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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On This Day … 5 March 1873

Today we’re taking a look at the New South Wales Police Gazette dated 5 March 1873 – that’s 141 years ago today! And I’ve chosen a few articles to highlight from it. Anyone who is familiar with the police gazettes will know the amazing collection of articles/events that are mentioned throughout each issue – much of which you won’t find reported elsewhere, so my hard part is choosing what to include from the 8 pages in this issue.

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RootsMagic App for Android Released

It’s been a little while coming, but the Android app for RootsMagic is now here, having been released a few days ago. So now all you Android-gadget-groupies can easily take and show off your family history with you wherever you go. RootsMagic lets you carry your genealogy on your Android device! It’s fast, easy, and free!

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – February 2014

I’m writing this as we say farewell to February and hello to March. With the busyness of the end of the year and the beginning of this one, my regular monthly Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts simply didn’t happen. Alas they were not forgotten, and I’m here to remedy that with you now. During that period I have read a number of wonderful blog posts that I want to share with you.

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Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Mavericks in the Genealogy World

Family Tree Magazine the US one, has a long tradition of listing the top 40 or so genealogy bloggers each year. This year they mixed it up, and we now have the “top 40 mavericks” from the genealogy world.

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Historic Graves Project Helps Get Irish Gravestone Photos Online

The Historic Graves Project is an Irish-based community-focused heritage project, that aims to work with indivduals and groups around the whole of Ireland to record by photographing and transcribing the details from over 3600 graveyards around the country.

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Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and Findmypast

The Periodical Source Index, commonly known as PERSI, is a key resource for genealogists, yet it is one that isn’t used as much as it should be. Created by the Allen County Public Library, they have created an index of over 2 million entries from the articles of 11,000 genealogy and local history periodicals, which include over 3000 titles that are no longer published.

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Record History with “Real People Reel Stories”

Real People Reel Stories is a new Australian-based business which is designed to create video biographies. Photographs and stories are one thing, but video can convey so much more of you and either paper or photos ever can, and in doing so they can “bring your family’s history to life”.

Family Tree Maker

Family Tree Maker 2014 Patch Update (22.0.0.1260 or 22.0.0.260)

Some issues have been discovered in Family Tree Maker 2014, and their programmers have been working on fixes which are included in this patch update. Covering general bug fixes, and also TreeSync, this is an update that everyone with FTM 2014 should do.

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Find Your Convict Ancestry with New Online Records

Findmypast.com.au, one of the mega-genealogy-data websites around, has just added over 640,000 convict records to it’s site, which makes it the most comprehensive collection of convict records online.

Events

Cruise Line to Offer a UK to Australia Cruise … Hopefully!

How does taking a cruise from the UK to Australia sound? Twenty-six days of relaxation onboard a state-of-the art ship, stopping in at various places along the way, enjoying the touristing? Sounds good doesn’t it!! Well Project Orient are hoping it’ll become a reality, and so are we.

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Saving Memories Forever Wins the 2014 Developer Award at RootsTech

The biggest genealogy conference in the US, RootsTech, has just wound up for 2014. And one of the big features of it is the Developer Challenge. This is an initiative where they reward developers who introduce the most innovative, new concepts to family history. With 17 entrants from around the world, it was tough, but the panel of judges chose Saving Memories Forever.

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Price Drops at findmypast!

Some big news that has just hit the genealogy grapevine, which was announced at the Melbourne venue of the Chris Paton & Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour earlier this week, and that is that findmypast (all of them) including the Australia/New Zealand site have dropped the price of their subscriptions.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Geoff Doherty

Believe it or we’ve reached the end of our speaker profiles for those who’ll be presenting on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, as Geoff Doherty is the lucky last, and it’s nicely timed too, since the ship is due to leave port tomorrow.

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