To say the UK censuses are important records for genealogists researching their English, Welsh or Scottish ancestors is truly an understatement. The information they provide is invaluable in finding members of the same family, their sex, address, occupations, marital status and where they were born.
August has come and gone already and as always there’s been some amazing blog posts that I’ve come across during the month that I’d like to share with you. In this August edition we cover everything from a modern way to do genealogy, white gloves in archives, digital photography, genealogy mistakes, new features on FamilySearch, the details of official documents and a bunch more.
I’m a little behind on my genealogy magazine reading (I always seem to be), however I did pick up the latest issue of Internet Genealogy (August/September 2014 issue) and started flipping through it today, and found an article titled “Top Genealogy Blogs: 2014 Edition”. And guess who made the list?
There’s no doubt that passenger lists are one record that genealogsts’ crave. Being able to find out then when and where of your ancestors arrival is jackpot! And thanks to a deal that findmypast has with the Public Record Office Victoria, we now get online access to over 3.8 million Victorian passenger lists from your own home.
Do you want better results from your genealogy searches? Do you want to learn how to use what time you have, to research better? The key to these is education. The more you know about how to research, the more effective your results will be, and the better your time will be used.
If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or an iPad and want to take your family tree files with you wherever you go take a look at TelGen Limited’s ‘Families’, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Mary MacKillop’s canonisation will be featured on Foxtel’s History Channel. The station has commissioned a new documentary “Blessed Mary: A Saint for All Australians” to commemorate the historic canonisation of the revered nun in Rome on October 17. Hosted by Alan Jones, the hour long special will premier on Sunday October 10, at 7pm.
Continuing on in my update of news from primarily regional (but not exclusively) Australian genealogy, history and heritage groups. This covers news from any group, society, museum, archive office throughout Australia. Some of the following news articles have been submitted to us, while others have been found from websites, newspapers and other articles.
For anyone who has ever ordered films from the LDS, either online or through your local Family History Centre, here is a spectacular look inside where these records are stored. Not only the mountain and vaults itself, but also in the workings of FamilySearch and their new digitisation project …
Social media seems to be the dominant theme through the latest news, with new new blogs, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages from groups. It is great to see them embracing the newer means of communications that people are wanting (and sometimes expecting).
The announcement has just been been made that Ancestry.com.au and Ancestry.co.uk have added Australian Birth, Death and Marriage Index Records (aka Vital Records to our US friends) to their websites. Featuring 15 million Australians, and dating back more than 200 years to when modern Australia was settled in 1788 …
Need a genealogy program? Make sure you choose one that is right for YOU! They are all a little different, and one may well be better suited to you than another. Recommendations from others are great, but nothing beats being able to try a program out for yourself.
Visitors to the Genealogical Society of Victoria’s premises in Melbourne, are in for a treat. Along with offering users access to Ancestry, FindMyPast, the OriginsNetwork and Burke’s Peerage and Gentry Online, they now offer free downloads from The National Archives (UK) Documents Online service.