Monday, July 23, 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
State Library Victoria are undertaking a major re-development via their Vision 2020 Redevelopment Project which will transform the library space and its services.
From 24 August 2018 to 20 September the Newspaper and Family History Reading Room and the Arts Reading Room will be moving to beautiful new spaces. They will re-open on 21 September.
The Courtyard closures research guide has now been published. The guide details what resources will be unavailable when the courtyards close from August 24. It also lists what resources will still be available, i.e. Ancestry, and suggests alternate sources. This guide appears on the research guide homepage
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Lee Anthony from Friends of Coburg Cemetery recently spoke at Diamond Valley Library as part of the monthly Family History Fest program. The cemetery is managed by the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. A Deceased search can be conducted on their website for all nineteen cemeteries in the Melbourne area under their care.
If you are researching your family history or have an interest in locating the final resting place of your ancestor consider the following:
Final resting place should be indicated on the death certificate of your ancestor.
Another source for the final resting place may be a death, funeral notice or newspaper obituary.
Look for the website for your cemetery of interest – and then see if there is a “deceased search” facility to find out about the cemetery and the specific location you are interested in.
Look for a Friends Group associated with the Cemetery who may possibly have information on your ancestor. They may have developed a self-guided tour as the Friends of Coburg Cemetery have done, as well as conduct regular walks in person.
Visit the cemetery either in person or virtually via Google street view
Check opening hours and grave location before your visit. You may need to contact the Cemetery Trust / Caretaker /Local Council beforehand
Look to see if your cemetery has had a headstone indexing project in the past – GSV facilitated these a while ago. Search the collections of family history groups or your public library.
Your grave may not have a headstone. Check directly with the cemetery for details of names who may share “your” grave.
Headstones inscriptions projects are just that – not a list of all the burials. They may not necessarily include all the internments in the grave and do not include unmarked graves.
Some headstones may commemorate a person who is actually not buried at that location (for example war dead)
Take a note of names on neighbouring graves, including the row your grave is in - as these may be connected to your family.
Photograph and transcribe inscriptions on headstones for your records.
There are a number of websites aggregating information from cemeteries, including photographs of headstones. These include Billion Graves and Find My Grave with content constantly being added.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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?