20+ Places to Find Family History Help Online

Originally published as posts on the Caloundra Family History Facebook Page here are 20+ places to find family history help online. Having just had Halloween at the end of October November started with a Twisted Twigs Halloween Geni-Joke. The new few days followed with links to websites with details about holidays, celebrations, festivals and memorial days from different countries.

Family History Help Online

I could not pass by this one. The children were knocking at the door earlier on Saturday night. From Twisted Twigs.

Twisted Twigs Genie Joke

With Halloween the other night and Christmas celebrations coming soon I have started looking as the different holidays for our main interest groups. With the Germany interest group on this Thursday lets start with them.  Here’s a link to a variety of holidays, celebrations and memorial dates for Germany.

German Holidays

UK holidays and celebrations. There are many kinds of celebrations in Britain – from royal to religious and from traditional to more modern.

List of British (UK) Holidays and Celebrations

Traditional Scottish Festivals

Festivals from Scotland. Hogmanay, the celebration of bringing in the New Year, is not the only traditional festival in Scotland. Many national and local celebrations took place in the past and some survive to this day. Read about some here…….


New Ancestry records: Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has uploaded an immensely useful new dataset for those with Scottish connections – Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936. In essence this is Scotland’s equivalent of the English and Welsh based post-1858 National Probate Calendar.

Scottish Calendar of Confirmations 1876-1936 joins Ancestry

In case you missed the news – in mid October 46 million Swedish household records went online at My Heritage.

Family history help online: 46 million Swedish records to MyHeritage

Cornish Festivals in Cornwall

Cornish festivals - Wikipedia
The cultural calendar of Cornwall is punctuated by numerous historic and community festivals and celebrations. In particular there are strong links between parishes and their patronal feast days (which are often days not directly linked to official church patronal celebrations). There is also a tradition of holding celebrations associated with tin mining and fishing.

Love your libraryLove your library: 3,000 Microfiche or access to the Internet – our library aids your ‪#‎familyhistory‬ research with new and traditional methods.

What type of genealogist are you? Found via Gould Genealogy
What Kind of Genealogist Are You?

Researching Your German Ancestors—Help is Here. A summary of the posts and resources that were recently shared by FamilySearch.

Researching Your German Ancestors—Help is Here

Hope you don’t get a face like this today!

Twisted Twigs Geni Joke

Tasmania, Reports of Crime, 1861-1883; indexed database with record images, added 6 Nov 2015 and Australasia, Medical Directories, 1883-1915; indexed database with record images, added 3 Nov 2015 to Ancestry.
Links at Randy Seavers blog.

History via the State Library of Queensland Facebook Page.

Tara House (Queensland Irish Association) – History in Pictures
Short history of Caloundra – interesting read.
Update: Link currently not working. Short history of Caloundra

Lest we forget – 11 November11 November

6 Ways to use YouTube for your Family History Research by Family history help online: The Genealogy Gems Podcast presenter Lisa Louise Cooke.

6 Fantastic Ways to Use YouTube for Family History

Love your libraryLove your library:

CFH Members check out the latest Clipper for 2 pages of new library books, journals and popular magazines.

I’ll be following up some possible leads on Cornwall notes in one.

I’ve no experience with this Swedish archive so free access this weekend might give you a chance to check it out.

The free access might be over however here is the link to these Swedish Church RecordsFamily history help online: ArkivDigital - Swedish Church Records

A reminder to have multiple copies or computer backups in multiple locations in case something happens to your important documents. From Dick Eastman.

The Importance of Backups

I enjoyed this piece by James Tanner. A lawyer by trade and gene expert he considers if we have really proof or should be wary that we may not have proved a fact.

 Do you ever have proof in a historical context?

Shared from the ABC News Australia’s Facebook page. (Warning: there is music. Mute if you don’t like this feature.)

Time morph: All the British monarchs from 1603 to QEIISee the faces of every British king and queen since 1603 morph into each other, as Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-reigning monarch.

Posted by ABC News on Wednesday, 9 September 2015

How to cope with traumatic news from the ABC. (After the terrible events in France – an illustration to help you cope and how parents handle these situations with children.)

Some great tips about wills and probate with examples from Judy Webster.10 Tips for Wills, Intestacies and Probate


Twisted Twigs

22 Australian Women who will inspire you. (Australian history)

22 Australian Women Who Will Inspire The Hell Out Of You

Do you use the “big” genealogy web sites and are searching for cousins? Check out the new My Heritage feature and what the others offer at Genealogy Insider – Cousin-Finding Features on Genealogy Websites ( Update: Link disappeared)Diane Haddad: Cousin Bait

Might you have ancestors in almshouses? Here are some tips on how to find them.

Finding Your Ancestors in Almshouses

From Townsville? Check out this North Queensland History Blog for interesting regional history.
Thanks to Jill Ball for this link from her Weekly Reading List.

Sunday’s thought for the day:


A (Caloundra Family History Research) member told us about tracing Mason’s at the last General meeting. Timely as Ancestry has added some new collections. Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter detailed this story.

The Daily Online Genealogy Newsletter 20 Nov

A couple of quick videos on using microfilm or microfiche readers. Or get help at our library if you are checking out some of our library resources.

How to Use a Microfilm Reader or a Microfiche Reader

“Some of the oldest records in Australia – parish registers from Sydney’s early colonial churches – are to be digitised under an agreement between the Diocese of Sydney and ancestry. com.”
Thanks Shauna Hicks for sharing this news.

DItigising Church Records

Love your library

LOVE YOUR LIBRARY : New Books (at the CFH Library)
Sue presented the new books received this month:
The Unknown Soldier by Neil Hanson. The story of the missing of the Great War. Donated by Ian Edwardson.
The following books were donated by Gillian Ford:
Australian biographical and genealogical record 1842 – 1899 volume two.
Australian biographical and genealogical record series 1 1788 – 1841 with series 2 supplement 1842 – 1899.
The Bicentenary Pioneer register second edition volume 3.
Ships Deserters 1852 to 1900 by Jim Melton.
A register of Pioneer families volume one by the 1788 – 1820 Association.
Moreton Bay reflections by Peter Ludlow.
Cooloola Coast by Elaine Brown.
Moreton Bay letters by Peter Ludlow.
Wanamurraganya The story of Jack McPhee by Sally Morgan.

Judy Webster always has a great list of the latest genie news, freebies and discounts. Here is no. 35.

Updates Genie from Judy Webster

Twisted Twigs Geni Joke

So that’s the geni-jokes and best links for November.  If you have liked the Caloundra Family History Facebook page then you would have also seen posts on our regular interest group meetings, genie freebies and discounts, local Sunshine Coast and other events plus more. If you have not, pop over to Facebook and like the CFH Facebook page, now!  Dont forget to say hi when you get there. Thanks.