Wednesday, January 28, 2015

British Newspapers Archive

British Newspapers Archive have released a terrific little video with a step-by-step guide showing you how to search the online newspaper archive for an ancestor or particular person from history.
Access over 9.5 million newspaper pages on BNA and other genealogy e-resources on any PC at all our libraries.  Recent additions include Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, the Lincolnshire Echo, the Waterford Chronicle and Irish newspapers.  Most of our genealogy e-resources are being constantly updated with new collections.
Access the video here

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New newspapers on Trove

The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce that the following newspapers, digitised by the National Library through the Australian Newspaper Plan program, have been recently added to Digitised newspapers and more on Trove. Many of these newspapers are currently being added to Trove and further issues will become available shortly.

New South Wales
*         Daily Commercial News and Shipping List (Sydney, NSW : 1891 - 1954)
*         Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938)
*         Le Courrier Australien (Sydney, NSW : 1892 - 1954)
*         The Ulladulla and Milton Times (NSW : 1891 - 1917)
*         Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser (NSW: 1871 - 1912)
*         Man on the Land (Gosford, NSW : 1936 - 1938)
*         The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (NSW : 1906 - 1954)
*         The Shipping Gazette and Sydney General Trade List (NSW : 1844 - 1860)
*         Sydney Mail (NSW : 1860 - 1871)
*         Sydney General Trade List, Mercantile Chronicle and Advertiser (NSW : 1830)
*         St George Call (Kogarah, NSW : 1914 - 1924)
*         Temora Star (NSW : 1881 - 1883)
*         The Hillston News (NSW : 1882 - 1883)
*         Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW : 1900 - 1954)
*         Guang yi hua bao= The Chinese Australian Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1923)

Queensland
*         Dayboro Times and Moreton Mail (Qld. : 1937 - 1940; 1945 - 1954)
*         Humpybong Weekly and Advertiser (Redcliffe, Qld. : 1927 - 1932)
*         Logan and Albert Advocate (Qld. : 1893 - 1900)
*         Logan Witness (Beenleigh, Qld. : 1878 - 1893)
*         Logan and Albert Bulletin (Southport, Qld. : 1896 - 1901; 1909; 1921; 1922; 1928)
South Australia
*         Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904)
*         The Victor Harbor Times and Encounter Bay and Lower Murray Pilot (SA : 1912 - 1930)
*         Times Victor Harbour and Encounter Bay and Lower Murray Pilot (SA : 1930 - 1932)
*         Victor Harbour Times (SA : 1932 - 1954)
*         Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931)
*         Leader (Angaston, SA : 1918 - 1954)
*         Quiz (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1890)
*         Quiz (Adelaide, SA : 1900 - 1909)
*         Quiz and the Lantern (Adelaide, SA : 1890 - 1900)
*         Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954)
Tasmania
*         Guardian, or, True Friend of Tasmania (Hobart, Tas. : 1847)
*         Circular Head Chronicle (Stanley, Tas. : 1906 - 1954)
*         Tasmanian Morning Herald (Hobart, Tas. : 1865 - 1866)
*         Tasmanian Morning Herald (Hobart, Tas. : 1865 - 1866)
*         Critic (Hobart, Tas. : 1907 - 1924)
*         Tasmanian News (Hobart, Tas. : 1883 - 1911)
*         Daily Post (Hobart, Tas. : 1908 - 1918)
*         Hobarton Guardian, or, True Friend of Tasmania (Hobart, Tas. : 1847 - 1854)
*         Van Diemen's Land Chronicle (Hobart, Tas. : 1841)
Victoria
*         Ouyen and North West Express (Vic. : 1918)
*         Birregurra Times (Vic. : 1918)
*         Seaside News (Melbourne, Vic. : 1915 - 1918)
*         Sporting Judge (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1918)
*         Norden (Melbourne, Vic. 1914 - 1918)
*         Port Fairy Times and McArthur News (Vic. : 1917 - 1918)
*         Chronicle, South Yarra Gazette, Toorak Times and Malvern Standard (Vic. : 1892 - 1893)
*         Brighton Southern Cross (Vic. : 1896 - 1918)
*         Gippsland Chronicle and Crooked River and Stringer's Creek Advertiser (Vic. : 1866)
*         The Chinese Advertiser (Ballarat, Vic. : 1856)
*         The English and Chinese Advertiser (Vic. : 1856 - 1858)
Western Australia
*         Gnowangerup Star and Tambellup-Ongerup Gazette (WA : 1915 - 1942)
*         Southern Times (Bunbury, WA : 1888 - 1916)
*         The Norseman Pioneer (WA : 1896 - 1897)
*         Camp Chronicle (Midland Junction, WA : 1915 - 1918)
*         Norseman Esperance Guardian and Dundas Goldfields Advertiser (WA : 1896)
Through Trove, the national resource discovery service,  there is now free online access to over 15 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. To find out the latest titles which have been added to Trove, subscribe to one of the Web feeds.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Common mistakes in your family history

Hit a brick wall in your family history?  One of the first strategies to thinking about how to strike through that brick wall is to review the information that you already have.  But also have a think about common mistakes that sometimes happen and whether these may have impacted your own research journey:
Not talking to other family members and gathering oral history.
Not confirming family stories by purchasing historical birth, marriage and death certificates. (Sometimes family stories are not or only partially true).
Accepting other people's research without reviewing.
Using the same spelling when searching indexes and websites.  Remember use spelling variations and where possible wildcard searching, particularly for family names, but also first names.
Having a narrow research view, especially by geographic area, in a similar vein, another common mistake is presuming that our ancestors did not travel widely or move about.
Not being organised.  If you have a software program, be sure to keep it updated.
Becoming unfamiliar with your research.  If it has been a while since you researched a particular line, re-visit your information to date.  Have you transcribed all relevant documents?
Presuming if it is not online, the information does not exist.
If it is in the newspaper, it must be true.
Family Search adds some advice on Rookie Mistakes and If I'd only known! Beginner Genealogy Mistakes. Regular posts from The blog Genealogy Tip of the day also are good reminders and insights into our search strategies.
What is a common mistake you have found in your family history research journey?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Genealogy Software

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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 Ancestry.com, 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.   
NSW

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)
Tasmania
Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas. : 1883 - 1928)
North-Eastern Advertiser (Scottsdale, Tas. : 1909 - 1954)
Victoria
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 -
1918)
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)
WA
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.