Sunday, August 13, 2017

Family History Blog Challenge #2

Australian genealogist and blogger Alexandra Daw has suggested a blogging challenge on her blog Family Tree Frog for National Family History Month.  The challenge revolves around a literary theme.

Week two is inspired by Sumner Locke Elliott’s haunting tale about PS and his aunts, custody battles and secrets titled Careful, He Might Hear You. Set in the Depression era.

How can we research the lives of our family relatives as children?  School records are a good place to start and PROV has an excellent guide to education records.

Over 100,000 British children were sent to Commonwealth colonies and dominions from the 1860s to the 1970s. They were taken from orphanages and children's homes to populate Australia, Canada and African colonies with "good white stock" in schemes that were largely hidden from public scrutiny until the late 1980s. This list provides some personal accounts and a list of resources for further research.

Check out these Memoirs of Childhood

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Family History Month Blog Challenge #1

Australian genealogist and blogger Alexandra Daw has suggested a blogging challenge on her blog Family Tree Frog for National Family History Month.  The challenge revolves around a literary theme.
Week one is inspired by Ruth Park's novel Poor Man's Orange published in 1949.  The book continues the story of the Darcy family of Sydney with various themes of family, poverty and hardship in the mid twentieth century.  Recognised as a classic, this book would resonate with many Australian family history researchers wanting to connect with the times in their ancestors lived.
The books in the trilogy include:
Read some community reviews on Goodreads, but we would love to see you post a comment on the YPRL website if you choose to read one of Ruth Park's novels.
If you have family history in NSW and want some leads on where to look next, check out this brand new guide for researching your family history in NSW.
What is your NSW family story?  Are there any novels you would recommend a family history researcher should read?

Monday, July 24, 2017

August is Family History Month



There has never been a better time to research your family history.  Online tools and digitised content have assisted the research journey for many people seeking to discover where they come from.  Welcome to Family History Month.  Learn, be inspired and share your story. 


This month, various events will focus on our precious heritage photograph collections. We will provide some practical help showing you how to restore your photos both digitally and physically, as well as tips to help date them and store them and scrapbook them to share the stories. We also have experts on how to research in Ireland and British India as well as speakers focusing on the stories of local families in both Heidelberg and Eltham.


 Please join us at Yarra Plenty Regional Library for the following events:



Thursday, July 06, 2017

Soldier Settlement


The Last Battle by Bruce Scates documents the opportunities offered and in many cases the difficulties faced by returned servicemen following World War One.

Family History Researchers can search their Victorian First World War Soldier settler ancestors at Battle to Farm: WW1 Soldier settlement records in Victoria from Public Records Office of Victoria
The War ended in November 1918.  More than 112,000 Victorian men had enlisted  and 91,000 saw service overseas.  About 17,000 were killed.
In order to repay the sacrifice and help returned servicemen return to domestic life, men were offered to opportunity to farm.  The nationwide Soldier Settlement Scheme was established providing blocks of land on which it was hoped that families could rebuild their lives. Across Australia thousands of returned servicemen took up the challenge and reinvented themselves as farmers.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Family History researchers have access to a brand new resource which is part of the Genealogy Reference Collection at Ivanhoe Library.

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland contains detailed information about the linguistic origins of more than 45,600 common and rare surnames. Each entry also includes how many bearers of the name were recorded on the 1881 and 2011 censuses, as well as its geographical distribution over time.

The creation of the four volume dictionary is the result of a four year project – the largest of its kind ever undertaken, with data sourced from medieval and modern sources such as tax records, church registers and census returns.

Some names have their origins in occupations, for example Webber and Baker. Other names can be linked to place such as Hill or Green.

Knowledge of the origin of surnames helps the family history researcher understand their own story and maps the origins of their ancestors.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library is the first Australian organisation to order this landmark reference tool from Oxford University Press.

Check these other resources to explore the origins of your surname and learn more via this video from the University of West Bristol England who were a partner on the project.




Friday, February 17, 2017

Rootstech 2017



One of the major conferences for the Genealogy industry and associated family researchers worldwide: Rootstech – has just concluded in Salt Lake City, Utah and by all accounts it was another huge success.

The international conference featured four days of seminars, presentations, product promotion and a huge showcase hall and the opportunity for many attendees to visit the Family History Library.

Some sessions are now available on line for a short time, including presentations on DNA, Jewish Genealogy, Tracing female lines, next steps in British Research and more. Visit  Rootstech  for more information

Rootstech 2018 dates are already set for February 28 – March 3 2018

The next major genealogy conference will be Who Do You Think You Are Live in Birmingham, England in early April 2017.