It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean the end of the year, and I don’t even mean Christmas. In this instance I’m actually talking about the next Unlock the Past cruise. With the 4th and 5th cruises booking well why not make yourself known as a ‘genealogy cruiser’ by wearing an exclusive Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
Australia’s Unlock the Past are known for bringing international guest presenters to Australian shores both for their cruises and roadshows as well as some other events they’ve held. And they’re doing it again in 2014 with the “Chris Paton and Thomas MacEntee Downunder Roadshow”.
Irish genealogy. Millions of people around the world have Irish roots, and everyone says it’s researching Ireland is hard. OK, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but trust me it’s getting easier. The number of records available online continues to boom, and this includes Irish genealogy records too.
As we continue to work our way through the profiles of each of the guest presenters on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, we meet another of our overseas guest speakers, Jane Taubman. Although she’s not new to cruising, Jane hasn’t been on a genealogy cruise and hasn’t been to Australia, so this will be really something unique for her
House history is something that we tend to associate with the UK, as they have such old houses that have managed to stand the test of time. With many still standing that are hundreds of years old, it’s naturally intriguing to want to know the history that house has been through. But now thanks to the TV show ‘Who’s Been Sleeping in My House’ Australians are now starting to get interested in the history of their houses too.
Genchat, the genealogy Twitter chat sessions (or as it is offically known, “#genchat”) has proved to be such a hit that they’re continuing in 2014. And not only that, but the ladies behind #genchat are so incredibly organised and have already have the dates and topics that will be covered during #genchat sessions in 2014.
Brightsolid online publishing, the UK company behind findmypast (UK, US, Aus & Ire), ScotlandsPeople, The British Newspaper Archive, 1911Census, 1901 Census Online, Genes Reunited, and FriendsReunited may not be a name you’ve heard of. But the chances of you having used one or more of their sites is quite high, so this is news I thought I’d share. As of now brightsolid have now changed their name to “DC Thomson Family History”.
After spending years researching your family history, it is nice to be able to put it into a presentable form for other family to enjoy and appreciate, and creating a CD of your history is just one way to do that. RootsMagic is one of the genealogy software programs that will allow you to create a shareable CD.
It was just over a week ago that we announced that the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise was open for bookings, and already there has been strong interest and bookings. Since then the organisers have been busy finalising the speakers for this cruise. Nine presenters from four countries (England, Scotland, the United States and Australia) make up the presenters team for the 5th cruise …
There’s a new Australian genealogy magazine out, and it’s called “Family Tree Tracker”. With a format much like the UK genealogy magazines, in that it is a glossy magazine, with useful tips, some articles, and software reviews, it’s a good read.
The latest BIG thing to hit the Aussie genealogy scene is the Biographical Database of Australia website. Already being referred to as BDA, this website is the result of many years of work by volunteer genealogists and historians and contractors. With over 500,000 records online already, with this number set to increase dramatically over the next year, this is a resource that you should be looking at.
Well-known Queensland professional genealogist, author, and speaker Judy Webster has been adding indexes and records to her website to make it a valuable resource for those particularly with Queensland connections. Now she’s totally revamped (and actually moved) her website, so be sure to bookmark it.