Monday, July 29, 2013

New podcasts for GSV Members

Podcasts from our Thursday Talks are available for members to download:

  • Discovering Richmond's history by David Langdon
  • Red Cross Records pertaining to WW1 soldiers by Lorraine Phelan
  • Early English Ancestors by Alan Fincher FGSV

Many of our podcasts also have a .pdf of the handout that was available on the day too.
 
So GSV members log into our web site and have a listen! 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria 
 
Tue 30 Jul @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using ScotlandsPeople TM
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Wed 31 Jul @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Orientation Morning - Introduction to the Society and Research Basics
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National Family History Month starts
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Thu 01 Aug @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM The social impact of Spanish Flu in Australia-Claire Johnson (Booking required for NFHM)
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Thu 01 Aug @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using National Archives Australia & other state archives online
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

GSV Pick of the Month

Researching ancestors from Norfolk Island demands some knowledge of the history of the island and consequently some lateral thinking.

The Genealogical Society of Victoria library is the ideal place to extend your research.  The full version of the library catalogue is available in the GSV Library or from home by GSV Members.  A search of the catalogue for "Norfolk Island" results in 101 entries with Norfolk Island in the Title or the Subject.

Discovery

  • 1774, 10th October: the island was discovered by Captain COOK on the ship Resolution

1st Settlement 1788-1814

  • 1788, 6th March: Lt Philip Gidley KING arrived in the HMS Supply
  • 1788: The first settlement consisted of 22 people including 15 convicts
  • 1792, September: there were 1,115 inhabitants
  • 1803: part of the settlement moved to Van Diemen's Land
  • 1814, February: the settlement was abandoned 
  • BDMs: if recorded they will be found in the New South Wales BDMs
Featured resources
  • Norfolk Island and its first settlement 1788-1814 by Raymond Nobbs is an excellent starting place for research during this period.  The appendices are full of lists of residents, convicts and military as well as lists of shipping movements.  The bibliography is detailed and should be used by everyone! [GSV Library: 994.8 NOB]
  • The Fulton records of births, marriages, deaths 1801-1806.  These 223 records were transcribed back in 1914 from the registers and signed by the Deputy Registrar General.  Although the baptisms covered the period 1801-1806, the birth dates go back to 1788.   [GSV Library: shortly to appear in GIN / LINX AUS databases]
  • Musters and lists New South Wales and Norfolk Island 1800-1802  [GSV Library: 929.3694 MUS]
  • Musters of New South Wales and Norfolk Island 1805-1806  [GSV Library: 929.3694 MUS]
  • General musters of News South Wales, Norfolk Island and Van Diemen's Land 1811  [GSV Library: 929.3694 GEN]
  • Exiled! Three times over: profiles of Norfolk Islanders exiled in Van Diemens Land 1807-13 by Irene Schaffer and Thelma McKay.  [GSV Library: Computer 5]
  • Search for author Irene Schaffer in the GSV catalogue - numerous publications and articles relating to Norfolk Island.
  • The Forgotten generation of Norfolk Island and Van Diemens Land by Reg Wright.  [GSV library: 994.02 WRI
  • Traditional sources plus convict and post-convict records for New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land / Tasmania should be consulted

2nd Settlement 1825-1856

  • 1825, June: Captain R TURTON arrived as commandant
  • 1839: there were 1,200 prisoners and 180 soldiers on the island
  • 1825-1844: under the control of New South Wales
  • 1840-1844: Commandant Alexander MACONOCHIE authorised headstones on graves of convicts ... a privilege previously confined to the free
  • 1844: annexed to Van Diemen's Land - administered from Hobart 
  • 1858: decision was made to close the settlement
  • 1855: the settlement closed although a skeleton population remained until the June 1856 "handover"
  • BDMs: if recorded they will be found in the New South Wales BDMs until c.1848.  BDMs were then recorded in Van Diemen's Land / Tasmania with some still recorded in New South Wales - check both!
Featured resources
  • Norfolk Island and its second settlement 1825-1855 by Raymond Nobbs should be used for research during this period.  There are not the same lists in this volume however the bibliography should be used by everyone. [GSV Library: 994.8 NOB]
  • Colonial era cemetery of Norfolk Island by R Nixon Dalkin.  [GSV Library: 929.5948 DAL]
  • Traditional sources plus convict and post-convict records for New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land / Tasmania should be consulted

3rd Settlement 1856-

  • 1856, 8th June: handed over to the descendants of the Bounty mutineers
  • 1856: 194 Pitcairn islanders arrived to form the first free settlement
  • 1856: Island severed from Van Diemen's Land
  • 1856: the Governor of New South Wales became the Governor of Norfolk Island
  • Some islanders returned to Pitcairn Island
  • 1911: population was 985 
  • 1913: The Norfolk Island Act - the island became a Territory under the authority of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • 1960: Norfolk Island Council constituted
  • 1979: Legislative Assembly elected with Executive & Legislative powers
  • 1986: Norfolk Island Assembly submitted that Section 22 of the Australian Constitution be amended ... Norfolk Island to be a Dependency rather than an integral part of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • 1986: population 1,429 permanent residents; 439 itinerant residents; 390 tourists
  • BDMs: some will be found in the New South Wales BDMs.  The Norfolk Island Administration used the church registers and the Pitcairn's Island Clerical Register as the basis for the island's Register of BDMs
Featured resources
  • Norfolk Island and its third settlement: the first hundred years - The Pitcairn Era, 1856-1956 and The Melanesian Mission, 1866-1920 by Raymond Nobbs completes the trilogy of the history of Norfolk Island.  should be used for research during this period.  The notes and bibliography should be used by everyone. [GSV Library: 994.8 NOB]
  • The Pitcairn's Island clerical register of births, marriages, deaths commencing 15 May 1853 ... [this digitised copy includes BDMs to 1881]  [GSV Library: Computer 5]
That collection should keep you busy for a while - enjoy your Norfolk Island research!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I thought I knew how to use it!

This was one of the comments from the UK version of this seminar back in May.  And that comment was followed by "but boy, was I wrong!"  You too might be surprised at how much you can learn to help you track down your ancestors.

At the Genealogical Society of Victoria we hold classes on some of the subscription and other searchable databases but this is the first time we've created a seminar to focus on the things that will help you find those elusive ancestors.  Part 1 [UK databases] was held in May and Part 2 [Australian databases] is now upon us.

There are still some vacancies for this seminar, Saturday 27 July 2013


 
Here is your chance to understand that every database is different and that to find someone you need to approach it differently.  Human nature demands that we see a box, enter a surname, and hit search without thinking about: 
  • Wildcards
  • Database scope
  • Search options
  • Mandatory fields
  • Date ranges
  • and a heap of other issues impacting your search.
Databases and searchable options being covered in this Australian version of the seminar include: 
 
  • GSV library catalogue and GSV @ Home
  • Portals
  • Digger BDMs and other options
  • Findmypast AU [FMP]
  • TheGenealogist and other UK DBs containing Australian DBs
  • LDS / Family search
  • Ancestry Australia
  • Public Record Office Victoria [PROV]
  • Newspapers and National Library of Australia [NLA / TROVE]
  • TAS, QLD, WA and SA Archives [AOT, QSA, SROWA and SRSA]
  • State Records New South Wales [SRNSW]
  • National Archives of Australia [NAA]
  • Government & Police Gazettes, Directories and Archive Digital Books


And for an added bonus - one lucky attendee will win a one year world subscription donated by findmypast.com.au .

Don't miss out - book today through our Online Shop.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Wed 24 Jul @ 12.30PM- 02.00PM Early English Genealogy Discussion Circle
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Thu 25 Jul @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Family Photographic Albums: history & meanings -Susan Long
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Thu 25 Jul @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using FamilySearch TM online
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Sat 27 Jul @ 10.00AM- 04.00PM GSV Seminar- Free Online Databases at the GSV – Australia (a few places left book quickly)
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One lucky attendee will win a door prize of a 12 month world subscription from findmypast.com.au

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Thursday Talk - 18th July 2013

For those coming to the Genealogical Society of Victoria Thursday Talk tomorrow - 18th July 2013 - please be aware that our guest speaker is unwell and at this stage is unlikely to be able to give her talk.  If that is the case, Janette has promised to re-schedule her talk and we'll let you know the revised date as soon as possible. 

We've been able to organise a terrific replacement option if Janette can't be there so anyone planning on coming in won't be disappointed ...

Speaker:   John Blackwood
Topic:   Scottish death records
Date:   Thursday 18th July, 2013
Time:   12.30 pm
Members:   Free
Non-members:   $8.00

Look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Wed 17 Jul @ 10.00AM- 12.30PM Legacy Users Group
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Wed 17 Jul @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Public Record Office Victoria [PROV] online
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Thu 18 Jul @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM From St James Church to St James Old Cathedral -Janette Wells
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Thu 18 Jul @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using the Internet for genealogy



Coming Soon......

Sat 27 Jul @ 10.00AM- 04.00PM   GSV Seminar  (BOOK NOW)


Seminar : Free Online Databases at the GSV - Australia

One lucky attendee will win a door prize of a 12 month world subscription from findmypast.com.au

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dirt, Bricks & Mortar - only 9 places left

Just 2½ days and 9 places left if you want to be part of the Dirt, Bricks & Mortar seminar at the Genealogical Society of Victoria.

An opportunity to enhance your family history with land, building and residential records from Victoria, interstate and overseas.

When:  Saturday 13th July 2013, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Where:  GSV Meeting Room, Level B1, 257 Collins Street, Melbourne

Speakers:
  • Susie Zada, GSV
  • Charlie Farrugia, PROV
  • Ken McInnes, Engineering Heritage
Sessions:
  • Land records at PROV
  • Building types and Heritage Studies
  • Locating properties - multiple resources & tips
  • Building records at PROV
  • Was your ancestor in the building industry?
  • Dirt, Bricks & Mortar: interstate and overseas
  • Q & A panel session
Member bookings: $40.00

Non-member bookings: $80.00

Friday, July 5, 2013

Next week at the GSV



 Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria

Tue 09 Jul @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Durham, Northumberland & Cumberland Discussion Circle
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Tue 09 Jul @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using the GSV library catalogue and databases
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Wed 10 Jul @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Cornwall Discussion Circle
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Thu 11 Jul @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM State Wards of Victoria 1864-1893 - Jenny Carter
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Thu 11 Jul @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Digger TM for Australian BDMs, etc.
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Sat 13 Jul @ 10.00AM- 04.00PM GSV Seminar - DIRT, BRICKS & MORTAR  (places still available, book now)
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