It’s been a busy time recently for Unlock the Past, who are currently preparing for the first of four History & Genealogy Expos to be held around Australia this year.

Their publications list continues to grow at a steady rate, as in this month we’ve already seen the release of three new titles added to the Unlock the Past range.


AIF Unit History of the Great War 1914-1918
Author: Ron Austin
paperback, 32 pages
ISBN: 9780980874655
Year: 2011
Item Code: UTP0221
Price: $9.00

The recent upsurge in Australia’s military history has seen the online availability of many military records on the Australian War Memorial website and also the availability of a soldier’s Personal Service Record on the National Archives site.

However, many people have difficulty in wading through military jargon and need a more readable source of what their relatives battalion or unit was doing during the Great War of 1914-1918. This is where the unit histories become a most valuable resource tool. A point-by-point check list of ‘The Ideal Unit History’ which may be useful to genealogists and others has therefore been included.

Also included are publication details of the many publihsed histories of battalions, light horse regiments and other units of the 1st Australian Imperial Force which served with distinction in theatres such as Gallipoli, France, Belgium, Egypt and Palestine.
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Discover Scottish Church Records
Author: Chris Paton
paperback, 80 pages
ISBN: 9780980874679
Year: 2011
Item Code: UTP0281
Price: $19.50

In this detailed guide, family historian Chris Paton explores the history and records of the various churches in Scotland prior to 1855, the year in which civil registration commenced within the country. He describes the theological changes imposed by the Reformation of 1560, the nature of the state’s battles with the Kirk, and the Kirk’s subsequent battles within itself.

Most importantly, he also discusses the nature of the records generated by the various Scottish churches, how to interpret them, and above all else, how to find them.

Whether you are looking for tales of ministers carried into the air by Scotland’s fairy folk, the fire and thunder of John Knox, a detailed explanation of the online offerings of the Scotlands People website, or the treasures waiting in the National Records of Scotland, this is the definitive research guide to help anyone with Caledonian connections.
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Locating Your German Ancestor’s Place of Origin
Author: Eric Kopittke
paperback, 48 pages
ISBN: 9780980874648
Year: 2011
Item Code: UTP0201
Price: $14.00

Immigration from Germany to the Australian and New Zealand colonies went through a number of cycles. There were times when there was a strong demand for workers in the colonies when any willing worker could find employment, but these were all too soon followed by times of oversupply when the newly arrived immigrants struggled to find a position. In Germany too, there were factors that affected immigration.

Due to the large number of people emigrating from Germany, many of the current generation are now seeking to find out more about their German heritage.

A primary goal when researching people from Germany is to locate the places from which they originated. This is important because specific locations are needed in order to proceed further: to obtain civil or church records of births or baptisms, marriages, and deaths or burials, for example.

Unlike the Australian, New Zealand or British situation where births, deaths and marriages were recorded centrally, in Germany they were recorded and stored locally at the local Standesamt (civil registry office).

This book guides you through finding various records which will help in locating your ancestor’s place of origin.
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You can find all of the Unlock The Past titles on our Gould Genealogy website, as well as through other selected genealogical outlets.

And a a teaser, stay tuned for a heap of new Unlock the Past titles scheduled for release this year.