Remembrance Day – the 11th hour, of 11th day, of the 11th month (11th November 1918) the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous war. Remembrance Day has attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front has became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.
A third Kelly family reunion is planned to mark the 175th anniversary of the arrival of William and Jane Kelly in South Australia. William Kelly (1804-1888) and his wife Jane (1819-1893), left the Isle of Man in July 1838 for South Australia, where they arrived on 1 December 1838. They came soon after to what became Cudlee Creek …
Passenger lists. They are something that every genealogist hunts for. Some are easy to find, while others aren’t and for those ones we swear that our ancestors either swam or arrived via spaceship. But let me tell you about the wonderful thing the Queensland State Archives have done.
February 2014 is when Unlock The Past’s 4th History & Genealogy Cruise is scheduled to leave Sydney. Now a major part of why the Unlock the Past cruises are so good is because of the guest speakers. Afterall you can’t really have a genealogy cruise without them can you? And this cruise most certainly takes the cake for the speakers. With 6 international speakers, and 12 from Australia this will be a cruise like no other.
Did any of your ancestors work on building the Great Ocean Road? If so, you’ll be interested to know about a Project that the Portland Family History Group is working on, that is recording details of all of those who worked on, or even those who helped the workers along the way, to enable them to build this iconic part of Australia.
This will be my final post on the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’, hence the title ‘The Finale’. It has been an amazing journey from A to Z, but serioulsy I couldn’t have done it, and it wouldn’t have been as fun without everyone who participated. That includes those who commented on Facebook and Twitter as well a the geneabloggers who took up the challenge.
October has passed and once again I have found a whole bunch of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts that I’d like to share with you. I don’t know about you, but I definitely find that reading blog posts helps me keep up with the latest news, products and what’s happening in general in the world of genealogy. Anyway I hope you find the following Genealogy Blogs … Inspiring.
In just over 3 months, Australia’s biggest genealogy conference is set to begin. This will be an event like no other. It is being held over 10 days, and will feature numerous guest speakers from all around the world … and it is being held on not only the biggest ship to arrive in Australian shores, but this mega-liner also makes it into the world’s top 10 of BIG ships.
I’ve decided that the letter ‘Z’ is like Christmas. It always seems so far away, but all of a sudden it’s here, don’t you think? Anyway welcome to the last week of the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Week, the letter “Z”.
Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on 1000s of men’s faces in Australia and around the world during November. Our friends at Inside History Magazine are once pledging their support to Movember, and are doing it with their Hairy Mancestors. And they’re expecting to be hairier than ever.
Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners are taking over the world … family historians have discovered them, and can’t live without them, photographers have found just how useful they are, and the craft and scrapbooking industry have found them simply Ah-mazing. Sadly not every archive repositry, library, museum, family history society or historical group allows use of the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner on-site. So to make everyone’s life a little easier we have started to compile a listing of places that do allow useage of the scanner on-site.
As the 20th Century dawned and the Australian nation was born, Australian women led in democratic reform, making the new nation among the first where women had the same rights as men to vote and to stand for public office. The theme for the next Women’s History Month Australia in March 2013 is ‘Seeking Founding Mothers’, identifying women involved in shaping Federation and the Australian Constitution in 1901 …
Now we all knew that there was a Season 5 of Who Do You Think You Are? Australia was in the works, and I can now let you know a little more about who the celebrities on it will be … Firstly it is being extended from 6 episodes, to 8 episodes, and we’re currently only being told of 6 celebrities, with two surprises to follow (oh the suspense).
Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Week 25 brings us to the letter ‘Y’. So tell us about a place, a person, a ship, a document, a trait, or a heirloom (or anything else) relating to your own family history that starts with the letter Y! The choice is entirely yours …
Anyone who has been researching Australian records for a while will know about the Ryerson Index, and just how valuable it is. The Ryerson Index is an index of death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers, it also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries. What started as one person’s passion for collecting the death notices out the newspaper, has now grown to encompass death notices from 216 Australian newspapers, and currently has over 3.5 million entries online.
If you have a passion for preserving South Australia’s heritage, and have a project that you’d like to do, but need some funds to help you along the way, you’d better be quick as applications for grants from the Historical Society of South Australia close on Wednesday 31 October 2012.
findmypast.com.au, the Australian division of one of the world’s biggest online genealogy data sites, has just added a whopping 56 million more records online. This now brings the total of Australia and New Zealand records they have to over 135 million, which is quite a collection isn’t it! So head on over to findmypast.com.au and search their millions of records …