Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Book Review: A Different Earth

A Different Earth by Max C.S. Beck first drew my attention as I have ancestors who hailed from Cornwall and set sail for South Australia and then trekked overland to the Victorian Goldfields – I expect much like the story of Jane Dunstan and her family: Cornwall to Burra and overland to Gold.
The detailed “fictionalised” account told through Jane Dunstan’s eyes instantly drew me in, perhaps through the refreshing female view and the connection I felt with my own research of my Stevens family. Upon his retirement Mr. Beck decided to explore the family stories in his family history, research, visit the places his family lived and even sailed on a ship before writing this book. His exquisite attention to detail makes for fascinating – and inspiring reading. Jane and her family’s story would have been so similar to so many people from Cornwall and in fact the British Isles and beyond who decided to make a new life in a strange land.
I am pleased that Mr Beck has accepted Yarra Plenty Regional Library's invitation to present at Ivanhoe Library for National Family History Month in August. In the meantime enjoy this interview with Tiffany Truscott from BBC Cornwall

New Genealogy Group at Ivanhoe Library

We are excited to launch a new Genealogy Special Interest Group at Yarra Plenty Regional Library this month.  The group will meet every 2nd Thursday of the month at Ivanhoe Library.
The group will kick off this Thursday evening 5 May at 7pm with guest speaker Liz Pidgeon, Local and Family History Librarian providing tips and resources for getting started with family history research.
Whether you are advanced or a beginner, there is something on offer for all.
The Special Interest group will have its second meeting on Thursday 9 June at 7pm and will be facilitated by Ivanhoe staff member Mary, who is a passionate family history researcher herself and knowledgeable on Library Resources. Mary will be there to guide the group as they share expertise and experiences of researching family history.
Come learn about resources and share your story.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Aspects of Irish Family History - Breaking down brickwalls

Aspects of Irish Family History Seminar of Irish Genealogical Group of the Genealogy Society of Victoria - Breaking down Brick walls
A selection of resources (by no means limited) to help you break down your genealogy brick wall

See also Tracing your [County] Ancestors series, by various authors. (Flyleaf Press)


Geneabloggers – resources for blogging your family history

Catholic ParishRegisters

Genealogy on Facebook (98 Facebook groups listed for Ireland)

British Newspapers Archive (Subscription or access via libraries)

Irish News Archive (Subscription or access via National Library of Australia)

Find My Past (subscription or access via libraries)

Eneclann (professional genealogists)


See also Researching your Irish Ancestry guide at Yarra Plenty Regional Library

5 March 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New newspapers for Trove

The National Library of Australia is pleased to let you know that the following titles have been added to Trove newspapers over the past few months. Digitisation of these titles was funded by the National Library of Australia with microfilm supplied by the ANPlan partners.
The Australian Workman (Sydney, NSW : 1890 - 1897)
The Bird O' Freedom (Sydney, NSW : 1891 - 1896)
The Dead Bird (Sydney, NSW : 1889 - 1891)
Dutch Australian Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1951 - 1993)
Dutch Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1993 - 2004)
The Workers' Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1923 - 1939)
Balonne Beacon (St. George, Qld. : 1909 - 1954)
The Beaudesert Times (Qld. : 1908 - 1954)
Brisbane Telegraph (Qld. : 1948 - 1954)
The Bundaberg Mail (Qld. : 1917 - 1925)
The Bundaberg Mail and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1892 - 1917)
The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 - 1926)
The Daily Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1875 - 1896)
The Dalby Herald (Qld. : 1910 - 1954)
Dalby Herald and Western Queensland Advertiser (Qld. : 1886 - 1879)
The Evening Advocate (Innisfail, Qld. : 1941 - 1954)
The Evening Telegraph (Charters Towers, Qld. : 1901 - 1921)
Johnstone River Advocate (Geraldton, Qld. : 1906 - 1908)
Johnstone River Advocate and Innisfail News (Qld. : 1928 - 1941)
Northern Argus (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1865 - 1874)
The St. George Standard and Balonne Advertiser (Qld. : 1878 - 1879; 1902 - 1904)
The Toowoomba Chronicle and Queensland Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1875)
Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs General Advertiser (Qld. : 1875 - 1902)
Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA : 1901 - 1940)
Blyth Agriculturist (SA : 1908 - 1954)
Border Chronicle (Bordertown, SA : 1908 - 1950)
Christian Colonist (SA : 1878 - 1894)
Critic (Adelaide, SA : 1897-1924)
The Express (Adelaide, SA : 1922 - 1923)
Glenelg Guardian (SA : 1914 - 1954)
The Pennant (Penola, SA : 1946 - 1954)
Port Adelaide News (SA : 1904)
Port Adelaide News (SA :1913 - 1933)
Quorn Mercury (SA : 1895 - 1954)
Sport (Adelaide, SA : 1911 - 1948)
The Terowie Enterprise (SA : 1884 - 1891)
Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922)
Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878)
Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' News (SA : 1872 - 1874)
The Coastal News and North Western Advertiser (Ulverstone, Tas. : 1890 - 1893)
Deloraine - Westbury Advocate (Ulverstone, Tas. : 1893 - 1894)
The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer (Hobart, Tas. : 1810 - 1812)
King Island News (Currie, King Island : 1912 - 1954)
The North Coast Standard (Latrobe, Tas. : 1890 - 1894)
The North Western Chronicle (Latrobe, Tas. : 1887 - 1888)
The Colonial Mining Journal, Railway and Share Gazette (Vic. : 1858 - 1859)
The Colonial Mining Journal, Railway and Share Gazette and Illustrated Record (Melbourne, Vic. : 1859 - 1861)
The Australian (Perth, WA : 1917 - 1923)
The Avon Gazette and Kellerberrin News (WA : 1914 - 1916)
The Avon Gazette and York Times (WA : 1916 - 1930)
The Blackwood Times (Bunbury, WA : 1905 - 1920; 1945 - 1954)
Coolgardie Miner (WA : 1894 - 1917)
The Leonora Miner (WA : 1910 - 1928)
Narrogin Observer (WA : 1952 - 1954)
The Northam Advertiser (WA : 1895 - 1918; 1948 - 1954)
The Pingelly Leader (WA : 1906 - 1925)
Pingelly-Brookton Leader (WA : 1925 - 1926)
The Southern Districts Advocate (Katanning, WA : 1913 - 1936)
The Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA : 1898 - 1919)
The W.A. Record (Perth, WA : 1888 - 1922)
Yilgarn Merredin Times (Southern Cross, WA : 1921 - 1923)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

11th Battalion A.I.F.

Do you have an ancestor in the 11th Battalion?
Was he in this photo taken on 10 January 1915 at the Cheops Pyramid in Egypt?
The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) is working on identifying the 703 soldiers in this photo – and have already achieved some success.
For further information visit 11th Battalion A.I.F. Cheops Pyramid

Thursday, February 04, 2016


Rootstech 2013
Family History enthusiasts are in a snowy Salt Lake City Utah this week for Rootstech 2016. This is one of the major genealogy conferences on the calendar which covers all things Genealogy and Technology. It is hosted by FamilySearch. Check out the class syllabus for the many sessions being offered. There are many useful handouts available here and it is worth a browseFollow news at Rootstech by following some of the many official bloggers including Australia’s Geniaus or on Twitter using the hashtag #Rootstech.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Alexander Henderson Award

The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies, based in Blackburn, Victoria have recently announced that their annual Alexander Henderson Award is open for submissions again this year.
If you have written a family history or Australian historical biography and you fit the conditions of entry, consider a nomination. Your entry will be kept by AIGS and will form part of their collection so that other family history researchers will be able to access it in the future. Submissions close November 30.
Further details and a list of previous submissions can be found on the AIGS site.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Gale Newspaper Archive

Coverage in the Gale Newspaper Archive has been extended for the following UK newspaper titles:
• The Economist Historical Archive, 1843 - 2012
• The Times Digital Archive, 1785 - 2010
• The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902 – 2011
Search over 10 million digitized facsimile pages in the Gale Newspaper Archive. Fully text searchable, view entire pages or individual articles and save, bookmark, e-mail and print results. Access this e-resource for your family history and history research the via a single search platform or via individually in the library or from home with your library card via the genealogy e-resources page.