Thursday, March 6, 2014

Issue 21: Mar-Apr 2014 is now available!

Inside History magazine is for people passionate about Australian and New Zealand genealogy, history and heritage.Celebrating our shared past: Issue 21 of Inside History (Mar–Apr 2014) is fresh off the press! Early colonial artworks, an exclusive chat with George Clooney on his new history-themed film, pioneering Australian women scientists, World War I stories, how-to guides, and more — issue 21 of Inside History covers a lot of ground on its exploration of the past!

Inside History’s exclusive interview with Hollywood star George Clooney on his latest blockbuster, The Monuments Men, delves into the real-life Allied World War II mission that inspired the film. As director, lead actor, and co-screenwriter, Clooney talks about the heroes who rescued priceless historic European art treasures from Nazi looting and destruction, and shares his insights about the value of history. (Plus we ask about what it was like to work with Australia’s own Hollywood star, Cate Blanchett!)

As we approach Anzac Day and the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, we offer several different perspectives to reflect on the grave human impacts of th e war. In a touching story ofloss and grief, we hear how a Sydney family coped with the news of their loved ones’ deaths on the battlefield. Next, the legacy of the war ’s horror on surviving soldiers is revealed through our story on two very different men, their starkly contrasting post-war experiences, and the family connection that later linked them together. It is a timely reminder of the toll that war takes even on it s survivors. We also examine the effect of the Boer War on Australia, and profile the six men who were awarded VCs for bravery under fire.

Venturing further back into the past, examine early Sydney Cove as the first European settlers would have, in a new exhibition from the State Library of NSW. Artist Colony offers a time capsule of the colony’s earliest years through paintings, sketches, manuscripts and awe-struck letters. We chat to the curator and conservator who brought the exhibition to life. This issue meet our groundbreaking scientists who, from the First Fleet through to the 20th century, helped pioneer the discoveries of the world around us.

We examine the crucial yet sorely under-recognised contributions these women made to marine biology, zoology and our understanding of Australia itself. Traverse farther and deeper into your own past with our special guide to tracing female ancestors by renowned author and historian Noeline Kyle. From convicts and crims to public servants and domestic workers, those elusive women on the family tree will be within your sights in no time thanks to this in-depth round-up of family history resources!

Next, expert genealogist Shauna Hicks takes us through the under-utilised treasures of the Australian National University’s Noel Butlin Archives Centre and explains how its diverse range of records can help you on your research journey. Plus, we share tips on Irish family history research and how to solve the dilemma of the ancestor with the common name.

We pack our bags and take a tour around tropical North Queensland, discovering that alongside its tourist delights of reef, rainforest and palm-fringed boulevards, there is a rich, diverse history just waiting to be explored. We delve into the exciting Discovering Anzacs database by the National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) reveals its exciting projects underway, and Ku-Ring-Gai Historical Society reports on its ambitious project aiming to compile biographies of all World War I service personnel linked to their area.

Plus, we round up the 45 latest online records you can’t miss.

Whether you prefer to explore archives and libraries, exciting new places, scientific discoveries, or even the latest Hollywood releases, issue 21 of Inside History has something in store for you! Other exciting avenues to explore in issue 21 include:
And much more – in fact, 76 pages of terrific features, practical information on genealogy, chances to network with other family historians, and book and app reviews.

On sale now online - click here to buy! Issue 21 is available in newsagents nationally - click here to see where. If your local newsagent doesn't stock us though, then they should be able to put a order in for you from Gordon & Gotch [G&G] - our title number is 11904 and G&G is on 1300 650 666, if your agent asks.  Once your newsagent sends in your request, we'll make sure that our next edition, Issue 22: May-Jun 2014, is sent there for you!

Packed as always with in-depth family history research advice and features on Australia’s social history and heritage, Inside History is Australia’s leading bi-monthly magazine for people passionate about the past. It’s available from newsagents nationally for $9.95, and digitally for $8.49 on iPad via Apple Newsstand, and for Android and desktop computers through Zinio. Or subscribe and have it delivered straight to your door.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

50 genealogy blogs you need to read in 2013!

Inside History’s 2nd Annual Genealogy Blog Awards are here! With the help of geneablogger Jill Ball, we’ve compiled our best 50 blogs from around the world. Get ready for “a glorious and unforgettable ride”. Drum roll, please…

What makes a geneablog great? Many people’s responses to this question via Twitter and Google+ have guided the choices here for Inside History’s 2nd Annual Genealogy Blog Awards.
The suggestion that most struck a chord was from Caroline Pointer who wrote, ‘Ones that take me on a glorious and unforgettable ride. And all the other stuff everyone else suggested.’ Our respondents looked for elements such as accuracy, commitment, consistency, content, originality, photographs, tone and writing style, while a few people touched on the technical aspects of a blog like a clean appearance, and no junk ads. Alona Tester suggested, ‘useful bits like blog archives [and] search, subscribe and share buttons’. Blogs that are easy to find, access and navigate rated highly here; blogs are a collaborative medium so bloggers need to make it easy for readers to interact with their audience. The relevance of these features varies from blog to blog depending on their style and purpose.

Surprisingly, no-one suggested passion, which is an extension of commitment. When examining the blogs for this list, commitment from an institutional or commercial blog, or passion from a personal blog rated highly. A blogger does not have to post daily to have commitment, but it needs to be on a regular basis be it daily, weekly or monthly. Readers also need to know what to expect, and this should be communicated in an About page on a blog. Other static pages such as calendars, contact details, disclosures and other relevant information also add value. Originality was the feature that received the most mentions and this has been a big factor in determining the awards. In the words of one respondent, we were looking for blogs that contain more than ‘simply press releases’. It’s great to see new blogs being launched all the time in the geneablogging world, and some of these are included here, such as Irish Genealogy News and Jax Trax.

The following list of Inside History’s top 50 blogs for 2013 is divided into categories and is listed in alphabetical order rather than rank or order of merit. So without any further ado, let’s reveal which blogs from around the globe made it onto our must-read (and must-follow) list for 2013…

Stay up to date with what some of our leading institutions are doing when it comes to family history. Here are a few that we like to read:

1. Archives Outside,
2. Australian War Memorial,
3. Dictionary of Sydney,
4. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland,
5. Kintalk, Auckland City Libraries,
6. Manly Families, Manly Library,
7. Moonee Valley History,
8. Perth History Centre,
9. Public Record Office Victoria,
10. National Library of Australia,
11. The National Archives,

Organisations Want to be the first to know when new records or techy features are released? Here are our favourite blogs from genealogy organisations:

13. Billion Graves,
14. FamilySearch,
16. Geneanet Genealogy Blog,
17. Gould Genealogy and History News,
18. Legacy Family Tree,
19. MyHeritage Blog,

Niche topics and societies Some blogs are smaller in scope, but have a largesse of informative posts on the topic at hand. Here are some examples:

20. Genealogists for Families Project,
21. Local History Newslink, Maitland NSW,
22. The Empire Called and I Answered,
23. Genealogical Society of Victoria,
24. Ku-ring-gai Historical Society,

Personal genealogists As every researcher knows, family history is a labour of love, whether it’s a hobby or a career. Here are our favourite personal blogs:

25. Anglo-Celtic Connections,
26. A Rebel Hand,
27. Auld Genealogy,
28. Australian Genealogy Journeys,
29. Backtracking,
30. Chloe Okoli,
31. Dear Myrtle,
32. Family History Across the Seas,
33. Family History Fun,
34. GenBlog,
35. Genealogy’s Star,
36. Geniaus,
37.Jax Trax,
38. Kylie’s Genes,
39. Lonetester HQ,
40. Mad about Genealogy,
41. Now and Then,
42. Strong Foundations,
43. Stumbling Through the Past,
44. Western District Families,

Professional genealogists We love these blogs that offer a regular glimpse into the work being done in the family history world:

45. British Genes,
46. Shauna Hicks,
47. Geneabloggers,
48. Irish Genealogy News,
49. Jayne Shrimpton,
50. The Family Recorder,