Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Next week at the GSV




Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria 
  

Tue 05 Nov @ Closed - Public Holiday
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Wed 06 Nov @ 10.30AM- 12.00PM Starting Family History Class
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Wed 06 Nov @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Family History Writers Group Meeting
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Wed 06 Nov @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using National Archives for Scotland, Ireland & Wales online
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Thu 07 Nov @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Western District land records - Patsy Daly
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Thu 07 Nov @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using National Archives Australia & other state archives online
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Sat 09 Nov @ 01.00PM- 03.00PM Irish Ancestry Group Meeting
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1.00 pm: Group Discussion: Ways of preserving our research - pooling our ideas
2.00 pm: Workshop: Towards making a list - Irish family histories of Victoria.  Speaker: Dr Val Noone
(you could prepare for this by noting any Irish Family Histories you have come across with a Victorian connection.  The GSV catalogue would be a good place to start.)  
3.00 pm: Afternoon tea
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria 
 
Mon 28 Oct @ History Week 2013
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Mon 28 Oct @ 10.00AM- 12.00PM Australian Family History (Part 3 of 4)
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Tue 29 Oct @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using ScotlandsPeople TM
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Thu 31 Oct @ 10.00AM- 12.00PM Australian Family History (Part 4 of 4)
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Thu 31 Oct @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Five generations of institutional care - Frank Golding (His book will be available for sale too)
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Sat 02 Nov @ 01.30PM- 03.30PM Descendants of Convicts (End of Year Afternoon Tea & Christmas Hamper)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

GSV Pick of the Month


Melbourne General Cemetery or New Melbourne Cemetery or Old Melbourne Cemetery?  The Genealogical Society of Victoria's resources can help you understand which cemetery or cemeteries you should be looking at for your ancestor's burial.

Have you ever thought about when a cemetery becomes "old", or when a cemetery becomes "new", or when a cemetery becomes "the" cemetery or the "general" cemetery?

Obviously there can't be a new cemetery unless there is an old one, and conversely there can't be an old one unless there is a new one, but are there more and is the "old" cemetery the first cemetery?

If you searched the GSV Catalogue for Melbourne Cemet* you would get too many results that may not be relevant but if you searched for Melbourne General Cemetery you would miss some important entries.

It really doesn't matter if we're talking about the city of Melbourne or a small country town, it is so important to read about the history of the place and understand if there were multiple cemeteries that you might need to search for your ancestor.

If we were looking at the earliest Melbourne burials you need to consider Flagstaff Hill, [Old] Melbourne Cemetery located under the Queen Victoria Markets car park, and Melbourne General Cemetery.  Between 1920 and 1922 many bodies were exhumed and headstones moved from the Old Melbourne Cemetery.  These ended up in the Pioneers Section of Fawkner Cemetery and also at Melbourne General Cemetery, Boroondara [Kew] Cemetery, St Kilda Cemetery and Cheltenham Cemetery.

These are just some of the resources in the GSV Library that relate to the Old Melbourne Cemetery, it's predecessor and the Melbourne General Cemetery:
  • Fawkner Cemetery, Melbourne (Pioneer section) monumental inscriptions 4/2/1819 - 30/12/1890 (incomplete) [GSV Library: V 929.5945 FAWK FAW]
     
  • The first settlers in Melbourne buried on Flagstaff Hill [article] in The Victorian genealogist 2:4 (Jun 1962) p. 141 [GSV Library: 994.5005 ANC]
     
  • Flagstaff Hill old cemetery headstones 1836-9 (incomplete) [GSV Library: V 929.5945 MELB FLA]
     
  • Melbourne General Cemetery memorial transcriptions [to 1989] [GSV Library: COMPUTER LINX AUS & GIN] also available for purchase [CD] in the GSV Online Shop [if you're a member don't forget to sign in to get your members' discount]
     
  • The old cemetery and Soldiers' Memorial Union: index to memorial graves [GSV Library: V 929.5945 MELB OLD]
     
  • The Old Melbourne cemetery alphabetical burial register 1866-1917 and plans 1873 [GSV Library: Microfiche B VIC CEM 11]
     
  • The Melbourne General Cemetery by Don Chambers [GSV Library: 929.5945 MELB CHA]
     
  • Early church records of burials at the old Melbourne cemetery, Franklin St (Victoria Market site): [extracted from the NSW Archives Resources Kit] Presbyterian burials 1838-1843, Anglican 1837-1847, Wesleyan 1840-1844, Independent 1841-1843 and Roman Catholic 1842 by Bernard Charles Grayden [GSV Library: 929.5945 MELB GRA]
     
  • The old Melbourne cemetery 1837-1922 by Marjorie Jean Morgan [GSV Library: 929.5945 MELB MOR]
     
  • Melbourne General Cemetery alphabetical register listing, 31 December 1995 [GSV Library: Microfiche (B VIC CEM) in folder via the Information Desk]
     
  • Melbourne General cemetery burial register by location, pub 1987 [GSV Library: Microfiche (B VIC CEM) in folder via the Information Desk]
     
  • The old pioneers' memorial history of Melbourne: from the discovery of Port Phillip down to the World War by Isaac Selby [GSV Location: GC 994.51 MELB SEL]
     
  • The literature of the epitaph and a record of the graves [photocopy: Chapter 11 of "The old pioneers' memorial history of Melbourne from the discovery of Port Phillip down to the World War" which includes maps and description of Old Melbourne Cemetery and index to memorial graves] by Isaac Selby [GSV Location: 929.5945 MELB SEL]
     
  • Monumental inscriptions in Australia, Victoria: West Melbourne and Selby's index and plan by George P Townsend [GSV Library: 929.5945 BELB TOW]
     
As with so much of our research, no single publication gives us all of the answers however the above list should give you a good understanding on the history of these cemeteries and where you might [or might not] find the relevant records.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Next week at the GSV





Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria 


Mon 21 Oct @ 10.00AM- 12.00PM Australian Family History (Part 1 of 4)
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Tue 22 Oct @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Beginning Irish Family History (Part 4 of 4)
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Tue 22 Oct @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using findmypast TM & other commercial databases online
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Wed 23 Oct @ 12.30PM- 02.00PM Early English Genealogy Discussion Circle
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Thu 24 Oct @ 10.00AM- 12.00PM Australian Family History (Part 2 of 4)
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Thu 24 Oct @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM The history of the Melbourne cemetery - Celestina Sagazio
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Thu 24 Oct @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using FamilySearch TM online
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Sat 26 Oct @ 01.30PM- 03.30PM Huguenot Society of Australia Meeting

Monday, October 14, 2013

Join me on ABC 774 this Wednesday

Revolutions with Jon Faine on ABC 774 Melbourne this Wednesday 10.00 am - 10.30 am is on Genealogy and I'll be chatting with Jon and taking talk-back calls.

I'm looking forward to it!  [i.e. Susie Zada] as it's an interesting angle ... looking at the revolutionary changes sweeping our world.  So why not listen in and see what we discuss and the sort of questions we get.

I guess we can all relate to this - I know at the Genealogical Society of Victoria we have certainly experienced huge changes in the past decade.

I love technology - grew up working on mainframes and everything in between.  I love what it offers the family history researcher but also aware of the pitfalls it brings into our research.

Great topic so why not listen in!  Revolutions with Jon Faine on ABC 774

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria 

Tue 15 Oct @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Beginning Irish Family History (part 3 of 4)
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Tue 15 Oct @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Ancestry online
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Wed 16 Oct @ 10.00AM- 12.30PM Legacy Users Group
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Wed 16 Oct @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Public Record Office Victoria [PROV] online
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Thu 17 Oct @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Victoria’s Prison Hulks in the 1850s & England’s Prison Hulks- Marjorie Morgan FGSV & Meg Bate
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Thu 17 Oct @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using the Internet for genealogy
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Sat 19 Oct @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Orientation Morning - Introduction to the Society and Research Basics

Friday, October 4, 2013

1,679 less chances of wasting money!

We've just done a heap of work at the Genealogical Society of Victoria that will help save you money if you order LDS [FamilySearch] films to be viewed here at the GSV.

Since the LDS provided the option for people to order their films online for viewing at their preferred authorised centre, the online LDS Film Ordering database keeps track of the location of the films.  This is particularly relevant for films ordered as EXTENDED as these remain at the authorised centre indefinitely.  What that means is that if you try to order a film for viewing and that film is already at the GSV, the LDS Film Ordering system tells you that it's already here and stops you from spending the money to order it again.  Great news, but until now only useful for films that had been ordered since the Film Ordering system came online.

Over the past 10+ years the GSV has purchased many films from a variety of sources - many of which can now be ordered through the LDS.  Using a terrific option available to us on the FamilySearch web site, we have updated all our "pre-online order" films - that's 1,679 films in total - so that if you try to order ANY of these films for viewing at the GSV you get a message saying that the film you requested is already at your selected Family History Centre [the GSV]!


And you are not able to spend [aka waste] your money ordering a film that is already here!

Now that's what I call a neat feature!

And don't forget that we have a ScanPro in the GSV library which enables you to save images from film or fiche to your USB [copyright permitting].

That is what I call technology working for us and for you - make the most of it!

Next week at the GSV



Events next week at the Genealogical Society of Victoria 
 
Tue 08 Oct @ 10.30AM- 12.30PM Beginning Irish Family History ( Part 2 of 4)
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Tue 08 Oct @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Durham, Northumberland & Cumberland Discussion Circle
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Tue 08 Oct @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using the GSV library catalogue and databases, Victorian Seniors Festival 2013 Event (Booked out)
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Wed 09 Oct @ 12.30PM- 04.00PM Open afternoon and Introductory talk, Victorian Seniors Festival 2013 Event (Booking essential)
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Wed 09 Oct @  12.30PM- 01.30PM Cornwall Discussion Circle
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Thu 10 Oct @ 12.30PM- 01.30PM Landscapes of Early Melbourne, Speaker- Gary Presland, Victorian Seniors Festival 2013 (Booking essential)
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Thu 10 Oct @ 02.00PM- 03.00PM Using Digger TM for Australian BDMs, etc, Victorian Seniors Festival 2013 Event (Booking essential)
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Sat  12 Oct @ 12.30PM- 04.00PM Open afternoon and Introductory talk, Victorian Seniors Festival 2013 Event (Booking essential)
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