Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – August 2014

August has come and gone already and as always there’s been some amazing blog posts that I’ve come across during the month that I’d like to share with you. In this August edition we cover everything from a modern way to do genealogy, white gloves in archives, digital photography, genealogy mistakes, new features on FamilySearch, the details of official documents and a bunch more.

A Thankyou to Internet Genealogy Magazine

I’m a little behind on my genealogy magazine reading (I always seem to be), however I did pick up the latest issue of Internet Genealogy (August/September 2014 issue) and started flipping through it today, and found an article titled “Top Genealogy Blogs: 2014 Edition”. And guess who made the list?

Findmypast Adds Victorian Passenger Lists 1839-1923 Online

There’s no doubt that passenger lists are one record that genealogsts’ crave. Being able to find out then when and where of your ancestors arrival is jackpot! And thanks to a deal that findmypast has with the Public Record Office Victoria, we now get online access to over 3.8 million Victorian passenger lists from your own home.

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.

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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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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Pauleen Cass

Pauleen Cass is the latest in our series of cruise guest presenters that I’m featuring here. A late addition to the speakers list, she brings with her genealogy knowledge that is only gained by years of research.

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Taking a Short Break

As many of you would know the 4th Unlock the Past cruise is now less than a week away, and I will be joining about 250 other genealogy cruisers on this cruise. So as a result you can expect a few less blogs from me over the next two to three weeks.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Alan Phillips

Apart from being the organiser of the Unlock the Past cruises, and founder of numerous other ventures such as Gould Genealogy & History which is Australia’s biggest genealogy retail/webstore, Alan Phillips is one of the presenters on the upcoming 4th Unlock the Past Cruise.

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