Genealogy

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.

World Vital Records – subscriptions

This is the first of our blogs on World Vital Records Australasia. These will include announcements of major content additions and site developments as well as tips and advice to get the most out of the site. World Vital Records Australasia is now up for subscription and access to 50 million records for Australasia and over 1 billion world wide. However a little more fine tuning is being done before it is widely announced, hopefully in a few days.

First up an introduction to subscriptions. Three levels are offered:

Social media poll results

Here are the results of our second Unlock the Past poll. 82 votes were cast. With multiple choices allowed the number of voters would have been somewhat less.

QUESTION: Do you use any online social media?

  • Bebo – 0%
  • Facebook – 24.39%
  • Flikr – 13.41%
  • GenealogyWise – 9.76%
  • Geni – 3.66%
  • LinkedIn – 4.88%
  • Myspace – 0%
  • Picasa – 7.32%
  • Twitter – 17.07%
  • YouTube – 7.32%
  • None – 6.10%
  • Other – 6.10%

‘Other’ votes that people have entered in the poll.

Photos from last weekend’s expo at Ballarat

Here are some photos of the Central Highlands Historical Association Family and Local History Expo at Ballarat last weekend.

I hope to see some of you at the Western Victoria & South Eastern South Australia Family History Expo at Stawell, Victoria this coming weekend. Come along to see about 30 societies and other exhibitors. Look out for special offers and prizes. Listen to presantations from six speakers.

It’s amazing what can be achieved in a ludicrously short time!

Carol Baxter is one of our Unlock the Past speakers. Within 5 weeks of raising the possibility of turning her talks into booklets she has produced her first. Amazing!

Unlock the Past on the road

Shauna and I will be on the road at two events in Victoria and two in Queensland over the next few weeks. We will be exhibiting as Unlock the Past, World Vital Records Australasia and Gould Genealogy & History at the first three and speaking at some. If you can get along, please make yourself known and ask us about Unlock the Past and World Vital Records Australasia which is about to launch with 50 million Australasian records online – and much more.

Society membership poll results

Here are the results of our first Unlock the Past poll. 172 votes were cast by 116 people, a good number, given this was an early poll on a site that has just started.

Unlock The Past - Beginnings

Unlock The Past is an exciting new venture that began with discussions between Shauna Hicks (Shauna Hicks History Enterprises) and Alan Phillips (Gould Genealogy & History, Archive Digital Books Australasia) in June of this year. 

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