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Events of interest

Here are the results of our 8th Unlock the Past poll. 142 people voted casting a total of 684 votes. It seems there is interest in events of all types. Most events will be seminars, fairs and conferences by societies and others, most of which Unlock the Past will support. However Unlock the Past will conduct some regional roadshows. In addition we have provisionally commited to 4 major events – expos in Adelaide and Sydney, a national roadshow and a history-genealogy cruise in early early 2011.

Presenting your research poll results

Here are the results of our 7th Unlock the Past poll.

Cruise poll results

Here are the results of our 6th Unlock the Past poll. 214 people voted. 35 said they had been on a cruise before and 28 sent comments.  With over 205 indications of strong interest (definite, probably and partner)  it would seem that a block booking for 300 could be filled. Inevitably some may not be able to come at the time selected, but perhaps some of the 67 “maybes” could be persuaded. And of course we have only given very limited notice to date.

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.

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