World War 1 Centenary Projects #3

World War 1 Centenary Projects are well underway, with more being started all the time. The aim with this (and my earlier) World War 1 Centenary Projects posts is to list a few of them, so others know what is going on.

It’s Cruise T-Shirt Time Again!

It’s that time again. Yes, as the 2015 Unlock the Past cruises are coming up fast, it’s “cruise t-shirt” time again. These t-shirts are exclusive, and we only order those that are required, so if you’d like to be seen sporting a snazzy Unlock the Past Cruise t-shirt send your pre-order in now.

Download English and Welsh BDM Records … Maybe?

What do you think about the possibility of being able to download historical English and Welsh certificates? Sounds good right? Well a campaign has been launched to enable greater public access to historic UK birth, marriage and death records, and your help is needed.

7th Unlock the Past Cruise: Western Australia

The team at Unlock the Past are kicking 2015 off with a very special cruise, one to Western Australia. The end of 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary since Australian and NZ troops left Australian shores. They left from Albany, WA. The cruise program will have have some tie in to this occassion. In all there will be 24 talks from 5 well-known Australian presenters covering Australian military history, Irish and German topics, website searching, medical history and more.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Alan Phillips

Apart from being the organiser of the Unlock the Past cruises, and founder of numerous other ventures such as Gould Genealogy & History which is Australia’s biggest genealogy retail/webstore, Alan Phillips is one of the presenters on the upcoming 4th Unlock the Past Cruise.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Neil Grill

Neil Grill joins the speakers of the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise and his areas of interest in history and genealogy are military history. WWI, Coastal Fortification of Australia, researching obscure genealogies of long forgotten soldiers, personal family history, engineering history and heritage, and how to productively use ever changing technology to research are key topic interests.

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Australian Records FREE on Ancestry.com.au for Australia Day Weekend

The Australia Day long weekend is almost here, and Ancestry are wanting you to spend at least some of it researching your famly tree, which sounds reasonable to me, don’t you think?

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More Celebrities Announced for Who Do You Think You Are? Australia Season 6

Back in October there was an announcement of five celebrities who would feature in the 6th Season of Australia’s Who Do You Think You Are?. Well, today SBS made an announcement of three more celebrities who’ll be appearing in this series …

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Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2014

Ever wondered what the Top 100 genealogy websites are? Well wonder no more as GenealogyInTime have just released their Top 100 Genealogy Websites list. One of those that made a ‘significant gain’ was this here genealogy blog (Genealogy & History News). Can you believe we actually made it into the Top 100 Genealogy websites list?

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Melissa Hulbert

If you were told as a child that you were related to Batman, you would be fascinated wouldn’t you? Well, that’s what happened to Melissa. Alas it was not the ‘Caped Crusader’, but rather ‘Batman’ of Melbourne. However, far from being disappointed with this revelation, she became even more intrigued.

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Adelaidia: Adelaide’s History Goes Online

Adelaidia is a new website that is designed to showcase Adelaide’s history through stories of the city’s people, places and events, the streets, the buildings, as well as the monuments that line them.

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Ancestry, PCC and 1 Million Wills

The big news to hit the genealogy world recently is that Ancestry.co.uk have added over 1 million English and Welsh wills from the Perogative Court of Canterbury (PCC). Not everyone left a will, but those that did can be a goldmine of information, so it’s ALWAYS worth checking just in case there is one for your family ancestors.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Maggie Clarke

“Hello I am an avid scrapbooker. My name is Maggie and I have been teaching scrapbooking for over 7 years” … this is how Maggie introduces herself on her blog, and as she’s joining us on the cruise it seemed appropriate to have that as her introduction here.

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More Old Newspapers Added to Trove

Since the National Library of Australia started digitising the old newspapers back in July 2008 and putting them online, they just keep geting better and better. Launched with over 3 million articles, the Trove website now gives users access to over 12 million pages from over 650 Australian newspapers, with more historical newspapers and articles added regularly.

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Unlock the Past Cruise Speaker Profile: Diane Foster

We are working our way through the guest presenters who are on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise, and today we chat to Diane Foster. A past geneacruiser, Diane and has a passion for not only for genealogy and interecting with other genealogists, but also sharing her knowledge on archiving techniques with others.

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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.