Monday, February 28, 2011

1911 Census Scotland

The Registrar General for Scotland has announced that the 1911 census will be released on on Tuesday 5 April 2011.

Starting Your Family History Class

Starting Your Family History Class
Next Class 2nd March

10.30 am to 12.00 pm
Topics to be covered include:
Gathering family information
Recording information
Confirming information
Starting research- BDM's etc
Investigating other records eg passengers, cemeteries, naturalisation etc

Charge GSV members $8.00, Non-member $10.00
Booking with payment is essential
Make payment at GSV reception or the GSV online shop

National treasure discovered

Historic trove of WWI photos lost in French barn for nearly 100 years

For nearly a century a unique, precious trove of Australian history has lain hidden and neglected among the dust and cobwebs of an attic in a disused French barn.

Now Ch7’s Sunday Night program has tracked down the incredible cache of 3000 glass plate photographic negatives — featuring Australia’s first Diggers on history’s bloodiest battlefield, the Western Front.

Australian war memorial historians are thrilled with the poignant pictures — many of them the last, or only, images of men before they died in the unspeakable carnage of trench warfare. But together, we need your help in putting names to the faces of the lost diggers.

If you think you know a soldier in these pictures we would love to hear from you, either via SundayNight website or email Sunday Night.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Next week at the GSV

Next week at the GSV
Tue Mar 01 @10:00AM - 02:00PM English Family History Course (Part 2)
Tue Mar 01 @02:00PM - 03:00PM Digger software for BDMs etc
Wed Mar 02 @10:30AM - 12:00PM Starting Family History
Wed Mar 02 @12:30PM - 01:30PM Family History Writers Discussion Group
Thu Mar 03 @12:30PM - 01:30PM Researching Welsh Ancestry - Clive Davies
Thu Mar 03 @02:00PM - 03:00PM Using Archive Digital Books Australia
Sat Mar 05 @01:30PM – 03:30PM Descendants of Convict Group Meeting
Guest Speaker... Louise Wilson Speaking on Early Convict Settlers of the Hawkesbury.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Port Macquarie Family History Fair

Port Macquarie Family History Fair

21st May 2011 - Port Macquarie Panthers, Settlement City

more deatils

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Next week at the GSV

Tue Feb 22 @10:00AM - 01:00PM English Family History Course (Part 1 payment and bookings essential)

Tue Feb 22 @02:00PM - 03:00PM Internet for Genealogists

Wed Feb 23 @12:30PM - 02:00PM Early English Genealogy Discussion Circle

Thu Feb 24 @12:30PM - 01:30PM Researching your Irish Ancestors online - Jenny Harkness

Thu Feb 24 @02:00PM - 03:00PM Archives on the Internet - British Isles inc the TNA Documents Online..

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Shake Your Family Tree Friday 25 February 2011

Shake Your Family Tree Friday 25 February 2011
Melbourne Office Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street North Melbourne VIC 3051
Tel: (03) 9348 5600
Full day of events including
Official opening: Join National Archives of Australia staff for the official opening.
Ask the experts: Information stalls with representatives from the National Archives of Australia, Public Record Office Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies, Genealogical Society of Victoria, Zetta Florence, Archival Survival and the Immigration Museum.
Special event: Professor Jenny Hocking talks about Gough Whitlam: a moment in history, her biography of the former Labor Prime Minister.
Archives at your fingertips: Overview and hands-on tutorial using National Archives of Australia online resources.
Tour: Behind-the-scenes tour of the National Archives of Australia’s Melbourne repository.
Seminar: Researching your family history at the Public Record Office Victoria, with Sandra Hooper.
Seminar: We know who you are! Learn about the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies with Anne Major.
Seminar: GSV@Home. Discover the Genealogical Society of Victoria with Susie Zada.
Conservation clinic: Meet conservators from the National Archives of Australia, State Library of Victoria, Museum Victoria and the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, and get their advice on the preservation and care of your own family records.
Seminar: Immigration Museum – revealing stories and objects from the Museum Victoria migration collection, with Nicole Davis.
Seminar: Researching family history at the State Library of Victoria with Anne Burrows.
Seminar: Discover family history resources at the National Archives of Australia with Mark Brennan.
Show bags and refreshments available.
Some events require booking so please see the for more details

Monday, February 14, 2011

Thursday Talks 17/2/2011

Thursday Talks this week at the GSV
Finding wills in Australia by Bev Spinks
Talks are held 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm in the GSV Meeting Room, Level B1 257 Collins Street, Melbourne
Members Free, Visitors $5.50

Friday, February 11, 2011

Next week at the GSV

Next week at the GSV
Tue Feb 15 @10:00AM - 12:30PM Australian Family History Course (part 3)
Tue Feb 15 @2:00PM - 3:00PM Archives on the Internet - Australia
Wed Feb 16 @10:00AM - 12:30PM Legacy Users Group
Thu Feb 17 @12:30PM - 1:30PM Finding wills in Australia - Bev Spinks
Thu Feb 17 @2:00PM - 3:00PM Using the GSV library catalogue and databases
Sat Feb 19 @10.30AM – 12.30PM Orientation
Sat Feb 19 @1.00PM – 3.00PM ISG Problem Solving Workshop

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Irish Ancestry Group Saturday February 12th

The Irish Ancestry Group will hold their quarterly meeting next Saturday February 12th at the GSV meeting room.

Group discussion beginning at 1.00pm is Ancestors on the Goldfields. The guest speaker commencing at 2.00pm is Dr Dorothy Wickham, her topic will be The Irish on the Goldfields. Afternoon tea follows at 3.00pm.

Dr Wickham's recently published Woman of the Diggings Ballarat 1854 is available in the GSV bookshop. Part two of the book includes over 1500 biographies of women associated with Ballarat in 1854. Non members are very welcome to attend.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Volunteers at the GSV

Check out our new page on the GSV website about volunteering at the GSV.
There are many jobs so came and join the other friendly volunteers at the society.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Phillimore atlas and index of parish registers

Now back in stock after a long absence.
Phillimore atlas and index of parish registers
A wonderful resource!!

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