Thursday, April 24, 2014

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria 

Tue 29 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM ScotlandsPeople™ online
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Wed 30 Apr @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Orientation Morning - Introduction to the Society and Research Basics
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Thu 01 May @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Scottish architects in the Western district - Allan Willingham
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Thu 01 May @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM FamilySearch™ online
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Sat 03 May @ 01.30PM- 03.30PM Descendants of Convicts Meeting
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

AIF Database online

Every now and again a particular web site / database stands out.  The AIF Database has disappeared from public access more than once over the years - a real shame for such a useful database.

Hopefully with the growth in projects leading up to the ANZAC Centenary, this is one of the projects that has generated additional support and resources and that it will be back online permanently.

You can now access and search this terrific database.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria 

Mon 21 Apr @ Closed - Public Holiday
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Tue 22 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM findmypast™ & other commercial databases online
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Wed 23 Apr @ 12.30PM- 02.00PM Early English Genealogy Discussion Circle
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Thu 24 Apr @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM A 'Leg up' over your brick wall in American research - Mischelle Hodge
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Thu 24 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM National Archives Australia & other state archives online
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Fri 25 Apr @ Closed - Public Holiday
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Follow the PERSON or the PLACE?

In fact you should follow both!  The Heritage Seminar at the Genealogical Society of Victoria this Saturday will help you follow both the person AND the place.

Even better - the Seminar is free for GSV Members and only $20 for Non-Members.  As an added bonus, Non-Members paying for the Seminar can then use the GSV Library for the afternoon at no extra charge.

There is still time to book for this event ... full details:

Heritage & Family History Seminar

Presented by: The Genealogical Society of Victoria in conjunction with Heritage Week

DATE:Saturday 12 April 2014
TIME:10.30 am - 12.30 pm
LOCATION:GSV Meeting Room, Level B1 / 257 Collins Street, Melbourne
COST:GSV Members FREE, Non-members $20.00
BOOKINGS:Booking are essential.  Make Bookings and Payment through
the GSV Online shop or at the GSV reception
IMPORTANT: Initially there will be 25 places for Members and 20 places for
Non-Members.  This may be adjusted after 31 March.

Non-members will also be able to use the GSV Library for the
rest of the day without paying the normal Non-members Day Pass fee.
CANCELLATION:Refunds will only be given if cancellation is made five working days
before the start of this seminar

Program

Susie ZadaWhy Heritage helps with your Family History research
  How Family History enhances Heritage

Parking at the GSV (updated)

We posted this blog a little over a year ago and the link to the Flindersgate car park has changed.  Rather than just change that link on the original blog, we though it was worthwhile reposting the whole blog.

The Genealogical Society of Victoria is located in the heart of the city of Melbourne which makes it a very easy location to reach via public transport.  Some members and visitors however do need to drive to the city.  The other week one of our members was charged a large amount to park her car within reasonable distance of the Society's premises.

One nearby carpark has a very reasonable rate for weekends and it seems that their Early Bird weekday rate is also very good.  As at April 2014 if you arrive between 7.00 am and 10.00 am, and depart after 2.00 pm, the Early Bird rate is $12.00 - considerably cheaper than our member had paid.

This is the Flindersgate car park at 172-192 Flinders Street.  The Flinders Lane entrance is about the same distance east of Swanston Street as the rear entrance to the GSV is west of Swanston Street.

Do you know of a better option close to the GSV? There appear to be some others in Flinders Street also offering good Early Bird rates - let us know if you find one you'd recommend.

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria 

Tue 15 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Ancestry™ online
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Wed 16 Apr @ 10.00AM- 12.30PM Legacy Users Group
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Wed 16 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Public Record Office Victoria [PROV] online
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Fri 18 Apr @ Closed - Public Holiday
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Sat 19 Apr @ Closed - Public Holiday
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Tue 08 Apr @ 10.00AM- 12.45PM English Family History Research 1700-1837 Special Class
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Tue 08 Apr @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Durham, Northumberland & Cumberland Discussion Circle
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Tue 08 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Australian BDM indexes via Digger ™
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Wed 09 Apr @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Cornwall Discussion Circle
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Thu 10 Apr @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Researching families in South Australia - Raelene Lane
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Thu 10 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM GSV library catalogue & databases - tips
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Sat 12 Apr @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM GSV Heritage & Family History Seminar
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Heritage and Family History


The Genealogical Society of Victoria's contribution to the 2014 Heritage Week in Victoria is a half-day seminar bringing together Heritage and Family History. 
 
Being fortunate enough to have worked in both the genealogy and heritage environment it's exciting to understand how each research field can be used to enhance the other. 
 
Whether you work in the genealogy world or the heritage world, you will find this seminar of interest:

Heritage & Family History Seminar

Presented by: The Genealogical Society of Victoria in conjunction with Heritage Week

DATE: Saturday 12 April 2014
TIME: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
LOCATION: GSV Meeting Room, Level B1 / 257 Collins Street, Melbourne
COST: GSV Members FREE, Non-members $20.00
BOOKINGS: Booking are essential.  Make Bookings and Payment through
the GSV Online shop or at the GSV reception
IMPORTANT: Initially there will be 25 places for Members and 20 places for
Non-Members.  This may be adjusted after 31 March.

Non-members will also be able to use the GSV Library for the rest of
the day without paying the normal Non-members Day Pass fee.
CANCELLATION: Refunds will only be given if cancellation is made five working days
before the start of this seminar

Program

Susie Zada Why Heritage helps with your Family History research
  How Family History enhances Heritage

A recent discussion on the Victorian Heritage Chat mailing list is a great example of how family history and heritage go hand-in-hand.  A wrong was righted when a Wikipedia entry was created for Edward SNELL - "diarist, artist, civil engineer and surveyor" - responsible for the design of the Geelong-Melbourne railway line - the first country railway line in Australia.

Extra contributions came from members of the mailing list to help round out the Wikipedia entry.  The biographical summary for Edward Snell showed "Children: Emily Charlotte (died as an infant), George Stothert, Emily Lisle, Charles Scott Snell, and 5 others".  Hopefully the entry won't stay like that for long!  That statement "and 5 others" is like a red rag to a genealogist!  No self respecting family historian could allow that the remain!

OK - Children:
  • Emily Charlotte SNELL, born March 1854, Little Scotland, Geelong, Victoria; died 10 April 1854, Newtown, Geelong; buried Eastern Cemetery, Geelong
  • George Stothert SNELL, born 11 July 1855, Newtown, Geelong; baptised 2 September 1855, St Paul's Church of England, Geelong
  • Edward Lisle SNELL, born 29 November 1856, Newtown, Geelong; baptised 30 December 1856, St Paul's Church of England, Geelong
  • Henry Bayley SNELL, born December quarter 1858, Richmond, Yorkshire, England
  • Arthur Bartrum SNELL, born March quarter 1860, Saltash, Cornwall, England
  • Charles Scott SNELL, born September quarter 1862, Saltash, Cornwall, England
  • Alfred Cannan SNELL, born December quarter 1863, Saltash, Cornwall, England
  • Kate Emily SNELL, born 3 May 1865, Saltash, Cornwall, England; married Harold William READ, 1893, St Germans, Cornwall
  • Frederick Allibon SNELL, born March quarter 1868, Saltash, Cornwall, England
That's nine children, all present and accounted for - but that wasn't all that was found in a short burst of research.
 
When Edward SNELL married Charlotte Elizabeth BAYLEY in Geelong on 23 June 1853, the witnesses were George William BAYLEY [possibly Elizabeth's brother] and Fred KAWERAU.  The latter is significant - you'll understand why if you look at the Wiki entry for Frederick KAWERAU.
 
And yet another significant piece of information - Edward's daughter Emily Charlotte was buried in a plot owned and occupied by members of Edward PROWSE's family - PROWSE was another business partner.

Genealogists are used to presenting their research in family group sheets, however they become a terrific heritage appendix for engineers, architects, builders and similar.  See this example for architect Albert PURCHAS.
 
And then there are so many examples of the value of Heritage Studies to family history research!
 
Come to the seminar and you'll appreciate the connections between Family History and Heritage.

Don't be disappointed ... again!

Last year we had a number of people who wanted to book for the Special Class: English Family History Research 1700-1837 but they were too late - this Special Class was completely booked out.

The good news is that there are still some vacancies for this year's class:


DATE:Tuesday 8 April 2014
TIME:10.00 am - 12.45 pm
LOCATION:GSV Meeting Room, Level B1 / 257 Collins Street, Melbourne
COST:GSV Members $20.00, Non-members $40.00
BOOKINGS:Booking with payment is essential.  Make Payments through 
the GSV Online shop or at the GSV reception
CANCELLATION:Refunds will only be given if cancellation is made five working 
days before the start of this special class

Program

Alan FincherThis special class will focus on the period 1700-1837 [pre-civil registration]

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Tue 01 Apr @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Beginning Writing Family History (part 3 of 3 booked out)
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Tue 01 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM The National Archives (UK) online
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Wed 02 Apr @ 10.30AM- 12.00PM Starting Family History
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Wed 02 Apr @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Family History Writers Group
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Wed 02 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM National Archives for Scotland, Ireland & Wales online
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Thu 03 Apr @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Internet for 'Dummies' - Meg Bate
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Thu 03 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM FamilySearch™ online
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