40+ More Family History Links

Late with the Family History Links

The other day I tried to remember a site I had previously found to share on Facebook. I checked my blog for summaries of family history links I have visited that can help with family history research. I then had to admit I was behind with my blogging about the Facebook posts I do for the Caloundra Family History. So here is me finally catching up. I decided to reduce the number of images as these take time to make or collect. If writing a summary of links is quicker, I might not avoid posting this topic. Plus it is the links, not the images, I aim to keep track of in my blog.

One of the topics in this collection was Family History Education. Plus I share popular Genie-jokes. In relation to this, I would also like to acknowledge and thank Twisted Twigs for giving me permission to allow me to share their Genie-jokes on the Caloundra Family History FaceBook page and blog. Please visit them.

So here goes with the next 40+ Family History Links

I was looking for something to post and found so many much of the genealogical news filled with socials. One that caught my attention was the ENGLAND AND WALES ELECTORAL REGISTERS. A century’s worth of Electoral Registers(1832-1932) is now browsable on Findmypast. This enormous collection comes from around 10,000 volumes and contains 220 million names. It “includes parliamentary registers, burgess rolls, parochial registers and county council registers. Electoral Registers are lists created annually of people who are eligible to vote and include their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property.” Via Genealogy Gems.

Interested if your research should be going paperless? Check out what Denise Olson has been doing.  http://moultriecreek.us/gazette/going-digital-workflow/

Christmas Lunch for the CFH group:

How to Estimate a Date of Death With a Will from the Ancestry Blog.

The largest genealogy website in the Netherlands, WieWasWie, will introduce a paid subscription starting 1 January 2016. The data can still be accessed for free, but some of the advanced functionality will be behind a paywall.


Happy faces enjoying Christmas Lunch last week. (December 2016)


Discovered at The British GENES blog by Chris Paton – “Penny Lewis and Fergus Smith from Old Scottish Genealogy and Family History have added 150,000 transcribed records to their website at www.oldscottish.com/records.html, free of charge.”

Western Australia, Railway Records, 1872-1949; indexed records with record images, added on 2 December 2015 to Ancestry.

OA Home – Obituaries Australia site is hosted by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University, which also produces the award-winning Australian Dictionary of Biography. Basic and advanced search available.

Today’s breaking news. Ancestry is dumping Family Tree Maker.
( Do not worry – this has now been resolved. FTM will continue.)

Added this one to the blog post so you know why you should be following the Caloundra Family History Facebook Page. You would have heard about our Cake Stall before it happened.
More yummy food will be available at our Cake Stall at Bunnings, Caloundra this weekend, 12 December.cake-stall-dec-2016

There is life beyond Family Tree Maker. Loads of posts on the Internet about alternatives to Family Tree Maker. Here is one from Alona from Gould Genealogy. (Facebook Link)

Ancestry explains more about what they are planning with regard to Family Tree Maker Desktop Software. Planning more charts, reports etc for the website and talking to other software suppliers about integration looks interesting.

Finally finished the summary list of the useful October post links so they are in one place. Doesn’t time just fly coming up to Christmas? Now to finish the November list.

Australian Passenger Lists Added to ‘The Genealogist’ – pay-to-use genealogy website. Via Gould Genealogy. (Facebook Link). The post can be found Gould Genealogy Website.

Tips and tricks from FamilySearch that might help knock down some brick walls. Stories That Inspire: Dead Ends and Brick Walls—Some Tips and Tricks That Just Might Help.

If holidaying in Auckland remember the Central Library (Location: 44 Lorne St, Auckland) has a large Family History Resource including a new CD covering Australian data. With nearly 4000 CDs there is a great opportunity to find some new information. And hide away if you need some peace and quiet! Check library hours before visiting.

The Irish Government is to continue funding the digitisation of records relating to the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War until 1923. From Chris Paton on The British GENE Blog.

Loads of new data on Ancestry. Plenty of databases from Germany and some Australian ones from geneamusings.com.

Facebook Follies. Learn about what happens with your personal data on some 3rd party Facebook apps and how to be more careful with your data. From the Legal Genealogist.

Family Search in 2016…
12 Things You Will See from FamilySearch in 2016


33 Free Websites for South Australian Genealogy by Alona Tester.

Another of AlonaTester’s top posts for 2015: Discovering Links: 25 FREE Links for English Genealogy and History.


Heard a few people have been having success finding ancestors here…..
City of Townsville Cemeteries.
(Cemetery Search – The first official burial records in Townsville were recorded in 1873. You can search for people interred at one of their cemeteries on the PDF documents at the link above.)

Free Index searching for Catholic Parish Registers!

A reminder that the Catholic Births, Marriages, Deaths and Other Events indexes are FREE TO SEARCH* on SCOTLANDS PEOPLE from now until 9 January at 23:59 GMT.

*Indexes for Catholic Parish Registers are free to search from 3 January until 9 January 2016 at 23:59 GMT, and 1 credit per page of 25 index results thereafter. Images are chargeable and can be viewed for 5 credits per record.

More Newspapers to come on Trove in the next 6 months. Here’s the big list at Gould GenealogyTrove’s Old Newspapers – What’s Due in the Next Six Months

A Dozen Places to Find Immigrant Origins from the Ancestry Blog.



Education is the key to successful research. Thanks to the centralized calendar at GeneaWebinars.com, genealogists interested in learning more about our craft may register for these online classes and seminars coming up this week. Be sure to verify the time in your neck of the woods….. There are currently over 40 hosts with posting access to this calendar and blog and over 200 hours of scheduled instruction for genealogists wishing to hone their research skills during the coming year.”

Many webinars are free. More details about these and links at Education is the key to successful research on the Dear Myrtle Blog.

DNA – What is this all about? Understanding about what you can expect from DNA testing is important before proceeding with any testing. This will avoid disappointments with results and unrealistic expectations.

One of the main suppliers of DNA testing, FamilyTreeDNA has a number of free Youtube videos explaining the easy and complicated bits about DNA for Family History.

Really serious about Genealogy Education? Perhaps a SAG (Society of Australian Genealogists) course is for you? Certificate in Genealogical Research ($440+). Applications for 2016 will be open from 1-28 February 2016. Find out more at the SAG website.

While these courses have started check the Society of Australian Genealogists website for other options.

Family History Education: Planning a trip to Europe? Always wanted to cruise a river. Then the Unlock the Past Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Basel (Switzerland) cruise might be of interest. They also have events based in Australia starting for less than $50 per person. Follow on Facebook: Unlock the Past

12th Unlock the Past cruise – Rhine River – 30 Jul 2016 6:00pm – 6 Aug 2016 8:00am
If you are too late for this cruise check out other future cruises and genealogy events at Unlock the Past.

WW1 Seminar

Event Added:
Caloundra Family History Research Inc.
Four quality speakers
Commemorative Centenary Event of
The Great War 1914-1918 on
Click the image for more details.

Learn how Kylie cites articles found in Trove. Did you know that Trove had a number of citation types you can copy from rather than waste time writing them up yourself?

National Library of Ireland announced its partnership with the Google Cultural Institute’s 1916 virtual tour ‘Dublin Rising 1916-2016’, as part of the Ireland 2016 centenary programme. Found via Helen V Smith’s blog.

Make sure you are following the Genealogy Sunshine Coast FaceBook page to read about the upcoming event.

Family History Links: #trovetuesday Pin instructionsIt’s #trovetuesday and many Aussie family history bloggers feature their finds in Trove on Pinterest. Check out the new items and click through to read blog posts or see larger image views. If you have any Trove finds to share on Tuesdays feel free to ask to join the Pinterest Board. Instructions on Pinterest.

If you too would like to share the family history you have found on Trove you can request to join the #TroveTuesday Pinterest Board. Instruction to the left and click the image to go to Pinterest.

Also, see the Aussie Gene-Bloggers Board for more shared PINS by Aussie Gene-Bloggers.

While it might be back to school soon however if you have a day with your grandkids here are 10 fun family history activities (Update: No longer available Aug 2022) from 2013 to give you some ideas for activities. Found via Jill Ball and her The Australian Genealogists Daily. Subscribe if you want daily Geni-News.

Family History Library

Did you know that many of the library’s compiled family history books have been digitized and are available online at ExLibris Primo. You can search by surname, author, title, or even keywords. Check to see if someone has submitted a family history on your family! Not only can you access family histories from the library but also digital books from over 12 other libraries online. There are still many family histories, however, that is currently only available in the library and can be accessed by going to the Access Services window on the B1 floor. Click the links to begin your search.

You missed the free weekend to FINDMYPAST. They made billions of world records FREE to explore. From 23:00 (AEDT) on Friday 22nd to 23:00 (AEDT) on Monday 25th January 2016. Make sure you LIKE the Caloundra Family History FaceBook and you too could have dived into the newspaper archive, birth, marriage and death records, crime collections, and so much more.

Ditto for the Ancestry’s Australia Day Weekend Free access post that you missed.

A great tip on online research on newspapers. Because of optical character recognition (OCR) just searching on the correct spelling could mean you are missing out on so many finds.
Why you may need to redo every online search you’ve ever done.

Don’t let your Irish history go undiscovered. Download our research guide and learn 10 tips on discovering your Irish ancestors. Via our Ireland Interest Group Coordinator Geoff. Look for the download link to access the Research Guide. Discover the Irish in you – Ancestry.com

I’m famous – my name appeared in the Sunshine Coast Daily.
Big year ahead for Caloundra Family History Research Inc

North Queensland History: Railway Estate State School turning 100 in 2016

Parish registers: DustyDocs has links to free Websites with parish registers for the British Isles. Found Via Judy Websters News.

DustyDocs – English Parish Registers Online – Links to Free websites in The British Isles containing Parish Records for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials records for the years 1538 to 1900.

Google search tip from Anne Gillespie Mitchell’s blog Finding Forgotten StoriesA Google Search Technique To Add To Your Bag of Tricks.

New and updated Australian databases on Ancestry. By Chris Paton.
The British GENES blog: New Australian databases on Ancestry.

South Australia’s “Passengers in History” Website Launched – found via at Gould Genealogy.

So that’s the next summary of family history links so now I have caught up to the end of January 2016. I hope you did not miss the images too much. I will try to do the February soon. That’s if I do not get caught up in the branches of my family tree.

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