Monday, July 27, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
Among the new eMagazines available for free Campaspe Library patrons through RB Digital is the US Family Tree magazine. Check out the July/August edition now.
Highlights from this issue include:
- Our annual list of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites
- a quick guide to using Family Tree Maker
- Tips for becoming a professional genealogist—and other ways of using your genealogy skills in the workforce
- Expert analysis on how to protect your DNA information
- a FREE US census cheat sheet
Good as Gold by David A. Fryxell
We won’t see medals awarded this summer after all. But these 101 Best Genealogy Websites are all winners in our book.
Maker’s Mark by the Editors of Family Tree Magazine
Document and organize your hard-earned research with these 12 tips for using the Family Tree Maker software.
Red-Handed by Amanda Epperson
Because Irish records are often scarce, those researching ancestors from Ulster have their hands full. But these seven websites will help you find your Scots-Irish roots.
Hanging Your Shingle by Diana Elder and Nicole Dyer
Achieving genealogy credentials can help you raise your family history “rank.” Here’s how to earn them through the two most prominent organizations.
Alternate Roots by Sunny Jane Morton
You never know where the road of life will take you. Put your research skills to good use with these six genealogy “dream jobs.”
- State Research Guides: Maryland and Oklahoma
- Lisa’s Picks
- Timeline: Archery
- Family History Home: Caring for Wedding Finery
- Stories to Tell
- Your Turn: Relationship Chart
- Document Detective: Cemetery Interment Ledgers
- Now What
- Tech Toolkit
- DNA Q&A: How Can I Keep My DNA Information Private?
Friday, July 17, 2020
Ancestry recently announced that home access the Ancestry Library Edition for patrons of subscribing libraries will continue until 31 July. The Family History Show made the move to host their annual conference online to replace the family history events closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Family History Show Online took place in late June. There are many more, from single talks to genealogy society meetings to major conferences, that have made the move to online in order to keep functioning.
The Hermitage Museum announced they were preparing a large quantity of broadcasts to view on their YouTube and Instagram channels. So far they are only in Russian, but in the near future they plan to begin broadcasting in other languages too – English, Italian and more. The Smithsonian Open Access applies to digital assets that are created, stored, or maintained by the Smithsonian. This might include text, still images, sound recordings, research datasets, 3D models, collections data, and more.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Traces uncovers Australian history, from ancient Indigenous heritage to European settlement, local history, artefacts and genealogy.
Launched in December 2017, Traces is the only quarterly printed magazine dedicated to providing its readers with insight into the latest historical research, news and heritage projects taking place around Australia. The expert voices of historians, researchers, heritage professionals, genealogists, and journalists uncover the fascinating characters and stories of our past.
With the partnership and collaboration of key national and local heritage organisations, as well as state libraries, Traces has its finger on the pulse of heritage news and developments around the country, making it the best consumer publication for anyone passionate about Australian history and genealogy.
Traces magazine is available free in digital form from Campaspe Regional Library via our eMagazines from RB Digital. Ask our staff for more information or how to download onto your PC, tablet or iPad.
Monday, July 6, 2020
Have you been taking advantage of the free access to The National Archives during lockdown? The UK National Archives has announced in April that it was
offering free access to its digital records for as long as it remains
closed to the public during the Coronavirus pandemic. How much longer that access will remain free is unknown, but it has certainly been a boon to many who have been researching from home in the past few months.
Users can download records digitised by The National Archives and published through Discovery, its online catalogue. These include:
- First and Second World War records, including medal index cards
- Military records, including unit war diaries
- Royal and Merchant Navy records, including Royal Marine service records
- Wills from the jurisdiction of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
- Migration records, including aliens’ registration cards and naturalisation case papers
- 20th century Cabinet Papers and Security Service files
- Domesday Book
Registered users can order and download up to 10
items at no cost, to a maximum of 50 items over 30 days. National
Archives explains that the limits are there 'to try and help manage the
demand for content and ensure the availability of our digital services
for everyone'. Registration itself is also free.
To access the service and download for free, users will be required to:
- Register/sign in to their Discovery account before adding items to their basket (maximum ten items per basket)
- Abide by the terms of the fair use policy
- Complete the order process to receive a download link, which will remain active for 30 days. (The link will also be saved in ‘Your orders’ in your account for 30 days)
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Inside this month's issue
- Free records from The National Archives Discover millions of online family history records that are now unlocked during lockdown
- Marriage records What does it mean if your ancestors were 'married by certificate'?
- Postwar photographs The latest in our family photo dating series from National Trust curator Catherine Troiano
- Catholic ancestors How to find Roman Catholic baptism records
- Holiday camps Can't get away this year? We look back at the golden age of British holiday camps
- Strathclyde Our complete guide to finding Scottish ancestors in the area around Glasgow
- Plus... The best websites for finding coal miner ancestors; the secret history of private eyes; tracing family in Wales, and much more...
Friday, June 19, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
I’ve seen a few genealogists posting their responses to the Covid-19 crisis and how it has changed their lives, so thought I would post my own responses as I restart my genealogy blog after the break while stood down from work.
What are you most grateful for during this covid-19
That I live in Australia, which has certainly fared better than many other countries. I’m grateful for friends and family, to all the people who have stood up and pulled together during the pandemic, made the necessary changes to their lives to limit the outbreak and keep each other safe. I’m glad I was able to work during at least part of the stand down, only spending a few weeks stood down from my job, and especially glad to be back at work, even in a somewhat limited capacity as we practice social distancing and keep working to limit risks of transmission within the community.
What have you missed most during the full or partial
Being able to get in the car and go anywhere I please. Simple things like browsing through shops, having coffee with friends, going to the cinema or a restaurant when I please.
changes have you seen in your life over the last few months?
Certainly I am going out less, changing my usual habits to practice social distancing and keep safe. While I have never considered myself to be particularly social, not being able to go out, meet friends, stroll through shops and chat face to face with workmates has made significant differences to life.
Have you been exercising more or less?
During the time I spent not working I tried to keep busy and keep moving, doing jobs around the house and garden, but not going out has definitely impacted my activity levels.
Has the refrigerator been your friend or foe?
A little of both.
Have you been participating in virtual gatherings
with friends or family?
Some, although there are times when my internet connection can be a little slow. I think many of us have found ourselves using technology to communicate a lot more that before the pandemic.
Have you taken up new hobbies during the
The ones I have already have been enough, plus the projects around the house I have finally made time for. Certainly being stood down from work meant more time for my hobbies than usual.
Are you cooking or gardening more?
I have never been much of a cook – or a gardener – but during lockdown I have definitely done more of both. Dinners were occasionally more elaborate and I even found myself baking a few cakes and scones. The garden also shows some improvement from the extra attention.
Have you found the changes and experience
I think there would be few who have not. Being stood down from work was certainly stressful, but I was also aware of being much better off than many, knowing my job would still exist afterwards and having enough leave stored to see me through.
How have the closures affected your local
I know many businesses are struggling and some may not survive. There are too many who have lost their jobs – either temporarily through stand-downs of permanently through business closures, and the losses will continue to be felt for months to come. While so many have struggled, it has been wonderful to see so many pulling together to look after each other and help out friends and neighbors.
Have in-person meetings been replaced with virtual
meetings via Zoom, Skype etc?
In some areas, yes, it has certainly been a change. Living in a country town online attendance to meetings has always been an option, but it is much more common now.
Do you enjoy the virtual meeting format?
Sometimes. It can be difficult missing out on face to face contact and the ability to chat to friends and colleagues during breaks. Meetings are all very well, it is the networking and socializing that happens around the edges that I miss.
Are you working from home instead of in your usual
place of work?
No – after we closed to the public and shut everything down staff were stood down.
Have you had to cancel travel plans for pleasure or
Yes. I had been planning a trip for an upcoming significant birthday (50th!!) and those plans have had to be cancelled. I will look into something closer to home in the meantime, and look to a bigger trip next year. Australia has plenty to offer, places I have never been, and I think local travel will be the only option for months to come.
Have you/others been wearing masks when out and
about in your area?
Not many masks locally, but there have been a few around. I haven’t worn one yet but have used gloves and plenty of hand sanitizer (when I could get it), and am much more aware of things like wiping shopping trolley handles and washing thoroughly when I get home.
you change your lifestyle after this experience?
I think there will be ongoing changes for many people, in the way we live, shop and work. While many things will return to normal it is very much a case of ‘wait and see’.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The Family History Show is hosting their new virtual show this weekend to replace the family history events closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Family History Show Online will take place from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday 20 June (UK time).
The promotional video promises “access to all your favourite family history features from the comfort of your own home”, including online talks, the chance to submit questions to a panel of experts, family history products available to purchase and download, virtual chat with exhibitors and a virtual goody bag worth over £10.
The speakers will include genealogy expert Mark Bayley, house historian Gill Blanchard and military historian Chris Baker.
Tickets are £5.50 in advance or £6 on the day and you can access the show on Windows 7 or newer, Mac, iOS and Android. The Family History Show recommends a broadband speed of 10Mbs or higher to engage in video or chat.
The Family History Show is organised by the magazine Discover Your Ancestors and normally holds three annual events in Bristol, York and London.
If, like me, you will be attending from another time zone, lectures and live streams will be available for 24 hours and you can submit questions to their experts in advance.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Inside this month's issue
- Parish registers online
Find your ancestors' baptisms, marriages and burials in our annual county-by-county guide to British parish records online
- Sort your photographs
Looking for a lockdown project? Discover how to organise, digitise and share your family photographs
- Reader story
Stephen King shares the moving tale of his parents' wartime romance
The story of how our ancestors fought the flames
- Jamaican ancestors
The best online records for finding family from the Caribbean nation
The best websites for finding prisoners of war; the lives of Sheffield's cutlery manufacturers; using Name & Place software, and much more...
How the historic county is marking the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower - and how you can trace your Devon ancestors
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Campaspe libraries and depots are closed until further notice, in line with the Federal Government’s direction for non-essential services.
This Blog will not be monitored during the closure.
I wish everyone out the the best during the closure and look forward to restarting Campaspe Genealogy when restrictions are lifted and I am back at work.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Inside this month's issue
- DNA ethnicity
What do the percentages in your DNA test result mean? Debbie Kennett explains
- Swedish mystery
How genealogist Emma Jolly tracked down the British beneficiaries to a Swedish fortune
- The Home Front
80 years after the start of the Blitz, discover how you can research your ancestors' lives during the Second World War
- Reader story
Eight generations of Paul Darran's family have served in the Army
- Family Tree Maker 2019
Back up your family tree to the cloud with leading family history software
The history of department stores; tracing Italian ancestors; understanding Royal Artillery records, and much more...
Find your family in the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution
Thursday, April 9, 2020
|RootsTech 2020 talks now available to view|
A huge thank you to the people at RootsTech for making these presentations available - there is certainly a wide variety to choose from and I will be taking advantage of having some extra time to develop my own skills and knowledge.
Monday, April 6, 2020
Naming customs, while not cast in stone, were extremely common in many areas, and sometimes trying to find a name that does not link back to a member of the family can be a challenge. Names also went through ebbs and flows or popularity, and often more frequently used names reflected current monarchs, newly born members of the royal family and popular celebrities of the day.
Another frequently used custom of the past - which can seem quite strange to us today - was using the name of a deceased child for the next born sibling of the same gender. My 3xGreat Grandfather Isaac Green was actually the third child named Isaac born in the family - his eldest brother Isaac died at only 4 days old, his next brother was also named Isaac and died of diphtheria at 6 years old. My direct ancestor Isaac was the next son born, the namesake of two dead brothers - and he lived to the grand age of 89.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Throughout their free month, one Legacy Family Tree webinar from the membership library will be unlocked and available to watch for free, and there’s a seven-day rotating theme:
• Mondays – DNA
• Tuesdays – Ethnic Genealogy
• Wednesdays – Technology
• Thursdays – Around the Globe
• Fridays – Beginners
• Saturdays – TechZone
Thursday, April 2, 2020
The British Museum
Search the collection online to view specific objects or find out more about individual galleries. Or perhaps you would like to take a virtual tour of their prints or the Oceania collection.
The Hermitage Museum
Right now, the museum states they are preparing a large quantity of broadcasts that you can view on their YouTube and Instagram channels. So far they are only in Russian, but in the near future they plan to begin broadcasting in other languages too – English, Italian and more.
The Smithsonian Open Access
Open access applies to digital assets that are created, stored, or maintained by the Smithsonian. This might include text, still images, sound recordings, research datasets, 3D models, collections data, and more.
London Medieval Murder Map
Each pin on the London map represents the approximate location of one of 142 homicides that occurred in the City of London in the first half of the 14th century. Click on a pin to read the story behind the event.
Virtual Library Tours
I Love Libraries has virtual tours of some iconic libraries, such as the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada, the Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford.
State Library of Victoria
I can't go past my home state library, with the SLV offering photos and images of many of their halls and spaces. You can also take a tour of the history of the building.
Watch the live cameras featuring the new snow leopard cubs (in both the nesting box and open enclosure), penguins, zebras, lions and giraffes. As the animals go about their day they appear and disappear on the zoo cameras.