March 30, 2018

The Australian War Memorial is one of my favourite Canberra locations both for family history research and as a place to catch up with friends.  During a recent visit to Poppy's café* at the Memorial I came across a group who meets there weekly to knit, crochet or crea...

March 30, 2018

As a proud Victorian, Easter always makes me think of the annual Stawell Gift, Australia's pre-eminent foot race since 1878.  That in turn makes me think of my pioneering Barnes family who were among Stawell's founding fathers.  My 3xgreat grandfather arrived in Austra...

March 28, 2018

Level :  Advanced

Time : 5 mins

The Tithe Maps and Apportionments are a valuable yet little used source of information about our ancestors. The Tithe Commissioners surveyed England and Wales in early Victorian times which produced some of the country's earliest large sca...

March 20, 2018

FindMyPast has released a variety of Irish records this week. Listed below are what I think are the three most interesting and useful.   

1.     American Fenian Brotherhood 1864-1867

This is a fascinating series of British Foreign Office (BFO) correspondence re...

March 19, 2018

For family historians there’s nothing like the thrill of visiting an Archive and finding new information about ancestors among the often dusty and grubby old records. Time always flies when you’re in the Archives but following these 10 essential steps before you get th...

March 18, 2018

Melbourne’s oldest cemetery records have been digitised and added to the Public Records Office of Victoria (VicProv)’s online collection. The city’s first cemetery was established in 1837 on the site of the current Victoria Market in Elizabeth Street.  Located on the e...

March 16, 2018

I’ve been catching up on a number of Roots Tech 2018 videos.  One of the best in my opinion is the 60 minute lecture by Janice Sellers of Ancestral Discoveries titled Online Does Not Equal Free: Copyright Issues for Genealogy.

Copyright is a very dry but nevertheless v...

March 15, 2018

FindMyPast recently released more than 4 million Catholic records from the New York, Chicago and Baltimore archdioceses. The release was part of FindMyPast’s Catholic Heritage Archive which aims to digitize the historical records of the Catholic Church not only in Nort...

March 13, 2018

In celebration of St Patrick’s Day this year, is offering a 30% discount on its DNA test. So if you were planning on taking your first steps into the fascinating world of DNA, now is probably a good time to do it. The current discount only lasts until 18 M...

March 1, 2018

Yes you can. There are many ways to do this, both online and offline. I resisted the need to sign up for a paid subscription site for many months before I finally gave in to temptation and signed up to To be fair my research went ahead in leaps and bounds...

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