Jan 11, 2018

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Discovering Worcestershire Archives

Discovering Worcestershire Archives

I was unexpectedly asked to review this new eguide Explore History Landscapes Family published by Worcestershire County Council. It is 73 pages on researching at the Worcester Archive and Archaeology Service and available to download for £6.  The Archive offers fee based services including digitisation (no more waiting for photocopies in the mail), a research service and an archaeology service if you have an interest in landscapes or historical buildings. There are over 12 miles (just over 19...

Sep 9, 2017

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Archives, Skeletons & DNA: National Family History Month 2017 Closes in Townsville, QLD...

Archives, Skeletons & DNA: National Family History Month 2017 Closes in Townsville, QLD

In previous years the end of National Family History Month and the giveaway prize draw has piggy backed on existing events in south east Queensland. For the first time we had a dedicated event with the Family History Association of North Queensland based in Townsville. An all day seminar was organised for 2 September 2017 with two speakers Shauna Hicks (also voluntary coordinator of NFHM) and Louise Coakley a DNA specialist from Cairns. My two talks were Archives You...

Jul 11, 2017

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Masonic Archives for Family History

Masonic Archives for Family History

As a young child I was aware that my aunt’s husband was a Mason although I wasn’t too sure what the Masons were all about. My partner’s great grandfather Thomas Stephen Burstow was very high up in the Masons (discovered through digitised newspapers in Trove). So there has been this lurking interest in the Masons and when a long time friend and former work colleague told me she was the voluntary archivist at the Masonic Memorial Centre in...

Jun 12, 2016

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Convict Queensland & Visiting Queensland State Archives...

Convict Queensland & Visiting Queensland State Archives

Well I have finally made my long awaited visit to Queensland State Archives (QSA). It is just over three years since I moved back to Queensland and I’m wondering now why it has taken me so long. The trip down the highway and going over the Gateway Bridge always seemed so daunting but even in morning traffic, it only took me just under 90 minutes. The trip is only four ‘streets’ – first Bribie Island Road to the Bruce...

May 7, 2015

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National Family History Month August 2015...

National Family History Month August 2015

National Family History Month (NFHM) is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO). NFHM has been an annual event since August 2006 when it was celebrated during the first week of August. Due to its ever increasing popularity, NFHM was increased to the whole month of August from 2013. My role as voluntary coordinator is to maintain the website and event calendar and to promote NFHM as widely as I can to everyone interested...

Feb 19, 2014

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52 Weeks of Genealogical Records in 2014 – Week 6 Land Records...

This blog challenge is to stimulate my own genealogy blogging efforts in 2014 by focussing on a different kind of genealogical record each week. I wanted a challenge that reflected my own archival background as well as my own genealogy interests and there are probably lots of other records that I could have included. The challenge has an Australian focus but most of these records will be found just about anywhere in the genealogy world. The 52 different...

Oct 22, 2013

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Australian Society of Archivists conference report Oct 2013...

The ASA‘s conference was held in Canberra on 15-18 October 2013 and it was great to catch up with old friends and colleagues. The networking opportunity is what makes a conference really good for me but of course, the program has to be interesting too. With a theme of Archives The Future it’s not surprising that there were a number of sessions examining where we might all be in 2033. Considering how much has changed in the last...

Dec 22, 2010

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Reading For Genealogy – Archives Annual Reports...

This is a continuation of my last blog What Are You Reading For Genealogy? Government publications might seem a strange choice and some might think my working in government for 35 years has coloured my choice of reading material, especially for genealogy. But I hope to show in this blog that you can discover new tips and information by looking at annual reports published by archives. The 2009-10 annual report of the National Archives of Australia is a...