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What is the earliest known arrival date of any of your ancestors to Australia or NZ?

Here are the results of our 36th Unlock the Past po

Press Release - 3rd Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Cruise 10-19 Feb 2013

The 3rd Unlock the Past History & Genealogy cruise 10-19 February 2013

Adelaide, South Australia, 1 July 2012 - Unlock the Past announces the 3rd Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Cruise. This will be a relaxing 9 night cruise to the South Pacific, combined with a fascinating history and genealogy themed conference.

Future cruises 2014 - 2015 - 2016

last updated 28 March 2013

Unlock the Past is planning further cruises and would like your feedback

We will consider only cruise ships with good conferencing facilities - and available to us all/most of time. Cruise lines with ships we know that meet these criteria are:

Family Tree Builder version 5

Family Tree Builder version 5

by Rosemary Kopittke

For software that is completely free to download, MyHeritage's Family Tree Builder version 5 has impressive features. Though some features require the premium version most are available without purchasing it.

Data entry: I found the software easy to use for data entry.

The Unlock the Past Roadshow and the future

Here are a few photos and comments on the History & Genealogy Roadshow ANZ to complement Shauna Hicks’ superb and interesting daily blogs and her Roadshow overview.

It was especially

History & Genealogy Expo Sydney 2010 Evaluation

The second Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Expo was held in Sydney on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 October 2010 at the Parramatta RSL, Parramatta. Approximately 550 people attended, with the majority coming for both days. The venue had a very different atmosphere over the two days: Friday felt alive and buzzing as people hurried from exhibits to talks and back again; Saturday was more low-key, with attendees passing their time leisurely and without the need for rush.

What is the earliest known arrival date Poll

Here are the results of our 23rd Unlock the Past poll - What is the earliest known arrival date of any of your ancestors? Votes were cast by 458 people. The results are summarised in the table below - most people responding had an ancestor arrive before 1860 though some are very recent arrivals.

History & Genealogy Expo [video]

Have you wondered what the Expos are all about? Can they really help with your genealogy, history & heritage interests. Take a look at this video for just a taste of the atmosphere, the exhibition and some of the speakers you will enjoy if you come along to a History & Genealogy Expo hosted by Unlock the Past.

Search For Henry Spencer Ends

My partner Max's grandfather was a real mystery man. Unfortunately Max's father knew very little about his father so we only had vague family stories to follow.

What we did know was that Max's grandfather, Henry Spencer was from West Bromwich in Staffordshire and it was relatively easy to identify him and his parents and siblings in English census records and to trace them further back. Where we had a brick wall was how and when Henry came to Australia and where he died.

Types of History Poll

Here are the results of our 21st Unlock the Past poll - What types of history are you involved in? One hundred and two people voted casting a total of 342 votes. Obviously the predominant interests of those responding was family history (98%) but there is a broad range of interest in other areas of history as well with local history (43.1%) and social history (30.4%) being the most popular.

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