Aug 16, 2017

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Report on Unlock the Past PNG military & genealogy cruise...

Report on Unlock the Past PNG military & genealogy cruise

There were 4 at sea days and these had sessions running from 9am to 5pm most days plus there was at least one, sometimes more, talks from 8pm onwards. It was often a rush to fit in dinner, the cruise ship show and the after dinner talks! Who said cruise ships were relaxing, obviously not anyone on an Unlock the Past cruise who wanted to attend all the sessions. There were about 90 of us and most sessions...

Mar 11, 2016

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Review of 10th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise to New Zealand and Southern Australia...

Review of 10th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise to New Zealand and Southern Australia

This is an overview report of Unlock the Past’s 10th Genealogy Cruise. I have already done three daily reports. If you missed them, catch up with Days 1-6 here Days 7-12 here Days 13-19 here. Overall it was a great cruise and not just because I managed not to fall over and hurt myself this time. It was an excellent genealogy program with 79 lectures that you could attend, with no two sessions on at the same time. No...

Mar 9, 2016

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Genealogy Cruising Days 13 -19 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia...

Genealogy Cruising Days 13 -19 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia

This is the third post of a series of blog posts on the 10th Unlock the Past cruise to New Zealand and southern Australia through to Fremantle in Western Australia. If you missed Days 1-6, catch up here and Days 7-12 here. Day 13 was in Melbourne and as we used to live there, I took the opportunity to have a lazy day on the ship with a swim, spa and a bit of reading. The after dinner speaker...

Mar 7, 2016

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Genealogy Cruising Days 7-12 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia...

Genealogy Cruising Days 7-12 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia

This is a continuing series of blog posts on the 10th Unlock the Past cruise to New Zealand and southern Australia through to Fremantle in Western Australia. If you missed Days 1-6, catch up here. Day 7 was at Port Chalmers, just a short bus ride away from Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand. We have stayed there quite a few times so we elected to stay on board for the ship’s entertainment. It is surprising...

Feb 26, 2016

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Genealogy Cruising Days 1-6 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia...

Genealogy Cruising Days 1-6 with Unlock the Past around New Zealand and Southern Australia

This is the 10th Unlock the Past genealogy cruise and I am excited to be on this one because I have been wanting to hear Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist in person for some time. Plus there is a variety of other fantastic speakers covering a wide range of topics. It is an 18 night cruise around New Zealand then across to Sydney and then over to Fremantle via Melbourne and Adelaide. We flew into Auckland late Friday afternoon...

Nov 14, 2015

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A Baltic Genealogy Adventure with Unlock the Past...

A Baltic Genealogy Adventure with Unlock the Past

This report on my Baltic genealogy cruise with Unlock the Past in July 2015 is a bit late but I hope that people will still be interested in what I learnt from a great geneaconference at sea. For those who don’t know I had a fall while on a shore excursion in Germany (sadly just the second port of call and the 4th day of a 14 day cruise) and broke my right elbow. After being patched up...

Apr 14, 2015

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Genealogy Society Seminars – Why You Should Have Them...

Genealogy Society Seminars – Why You Should Have Them

At the weekend I traveled to Maryborough (QLD) to give three presentations to the Maryborough Family Heritage Research Institute. I don’t normally report on seminars where I am the only speaker but I think there are some wider lessons here for other genealogy and family history societies. The seminar was originally organised for a weekend in February but Cyclone Marcia was threatening the Queensland coast and the seminar was moved to 11 April. Whenever you reschedule an event,...

Nov 3, 2014

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Eastern Australia Unlock the Past cruise 23-26 Oct 2014 report...

Eastern Australia Unlock the Past cruise 23-26 Oct 2014 report

This was a different type of cruise to what I had been on previously. As a three night cruise on the Celebrity Solstice with no port stops it was described as a sampler cruise for those who might be considering a longer cruise but not sure if they would like being at sea. However for those who liked cruising and genealogy, this was more just like a genealogy conference, only at sea. It did not attract as many...

Feb 21, 2014

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Review of 4th Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise Feb 2014...

The cruise left from Sydney then on to Melbourne, then Adelaide, then Hobart and finally back to Sydney. This was my 4th cruise with Unlock the Past as a cruise presenter and as usual I will do an overall review of the cruise. Perhaps the question I was asked most was, why go to Australian ports as it is much more exotic to travel to Pacific Islands such as Lifou, Noumea, Fiji and Vanuatu. Well I wanted to...

Jan 1, 2014

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Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2013...

Well known geneablogger Geniaus has again invited the genealogy blogging community to her annual Accentuate the Positive Geneameme. As usual I can’t resist the challenge so below are my responses to her twenty questions. Anyone can join in this activity in their own blog post but don’t forget to let Geniaus know too so that she can link all responses into her original blog post. Write as much or as little as you want. Remember to accentuate the...

Feb 25, 2013

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Third Unlock the Past genealogy cruise review...

This will be an overview of the whole cruise as I’ve already given detailed account of the genealogy sessions in my Diary of an Australian Genealogist blog – check out Days 1-5 and Days 6-9. As this was my fifth cruise and third genealogy cruise I’m usually a very happy cruiser but I have to say I was a bit disappointed with some of the Royal Caribbean policies (we haven’t sailed with them before). Of the nine nights...

Dec 11, 2011

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Unlock the Past Scottish Irish Genealogy Cruise 2011 Overview...

Regular readers will know that I flew to Auckland New Zealand on 18 November for the  Unlock the Past history & genealogy cruise with a Scottish Irish theme. Throughout the trip I maintained a daily account of the genealogy sessions as well as the onshore excursions and shipboard life. They weren’t sent every day due to no affordable internet  for most of the time at sea but whenever I could use my Australian or New Zealand modems I...

Dec 3, 2011

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Two Full On Genealogy At Sea Days

Those following my Diary of an Australian Genealogist blogs will know that I am recording my touristy adventures there along with reports on the few genealogy sessions we have when in port. For the days we are totally at sea with no touristy distractions, I am putting those session reports on this website. Day Ten The extra hour of sleep last night was good and the day started with Chris Paton talking about Scottish Censuses 1841-1939 and then...

Nov 23, 2011

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Genealogy Cruising Day One at Sea

It was great to see so many people turn up for my talk At Sea Then and Now and I appreciated the feedback throughout the day as I kept running into other Unlock the Past cruisers (now easily identifiable by our lanyards and name tags). Also interesting to see how many others on board also ask about what we are doing – so many people seem to be doing genealogy or are interested in it. Although I missed...

Nov 20, 2011

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Genealogy Cruising Again – Day One...

I write another blog, Diary of an Australian Genealogist, and note my daily activities briefly there but for the larger seminar reports, I will be putting them on my website. So for those interested in the Unlock the Past Scottish/Irish history and genealogy cruise over the next two weeks there will be updates in both blogs. I had thought I would do it differently, but the length of this report changed my mind. Saturday was the first onshore...