UPDATE #4: Facebook for Australian History and Genealogy...

Since releasing my first big list of Australian history and genealogy links on Facebook almost a year ago, I’ve continued to find more, and periodically do updates. What started out as a list of reasonable list of 504 links, has now grown to over 1000. With this update I’ve added new links to all but one category, and have added two more new categories to my list as well (DNA and Ethnic). You can download the latest list from the link below. DOWNLOAD HERE This is an ongoing list which will be updated periodically, so if you have any links you’d like added, please either send an email to  alona @ lonetester.com (without the spaces), or message me on my Lonetester Facebook page. ————– And I can’t mention genealogy on Facebook without making reference to two other incredible lists: – Katherine Willson’s worldwide Genealogy on Facebook list is enormous, and now has over 11,000 links. – Gail Dever’s Facebook for Canadian Genealogy is a must for everyone with Canadian...

UPDATE #3: Facebook for Australian History and Genealogy...

Since releasing my first big list of Australian Facebook links relating to history and genealogy back in September 2016, this list continues to grow. My first list contained 504 links in 20 pages, we have now have 833 links listed on 31 pages. There’s additions to nearly every category, and I’ve added one new category this time too (Individuals). You can download the latest list from the link below. DOWNLOAD HERE This is an ongoing list which will be updated periodically, so if you have any links you’d like added, please either send an email to  alona @ lonetester.com (without the spaces), or message me on my Lonetester page on Facebook. ————– And I can’t mention genealogy on Facebook without making reference to two other incredible lists: – Katherine Willson’s worldwide Genealogy on Facebook list is enormous, and now has over 10,000 links. – Gail Dever’s Facebook for Canadian Genealogy is a must for everyone with Canadian...

25 Ways You Can Present and Share Your Family History...

Let’s say for instance that you’ve started your family history. In fact, you’ve probably been doing it a while. Possibly even years. So now you’ve got all this family information … why not do something useful and creative with it? I’m sure many of you will say ” but none of my family are interested”. I know, I’ve heard that many, many times. And my answer to that, is that it is then your job to MAKE THEM interested. Don’t just tell them the facts (the names and dates) or give them a huge pile of papers, their eyes will glaze over, and you will have put them off family history forever. So it’s a case of getting creative in HOW you present your family history. There are many, many different ways of ‘presenting’ and sharing your research, and it really comes down to whatever works for you. It might be with just your immediate family, or it might be with the whole world. It’s entirely up to you as to who you share it with, and how you share it. Here are 25 ideas on different ways you can present and share your family history. 1. BLOG Blogging is one of the easiest ways to be able to share your research with the world. It’s free, you can do it when you want to, and you can do it from home. You’ve done the research, so why not tell your family (and the wider world) the stories of your ancestors. Tell them about the goldrush, the war heroes, the Depression, the struggles, life on the land, migrating or moving house, the stories of family heirlooms, family pets etc. It’s all history, and you could tell it. It’s a...

UPDATE #2: Facebook for Australian History and Genealogy...

Since releasing my first big list of Australian Facebook links relating to history and genealogy just over a month ago, I’ve had more links submitted to me, and have found hundreds (and I mean hundreds) more. So while my last list contained 504 links in 20 pages, this one now has 765 links, and is listed on 29 pages. And I even have two new categories in this one (Families, and Genealogy Bloggers). You can download the latest list from the link below. DOWNLOAD HERE This is an ongoing list which will be updated periodically, so if you have any links you’d like added, please either send an email to  alona @ lonetester.com (without the spaces), or message me on my Lonetester page on Facebook. ————– And I can’t mention genealogy on Facebook without making reference to two other incredible lists: – Katherine Willson’s worldwide Genealogy on Facebook list is enormous, and now has over 10,000 links. – Gail Dever’s Facebook for Canadian Genealogy is a must for everyone with Canadian...

Facebook for New Zealand History and Genealogy...

In case my big list of Facebook links wasn’t enough, I now have more even links for you. While I was compiling my listing of Australian history and genealogy Facebook links, I kept coming across links for our cousins across the ditch … New Zealand. And we can’t forget our cousins, so rather than dismiss them, I decided to create a list for them too. While it’s not as extensive as Australia’s list, there’s certainly plenty to look at … lots of old photo sites, museums, genealogy groups and other heritage related pages. To make it easier for everyone I’ve made it available as a PDF file you can download. There’s currently 126 links on 6 pages, so there’s still quite a lot for a little country. DOWNLOAD HERE As with my Australian list, this is an ongoing list which will be updated regularly, so if you have any New Zealand related links that you’d like added, please either send an email to  alona @ lonetester.com (without the spaces), or message me on my Lonetester Facebook page. —– And just a reminder about two other Genealogy on Facebook lists you should know about, firstly Katherine Willson’s worldwide Genealogy on Facebook list is one that everyone should download and have as a reference. The latest edition is enormous, as it now has over 10,000 links. And if you have Canadian heritage, Gail Dever’s list on Facebook for Canadian Genealogy is the most comprehensive available. Happy Researching on...

Facebook for Australian History and Genealogy...

Anyone who thought that Facebook is useless for genealogy research is WRONG, and this proves it. Over the past few years I’ve compiled a number of lists of Australian history and genealogy related pages and groups that are on Facebook. But I figured it was time to combine them all into one, and expand it yet again. And rather than have a HUGE long list to scroll through, I’ve made it into a PDF file so now you can download it. DOWNLOAD HERE This 20 page list has over 500 Australian genealogy and history Facebook links all categorised into State or topic (military, commercial, researcher etc.). This is an ongoing list which will be updated regularly, so if you have any links you’d like added, please either send an email to  alona @ lonetester.com (without the spaces), or message me on my Lonetester page on Facebook. ————– While we’re on the topic of Facebook and genealogy, if your research covers more than just Australia be sure to check out Katherine Willson’s worldwide Genealogy on Facebook list. This list is enormous, and now has over 10,000 links. And if you have Canadian connections, you can’t beat Gail Dever’s Facebook for Canadian Genealogy...

17 Websites to Find Photos for Your Blog...

From time to time I write a non-genealogy related post. One more general. This is one of those. But all of the links listed below are useful for not just regular bloggers, but they can certainly be used for those who are geneablogging as well. I have always believed that graphics in blog posts are important. And when you read the “what makes a good blog post” type articles, photographs and images always seem to get a mention, so I’m not the only one. Over the years I have been asked where do you get the images that I use on my blog, and the simple answer is I use BigStock which you do have to pay for, but it is low-cost compared to some. But there are other valuable resources out there that you can use, so I thought I’d introduce you to some of them. Many are free free stock photo sites, with a few pay stock photo sites listed as well. It kind of goes without saying that you MUST read the terms of use on each site, because each is different. Some are free without any attribution needed, some require attribution. Some allow you to alter the image, and others don’t. Some are available for personal use only, but not commercial. Others are fine for either use. So be aware, read the licence. ———————————————– BigStock – $ www.bigstockphoto.com BigStock (formerly BigStockPhoto) offers users over 35 million royalty-free photographs and images. They are available to download in various sizes and various file formats, and are available for individuals and commercial organisations. BigStock is a pay site, and you can pay per month, or buy credits. I use the credit method, and just purchase a batch of...

Facebook and Genealogy: 151 More Links for Australian Researchers...

The link between Facebook and genealogy just seems to keep getting stronger, with more groups, societies, history pages and so on popping up all the time. It really is THE way to keep up to date with numerous places these days. Afterall you can join a group for the area you are researching, and post queries to it. Follow a page for the town your ancestors came from and see what it was like “in the olden days”. Reminisce what life was like when you were young. Follow various state archives and societies to keep up with their latest news … and more. Back in late 2012 I created a list of 100 Facebook links for Australian researchers, and since then I have created a list with 54 links for local history. Things change quickly online, so it seemed that it was timely to create another list with even more Facebook links for Australian researchers. Grouped by Australia, Australian state, and then topics, hopefully this makes it easier for you to find groups and/or pages you might wish to follow. Please note I don’t claim that this is all the groups/pages out there for Australian researchers. In fact it’s far from it, as I know for a fact there are plenty more. But it is a good list, and hopefully you find this (and my earlier lists) useful. == AUSTRALIA == Aussie & UK Angels – Reuniting lost family https://www.facebook.com/groups/1669732293272781/ Aussie Help for all Genealogy https://www.facebook.com/groups/1424411964495247/ Australia Genealogy Research https://www.facebook.com/AustraliaGenealogy/ Australia Old Pioneer Photos https://www.facebook.com/groups/australiaoldpioneerphotos/ Australia Remember When https://www.facebook.com/AustraliaRememberWhen/ Australian Family History and Genealogy https://www.facebook.com/groups/141114082690049/ Australian Historic Photographers for Genealogical Research https://www.facebook.com/groups/1447633032180173/ Australian History Bloggers Fan Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/AussieHistoryBloggers/ British-Australian Ancestry https://www.facebook.com/groups/1691451644416442/ Genealogy ~ Resources ~ Help https://www.facebook.com/FamilyHistoryResousesHelp/ Genealogy My Ancestors Came to Australia https://www.facebook.com/groups/107640276041406/ Old Service Station Photographs – Australia https://www.facebook.com/groups/567854296691889/ Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness – RAOGK Australia https://www.facebook.com/groups/169770909883489/ Using DNA for Genealogy – Australia & NZ https://www.facebook.com/groups/400009620157960/ Vintage Memories-Australia through time https://www.facebook.com/groups/old.australiana.album/ Vintage Rural Australia https://www.facebook.com/Vintage-Rural-Australia-839951842687685/   ==...

Cyndi’s List: The Genealogy Mega-Portal Site Turns 20...

Cyndi’s List without doubt is one of the top websites I use, but it is also one of the top ones worldwide for genealogy. While when people think of the big names in genealogy, they automatically thing of Ancestry, Findmypast, MyHeritage and FamilySearch … right? But in my thinking, Cyndi’s List is just as important. No, it’s not a site that contains billions of records like the others, but rather a mega-portal site that can direct you places that may well have what you’re after. Having known of Cyndi for years and years, it was a true honour to meet her in person for the first time in 2013 at RootsTech, and I’ve been fortunate enough to catch up with her several times since. She is not only a dear friend both personally and in the genealogy industry, but in my opinion I believe she has changed genealogy … or more specifically I should say, her website has. In thinking about this post I was asking myself to describe in one sentence what what Cyndi’s List is, here’s just a few I came up with: – It is one the the most important genealogy websites around, and everyone should be using it – It is the mega-portal for genealogy (the stats speak for themselves) – It has provided me with places to search, that I never would have known existed, and am therefore I am indebted to it – and it has been a labour of love for the past 20 years by one women, Cyndi herself On the 4th of March 1996 Cyndi’s List was born. It started as a list of 1025 top genealogy links which she had compiled for her local genealogy society, and by the end...

My Top 15 Blog Posts for 2015...

I’d like to thank Judy G. Russell (aka The Legal Genealogist) for giving me the idea for this post. She recently wrote one titled “2015 Top Posts: Family” in which she lists her “top 10 family-related posts of the year, not by reader ranking… but by the ranking of the heart…”. While I do totally love this idea, I was also intigued to know what my “top looked at” posts for 2015 were. So to find out, I headed to Google Analytics, and now have the results … So my top 15 looked at blog posts for 2015 are: 15. EVACUATE! This is a post I wrote after having to evacuate my home at the beginning of 2015 due to a bushfire. And when faced with having to packup things in a hurry, it made me realise what really is important. 14. Discovering Links: 25 Free Links for English Genealogy and History It was June 2014 when I started my “Discovering Links” series of posts. These are a collection of links that I have found, or have found useful, and wanted to share – and I decided to group them together in themes, this one being English ones. 13. Discovering Links: Convicts, Australian Royalty Who doesn’t like convicts and convict records? This post gives readers links to 23 convict related sites. 12. 13 Tips for First Time Geneacruisers This is an old post from 2013, and I was must say I was surprised (but pleased) to see it in the list. Hopefully that means that there are more people who are (or are thinking of) taking a genealogy cruise. 11. My Favourite Cornish Genealogy Websites (and They’re Free) This was a pre-curser to my Discovering Links posts, and this...