Genealogy: Where Can I Learn More?

Do you want better results from your genealogy searches? Do you want to learn how to use what time you have, to research better? The key to these is education. The more you know about how to research, the more effective your results will be, and the better your time will be used.

Ancestry’s MyCanvas Finds a New Home

Back in June 2014 Ancestry announced the closure of a number of related sites, one of those being MyCanvas. Now some good news for MyCanvas users is that it is sticking around as Alexander’s who are the printers of the photo books have now taken over MyCanvas.

Join the Genealogy World Photo Day Challenge 2014

“Bring out your smartphone cameras and dust-off your digital point-and-shoot! It’s time for the Genealogy Photo Challenge for World Photo Day 2014.” That is the challenge that was issued by Denise Levenick of the Family Curator blog.

TMG to be Discontinued! What Should I Do?

Wholly Genes, the developers of The Master Genealogist (TMG), announced in late July 2014 that the decision has been made to discontinue The Master Genealogist. A number of people have since written asking what they should do.

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Family Tree Maker

Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 Australia and New Zealand Edition

Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 is an updated and expanded version of their previous version for the Mac. This program is essentially a Mac copy of the Family Tree Maker 2014 PC version, and includes numerous new features including a new Family View that lets you control how you see your family tree and add or edit information while viewing extended family relationships.

Records

World War 1 Centenary Projects #2

After putting the call out for information on World War 1 Projects that people were doing, I posted the World War 1 Centenary Projects #1 post. But there were simply too many projects to include in a single post, so here is list #2.

Events

So You Want to Research and Write History?

As part of South Australia’s About Time history month, Unlock the Past are holding a seminar on Research and Writing History. There’s no doubt that for most of us writing doesn’t come naturally, so this seminar will provide you with practical information and guidance to use in your current or future projects.

Anzac Day

ANZAC Day Blog Challenge is Back for 2014!

This is the fourth year that Auckland Libraries and the Kintalk blog have issued the Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day Blog Challenge. So do you have a story to share about an ANZAC? Stories they’d like to hear about could be about their sacrifice, or the way it shaped or impacted on their family history. Or maybe you want to blog from the perspective of those that were left behind?

The Master Genealogist

The Master Genealogist Version 9 is Released!

The Master Genealogist (TMG) version 9 is now available! This major update includes a variety of great new features that focus on making data entry faster and easier.

Products

Highlight: London Labour and the London Poor

London Labour and the London Poor originated in a series of newspaper articles written by the great journalist Henry Mayhew between 1849 and 1850. A dozen years later, it had grown into the fullest picture we have of labourers in the greatest city of the nineteenth century.

Events

13 Things To Do On “Genealogy Day”

Did you know that there was such a thing as an official “Genealogy Day”? No? Well nor did I till I stumbled across it online, and what-do-you-know, it’s tomorrow, 8th March 2014!
Don’t believe me? Well, here you go … “Established in 1997 as part of Celebrate Your Name Week, Genealogy Day was created to inspire an interest on one’s family history.”

Products

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.

Apps

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!

General

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.

General

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.

Records

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.

Records

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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