5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Part 1

We’ll the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is underway, and having boarded the Marco Polo ship on Saturday 19th July, we are now currently up to day 3. As I have intermittent internet access onboard I’m not going to give detailed day-by-day happenings but rather an overview of what has happened so far.

On the Road Again …

I owe the title of this blog to Dick Eastman, as whenever he goes away he lets his readers know where he’s off to. That is what I’m doing in this post. Though technically it should probably be called “On the Sea Again … ” as I’m off on another cruise again, and hoping for some warmer weather.

Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.

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Genealogy Australia

Census, Census and more Censuses!!

There seems to be a lot of news about censuses (old and new ones) recently, the UK, Canada, the US and Australia too …

Ancestral Quest

Family Tree Software: Try BEFORE you Buy, with FREE Demos

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.

Genealogy Australia

Documents Online now available to library users at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

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.

Genealogy Australia

Tombstone Tuesday: A Genealogist’s Dream Headstone

In searching for my own family, I visited a local cemetery in South Australia which includes quite a number of my reli’s, including many of the Hannaford clan. After going up and down the rows photographing all that are related, and others that ‘might’ be … I found this one.

Genealogy Australia

New Australian Genealogy Records Online – June 2010

It is true that Australia seems to be behind the rest of the world (well, the US and UK) as far as getting genealogical data online. But it is coming, bit-by-bit. This is a listing of new ‘Australian’ data added online recently …

Other

Free Access to the 1911 Canadian Census (until 4th July)

To celebrate Canada’s 143rd birthday, Ancestry.ca is making available the 1911 Canadian Census records free of charge through July 4, 2010 …

Genealogy Australia

Has Privacy Laws Gone Too Far?

State Records of SA have withdrawn access to Series GRG21/1: 1885 Land Tax Returns. This series was particularly valued by family history researchers, not only because in one listing every land owner in the colony was listed, but because of the extensive information …

Genealogy Australia

More Australian History News – June 2010

Continuing on in my updates 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.

Genealogy UK

London Lives 1690 to 1800: Crime, Poverty and Social History

What was it like to live in the world’s first million person city … London? Crime, poverty, and illness; apprenticeship, work, politics and money; how people voted, lived and died; all this and more can be found in the documents on the newly released London Lives 1690-1800 website.

Genealogy Australia

1876 County Atlas of South Australia and the Northern Territory

This is an amazing collection of old maps showing the counties, hundreds and districts in South Australia and the Northern Territory as they were in 1876, manhy of which no longer exist.

Genealogy Australia

R.I.P. Jim Harbison

Jim Harbison was a good friend of all who had an interest in Moonta and it’s history. But probably few knew him as well as Ros Paterson …

Genealogy Australia

Directories and Almanacs

Directories are a wonderful resource for family & local historians. Below are a number of highlights from our range of directories, for 100s more visit our website. Unlock the Past has an article on directories and their use by Graham Jaunay …

Genealogy UK

FindMyPast.co.uk Offers Free Access During World Cup When England Plays

World Cup Soccer is no doubt dominating the world and TV screens at present, but for those not quite so obsessed with soccer – but more so with genealogy, FindMyPast.co.uk have an amazing offer of allowing users FREE ACCESS to their website whenever England is playing …

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