Monday, September 29, 2014

Have you published a family history?

The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (AIGS) presents these two prestigious Awards annually. The Alexander Henderson Award is for ‘the best Australian Family History’ and the Don Grant Award is for ‘the best Australian historical biography with a family history focus’ submitted for the awards in that year.
If you have published a family history book and would like more information about the criteria for the judging of the Awards and an entry form, visit the AIGS website
Entries close for the 2014 Awards on 30 November 2014.
Please consider donating a copy of your family history research with the local public library where your family settled.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cemetery Records

This week the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust requested tenders for the task to convert the records of cemeteries across Melbourne's inner and outer suburbs into one searchable database.  The trust governs 20 cemeteries from Williamstown to Healesville and is calling for tenders from suitable contractors to create a documents and records management system that covers them all in digital form.  Request for tender documents indicate that about 3.5 million hard copy records exist in the cemetery collections.  Many are likely to be handwritten and of great historical value. This is interesting news for the future of local and family history research in Victoria. 
Source: The Age Saturday September 13, 2004 (Classifieds p. 20)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

British Newspaper Archive

There are more than 8 million pages from historical newspapers that were published across Britain and Ireland available to explore on the British Newspaper Archive.  One million have been added just this year.
In recent months the following titles have been added.
Read the local, national and international news printed in Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser between 1858-1860, 1864-1866 and 1869-1870.
Browse the beautiful adverts and images and read the articles that were published in the Bedfordshire Times and Independent in 1906, 1910, 1935 and 1950
The Northern Whig was printed in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Search copies of the newspaper from 1868, 1869 and 1870.
For your Victorian Londeners read the Evening Standard, available for 1860, 1861, 1862, 1866 and 1867.
Search copies of Glasgow’s Daily Record from 1914 and 1915, with more editions from the World War One period coming soon.
Browse the beautiful old adverts and articles that were published in the Surrey Comet from 1855-1857 and 1859-1870.
Search the local, national and international news reported by the Watford Observer in 1864, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1869 and 1870. 
Read the local, national and international news reported by London’s Illustrated Times in 1868. Each edition featured a number of beautiful illustrations too.
Search the news reported by the Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald in 1913, 1915, 1924 and 1925, with more editions from the WW1 period also coming soon
Access British Newspaper Archive free in the library.  First time users need to create a free account.  You will be able to save favourite articles and keep track of your search history.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Celebrate your Trove stories

August is family history month and if you are a family historian, Trove wants to celebrate your stories in the Trove blog. Share your favourite Trove discovery about your family, the best Trove tip you have for a budding family historian, or any thoughts you have about how Trove has changed the way you research. Feel free to include a photo of yourself or of something you've uncovered through your digging. (Please only share images which are out of copyright or for which you own the copyright.)

Trove will compile a selection of the stories we receive into a blog post that will be published in family history month. Everyone who contributes will receive an 'I love Trove' badge!

Just send your stories to by Wednesday 30 July.

We would also love to hear your stories that you may have uncovered in the library.  Email us or leave a comment below.

Update to Blog Post 26 August 2014
Chuffed to report here that Trove has blogged my own contributions to their call out and it can be viewed here 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fancy some family history?

Fancy some family history? August is National Family History Month.  Be inspired and learn how you can explore your family tree at the library with our special guest speakers and events.
Ivanhoe Library
Tuesday 5 August
1.00pm – 2.00pm
FamilySearch’s Jenny Harkness will introduce this free, popular and growing online resource for your family history research.
Rosanna Library
Tuesday 12 August
11.00am – 12noon
Local History groups are an excellent resource for family history research.  Graham and Angela will discuss how to find information on family members in lived in the Banyule area using the resources of Heidelberg Historical Society.
Thursday 28 August
10.30am – 11.30am
Ian Minchen’s Brothers in Arms captures the struggles of an Australian family from their immigration from Ireland through two World Wars. Ian will discuss his research journey and pathway to getting published.  Copies will be available for sale.
Watsonia Library
Women and Emigration – why they came
Tuesday 19 August
11.00am – 12.00pm
Genealogist Beryl O’Gorman will examine our ancestral women and the reasons why they emigrated. This talk has an Irish slant but should be of interest to all.
Lalor Library
Become a living ancestor
Wednesday 13 August
10.30am – 11.30am
Beryl  O’Gorman will provide tips on how to record your real life story for you and your descendants.
Mill Park Library
Tuesday 12 August
5.00pm – 8.00pm
Bring along your family history project and spend a couple of quiet hours chasing your ancestors in congenial company. Access to genealogy subscription websites and advice will be available. Bookings required.
Thursday 14 August
11.00am – 12.00pm
Learn how to explore historical newspapers, photos, websites and more with this powerful free search engine focusing on Australia and Australians.
Friday 15 August
11.00am – 12.00pm
Bring in your family and local history photos and we will scan them for you.
Monday 18 August
12.00pm – 1.00pm
An overview of the genealogy subscription websites researchers can access for free in the library
Tuesday 26 August
11.00am – 12pm
The final resting place of your ancestor can provide rich information for your family history.  Family History Librarian Liz will provide tips on researching cemetery records.
Thomastown Library
Thursday 7 August
10.30am – 11.30am
Join Family History Librarian Liz with tips on how to preserve and document your precious heritage photos.
Wednesday August 13
2.00pm – 3.00pm
Cemetery Historian Dr. Celestina  Sagazio will discuss Melbourne's iconic and historically significant cemetery, characterised by its prime location, notable interments and Prime Ministers' Garden.
Wednesday August 27
 1.30pm – 2.30 pm
Daniela Zannoni has recorded the successes and tragedies of her Italian migrant family through her book My Mother’s Memories.  Daniela will discuss her research journey and pathway to getting published.  Copies will be available for sale.
Eltham Library
Friday August 1
10.30am –11.30am
Public Record Office Victoria holds a wide range of records that document houses, properties and buildings in VictoriaNicole Llewellyn will outline how property research can add to your family history
Tuesday 5 August
7.00pm – 8.30pm
Meet our panel of Local authors who will share their experiences and answer questions about writing your own.
Thursday 21 August
7.00pm – 8.00pm
Your library card gives you free access to family history research information, including Ancestry, and many more. Find out how.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Trove in July

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.






Through Trove, the national resource discovery service,  there is now free online access to over 13 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 our  Web feeds.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Latest news from Trove

New contributors
Two new law journals contributing their material to Trove. The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is a peer reviewed journal that publishes research about the challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world. The Victoria University Law and Justice journal is published annually, and includes articles from their former journal DICTUM. Both journals are open access journals; they provide unrestricted online access to peer reviewed research.
The Forbes & District Historical Society is now contributing over 1000 images to Trove. These images are a wonderful record of our history, from the early 19th century through to the 1970s. Collection 
New blog posts
Following on from our blog post about Trove 6.1, team member Chris has written about the new Trove Help system, which was released at the same time as the other changes to Trove. We believe this new system will significantly help Trove users answer their own questions. If you have any feedback about the help please let us know.
One of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Plan team has written about where the digitised newspapers come from. This post includes an interesting map which shows you the geographical coverage of the newspapers Where do the digitised newspapers come from.
Happy Troveing!