Pic Scanner: Scan with Your iPhone or iPad

We all know that Smartphones are more than just a portable phone these days. And no doubt you know that you can use your phone as a scanner, but have you tried Pic Scanner? This is an app that will BLOW. YOUR. MIND.

Look Who Turned Five!

Can you believe it … a few days ago this blog turned five! That’s right. “Genealogy & History News” has been spreading the news to the genealogy world for five whole years now.

Congress: 12 Reasons Why You Should Go!

If you are only going to attend one genealogy event in Australia during 2015, be sure to make it the “14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry” otherwise known simply as “Congress” which is Australia’s largest genealogy conference.

71 New Historical Newspaper Titles Added to Trove

Trove’s historical newspaper collection is world class. 14 million pages from over 700 Australian newspapers. And it’s FREE! What’s not to love? The latest update on Trove has the Australian genealogy world jumping for joy, as they have just uploaded images to another 71 titles to their historical newspaper collection.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – May 2014 Issue Out Now

The end of one month and the beginning of the next sees the new issues of genealogy magazines arrive. One that has just landed on my desk is the May 2014 issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections magazine. Mother’s Day is in May so this issue features some lovely mothers and their families, as well as other articles you’ll find fascinating.

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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,

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#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 …

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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.

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Highlight: The Family Historian’s Enquire Within

‘Family Historian’s Enquire Within’ is one of those classic genealogy reference books that anyone who has been doing their famly history for 15+ years probably still has on their bookshelf. Set out in an alphabetical format, occupations, places, titles, and genealogy terminology and a whole heap more are included in this book.

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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!

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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’.

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Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

Let me tell you about a new website I’ve been playing with recently. It’s called ‘Find-A-Record’. So what is Find-A-Record? Well essentially is is a website that enables you to search for genealogical records by a town, region, or geographic area, and it tells you what records exist in the place and time period that your ancestors lived.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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