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.
English poet Laurence Binyon, overwhelmed by the carnage and loss of life by British and Allied forces in World War 1, penned one of the most moving tributes the world has known to our war dead. Titled ‘For the Fallen’, the poem first appeared in The Times of London on 21 September 1914, and has since become known as ‘Ode of Remembrance’.
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.
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.
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.
November has arrived, and so has Movember. And once again, our good friends at Inside History magazine, are doing their part to contribute through their Hairy Mancestors Facebook page. Share pics of your mo’d up ancestors, and a donation for each will go to Movember Australia. So show off your ancestors, and support Movember.
During October I did a heap of genealogy blog reading, so I have a great bunch of interesting posts for you. We start off with the Young and Savvy Genealogists who’ve hit the scene in a big way, then move on to cover topics such as things our grandparents did, cousins with the same name, new evidence that might rewrite America’s history, archivists role, archaic abbreviations, preserving your home movies, reading newspapers, and how we can help societies. And a heap more.
Archival Access Victoria launched a crowdsourcing project a few months ago to digitise Victorian country town court records. That worked well, and now they are on to a new project, this one to do with the Victorian Goldfields, but they need your held to do so.
November is here, and so is the latest Australian Family Tree Connections magazine. With the themes of Remembrance Day and Scottish ancestry both featured in this issue, there’s articles, Can You Help? queries, New on the Net section with websites for you to discover, together with news and events, all packed into 62 pages. With the themes of Remembrance Day and Scottish Ancestry both featured in this issue,
For the genealogy TV lovers, it has just been announced that Who Do You Think You Are?, the Australian version will be back in 2014, which will make it it’s 6th season. That’s a good effort don’t you think. Now I can tell you five of the celebrities who will feature in it …
With a passion for genealogy, combined together with an amazing knowledge of all things Freemasonry, Rob Hamilton will be able to advise how genealogists can access and utilise these records. While Freemason records are not a usual resource for people to check out, don’t dismiss them, as they contain all sorts of genealogical content.
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.
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.