Irish Archives Resource – A Genealogist’s Dream

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.

Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – September 2014

It’s been quite some time since I have done a snippets post for you. But recently I’ve been coming across all sorts of interesting genealogy and history newsy items that I wanted to share with you, so I’ve have collected them together to make up a new Snippets post.

100 Million Reasons to Check Out the “Find A Grave” Cemetery Website

Find A Grave is the original cemetery website. One that’s been going for 19 years in fact. I’m sure all of you have ended up on it at some stage to check a record or two, while some of may have even uploaded some photographs. If you haven’t, obviously plenty of others have as just this week it was announced that the 100 millionth photograph had just been uploaded to Find A Grave.

RootsMagic for TMG Users

The Master Genealogist has been in the genealogy-news pretty much since its imminent demise was announced by Wholly Genes a couple of months ago. Many users are undecided as to what to do, stay with the latest version, or change programs. Well now RootsMagic is also going to cater for TMG Users, as they have announced the following …

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Events

Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

It’s that time again. Yes, there’s another Unlock the Past cruise not that far away, so it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These are not an item that we stock, so they’re not generally available. And we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy (and exclusive, did I mention exclusive as you can’t get these anywhere else) Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your order in now.

Events

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.

General

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.

General

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 …

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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.

Records

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100″ Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”

Apps

Here and Then: The British Newspaper Archive App

Here and Then is a brand new app making the British Newspaper Archive collection available to you on your iPhone, iPod Touch or Ipad. The Here and Then app allows you to view fascinating historic articles, images and adverts from The British Newspaper Archive through your mobile device for free.

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – March 2014

During March I read SOOOOOOO many fabulous blog (inspiring) blog posts. So this month we cover everything from headstone rubbings, to digitial filing systems, to copyright and copywrongs, researching on the internet, genealogy culture shock and a whole heap more …

Events

Early Bird Prices for Congress 2015

The Australasian Congress which is held once every three years, is coming up again in March 2015. And even though it’s just under 12 months away, the organising committee have been busy, and have just released the program, as well as opening up early bird registration as well …

General

Genealogy + Selfie = #genealogyselfie

You love genealogy, right? And are you into taking selfies? Yes … so why not combine both, and enter the #genealogyselfie competition!

Records

Britain’s 1941 Census Substitute to be Digitised

The big news late last week that has the genealogy social media world a’buzz was the announcement from findmypast, who announced that they will be digitising the “1939 Register”, which gives details of 40 million English and Welsh during war time, and is the most anticipated family history project since the 1911 census.

Products

Help! My Digger Disks Won’t Work on My New Computer!!

“Arrgh help! My Digger disks won’t work on my new computer.” This is something I’ve heard many, many times over the past few years. With Windows 7 the software changed, but the Digger disks were never updated to cope with this, or with Windows 8. While there have been some work-arounds, seriously, for most of them you’d need to be an IT technical engineer to get it up and running. At least until now …

Events

6th Unlock the Past Cruise with optional Conference on Norfolk Island

Unlock the Past’s 6th Cruise is a short 3 day cruise out of Sydney and back, which is perfect for those who can’t take much time off of work, or those who simply want to see what a genealogy conference at sea is really like. This cruise allows you to dip your toes in so to speak. In addition to that the Unlock the Past team have organised a conference on Norfolk Island after the cruise.

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