Monday, December 15, 2014

Genealogy Software

One of the keys to successfully researching family history is to stay organised.  In the beginning a lot of information can be fairly easily gathered in a short time.  Blank family group sheets are a terrific first step to document each family, but soon you will be looking for something better.  Consider then a software program.  A number of options are available. Victorian GUM (Genealogists using microcomputers) are a special interest group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria who provide advice and sales of the most popular software programs.  These include Family Tree Maker which is owned by and compatible with, so particularly handy if you wish to also maintain a separate online tree.   Legacy Family Tree is available as a free download, after which a deluxe version is available for purchase.  For more information about genealogy software programs visit the Genealogy software guide.

Monday, December 08, 2014

New Guide to research Chinese Family History

A new guide has been published on the Yarra Plenty Regional Library website to assist people with Chinese Australian family history research.  Be sure to talk with family members and and look for records around the home to get started on your research journey.
Check out Researching Chinese Family History and other guides we have available.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spike our genealogy stats Wed October 22

Do you have family history research in the UK? Have you looked at the Discovery portal via The National Archives?  The public archives of the UK government contains over 1000 years of history with over 5% of its collection digitised. Download images of wills and probates, Army, Navy and Air Force records, Cabinet Records, pictures, photographs and more.
British Army war diaries 1914-1922 written by officers in the front line have now been digitised. These diaries give unprecedented access to daily movements and action in the trenches and beyond.
Yarra Plenty Regional Library subscribes to this e-resource and you can access it at home via your library card via the genealogy e-resources page of our website

We are encouraging researchers to come on board and search the website and download your records of interest on Wednesday October 22 2014  to spike our stats.  You can do this at home  via the library website with your library card or at any computer in your local library.

You may like to come along to Diamond Valley Library before and after our presentation on Blogging your genealogy at 1.30 pm.   Library staff will be available at 2.30 pm if you would like any assistance.

In early September a major upgrade took place.  It now enables archive users to search, browse and tag 32 million record descriptions of records held by The National Archives, alongside the collections of over 2,500 archives across the UK.  This opens up access to a wide range of collections and information for your family history research.  If you are a first time user read the comprehensive research guides to get started - and let us know about your discoveries. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

More Victorian World War 1 newspapers have been digitised and are accessible via Trove

Another 47 local Victorian newspapers covering the 1914-18 period are now accessible via Trove.   

The Newcastle Chronicle (NSW : 1866 - 1876)
Saturday Referee and the Arrow (NSW : 1912 - 1916)
The Urana Independent and Clear Hills Standard (NSW : 1913 - 1921)
Tocumwal Guardian and Riverina Echo (NSW : 1913 - 1918)
The Methodist (Sydney, NSW : 1892 - 1954)
Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative (NSW: 1890-1954)
The Gloucester Advocate (NSW: 1905-1954)
The Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW : 1915 - 1954)
The Scone Advocate (NSW:1887-1954)
The Gloucester Examiner and Lower Hunter Advertiser (NSW: 1912)
The Scone Advocate (NSW : 1887 - 1954)
National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW : 1889 - 1954)
The Newcastle Sun (NSW : 1918 - 1954)
The Northern Champion (Taree, NSW : 1913 - 1954)
Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas. : 1883 - 1928)
North-Eastern Advertiser (Scottsdale, Tas. : 1909 - 1954)
Benalla Standard (Vic. : 1901 - 1920)
Labor Call (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
The Age (Melbourne, Vic.:1854-1954)
Avoca Free Press and Farmers' and Miners' Journal (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Avoca Mail (Vic. : 1915 -1918)
Bealiba Times (Vic. : 1915 - 1918)
Beulah Record and Mallee Advocate (Vic. : 1914)
Beulah Standard and Mallee and Wimmera Advertiser (Vic. : 1916 - 1918)
Brunswick and Coburg Star (Vic. : 1914 - 1916)
Camberwell and Hawthorn Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Camperdown Herald (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Casterton Free Press and Glenelg Shire Advertiser (Vic. : 1915 - 1918)
Dimboola Banner and Wimmera and Mallee Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Dunolly and Betbetshire Express and County of Gladstone Advertiser (Vic. :
1915 - 1918)
Euroa Gazette (Vic. : 1915 - 1918)
Every Week (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Footscray Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Graphic of Australia (Melbourne, Vic. : 1916 - 1918)
Heytesbury Reformer and Cobden and Camperdown Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 -
Kerang Observer (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Kilmore Advertiser (Vic. : 1915 - 1918)
Kyabram Free Press and Rodney and Deakin Shire Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Public Opinion (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1915)
Spectator and Methodist Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Ararat Chronicle and Willaura and Lake Bolac Districts Recorder (Vic. : 1914
- 1918)
Colac Reformer (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Echuca and Moama Advertiser and Farmers' Gazette (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Kyabram Guardian (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Malvern News (Vic. : 1914 - 1916)
Mildura Telegraph and Darling and Lower Murray Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Minyip Guardian and Sheep Hills Advocate (Vic. : 1915 - 1918)
Morwell and Yinnar Gazette (Vic. : 1914 - 1916)
Mount Wycheproof Ensign and East Wimmera Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Numurkah Standard and Wunghnu, Cobram, Yarroweyah and Strathmerton Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Romsey Examiner and General Advertiser for the Shires of Romsey, Lancefield, Gisborne, Bulla, Springfield...(Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Sandringham News (Vic. : 1918)
Sea Lake Times and Berriwillock Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
South Gippsland Shire Echo (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Stock and Land (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Tribune (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Vigilante (Melbourne, Vic. : 1918)
Walhalla Chronicle (Vic. : 1914)
Woodend Star (Vic. : 1915 - 1918)
Woomelang Sun and Lascelles and Ouyen Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
Walhalla Chronicle and Moondarra Advertiser (Vic. : 1914 - 1915)
Willaura Farmer (Vic. : 1914 - 1916)
Goomalling-Dowerin Mail (WA: 1916-1922)
Merredin Mercury (WA: 1912-1921)
Mount Magnet Miner and Lennonville Leader (WA : 1896 - 1926)
Northam Courier (WA : 1909 - 1922)
Wickepin Argus (WA: 1910-1934)
Goomalling-Dowerin Mail (WA : 1911 - 1916)
Great Southern Leader (Pingelly, WA : 1907 - 1934)
The Midlands Advertiser (Moora, WA : 1907 - 1930)
 Through Trove, the national resource discovery service,  there is now free online access to over 14 million pages from over 700 Australian newspapers.   All of the digitised newspapers are fully text-searchable and users can enrich and enhance the data through subject tagging, text correction and annotations.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Have you published a family history?

The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (AIGS) presents these two prestigious Awards annually. The Alexander Henderson Award is for ‘the best Australian Family History’ and the Don Grant Award is for ‘the best Australian historical biography with a family history focus’ submitted for the awards in that year.
If you have published a family history book and would like more information about the criteria for the judging of the Awards and an entry form, visit the AIGS website
Entries close for the 2014 Awards on 30 November 2014.
Please consider donating a copy of your family history research with the local public library where your family settled.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cemetery Records

This week the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust requested tenders for the task to convert the records of cemeteries across Melbourne's inner and outer suburbs into one searchable database.  The trust governs 20 cemeteries from Williamstown to Healesville and is calling for tenders from suitable contractors to create a documents and records management system that covers them all in digital form.  Request for tender documents indicate that about 3.5 million hard copy records exist in the cemetery collections.  Many are likely to be handwritten and of great historical value. This is interesting news for the future of local and family history research in Victoria. 
Source: The Age Saturday September 13, 2004 (Classifieds p. 20)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

British Newspaper Archive

There are more than 8 million pages from historical newspapers that were published across Britain and Ireland available to explore on the British Newspaper Archive.  One million have been added just this year.
In recent months the following titles have been added.
Read the local, national and international news printed in Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser between 1858-1860, 1864-1866 and 1869-1870.
Browse the beautiful adverts and images and read the articles that were published in the Bedfordshire Times and Independent in 1906, 1910, 1935 and 1950
The Northern Whig was printed in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Search copies of the newspaper from 1868, 1869 and 1870.
For your Victorian Londeners read the Evening Standard, available for 1860, 1861, 1862, 1866 and 1867.
Search copies of Glasgow’s Daily Record from 1914 and 1915, with more editions from the World War One period coming soon.
Browse the beautiful old adverts and articles that were published in the Surrey Comet from 1855-1857 and 1859-1870.
Search the local, national and international news reported by the Watford Observer in 1864, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1869 and 1870. 
Read the local, national and international news reported by London’s Illustrated Times in 1868. Each edition featured a number of beautiful illustrations too.
Search the news reported by the Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald in 1913, 1915, 1924 and 1925, with more editions from the WW1 period also coming soon
Access British Newspaper Archive free in the library.  First time users need to create a free account.  You will be able to save favourite articles and keep track of your search history.