Family Tree have just announced their schedule for 2013 which includes everything from DNA, to recording voices, colonial immigrants, blogging for beginners, hidden resources every genealogist should know, and mind mapping your research plans and results … plus a heap more!
The end of December is here, and as December is notoriously busy for us at Gould Genealogy & History, I didn’t get to as much blog reading in the past month as I would have liked. Still of those that I did read, I found fascinating and inspiring and would like to share with you. DNA, FamilySearch Books, and Camera vs Scanner are are few of the topics this month …
Our favourite stories from 2012 are now available in the the first ever digital annual edition of Inside History Magazine!
That’s right, you can download Inside History Magazine’s Best of 2012 in their 2012 Annual.
First published in Dec 1909 the “Scottish Australasian”, the journal’s aim was “to help the young folk of Scottish parentage to better understand the history, literature and songs of the land of their forefathers”. Listing articles on a wide range of topics, including articles on well known Scots in Australasia, songstresses, war heroes, ships of long ago, obituaries, the clans, and much more.
The big genealogy news to hit the genealogy grapevine that is the social blogisphere, is that RootsMagic have just released an app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch – so RootsMagic users, you can now take your data with you!!
It’s only a couple of months until the Unlock the Past crew, together with about 150 other keen genealogists will be sailing out of Sydney on the 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise. Meanwhile plans are well underway for the 4th History & Genealogy Cruise planned for 2014, and here’s some sneak peek details
This book is a collection of 170 citations or biographies which were presented at the Dressing the Graves ceremonies at the Kernewek Lowender from 2000-2011. Each biography contains fascinating accounts of emigration, life, love, marriage, children and death.
Sentenced Beyond the Seas is a project that State Records NSW is doing, and digitising and indexing Australia’s early convict records, making colour images of early convict indents available online for the first time. This digitisation project marks the 225th anniversary in 2013 of the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788.
“The Forgotten Times” is a brand new Australian digital-only history (and genealogy) magazine. Produced by a team of journalists dedicated to quality writing with a love of history and a combined experience of 70 years, ‘The Forgotten Times” is already attracting expert writers from the industry keen to contribute.