Unlock The Past Cruise 2013 Review

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>I’m home from the 3rd Unlock The Past cruise 2013 and even though I picked up a cold on my way home (thanks Sydney!!) I am buzzing with all the things I’ve heard, seen and experienced. I’m sure it will take many weeks to process it all, but I have a list of things I must do and look at, and I keep thinking of new additions for the list.

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 !!

 

Keeping Your Resaerch Safe !!

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>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

  

Amazing what Genealogy turns up!

Amazing what Genealogy turns up!A genealogist is burying one of her ancestors after discovering that his bones were held by Bristol Royal Infirmary. The hospital had been storing the skeleton in a box under stairs, but Mary Halliwell is arranging for a burial ….. 180 years after the death occurred.

Who says genealogy is boring!!!

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-11711858

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Yorkshire Family History Fair

 

If you are anywhere near York on 26th June then pop along to the Yorkshire Family History Fair. It sounds as if it will be a great place to catch up with all the latest in genealogy. The fair is at York Racecourse, Knavesmire Stand, admission is only £4 and there are cafeteria facilities onsite.

http://www.yorkshirefamilyhistoryfair.com/

Yorkshire Family History Fair

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Find My Past free during England World Cup matches

 

 

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