Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How we research ... a different picture

Sometimes we feel like a broken record when we repeat the same guidelines over and over again.
Other times we read the same guidelines but with different words and we stop and think ...
That's exactly what happened when I read ...

It's definitely worth taking the time to read and appreciate these words of wisdom.

Monday, December 17, 2012

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Victorian Schools by name AND number

It is nearly Christmas and it's traditional to give presents at this time of the year.  Here is a gift from the Genealogical Society of Victoria for all those people trying to identify Victorian schools from either their name or their number.
These files have been compiled from the index to Vision and Realisation: a centenary history of state education in Victoria, Volume 2, Education Department of Victoria, Melbourne, 1973.  Various anomalies have been checked in the text and corrected accordingly.  Every effort has been made to produce an accurate list of the schools. Volume 2 covers the following areas:
  • Glenelg Region
  • Wimmera Region - Stawell sub-region; Dimboola, Lowan, Kaniva sub-regions; Donald, Dunmunkle, Warracknabeal sub-regions; Horsham, Arapiles sub-regions
  • Mallee Region
  • Loddon Region
  • Central Highlands Region
  • Corangamite Region
  • Barwon Region
The lists include the school name, school number, region, volume number and page number in Vision and Realisation.
These PDF files are copyright and may not be published elsewhere however they may be printed to be used for reference and research:
TIP: It has been noticed that naming conventions in both Volume 2 and Volume 3 have not been consistent.  If you cannot find an expected name, use the search or find option.
Sometime in 2013 new lists will be compiled incorporating entries from both Volume 2 and 3.  Subscribe to this blog to be notified when the new combined files have been added.  Volume 3 covers the following areas:
  • Port Phillip Western Region
  • Port Phillip Eastern Region
  • Upper Goulburn Region
  • Goulburn Region
  • Upper Murray Region
  • East Gippsland Region
  • West Gippsland Region  
The three volumes of Vision and Realisation are in the library at the Genealogical Society of Victoria.  You should also be able to find copies in other libraries, genealogical societies and historical societies.
Merry Christmas from the Genealogical Society of Victoria.

What's happening in 2013 ...

We've been busy planning our activities and new features for 2013 based on feedback from our members and visitors.  Some of the things you can look forward to include:

  • Seminars: we have six planned for the year including two we are repeating from last year as they were booked out very early and had long waiting lists
  • Thursday Talks: our popular weekly feature continues with many new talks and speakers scheduled for the year
  • Courses: Australian, English, Irish, Scottish, Writing - all aimed to help you with your family history
  • Computer Based Resource Classes: some classes have had variations or additions but the biggest change is that we have swapped most of the classes between Tuesdays and Thursdays to cater for members who could not attend on particular days.  We've also added two Wednesday classes to the program
  • Extra membership benefits: these will be announced in our Ancestor journal so keep an eye out for the details
  • Subscription databases: we will continue to review new databases we can provide free for the benefit of our library users.  The list currently includes: Ancestry, findmypast, Origins network, TNA Documents Online / Discovery, TheGenealogist, British Newspaper Archives and Burke's Peerage 
  • GSV databases: these will continue to grow with some exciting additions in progress.  And of course there will be the annual release early in the year of entries from existing indexes that have reached their disclosure date
  • Don't forget our Bookshop, Research Services, Publications, Special Interest Groups, Discussion Circles and Membership Benefits which offer so many options for our members and visitors
The Genealogical Society of Victoria staff and volunteers are looking forward to seeing you in the New Year - and remember that we are only closed on the Public Holidays, so there are plenty of opportunities for your research over the holiday period.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Visiting us over Christmas?

The Genealogical Society of Victoria is open over the holiday season, so if your other research options are closed during this period make use of your friendly helpers at the GSV.

We are closed only on gazetted public holidays.

These days are Tuesday 25th December, Wednesday 26th December 2012 and Tuesday January 1st 2013.

Season’s greetings to all our members, friends, volunteers and staff.

Next week at the GSV

Next  week at the GSV
Tue 11 Dec @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Durham, Northumberland & Cumberland Discussion Circle
Tue 11 Dec @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Archive Digital Books Australia
Wed 12 Dec @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Cornwall Discussion Circle
Thu 13 Dec @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Digger software for BDMs etc

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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