Monday, July 26, 2010

Genealogy News

August is Family History Month at Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Some dates for your calendar include:

Writing and publishing your family history
Tuesday 3 August
7.00 – 8.00 pm
Watsonia Library
Local writer and publisher Fee Sievers from Rebus Publishing will give tips about memoir writing, reveal how to write your family history and explore different story presentation options.

Writing a Life Story
Thursday August 5
1.30 – 3.00 pm
Remember the people in your family history. How do you capture the special memories, people and events from their life? Robynne from “Your Life Story” will provide tips to get you started.

Using the Ancestry database
Lalor Library
Tuesday August Tuesday 17
11.00 am – 12 noon
An introduction to the Ancestry database for confident family history researchers.

Restoring Your family Photographs - Ivanhoe Library
Thursday August 19
10. 30 – 11.30 pm
Our family documents and photographs are an important link with our ancestors, providing us with historical record and priceless memories of family and special events. Carol from Pixel to Pixel will talk about and demonstrate the process for restoring old photographs and methods for organising storage of your precious family documents and other memorabilia.

Irish Newspapers - DIAMOND VALLEY Library
Wednesday August 25
1.30 pm – 2.30 pm
Join Beryl O'Gorman from the Genealogical Society of Victoria's Irish Ancestry Group who will introduce researchers to Irish Newspapers on the Internet and how they can assist with your research.

Starting your family history - Thomastown Library
Monday August 23
11.30 am – 12. 30 pm
An introduction to researching your family history. Tip sheets provided

Researching your Italian Family History - Mill Park Library
Monday August 30
1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
In partnership with the Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program
Italians have been migrating to Australia since the time of the arrival of the First Fleet, however after the second World War, the numbers of Italians arriving in Victoria increased dramatically. Come along to this session to learn some tips and strategies for researching your Italian Family history.

Please note that the following events are booked out:

Heirloom Discovery Day July 31 at Mill Park Library

Family History Research Day August 3 at Mill Park Library

Families on the web August 3 at Ivanhoe Library.

You can book for these events and more online

The State Library's Family History Fest day on August 2 is also booked out.

Other events of interest

Family History Fair and Open day at Heidelberg Stake Family History Centre (LDS) - 285 Heidelberg Rd, Northcote Phone: 94822244

Saturday 7 August 10.00 - 4.00 pm

From family trees to stories of how a family has grown and changed, it's important not to lose that information. Come to State Library of Victoria's digital storytelling workshop where you can learn how to use technology to tell your amazing story
COURSE: SAT 14, 21, 28 AUG, 10AM–4PM
Digital Storytelling is the telling of a personal story using multimedia tools. Participants combine audio-visual resources from their personal archives (photographs, video, text, music and sound) to produce a three- to four-minute personal story which they then narrate. In this three-day program, participants will learn storytelling skills; draft, edit and create their own digital story; and take their completed project home on DVD to share with friends and family. Basic computer skills are an advantage.
COST: $299 -Includes a special 25% discount offer (bookings required)
Phone: 8664 7099 or email

Travelling Treasures Exhibition and talk at Mill Park Library Thursday August 5th

Queenstown Cemetery - Unveiling of plaque and cairn and book launch - Sunday 22nd August

Oral History Workshop - Wed. September 8 This is now open to members of the community, please RSVP and pay as soon as possible to secure your place. Email

Election Ephemera. Both the National Library of Australia and State library of Victoria are looking for donations of election ephemera.

State Library of Victoria
Katie Flack
Librarian, Australian History & Literature Team

State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

National Library of Australia See

1 comment:

John Patten said...

A lot of interesting courses and talks, several of which I'm sure I'd personally have found fascinating if not for working through the week! I'll have to check out the resources at Watsonia sometime, given that it's within walking distance.