Thursday, April 25, 2013

Two more GOLDEN opportunities in Ballarat

The Genealogical Society of Victoria will be at the VAFHO Conference in Ballarat - the 8th Victorian State Family History Conference - Under the Southern Cross: A Goldfields Experience.  The conference exhibition is on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May at the conference venue - the Australian Catholic University in Mair Street, Ballarat.

Thanks to Gould Books, Unlock The Past and Gould Genealogy & History, there are now two FREE bonus opportunities for everyone in Ballarat on Friday 3rd May, 2.00 pm - 9.00 pm.

  1. SPECIAL Ballarat history and genealogy exhibition - an associated event with the VAFHO State Conference.
    The Genealogical Society of Victoria will be participating in this exhibition as are many of the other conference exhibitors.
    The special exhibition is open to ANYONE - no registration required - and even better, it's completely FREE.
  2. The special exhibition is being held in the Minerva Space in the Mechanics Institute, Sturt Street, Ballarat.  This is your second "golden" opportunity - a chance to see this magnificently restored room in the 1860s Mechanics Institute.
You won't often get this sort of opportunity, so why not come along and visit us - you might even win one of the prizes on offer from the participating exhibitors!

See you there.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Anzac Day and family history

The Genealogical Society of Victoria is closed this Thursday which is a public holiday commemorating Anzac Day.  How appropriate is it that while reviewing some links on the web, I was distracted by the 'Australian First World War Record Finder'.

This amazing application comes from a suite of utilities from the 'Wragge Labs site' and the 'digital history workbench'.  Be prepared to spend some time on these sites and play, play, play!

Have a really good look at the Australian First World War Record Finder and be aware that you can use wild cards in this search.

An example
  • search for FUSSE* in the Family Name field - it will display various entries commencing with FUSSELL and FUSSEN etc.
  • once the results are displayed, pick one from the National Archives of Australia group
  • click on the '+' sign at the end of the entry
  • click on VIEW FILE and prepare to be amazed - the image above right will give you some indication but it's much more fun in real life
What you're seeing is one of the other utilities that can be used in different ways for National Archives of Australia digital files!  If you find a digital entry using the standard RecordSearch, just copy the BARCODE and paste it into this utility - you'll see the same 'wall' of images.  This is so much easier than scrolling through the pages of a digital file one at a time!

And because good things come in threes, what about this little gem based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics?  It's called the Population Browser.

Don't stop there!  Have a really good look around the Wragge Labs site - you won't regret it.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Next week at the GSV

Events next  week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria
Tue 23 Apr @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Beginning Writing Family History (Part 3 of 3)
Tue 23 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using findmypast TM & other commercial databases online
Wed 24 Apr @ 12.30PM- 02.00PM Early English Genealogy Discussion Circle
Thu 25 Apr @ Closed - Public Holiday

Friday, April 12, 2013

Australian Family History Course

Tuesdays 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
7, 14, 21 & 28 May 2013
Held in the Meeting room at the GSV
Topics to be covered over four sessions include:
  • Record keeping, Charting, Citing sources
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Cemetery records
  • Shipping / passenger records
  • Wills & Probate, Inquests
  • Military and Occupational records
  • Newspapers, Directories & Electoral Rolls
  • Government & Police Gazettes
  • Convicts (including the Australian Joint Copying Project)
  • Land and rate records
Cost GSV members $64.00  GSV non member $128.00
Make payment at GSV reception or the GSV online shop

Next week at the GSV

Events next  week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria
Tue 16 Apr @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Beginning Writing Family History (Part 2 of 3, booked out)
Tue 16 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Ancestry online
Wed 17 Apr @ 10.00AM- 12.30PM Legacy Users Group
Wed 17 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Public Record Office Victoria [PROV] online
Thu 18 Apr @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Where did they go? Moving around in England - Jenny Redman
Thu 18 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using the Internet for genealogy
Sat 20 Apr @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Orientation Morning - Introduction to the Society and Research Basics

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

I'll think of something - SYFT

I must confess the title of my presentation at the Melbourne NAA Shake Your Family Tree on Tuesday 16th April started off as exactly that - I'll think of something to talk about!  Then during my holidays in January I started working on a suitable presentation.  The more I worked on the contents, the more my initial title became absolutely appropriate.  Hence the title is no longer a working title - it's the real one!

And what does this photo have to do with 'I'll think of something'?

I'm afraid you're just going to have to come to the Victorian Archive Centre in North Melbourne to find out! ... Susie Zada

Friday, April 5, 2013

Next week at the GSV

Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Tue 09 Apr @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Beginning Writing Family History (Part 1 of 3, Booked out)
Tue 09 Apr @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Durham, Northumberland & Cumberland Discussion Circle
Tue 09 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using the GSV library catalogue and databases
Wed 10 Apr @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Cornwall Discussion Circle
Thu 11 Apr @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Mining ancestors - England - Vicki Montgomery
Thu 11 Apr @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Digger TM for Australian BDMs, etc.
Sat 13 Apr @ 10.00AM- 04.00PM Irish Seminar (Places left,  book today!!)

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Copyright - try to understand it!

There are so many articles and blogs out there on the subject of copyright and here's another one ... but it's definitely worth reading.  See what you think!  I won't waste words here by saying more, just follow that link.

Nick Reddan headlines Irish seminar

Here is your chance to hear Nick Reddan in Melbourne.  He grew up in Queensland and is now a resident of Canberra but we know he'll be more than welcome at the Irish Ancestry Group's seminar in Melbourne!  Nick is the founder of the Registry of Deeds Index Project.

Seminar: Lesser Known Resources for Irish Research

Place: Celtic Club, 316-320 Queen Street, Melbourne

Date: Saturday 13th April 2013, 9.30 am - 4.00 pm

Cost: $65.00 inc. lunch, morning & afternoon tea

Full details on bookings, sessions and other speakers can be found on the GSV website.