Chris Paton–Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour Survey Stats

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.

Global Search for Descendants of Berwick Families

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a town in Northumberland, England, which is generally known as simply Berwick, and has a VERY long history. This town is situated in England, but is only 4km from the Scottish border. Now there is a global search on to find descendants of those who used to live in this town. Sounds like a grand plan, but it is for a grand occasion, as 2015 is the 900th anniversary of the town.

Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

The deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents …

The Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.

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Events

Speakers Announced for the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise

It was just over a week ago that we announced that the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise was open for bookings, and already there has been strong interest and bookings. Since then the organisers have been busy finalising the speakers for this cruise. Nine presenters from four countries (England, Scotland, the United States and Australia) make up the presenters team for the 5th cruise …

Products

Family Tree Tracker Magazine Hits the Shelves

There’s a new Australian genealogy magazine out, and it’s called “Family Tree Tracker”. With a format much like the UK genealogy magazines, in that it is a glossy magazine, with useful tips, some articles, and software reviews, it’s a good read.

Records

Biographical Database of Australia: Australia’s New Genealogy Resource

The latest BIG thing to hit the Aussie genealogy scene is the Biographical Database of Australia website. Already being referred to as BDA, this website is the result of many years of work by volunteer genealogists and historians and contractors. With over 500,000 records online already, with this number set to increase dramatically over the next year, this is a resource that you should be looking at.

General

Queensland Genealogist, Judy Webster Revamps Her Website

Well-known Queensland professional genealogist, author, and speaker Judy Webster has been adding indexes and records to her website to make it a valuable resource for those particularly with Queensland connections. Now she’s totally revamped (and actually moved) her website, so be sure to bookmark it.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Jill Ball

With a passion for genealogy and technology, and an enthusiam to share her knowledge with everyone, Jill Ball is most certainly an engaging speaker to learn from. As one of the leading Australian geneabloggers, Jill has been an inspiration for many, myself included.

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – August/September 2013

Welcome to another edition of “Inspiring Genealogy Blogs”, once again we have a real mix of topics, with everything from ethics, to ages in records, how to protect your photos from ageing, using Google Maps and Google Earth legally, artificial brick walls, the English and Welsh census and more …

Products

Australian Family Tree Connections – October 2013 Issue Out Now

The October 2013 issue of the Australian Family Tree Connections has arrived, and as usual contains a whole bunch of articles, a number of Can You Help? queries, a New on the Net section which has a heap of websites for you to discover, together with news and events, all packed into 62 pages.

Events

5th Unlock the Past Cruise is Open for Booking!

The countdown is definitely on for those who are attending the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, but meanwhile plans for future cruises are well underway, with the Unlock the Past Cruise organisers advising that their 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is now open for bookings.

Products

New Books from Unlock the Past: Scottish Civil Registration, London & Middlesex Research & NSW BDMs

The team at Unlock the Past have recently released three new titles in the last couple of weeks. These new ones cover everything from Scottish civil registration, to London and Middlesex research as well as using the New South Wales BDM index.

General

One-Place Studies Society and Website Launched

You’ve heard of one-name studies, but have you heard of one-place studies? I’m sure some of you will have, while other may not, so let me tell you about the new Society and wesbite that has just been launched.

Records

FindMyPast Australia Adds BDM Records and Passenger Lists

The new records just keen on coming on Findmypast.com.au. In the Australian data that they’ve recently added, you’ll find passenger lists and BDM records. All good stuff, and all key records for researchers.

General

Copyright and Attribution

Copyright and Attribution are both important facets in themselves, but as both have shown to be issues on Facebook recently, so I have decided to put them together for the purpose of this post.

Societies

Can You Help? #2

Back in July I started our “Can You Help?” series with a few queries that people had asked us. So as a way to “spread the word”, I did the blog post. Now I have a few more queries, so once again … Can You Help?

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