1 May 2016

No.41 (genealogy news and discounts worldwide)

Sketch found in Archives
I've just realised that yesterday was this blog's fifth anniversary. How time flies!

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  • Photos/Sketches:   Check the lists of names from my on-going index to historical photos or sketches of people. These are images that I've found in various sources in Archives. Most are accompanied by superb information for family history.

  • Ancestry discount:   Ancestry's annual UK Heritage Plus membership (with access to all their Australian, NZ, Irish and UK records) is cheaper until 11:59pm AEST Sunday 1 May 2016. The offer is not valid for members with current subscriptions, or with other offers or promotions including free trials. If you don't want your membership to automatically renew at a higher rate, cancel at least two days before your renewal date by visiting the MyAccount section (see their Terms and Conditions).

  • QLD births to 1919:   Indexes to Queensland births registered up to and including 1919 are now on FindMyPast! This is exciting, because on the Registry of BDMs Web site, which has a 100-year access restriction, you can currently only search up to early 1916. On FindMyPast the transcription shows the exact birth date, not just the registration year.

  • QLD marriages:   The quickest way to find the exact date of Queensland marriages 1829-1939 is to use the new indexes and transcriptions on FindMyPast.

  • QLD deaths:   The FindMyPast record set that's misleadingly called 'Queensland Deaths' only has names from a few cemetery records, not official death registrations. Click 'Learn more' and 'Discover more' on this page (but the explanations are not as clear as we might wish).

  • LostCousins:   The LostCousins site is completely free until Monday 2nd May.

  • Photos/Images:   Read Judy G. Russell's superb article showing how to save source information so that it appears on an image.

  • Will Books:   Family historians may not realise that local Archives often hold wills for people in other States and even other countries. Regardless of where your ancestors lived, you should search indexes to NSW Will Books 1800-1952. Although only a few of my families were in NSW, I've already found fifteen wills in these books.

  • Victoria:   Law Making and Breaking in Colonial Victoria shows tools and resources for finding out about lives of crime and justice in Victoria and Port Phillip.

  • Maps:   Almost 3,000 titles have been issued in a major series of reprints of Old Ordnance Survey Maps of towns throughout Britain and Ireland.

  • WDYTYA handouts:   Speakers' handouts from this year's Who Do You Think You Are (Live) can be downloaded (free).

  • Epidemics:   This timeline for disease epidemics may explain some deaths in your family tree.

(This post first appeared on http://updatesgenie.blogspot.com/2016/05/no41-genealogy-news-and-discounts.html.)
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Crissouli said...

Judy, thank you for always keeping us up to date with what's happening.. and Congratulations on your 5th Blogiversary... I have included this in Friday Fossicking, Interesting Blogs...http://thatmomentintime-crissouli.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/friday-fossicking-20th-may-2016.html

Judy Webster said...

Thanks Chris. Your 'Friday Fossicking' is always packed with great links. I wish I had time to blog more regularly, but I have to give priority to things like genealogy research for clients, dog-sitting for my sister, and caretaking a 32 acre property (not necessarily in that order!)

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