World War I at sea: An Australian witness to the Moldavia’s sinking

An Australian sapper in the Great War, HP Cornell kept a meticulous record of his wartime experiences in a war diary. Before he’d even reached the front, he witnessed and chronicled the dramatic sinking of the RMS Moldavia. Here, using snippets from this diary and other first-hand accounts, his grandson Larry Cornell revisits this tragic and lesser-known … Read on

Spotlight on: The NMA’s online World War I portal, Remembering 1914-18

There are soldiers’ identity discs, war medals and postcards exchanged between soldiers and their loved ones back home. There’s a children’s board game called Trencho, inspired by trench warfare. A booklet commemorating the first Anzac Day in 1916. A nomad’s tribal dagger given to a war pilot after a crash-landing in the desert. You’ll find touching remnants … Read on

Mapping Your Ancestors: An expert Guide to Historic Property Records

Where, oh where, could your ancestor be? In the May-June issue of Inside History magazine, genealogist Carole Riley – an expert in New South Wales land research – outlines where to find, and how to use, land and property records, parish maps and plans to pinpoint your ancestor. Here, we share a preview of her … Read on

Where to start? :: Finding your World War One ancestors

In this significant year, the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, many of us will begin to wonder if our ancestors were involved in the First World War. But how and where should you start your research? Penny Edwell from World War One Link has some helpful hints and tips on how to research your Great … Read on

Top 10 Out and About Genie Activities

As a prolific blogger and long-time family historian from Darwin, Pauleen Cass of Family History Across the Seas knows a thing or two about the joys of genealogy online. But here, instead, she takes a step away from the keyboard and shares with us her top 10 ways to take your research out and about … Read on

State Library of NSW creating the largest collection of digitised newspapers in Australia. Over 4.5 million pages.

Over 4.5 million pages of historical newspapers are now fully searchable online as part of the State Library of NSW’s major initiative funded by the NSW State Government to fast track the digitisation of its entire newspaper collection. This first major milestone in the State Library’s extensive $22.4 million digitisation program is providing local and … Read on

The Lost Boys of ANZAC by Peter Stanley

Australians are fascinated with their nation’s experience of World War I, and particularly with the people who fought and died in that conflict. Our annual observance of Anzac Day, the sustained consumption of books and films about Australia’s military history and, not least, the popularity of family history research all mean that war assumes a … Read on

National Family History Month in August 2014! What are you doing to celebrate?

National Family History Month (NFHM) is held annually in August in Australia and New Zealand. It is an AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) initiative to promote genealogy and family history in Australasia and was started in 2006 as a week and changed to a month in 2013. More information is on the NFHM website home … Read on

Find your servicewoman in the archives

Shauna Hicks looks at the Australian Women’s Register a resource that may help you locate your lady. The Australian Women’s Register is part of the Australian Women’s’ Archive Project, an initiative of the National Foundation of Australian Women in conjunction with the University of Melbourne. It can be a very quick and easy way to find … Read on

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