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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.

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]

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.

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.

More than just an events resource

We introduced Unlock the Past in our previous post, writing mainly about our foundation as an events resource. But Unlock the Past will be much more than this. We plan to develop the web site as a significant history and genealogy resource and gateway. Much of our focus is on reaching people in the traditional ways such as events and publishing. But we want to tap into new technologies to add much more value and to reach those who can’t get to events. The aim is also reach a wider, younger audience generally.

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