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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RootsMagic

RootsMagic Update 6.3.0.6 Available

RootsMagic is one of the leading genealogy software programs out there for the PC. Having released RootsMagic 6 just over a year ago, the team at RootsMagic continue to add and improve their program, and have just released another update for users of RootsMagic.

Records

World War 1 Centenary Projects #1

There’s no doubt that 2014 is the year military historians have been working towards for years as it marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War 1. The Great War. The “war to end all wars”. As you can imagine there are literally thousands of World War 1 projects going on right around the world. Some big, some small. All important in recording history. And it’s going to be hard keep up with them all, but through a series of “World War 1 Projects” posts I shall share at least some of them with you.

General

Recording History With Historypin

Historypin is kind of like “Google Maps meets Pinterest” as it allows you to attach photos, stories and even movies to places. Use it to add your own images, or use it to search for an area you’re interested in, the choice is yours.

Events

‘Start Your Family Tree Week’ is Back and Starts on December 26th

You’ll be pleased to know that findmypast, who are one of the world’s leading online genealogy data websites, is holding ”Start Your Family Tree Week” again. Every day from 26 December to 1 January, findmypast will share hints and tips on how to start your family tree, and they will make sure you know how to get the most out of their records.

Products

Australian Family Tree Connections – December 2013 Issue Out Now

In amongst the pile of mail and supplier parcels we’ve received recently, the latest Australian Family Tree Connections magazine arrived. This December issue quite naturally has a Christmas theme, while still providing readers with an interesting array of articles for their holiday reading.

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Jan Gow

A genealogist, a speaker, a genealogy tour guide, and owner of a genealogy bookstore, as well as being as active member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Jan Gow is well-known throughout the genealogy community, and she’s one of the guest speaker on the 4th Unlock the Past cruise.

General

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – November 2013

We’ve come to end of November, and during that period I have read a heap of wonderful blog posts that I want to share with you. We cover stuff like etiquette at cemeteries, the value of ‘events’ for a genealogist, FamilySearch’s lookup service, a new genealogy disease, who owns the rights to a photograph, calendars, dying and your online presence and a heap more.

Products

Highlight: George Fife Angas: Father and Pioneer of South Australia

George Fife Angas was instrumental in South Australia’s pioneering history. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, in Northumberland, England in 1789, George Fife Angas started work at the age of 15 as a coachbuilder for his father, and then subsequently added merchant, banker, landowner, politician and a philanthropist to his repertoire …

General

Handwriting Recognition for Documents? Yes, It’s Coming!

If you haven’t heard of Mocavo yet, get set to hear a whole lot more about them, as they are about to revolutionise the genealogy world! Sounds big? Well it’s HUGE! We’re talking handwriting recognition. Reading the handwriting on old documents! Can you begin to imagine what this would mean for genealogy?

General

Register Your One-Place Study for FREE!

Are you researching the history of a town, parish, street or other geographical area? Well, why not register it on the Register of One-Place Studies website … it’s free!

Events

Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Maria Northcote

We are so excited that Maria Northcote is joining us on Unlock the Past’ 4th cruise. Many will have heard of Maria either through meeting her in person, or listening to her podcasts, as she is the person behind Genies Down Under monthly podcasts, which as her website says is “Genealogy with an Australian twist”.

Records

Ancestry.com Partners with Associated Press for Historical News

The big news out today is that Ancestry.com and Associated Press (AP) have formed a partnership. This means that the world’s biggest commerical genealogy company together with one of the world’s biggest news companies, will be bringing you the stories …

Family Historian

Family Historian: Using the “All Relatives” Diagram [VIDEO]

Imagine being able to visually see everyone in your tree in the one screen, and edit them too. Well you can using Family Historian’s “All Relatives” diagram. This video gives you an overview of this feature, including how to add in new people to this screen.