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.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mill Park Family History Group

Researching family history can be a solitary hobby. Whist we need to talk to family members and rummage through those family papers, these days a lot of time is spent in front of the computer.
If you would like to talk about your family history research journey, access family history e-resources and more for free in the library and maybe get a clue on a resource you have not considered before, come along to the Mill Park Family Tree Group. This group meets in the computer room once a month, every second Thursday afternoon 1.00pm- 3.30pm. No bookings necessary. The Genealogy group returns for 2016 on Thursday February 11 at Mill Park Library.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial

The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial Ballarat
The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat is a national memorial of national significance, unusually situated outside Canberra. It is on a number of Heritage registers. It includes 36,200 names and associated stories. There are 4,500 names where final resting places are known and 8,500 names where no known grave exists.
The Memorial committee met in 1996. At that time, there was no official list of POW’s. Details had to be searched individually by examining service files and other records. About 50 or so new names are added each year as the research continues. Japanese records were acquired in 1999.
Memorial designed by Peter Blizzard. The angle of the memorial is at 30 degrees, considered as optimum for viewing. The memorial opened in 2004 by the Governor General Cosgrove. The memorial includes panels arranged by war including Boer War – 291 names, WW1 – 8 panels of 4200 names 9 panels for WW2 – 4200 names. One man is listed for both WW1 and WW2.
A lone pone from Gallipoli has been planted near the Memorial.
Visit the website where a lot of information about the names listed is added and updated. Education kits have also been developed for primary and secondary teachers.
View our list of true life accounts of Australian Prisoners of War.

UK 1939 Register

The UK 1939 Register has been released by Find My Past to great fanfare.  Yarra Plenty Regional Library provides Find My Past library edition as a free genealogy e-resource for family history researchers on any PC in every library.  Access along with our other e-resources  via our website via Browse - Family History - e-resources.
Unfortunately the UK 1939 register is not available via the Library Edition but only to individual pay as you go users.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Search historical Victorian BDM free

The Victorian historical birth death marriage indexes are now online to search for free! The date range for deaths has been extended to 1988. The date range as I understand it, is as follows:
Births to 1914
Marriages to 1942
Deaths to 1988
Go to: Births deaths marriages Victoria