Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Take off 10 ... CD sale

Apologies for not getting this up sooner ... blame the trains!

As promised yesterday, you can download the list of eligible CDs and prices for the sale on Thursday 28th February, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

See full details of the sale on yesterday's blog.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Take off 10 ... this Thursday

Take off 10 means take off 10% on selected CDs from our GSV Bookshop - celebrating the end of February.  Unfortunately you won't be able to get this extra discount online however you can browse the bookshop to find CDs of interest that may qualify for the extra discount.

Thursday 28th February, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm - this one day special will be available to anyone coming to the GSV Bookshop in person or can be ordered and paid for by credit card over the phone.

The eligible CDs are ONLY those published by Archive CD Books / Archive Digital Books Australia [ADBA] and ONLY CDs currently in stock - the discount does not apply for CDs ordered that are not in stock.  These CDs are in Acrobat [pdf] format and fully searchable and there is a huge range available.  Why not come in to browse - you might be surprised at what you'll find.

If you're a GSV Member [current financial members with valid member number], you will receive an extra 10% on top of your normal 10% member discount - in other words, you will get 20% discount on these eligible CDs on Thursday 28th February only.

If you're not a GSV Member you will receive 10% discount.

So what sort of CDs are published by Archive CD Books / Archive Digital Books Australia?

The range includes titles such as:
  • Government Gazettes
  • Police Gazettes
  • Post Office Directories
  • Telephone Directories
  • Cyclopedia of ... [various states]
  • Town histories
The majority are for Australia and include such under-rated gems as the CD pictured above - Motor Trade Directory of Australia 1930.  The main part of this directory is grouped by state, then towns within the state.  You might turn your nose up at a directory of garages and motor vehicle & parts suppliers, but there is a surprising aspect of this CD.  How many people had blacksmiths or wheelwrights in their family?  Do you realise that many blacksmiths continued through several generations of a family?  And when the first horseless carriages started appearing, who was best situated to provide assistance?  The local blacksmith or wheelwright!

This is just one of the resources we'll look at during the Thursday Talk this week ... 'Tracing your NSW ancestors: key dates and resources'.

Come in and join us and celebrate the end of February!  On Wednesday afternoon / evening [27th February] we'll upload a list of eligible titles for you to browse.

Monday, February 25, 2013

This week at the GSV

Activities this week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria,
Tue 26 Feb @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Beginning Irish Family History  (Part 3 of 4)
Tue 26 Feb @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using findmypast TM & other commercial databases online
Wed 27 Feb @ 12.30PM- 02.00PM Early English Genealogy Discussion Circle
Thu 28 Feb @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Tracing your NSW ancestors: key dates and resources - Susie Zada
Thu 28 Feb @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using FamilySearch TM online
Sat 02 Mar @ 10.00AM- 04.00PM GSV Seminar- London Ancestor (Booked  out)
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

British Isles Seminar in Melbourne - don't miss it

Paul Milner is the key speaker at the British Isles seminar in Melbourne on Monday 4th March, 2013, and I have to confess that I am REALLY looking forward to this seminar [see my reasons below].

Paul is giving four presentations throughout the day:
  • Irish land records
  • Finding your Welsh ancestors
  • Overlooked sources for 19th and 20th century Scottish research
  • Follow your migrating ancestors
As a sponsor and co-host, the GSV chose these sessions to provide a good mix in the British Isles [Ireland, Scotland and Wales] and to ensure that they complemented rather than competed with our own program of events.  You'll notice that we didn't choose a presentation specifically for England because of two major events in March at the GSV:
So, why I am looking forward to this seminar so much?

I was speaking to Alan Phillips last week after the UTP cruise and he was "raving" about Paul as a speaker.  I'm afraid that I'm always a little cautious about commendations from one of the organisers [forgive me Alan!] - it's no different to my need to get copies of original records and not accept indexes or transcriptions.

I have just spent a couple of hours finding out for myself.  I love blogs and they are a great way of geting a variety of opinions - and I certainly wasn't disappointed.  I won't make you wade through all the blogs I found.  Instead I've selected individual comments from blogs of other speakers and participants of the UTP cruise, and attendees at Paul's session in Sydney prior to the cruise:
  • If you ever get a chance to hear Paul talk ... definitely go as you will learn so much and you will be excited and enthused
  • Paul is now slotted in as a must-hear speaker in my book
  • I am always happy to hear informed speakers and Paul is definitely informed.  He has the ability to get his point across in a clear manner with good examples so that the information will stick in your memory
  • Paul always got a good crowd.  He's a great speaker, very interesting, educational, and amusing
  • [and one I really enjoyed] ... Paul Milner ... WAS AMAZING! he shared with us SO MUCH it was simply FANTASTIC!!! I think the light bulb came on in my head after his second lecture and I was filling up with ideas faster than I knew.  I would listen to Paul over and over again! a very special person who would be responsible for family trees all over the world that are filled with wonderful information that would otherwise stay locked away forever.  Looking forward to his lecture in Melbourne on March 4th ... be there if you love your family tree.  [and we look forward to seeing Lee-Anne in Melbourne!]
  • See Paul's blog site for more comments by happy attendees at his Sydney session.
I can honestly say I didn't find ANY negative comments - so now perhaps you understand why I'm really looking forward to listening to Paul at what will be a great seminar at a terrific price.  The deadline for the pre-booked registration fee of only $39.50 for the day has been extended to close of business on Thursday 28th February - don't miss it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

English Family History

Tuesdays 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
12, 19 & 26 March 2013
Held in the Meeting room at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Topics to be covered over three sessions include:
Family history research basics
Maps & Gazetteers
Civil Registration (births, marriages & deaths)
Church Records (baptisms, marriages & burial; other)
Census Records
Wills & Probate
Directories & Occupational Records (including military)
Historical basis of English Records (an overview)
Key Internet sites

GSV members $72.00, non-members $144.00
Book with payment at GSV reception or the GSV online shop

Monday, February 18, 2013

This week at the GSV

Activities this week at the  Genealogical Society of Victoria

Tue 19 Feb @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Beginning Irish Family History (Part 2 of 4)
Tue 19 Feb @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Ancestry online
Wed 20 Feb @ 10.00AM- 12.30PM Legacy Users Group
Wed 20 Feb @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Public Record Office Victoria [PROV] online
Thu 21 Feb @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Separation & Divorce - Scotland 17th to 19th centuries - John Blackwood
Thu 21 Feb @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using the Internet for genealogy
Sat 23 Feb @ 01.30PM- 03.30PM Descendants of Convicts

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Next week at the GSV

Activities at the Genealogical Society of Victoria this coming week

Tue 12 Feb @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Beginning Irish Family History (Part 1 of 4)

Tue 12 Feb @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Durham, Northumberland & Cumberland Discussion Circle

Tue 12 Feb @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using the GSV library catalogue and databases

Wed 13 Feb @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Cornwall Discussion Circle

Thu 14 Feb @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM London needlewomen on the Culloden - Lynda Collier

Thu 14 Feb @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Digger TM for Australian BDMs, etc.

Sat 16 Feb @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Orientation Morning - Introduction to the Society and Research Basics

Sat 16 Feb @ 01.00PM- 03.00PM International Settlers Group.. European/Scandinavian Internet Resources & Rootsweb mailing lists.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Think then read!

Google and the digital age are wonderful for family history researchers, but as we know, not everything is on-line ... yet!
Sometimes old-fashioned books on library shelves - like those at the Genealogical Society of Victoria - are just what we need.

A researcher in the GSV library was trying to work out a location found on an 1866 Victorian birth certificate ... 'New Brighton'.
Where was New Brighton?  Was it near Brighton, a suburb of Melbourne?  She searched Google and all the obvious places including Weston Bate's book on the history of Brighton.

The answer was eventually found in this innocuous looking A5-sized book of 68 pages - A Shire preceded three cities: Moorabbin, Sandringham, Mordialloc by Tom Sheehy.

Not only did it explain New Brighton but mentioned Kingslands, Irishtown, Gipsy Village and Two-acre Village.  You just never know what you'll find 'hidden' on book shelves!  And it's also proof that you can't do your family history without using local history.