5th Unlock the Past Cruise – The Pre-Cruise Days

5th Unlock the Past Cruise – The Pre-Cruise Days

July 24, 2014 in All Posts, Events

Well the 5th Unlock the Past cruise is underway, and as we’re stopped in port today (with internet of some sort, but it’s better than none), it has given me time to sit and write something.

But before I get too much into the cruise happenings itself, let me tell you about the two days before that started.

The Unlock the Past cruise team (myself included), arrived in London on Thursday (17th July). As it was in the morning, it gave us a chance to make our way to our hotel to dump our bags, and then go for a wander around.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles … And a Big Ship As Well

Planes, Trains and Automobiles … And a Big Ship As Well

July 10, 2014 in All Posts, Britain, Events

Planes, maybe a train, and no doubt buses and taxis, as well as a big ship are what I will be experiencing soon, as in a few days time I’ll be on my way to London to go on Unlock the Past’s 5th cruise. So the suitcase is out, the passport is packed, and so are my European plugs, and my Unlock the Past cruise t-shirts. The rest I need to work out this weekend!

This is Unlock the Past’s 5th history and genealogy cruise, and it will be first real international one, as all their previous cruises have left from either Australian or New Zealand ports. This one starts from London, then goes up to Scotland, around to Ireland, stops at the Islands, touches on France, and then heads back to London. So it’ll be quite a trip!

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Great Grandpa Winter and his Tattoos

Great Grandpa Winter and his Tattoos

July 7, 2014 in All Posts, Winter Family History

I have written from time to time about  my great grandpa Winter (see the links below), and was inspired to do so again after reading an article today.

Although the article was about convicts their tattoos, it reminded me of Otto Winter’s tattoos which I found out about from his military records.

The image below is  portion of a page from Otto Winter’s WW1 records which are held at the National Archives of Australia – which lists his tattoos in his distinguishing marks.

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Was it More Than a Dream?

Was it More Than a Dream?

July 2, 2014 in All Posts, General

Dreams (the sleeping-type ones, not the wishful-thinking ones) are odd. You go to sleep, you enter a world where everything seems possible and makes sense – though it clearly doesn’t – but it sure does in that world – then you wake up, and for the most part forget about what it was you even dreamt about.

Dreams can make you happy, sad, scared or leave you feeling any number of other emotions. So yes, they are odd. However this post isn’t to tell you about dreams, but rather to tell you about one I had.

I have you intrigued don’t I. A dream on a genealogy related blog? How’s that work?

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