Blogs

Brick Wall Solutions – Finding Helen Carnegie At Last!

This is the first installment of a theme based blog on brick walls in family history research and how to break them down. Initially I will be using my own examples but I also welcome input from others who have solved their brick walls using out of the ordinary resources or searches.

Age of researchers poll results

Here are the results of our fifth Unlock the Past poll. Two questions were asked:

  • What age bracket are you in?
  • What year did you start researching?

What age bracket are you in? – 460 responses

Age bracket              #votes             #voters

Discover Your Military Ancestors Online

Military History is a rich part of Australia’s history. Most families would have at least one military ancestor. Shauna Hicks has produced a presentation on Discover Your Military Ancestors Online to help you discovering and fill out the details of your ancestor’s life.

Shauna Hicks interview on ABC radio SE SA

Shauna Hicks was interviewed on radio by Stan Thomson during his Mornings program on ABC SE South Australia during her visit to Mount Gambier on Monday 2 Nov 2009.  She talked about her visit to the Mount Gambier History Group to speak on Discovering Military Ancestors Online.

Our icon or logo poll results

Here are the results of our fourth Unlock the Past poll. 119 people voted and another 15 sent comments. This poll was more for our own interest in planning an updated logo and “corporate image”.

QUESTION: Help! What do you think of the coloured graphic we currently use? [the "O" in our Unlock the Past title at the top of the page]

Magazine poll results

Here are the results of our third Unlock the Past poll. 210 people cast 701 votes in all. This indicates an average of more than 3 magazines per person.

What Genealogy Magazines do you read regularly or occasionally?.

Events photos and coming events

Photos of several recent events in three states are now online. Click here to view them

October events to come

World Vital Records – how to get better search results

World Vital Records Australasia has about 50 million names for Australia and New Zealand in a variety of databases. These include directories, government and police gazettes, some electoral rolls, death records, war records, regional and general histories and more. Some of these, especially for Queensland, are in structured databases. However 90% of the current Australasian content is scanned images of books and periodicals.

World Vital Records – subscriptions

This is the first of our blogs on World Vital Records Australasia. These will include announcements of major content additions and site developments as well as tips and advice to get the most out of the site. World Vital Records Australasia is now up for subscription and access to 50 million records for Australasia and over 1 billion world wide. However a little more fine tuning is being done before it is widely announced, hopefully in a few days.

First up an introduction to subscriptions. Three levels are offered:

Social media poll results

Here are the results of our second Unlock the Past poll. 82 votes were cast. With multiple choices allowed the number of voters would have been somewhat less.

QUESTION: Do you use any online social media?

  • Bebo – 0%
  • Facebook – 24.39%
  • Flikr – 13.41%
  • GenealogyWise – 9.76%
  • Geni – 3.66%
  • LinkedIn – 4.88%
  • Myspace – 0%
  • Picasa – 7.32%
  • Twitter – 17.07%
  • YouTube – 7.32%
  • None – 6.10%
  • Other – 6.10%

‘Other’ votes that people have entered in the poll.

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