Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Collaborating online for your family history


RootsWeb Mailing Lists have been offline for a little while but they have recently advised that they aim to be back on line at the end of the month. The update will include old archives and current emails.  Mailing Lists are a terrific way to find others researching your interests. Other tools such as online family trees, Facebook groups and other Social Media platforms can help greatly in the collaborative process of researching your family and local history.  What have you discovered by collaborating with others?

Monday, February 05, 2018

New name for Australian Institute Genealogical Studies

Thomson Family, Kinglake. Shire of Elham Pioneers Photograph Collection
The Australian institute of Genealogical Studies is now known as Family History connections and has also launched a brand new website
Their Press release states: "We are still the same organisation with the same objectives and deep commitment to assist members and the wider community in their search for their ancestors in Australia and overseas".
They remain located at Unit 1 / 41 Railway Road, Blackburn. Sunday talks will be now be held on the first Sunday of the month.
Consider joining a family history group to help you research your family history.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

101 Photographs among 3 million

101 Photographs is a visual resource compiled from the collection of the Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) based in Gerona, Spain.
The photographs stand out for a particular aspect: for its visual content, its aesthetics, its historical relevance, its uniqueness or its exceptional nature as a photographic object.Historical photos,even if they are not from your own collection can inspire stories and memories in your own research or trigger a research strategy you have not thought of before.Enjoy this amazing European collection.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Fay Thomas Collection

The Fay Thomas Collection provides an insight into the lives of the local pioneering Thomas family, extended family and the broader community of the City of Whittlesea. The collection includes photographs, books, correspondence, manuscript material and ephemera dating from about the 1830's through to the present.

Thomas Moses with 2 adult women and 2 babies ca.1875


The late Fay Thomas, great-granddaughter of Moses Thomas, was the custodian of the Thomas Family collection and keeper and collector of much of the family lore. In 2015, after her death, Fay Thomas' Executors kindly loaned the collection to the City of Whittlesea prior to its transfer to State Library Victoria. During this time the collection was digitised.

Fay was the eldest daughter of Charles and Jean Thomas, and a descendant of Moses Thomas. Following in the footsteps of three great aunts who had been teachers, and a great uncle who has been a school inspector, she graduated from teachers college in 1961. In the 1980s Fay was one of the first locally appointed women principals in Victoria, an acknowledgement of her outstanding achievements and leadership skills. Throughout Fay's career as a teacher, principal, and education consultant she influenced the lives of thousands of Victorians.

Moses Thomas was a significant figure in the history of the area now known as the City of Whittlesea. Fay had a strong connection with her ancestry and she recognised that accumulating and maintaining a comprehensive collection of historical photographs, documents and objects relating to Moses and his family, his businesses, his involvement with the Church and School at Mernda, and the social milieu of early Whittlesea was an effort that had far-reaching implications.

The digital collection was passed on to Yarra Plenty Regional Library in March 2017. Images are progressively being made available via the Fay Thomas Collection album on Yarra Plenty Regional Library's Local History Flickr   with selected local images via our website.  Search the catalogue with keyword "Fay Thomas Collection".

This blog post also appears on Yarra Plenty Library Local History

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: