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.

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.

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.

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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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Jan Gow

A genealogist, a speaker, a genealogy tour guide, and owner of a genealogy bookstore, as well as being as active member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Jan Gow is well-known throughout the genealogy community, and she’s one of the guest speaker on the 4th Unlock the Past cruise.

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Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – November 2013

We’ve come to end of November, and during that period I have read a heap of wonderful blog posts that I want to share with you. We cover stuff like etiquette at cemeteries, the value of ‘events’ for a genealogist, FamilySearch’s lookup service, a new genealogy disease, who owns the rights to a photograph, calendars, dying and your online presence and a heap more.

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Highlight: George Fife Angas: Father and Pioneer of South Australia

George Fife Angas was instrumental in South Australia’s pioneering history. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, in Northumberland, England in 1789, George Fife Angas started work at the age of 15 as a coachbuilder for his father, and then subsequently added merchant, banker, landowner, politician and a philanthropist to his repertoire …

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Handwriting Recognition for Documents? Yes, It’s Coming!

If you haven’t heard of Mocavo yet, get set to hear a whole lot more about them, as they are about to revolutionise the genealogy world! Sounds big? Well it’s HUGE! We’re talking handwriting recognition. Reading the handwriting on old documents! Can you begin to imagine what this would mean for genealogy?

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Register Your One-Place Study for FREE!

Are you researching the history of a town, parish, street or other geographical area? Well, why not register it on the Register of One-Place Studies website … it’s free!

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Maria Northcote

We are so excited that Maria Northcote is joining us on Unlock the Past’ 4th cruise. Many will have heard of Maria either through meeting her in person, or listening to her podcasts, as she is the person behind Genies Down Under monthly podcasts, which as her website says is “Genealogy with an Australian twist”.

Records

Ancestry.com Partners with Associated Press for Historical News

The big news out today is that Ancestry.com and Associated Press (AP) have formed a partnership. This means that the world’s biggest commerical genealogy company together with one of the world’s biggest news companies, will be bringing you the stories …

Family Historian

Family Historian: Using the “All Relatives” Diagram [VIDEO]

Imagine being able to visually see everyone in your tree in the one screen, and edit them too. Well you can using Family Historian’s “All Relatives” diagram. This video gives you an overview of this feature, including how to add in new people to this screen.

Events

RootsTech Hits the Seas with Unlock the Past’s 4th Cruise

RootsTech (the largest genealogy conference in North America), is taking part in Unlock the Past’s 4th Cruise. So we WILL be having RootsTech at sea! How cool is that?

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Julie Goucher

Julie Goucher is another of our overseas guest speakers on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, and she’s coming all the way from England to be a part of it.

Events

About Time: South Australia’s History Festival 1-31 May 2014

After the success of history month over the past two years, the team behind South Australia’s About Time History Festival are already planning for the 2014 one. They’ve updated their website and are now taking details of events for next year, which you can add online yourself.

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78 Grants Awarded to Australian Community Groups

Back in March 2013 the National Library of Australia announced that their Community Grants were open for submission. The grants of up to $15,000 were available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held collections. Well, now they’ve announced the recipients of the 78 grants that have been awarded.

Records

Ireland XO: Finding Irish Ancestors with Reverse Genealogy

A few months ago Ireland XO was launched. But just what is Ireland XO? It simply is a reverse genealogy program that has been created with aims connecting the Irish Diaspora through family and local history. Ireland XO doesn’t wait for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, they simply go the other way. And it’s all FREE.

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