Unlock the Past Cruise March 2011 - Day Six

I apologise to all my fans that I did not manage to write this blog on either Friday or Saturday. Friday I could not arrange to have a computer, and Saturday I did not have access to one until I finally arrived at home at 8pm, at which point I wasn't particularly interested in writing a blog.

Unlock the Past Cruise March 2011 - Day Five

We were back into the swing of things now that the off-shore touring was over. The Unlock the Past program ran all day, beginning at 8am and not really stopping until about 9pm. Different things cater for different people’s taste - there were the general forty-five minute talks for the entire 240 delegates, shorter sessions for 60 people, as well as table discussion groups for either lunch or tea (I have noticed that different generations or localities speak of dinner as either lunch or tea, so I’ll avoid the word entirely to save confusion).

Unlock the Past Cruise March 2011 - Day Four

Today was without an Unlock the Past program so people were free to spend their time in Vila without being tempted to attend talks or group discussions. I walked down the gangplank at 8.10am, ready for my tour at 8.30am. The sun was intense once more, and I knew it would be a hot day. The forecast was merely just above 30 degrees but the humidity was far greater than I’m used to.

Unlock the Past Cruise March 2011 - Day Three

Before rushing head-long into today’s events I must write about last night’s excitement. I stayed up until the ridiculous hour of 11pm to watch the ship pull out from Noumea. A little tugboat arrived at the rear of the ship at approximately 10.30pm, and subsequently put on a bit of a show, turning around in circles, meandering to and fro. I’m not sure whether the driver was bored or if there was method in their madness, but it occupied both their and my time waiting until the ship was ready. Finally the time obviously arrive at 10.45pm as the tug moved closer to the harbour.

Unlock the Past Cruise March 2011 - Day Two

Today was our first sunny day and the heat was surprisingly intense. The deck was full of cancer-loving sunbathers and others jumping in and out of the pools. The sea was much calmer, something my stomach appreciated greatly.

Unlock the Past Cruise March 2011 - Day One (part 2)

Food can come from a number of places on the ship (for ‘free‘), including the buffet, restaurant, and some tables that mysteriously appear and disappear near the pool. I chose to have a meatball roll from these mysterious tables. The afternoon was spent by some watching a movie, sitting and drinking cocktails (alcohol is abundant…), going to discussion groups, or perhaps having a nanna nap. I was in that latter category. 4pm meant talks began once more and this time we went to an equally cold room, the Dome.

Unlock the Past Cruise March 2011 - Day One (Part One)

I am here sitting in the internet cafe on the Pacific Dawn, typing away as speedily as possible to not use up too much internet time (.75c per minute, for future reference).

As I have a copious amount of time on board, when I'm not lying down feeling sick or in talks (still feeling sick), I thought I could let those who may be interested know what's happening and what to expect from future cruises.

This morning's talks consisted of Shauna Hick's and Jeremy Palmer. I have never heard Jeremy speak so was interested in sitting in. First I will discuss Shauna's though.

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.

What Irish counties do you have research interests in? Poll

Here are the results of our 26th Unlock the Past poll - What Irish counties do you have ancestors from - or research interests in? Votes were cast by 374 people. The results are summarised in the table below.

What wars did your family serve in? Poll

Here are the results of our 25th Unlock the Past poll - What wars did your ancestors or others on your family tree serve in? Votes were cast by 298 people. The results are summarised in the table below.

Almost all voters have someone in the family who served in the first and second world wars and close to 40 percent had a connection with the Boer war. Families continue to be linked with more recent wars as indicated by the numbers for the Korean (10.9%), Vietnam (23.4%) and other recent conflicts.

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