The team at Unlock the Past are madly getting ready to host their 3rd History & Genealogy Cruise, which sails out of Sydney on Sunday. But they have managed to get two books released just prior to leaving.

This is two from a very long list of titles expected this year. And with an amazing variety of topics – it’s very exciting to see what is coming.


ScotlandsPeople: The Place to Launch Your Scottish Research
Author: Rosemary Kopittke
paperback, 32 pages
ISBN: 9781921956225
Year: 2013
Item Code: UTP0104
Price: $12.50

ScotlandsPeople provides an exceptional source of genealogical records for those with Scottish ancestry – Statutory registers, Catholic parish registers, census records, valuation rolls, wills and testaments, and Coats of Arms. Access to such a wide range of basic records for a relatively cheap fee means we can all research from our home without the expense of hiring a search agent, ordering in many microfilms or a trip to Scotland – as pleasant as that last option may be.

With some knowledge and practice you will become adept at locating records of relevance to your family and you will be well on your way with your research. Of course, not all records are available online. You will still need to track down your non-conformists, investigate land records, cemeteries, electoral rolls, directories, poor law, military and other records, but ScotlandsPeople is a great place to launch the study of your families.
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So You Are Totally New to Family Tree Maker
Author: John Donaldson
Media: paperback, 44 pages
ISBN: 9781921956171
Year: 2013
Item Code: UTP0371
Price: $12.50

Family Tree Maker, usually called FTM, is Australia’s most popular genealogy program. Now currently in it’s 21st edition (the 2012 version), it is available in both PC version, and now in Mac too (Family Tree Maker for Mac 2).

The program has developed extensively and since purchased by in 2004, it has become tightly integrated with the website. It has become very internet aware, and uses Bing Maps and the ability to link to internet sites like Trove from within the program. It also has very convenient web clipping and merging capabilities.

This book is intended to be the first of a series about FTM, and covers the absolute basics, so that users with very little computer understanding can get up and running.

It takes new users through the installation process, registration, activating an subscription, and then provides an introduction to creating or importing files. The book gives new users and overview of the seven workspaces with enough simple explanation to allow new users to start using the program. And extensive use is made of screen shots to assist the user to understand what he or she is seeing on the screen.

So for everyone who is just beginning your family tree, and have chosen to use Family Tree Maker, this is the book for you.
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