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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 …
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.
Linda is one of two guest speakers that are joining us from ‘across the ditch’ in New Zealand. And after having a total ball on the 3rd Cruise, Linda has been spreading the word about genealogy cruises all over New Zealand to her genie friends, and can’t wait for the 4th Cruise to start.
I’m sure all of you know that August 2013 (yes, right now) is National Family History Month in Australia and New Zealand. Anyway if this is news to you, never fear as there are still another two whole weeks of the month left to participate, and enjoy.