Highlight: So You Are Totally New to Family Tree Maker (New Edition)

 ‘So You Are Totally New to Family Tree Maker’ covers the absolute basics that users, with very little computer understanding can get up and running. The book takes new users through installation, registration, activating an Ancestry.com subscription, as well as creating and importing files. The book introduces new users to the eight workspaces … Continue reading →

170 Years of American History in One GIF

 How well do you know your American history? If you’re anything like me, your knowledge of US geography and their history is sadly lacking, and tends to focus on just the states you’ve either been to, or have ancestors that went there. So when I came across this fabulous interactive map showing 170 years of American history on Dick Eastman’s blog I found it fascinating, Continue reading →

#genealogyselfie – And the Winner is ….

 On the 31st of March the #genealogyselfie competiton was announced, and the idea took off, which was helped along by the big wonderful world of social media, as well as geneablogger Randy Seaver making it one of his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun activities . Over the month we’ve had a bunch of entries, and the folk at Kaiser Baas have now chosen the winner … Continue reading →

British Pathé Releases 85,000 Historic Films on YouTube

 The British Pathé collection of historic films spans the years from 1896 to 1976, and includes footage from not only from Britain, but from around the globe. Amongst the 90,000 films that British Pathé have put online (of which 85,000 are newly uploaded) you’ll find sports, fashion, interviews, the Royal family, the Titanic, the destruction of the Hindenburg, gardens, military, parades, travel, and 1000s more. Continue reading →

New Old Newspapers on Trove!

 The past few months has seen the folks in the historical newspaper department at the National Library of Australia very busy. Through Trove newspapers, (you know, the website that anyone who has Aussie ancestors hangs-out on), we now have access to over 12 million pages from over 650 Australian newspapers … and it’s all free! Continue reading →

We Will Remember Them …

 English poet Laurence Binyon, overwhelmed by the carnage and loss of life by British and Allied forces in World War 1, penned one of the most moving tributes the world has known to our war dead. Titled ‘For the Fallen’, the poem first appeared in The Times of London on 21 September 1914, and has since become known as ‘Ode of Remembrance’. Continue reading →

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. Continue reading →

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. Continue reading →