The link below is to an article that reports on a new database available online, that of New Zealand Sheep-Farmers from 1881 to 1918. I’m not sure that the database will assist in searching for Kiwi Black Sheep of the family though.
There have been a number of things happening at Tracing our History over the last couple of days, including the overhaul of Kevin’s Portal as mentioned in an earlier post. The latest happenings are listed below:
The latest issue of Research has been completed and is now available online via the link below:
The first collaboration project has been launched via the Tracing our History Stixyboard (a password is required – please request one). Details of the project and how to use Stixyboard are covered in the above-mentioned newsletter.
Collaboration features of the Tracing our History site have been moved to a new section of the site. Visit the collaboration page at:
The Kevin’s Portal updates can be found at:
http://kevinmatthews.zxq.net/ The updates and overhaul at Kevin’s Portal are also covered in the newsletter.
This television show has been around for a while now, but I have only just now watched the very first episode of the Australian version. The episode was about the family history of Australian actor Jack Thompson. It was a very interesting presentation and I think the show will certainly ignite the interest of many people in researching their own family history. I’m a fan of the show now, for sure.
I believe there is also an English version of the show. The Australian version is available on DVD and is shown on SBS television.
The newsletter for ‘Kevin’s Family – Online History Site,’ known as ‘Kevin’s Mailout,’ will be discontinued. In fact, the newsletter’s last issue was back in 2004, so it could be argued that it had already been discontinued and this is a fair argument. I did begin another issue in 2008, but it was never completed.
With the emergence of this Blog, ‘Tracing our History,’ the newsletter seems to be somewhat superfluous, even though there are undoubtedly a great number of family members and friends who don’t have Internet access. Having said that, I don’t believe there was any ‘official’ circulation of the newsletter in hard copy anyhow.
Anything that I would have placed in the newsletter will now be placed on the Blog instead and will not have to wait (possibly years) for the next issue of the newsletter. This seems a far better idea to me and will save a large amount of work for me also. The energy used in putting together a newsletter can now be placed into actual research and web site development, which will also be a far better result I think.
The archives of the newsletter will still be available via the web site at: