Unlock The Past Cruise 2013 Review

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Let’s start with the ship, the Voyager of the Seas is huge, it seemed to dwarf the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. It holds 3,500 passengers and crew so it is almost a floating village. I wouldn’t go on a cruise on this ship if it wasn’t a genealogy cruise, it’s aimed at families and teenagers not someone who isn’t interested in swimming pools, casinos or Disney Parades, although I must say Shrek & Princess Fiona were nice to talk to whilst waiting for the lift!!

Having said that it was ideal for a genealogy conference. An area situated in a quiet part of the ship that could be configured into one to four rooms plus overhead projector screen, microphones etc. all made for a professional set-up. We had a large, medium and small room set-up which worked well, although one of my talks in the medium room was standing room only (she says with pride !!).

I met so many great people on this cruise from the ladies that I dined with every night to the speakers to the Gould Books team to all the 140+ participants. Thank you all for your company over the nine days Unlock The Past Cruise 2013 Review<p><!   Google Ads Injected by Adsense Explosion 1.1.5   ><div class=adsxpls id=adsxpls2 style=padding:7px; display: block; margin left: auto; margin right: auto; text align: center;><!   AdSense Plugin Explosion num: 1   ><script type=text/javascript><!  

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So what did I learn? Here is a quick run down of just some of the information, hints and tips that I got from the conference. I shall be posting more in-depth articles later.

Paul Milner His talk on Irish Land Records inspired me to get researching my Pottingers in Belfast, not a direct line, but  very interesting people. Paul also reminded us that we should all be rereading our beginners genealogy books again and again as there is always something new to be learnt from them.

Jill Ball Jill gave a total of nine talks on technology and genealogy. I was inspired by her talk on the Flip-Pal Scanner to buy the last one that Gould Books had on their sales table on the ship. I shall have to explore the tools that Google has to offer for social media, expand my Genealogy Circle on Google+, have a go at running a Google Hang Out and I shall be talking to my local genealogy group about them having their own blog.

Shauna Hicks – Shauna spoke on Australian genealogy, I learnt a lot more about sources I can look at for my Aussie ancestors, I don’t have a lot, but the chance of looking at some new types of records is irresistible. Shauna also instructed us to go get a State Library card and also to register with Trove, the great Australian Newspaper Archive website. I had one day free in Sydney on my way back so spent the afternoon registering for my NSW State Library card, that fact I didn’t live in Australia didn’t matter, two forms of ID – passport & Visa card – and I got my card. The staff in the Mitchell Library were great and in no time I was looking at a set of letters written by Joseph & Robert Mason who were friends and fellow rioters to my Diddams & Silcock ancestors. I have registered with Trove and will take the time to explore the vast amount of info that the site has available.

Would I go again on an Unlock The Past Genealogy Cruise? You bet ya !!

http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/4th-unlock-past-history-genealogy-cruise

That’s all for now, I must attend to the over 100 emails that I have sitting in my inbox and then go out and buy some tissues, cough mixture and throat lozenges !!

 

Rootstech Sessions now online free

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>Rootstech is a family history & technology conference that takes place each February in Salt Lake City, Utah. A number of this year’s conference session are now available online free of charge.

This is a conference that I have promised myself I will attend one day, but until the piggy bank is full enough I shall settle down and enjoy watching these videos and learning what technology holds for us genealogists.

Enjoy !

http://rootstech.org/

 

Find My Past App

Find My Past App

Genealogy and computer technology goes so well together, so I was pleased to see that FindMyPast has updated their app. The new version offers fully searchable BMD Indexes and census material. The app works on ipads, ipods & iphones.

Go to www.findmypast.co.uk to find put more.

 

Family Tree Maker 2012

Family Tree Maker 2012I’ve been sent the new Family Tree Maker 2012 by Ancestry to review  – lucky me Family Tree Maker 2012. I’ve been using FTM for quite some years now so am familiar with the look and feel of the programme, I find it intuitive and I have been happy to recommend it to friends and my genealogy students.

So what does the 2012 edition have that is different, what do I like, is there anything I don’t like? Here goes ….

Installation was easy, no hitches, just put the CD into your computer and follow instructions. Then you open up your FTM file which is easy enough as long as you have stored it where you know where it is ! Luckily I did, I have helped a friend recently who has his genealogy files hidden away here and there on his hard drive– NOT a good idea! A warning comes up saying that your data file will be adapted so that you can run it on FTM 2012 and recommends you do a back up first. You can opt to not do a back-up, but believe me if they suggest it do it!

Once you are up and running the first page you get to see and this page will come up every time until you do it, is one that asks if you want to link your Family Tree Maker tree with one on Ancestry. I haven’t done that yet as I have my tree split up into 5 trees on Ancestry – one for each grandparent and one for a one name project. It seemed a good idea at the time to do this, but now that FTM has the ability to update the online tree I wish I had put them all in together as one. Hey ho, hindsight is a wonderful thing!!

Once you have got past this page the look is identical to the previous editions except this time I have tones of green not blue. It really doesn’t matter to me what the colour is so I haven’t investigated if I can change the colour tone.

Everything seemed about the same until I discovered Smart Story. You get to this via the Person Pane and click on Media then New, then Smart Story from the drop down box. You can opt for a blank page or decide that FTM can work something out for you which you can then edit. I did this and got a page similar to one that the programme generates when you do a FTM book. The great feature with Smart Story is that you can generate one of these pages and it is attached to the individual and also that it automatically updates when you add something to the individuals file. Great for printing out and sending to someone who wants particulars of that person. Mind you if the tree is on Ancestry then you could just direct them to the tree.

So far these are the only two new features that I have come across, if I find more and I suspect there is a lot, lot more I’ll report on them.

Bottom line is would I still recommend Family Tree Maker 2012 to everyone? = definitely. Do I think it is good value for money? = yes I do. I think the feature of being able to sync your Family Tree Maker with your online tree on Ancestry is great and this alone would make the purchase or upgrade to FTM 2012 worth it.

www.ancestryshop.co.uk

 

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Keeping Your Resaerch Safe !!

Keeping Your Resaerch Safe !!I am sure we have all had that heart stopping moment when we realise that our computer isn’t working properly and we might never see the contents of the hard drive ever again. Or perhaps the hard drive has become victim to a virus. All those hours of research, all those ancestors just disappeared !

For the last few months I have been using a service called Dropbox which allows you to store data online. I also have an external hard drive which performs a back up every day, but if I ever got burgled the thieves would probably take the external hard drive as well as the computer!

So I now keep my genealogy completely on my Ancestry Tree and my additional research & other precious info on Dropbox. Both are free (Dropbox gives you 2GB free, but you can buy more space) and gives you peace of mind and keep the ancestors safe!!

www.dropbox.com