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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Records

FamilySearch Adds More Than 145 Million New Records

FamilySearch continue to add to their vast collection of images and indexed records. And for January’s update they have added a whopping 145 million new records online. Of these 145 million records, there’s about 140 million new UK BDM records they’ve added! So it’s worth checking out.

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Out-of-Style: The How, Why and When of Vintage Fashion

Former columnist/illustrator for Ancestry Magazine, Betty Kreisel Shubert, has published a ground breaking book inspired by the need of genealogists to date old family pictures, as well as the research needs of costume designers, theatre companies, social historians, vintage clothing collectors and fashionistas.

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Inside History Magazine – Issue 20 (Jan-Feb 2014) is Out Now

Summer in Australia is the time for sports. And you couldn’t get a better way to start Inside History Magazine “sports issue” than by featuring Don Bradman on the cover. Readers will get to explore Melbourne’s tennis heritage, you’ll find our discover your ancestor in sport club archives, read about the upcoming NSW football history resource, and readers taken on a tour of Sir Don Bradman’s boyhood home.

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Australian Family Tree Connections – January 2014 Issue Out Now

January has arrvied, and so has the latest edition of the Australian Family Tree Connections Magazine. Along with all the regular features, the January 2014 issue is packed with numerous articles and Can You Help? queries. More websites for you to discover, and details of the latest records that have been added online.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Kerry Farmer

A professional genealogist, regular presenter, author, and course tutor for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, as well as being involved with local her genealogy society Kerry Farmer is well-known in the Australian genealogy scene, and she has a wide range of knowledge on Australian genealogy, DNA and other topics.

Events

Genealogy Cruises, Something For Everyone

There’s been a lot of talk about genealogy cruises recently, but get ready for a whole heap more as Unlock the Past Cruises are ramping up their cruise schedule to three throughout 2014, and three or four in 2015, with plans for those in 2016 and later already underway.

Events

Learn With Genealogy Webinars in 2014

Webinars. They are slowly getting known, but I still think a lot of people don’t actually know what a Webinar is. In short, it in a seminar or presentation that you watch on your computer. You can watch it live at a specified time, or later through YouTube or a similar viewing program. In terms of genealogy think of them like video tutorials, and with the topics covered you could do almost all of your genealogy training online through watching webinars.

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6th Unlock the Past Cruise: Eastern Australia

For Unlock the Past’s 6th Cruise, the team has decided on a 3 night cruise out of Sydney, which will be followed by a 5 day tour of Norfolk Island. You can find preliminary details are already to their website, with further details, and bookings due to open soon.

General

Just How Popular is Genealogy?

If you were to ask 100 people if they have any interest in learning more about their ancestors, the vast majority of people would say ‘yes’. But ask it slightly differently, and you’re likely to get quite a different answer …

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R.I.P. Sue Bayley from S&N Genealogy

Gould Genealogy has a long association with S&N Genealogy, having been dealing with them for over 13 years. And Alan has met them on numerous occassions on his visits to England. So it is with sadness that we have heard the news of the passing of Sue Bayley, co-owner of the business.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Kirsty Gray

Today we talk to Kirsty Gray. Kirsty is one of the English guest presenters who’ll be joining us for the 4th Unlock the Past cruise. She’s not only eager to meet other genealogists, but also to get some summer sun! And with her experience as professional genealogist and heir hunter, as well as a freelance author, speaker and more, Kirsty will be someone you’ll want to catch up with on the cruise.

Family Tree Maker

What’s New in Family Tree Maker 2014?

With Family Tree Maker 2014 Ancestry.com have said “you spoke and we listened!” And as a result Family Tree Maker 2014 includes many new enhancements that users have requested. Many of the new features are listed below, together with a getting started video …

Records

The British Library Uploads a Million Images on Flickr

Created in 1973, the British Library is not only the national library of the UK, but it is now one of the largest libraries in the world. And they’ve now ventured on to Flickr, having just uploaded over a million images to the photo sharing website for “anyone to use, remix and repurpose”.

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