5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Part 1

We’ll the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is underway, and having boarded the Marco Polo ship on Saturday 19th July, we are now currently up to day 3. As I have intermittent internet access onboard I’m not going to give detailed day-by-day happenings but rather an overview of what has happened so far.

On the Road Again …

I owe the title of this blog to Dick Eastman, as whenever he goes away he lets his readers know where he’s off to. That is what I’m doing in this post. Though technically it should probably be called “On the Sea Again … ” as I’m off on another cruise again, and hoping for some warmer weather.

Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.

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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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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Neil Grill

Neil Grill joins the speakers of the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise and his areas of interest in history and genealogy are military history. WWI, Coastal Fortification of Australia, researching obscure genealogies of long forgotten soldiers, personal family history, engineering history and heritage, and how to productively use ever changing technology to research are key topic interests.

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Australian Records FREE on Ancestry.com.au for Australia Day Weekend

The Australia Day long weekend is almost here, and Ancestry are wanting you to spend at least some of it researching your famly tree, which sounds reasonable to me, don’t you think?

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More Celebrities Announced for Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 6

Back in October there was an announcement of five celebrities who would feature in the 6th Season of Australia’s Who Do You Think You Are?. Well, today SBS made an announcement of three more celebrities who’ll be appearing in this series …

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Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2014

Ever wondered what the Top 100 genealogy websites are? Well wonder no more as GenealogyInTime have just released their Top 100 Genealogy Websites list. One of those that made a ‘significant gain’ was this here genealogy blog (Genealogy & History News). Can you believe we actually made it into the Top 100 Genealogy websites list?

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Melissa Hulbert

If you were told as a child that you were related to Batman, you would be fascinated wouldn’t you? Well, that’s what happened to Melissa. Alas it was not the ‘Caped Crusader’, but rather ‘Batman’ of Melbourne. However, far from being disappointed with this revelation, she became even more intrigued.

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Adelaidia: Adelaide’s History Goes Online

Adelaidia is a new website that is designed to showcase Adelaide’s history through stories of the city’s people, places and events, the streets, the buildings, as well as the monuments that line them.

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Ancestry, PCC and 1 Million Wills

The big news to hit the genealogy world recently is that Ancestry.co.uk have added over 1 million English and Welsh wills from the Perogative Court of Canterbury (PCC). Not everyone left a will, but those that did can be a goldmine of information, so it’s ALWAYS worth checking just in case there is one for your family ancestors.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Maggie Clarke

“Hello I am an avid scrapbooker. My name is Maggie and I have been teaching scrapbooking for over 7 years” … this is how Maggie introduces herself on her blog, and as she’s joining us on the cruise it seemed appropriate to have that as her introduction here.

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More Old Newspapers Added to Trove

Since the National Library of Australia started digitising the old newspapers back in July 2008 and putting them online, they just keep geting better and better. Launched with over 3 million articles, the Trove website now gives users access to over 12 million pages from over 650 Australian newspapers, with more historical newspapers and articles added regularly.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Diane Foster

We are working our way through the guest presenters who are on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, and today we chat to Diane Foster. A past geneacruiser, Diane and has a passion for not only for genealogy and interecting with other genealogists, but also sharing her knowledge on archiving techniques with others.

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