Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

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.

Unlock the Past Cruise T-shirts Available to Order

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.

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.

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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?

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Helen V. Smith

Continuing our cruise speaker profiles brings us to my good friend Helen Smith. With an amazing knowledge on so many aspects of genealogy, as well as an enthusiam that is contagious, Helen is one person that you must make sure you meet.

Records

2 Companies, 5 Years and 1 Billion Genealogy Records

2 Companies, 5 Years and 1 Billion Genealogy Records. The big news that hit the genie world this week is the announcement that Ancestry.com and FamilySearch have come to an agreement to digitise over 1 billion records from FamilySearch’s Granite Mountain vaults, and genealogists worldwide are going to be the winners.

General

Rock Star Genealogists Returns for 2013, Vote Now

Back in January 2012 John D. Reid from the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog introduced the world to Rock Star Genealogists. He came up with the Rock Star Genealogist list, and it was a big hit and now it’s back again for 2013, and he’s asking you to vote.

General

New South Wales History Week, 7-15 September 2013

New South Wales History Week is back again, and it keeps getting bigger and better. Hosted by the History Council of New South Wales, their aim is to celebrate and advocate history and historians in New South Wales. Running from 7-15 September 2013 and you will be able to go to exhibitions, talks, a symposium, workshops, walking tours, open days and don’t forget the Ball!

Blog Challenge

The Book of Me, Written By You

How many of you have thought about writing your own life history, but keep putting it in the “too hard basket”? I’m sure quite a number of you have. Writing your life history isn’t an easy thing to do when you think of it in the context of a book … but thanks to The Book of Me, Written by You, it is now easier than ever!

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Thomas MacEntee

Our cruise speaker profiles continue with Thomas MacEntee. Anyone who is involved in the genealogy social media scene will have heard of Thomas MacEntee and GeneaBloggers. He is a genealogist who specialises in the using technology and social media to advantage to improve and aid genealogical research.

Events

Exodus Conference: Migration to, From and Within the British Isles

Let me tell you about about an event that is on in England in a couple of weeks time (actually only 10 days time according to the countdown on their website), and that is the Exodus Conference. Organised by the Halstead Trust, with this being their 2nd International Genealogy Conference, this year the theme is British Migration: from, to and within the British Isles.

Legacy Family Tree

New Features in Legacy Family Tree 8

Legacy Family Tree 8 is coming … soon … and here’s a sneak peek of some of the new features which you’ll find included!

Events

Diary Date: 12-14 February 2015, RootsTech + FGS

Here’s something for you to diary date. 12-14 February 2015 will be when the BIGGEST genealogy conference to be held in the US will be on, as the FGS committee has announced that they will combine their FGS Conference with RootsTech making it one mighty huge event!

General

‘City of Adelaide’ Clipper Ship to Begin it’s Last Journey

The world’s oldest surviving clipper ship, the City of Adelaide, will shortly begin her final voyage to South Australia and it is hoped that it become one of the state’s major tourist attractions. Built in 1864, she made 24 voyages to South Australia …

General

Don’t Stereotype a Genealogist

Now I think you’ll all agree with me that genealogy has been stereotyped for far too long, and it’s time to change that. If you think of most genealogy events or seminars that you’ve been to, was the majority of attendees from the older generation? Probably. But it NEEDS to change! And it IS changing.