Tuesday, July 26, 2011

YPRL Celebrates Family History Month with the Old and the New

Old favourites and new attractions will help family history researchers find their past in August when Yarra Plenty Regional Library celebrates its annual Family History Month, incorporating National Family History Week, with a series of informative and interesting events.

YPRL caters for the burgeoning popularity of genealogy research in recent years with a month dedicated to family history research events.

UK genealogy expert Lady Teviot is returning by popular demand for a series of talks at library branches. Past President of the the UK President of the Federation of Family History Societies, Lady Teviot will help family history researchers track down their ancestors with insider tips, move beyond ‘genealogist block’ and gain insight into life in past centuries.

YPRL is also making the popular Find My Past database available free to library members, which means people investigating their family tree can find access to a collection of over 50 million historical records covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

Other new attractions include a special family history event just for kids, and there will be special events for people investigating their Italian family history.
YPRL Local and Family History Librarian Liz Pidgeon says there are events suitable for both beginners and experienced researchers.

“Our resources and events help people get started or continue research to connect with their past and find out where they’ve come from.”
She says working out where you’ve come from can be an enlightening and amazing discovery. “It makes you feel part of a big connected world with a long and interesting history. It makes you appreciate our ancestors and where we’ve all come from,” she said.

The introduction of Find My Past is a boon for library members, according to Ms Pidgeon. “These are mainly family history records, but you'll also find thousands of social, government and general history records, which are of great interest not only to anyone researching their family tree, but also if you're interested in social and local history.”

• Lady Teviot will provide a history of workhouses and the records available for family history research at Thomastown Library on Monday 1 August from 10.30am – 11.30am.

• Kids can discover where they’ve come from and the history of their families in this special fun event at Diamond Valley Library on Monday 1 August from 4.00pm – 5.00pm.

• Lady Teviot will share her knowledge of valuable underused family history research and resources at Ivanhoe Library on Tuesday 2 August from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.

• Lady Teviot will provide tips on how to get past the common brick walls that face many family history researchers at Watsonia Library on Tuesday 2 August from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

• Lady Teviot will provide an introduction to parish chest records at Diamond Valley Library on Wednesday 3 August from 10.30am – 11.30am.

• Paolo Baracchi from the Italian Historical Society and Museo Italiano, CoAsIt will provide tips on researching an Italian family history at Diamond Valley Library on Wednesday 3 August from 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

• Lady Teviot will discuss the 19th Century medical conditions faced by our ancestors at Mill Park Library on Wednesday 3 August from 7.00pm – 8.00pm.

• Lady Teviot will discuss lunatic asylums in the 19th Century at Eltham Library on Thursday 4 August from 10.30am to 11.30am.

• Lady Teviot will provide an introduction to researching family history in Scotland at Lalor Library on Sunday 7 August from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

• Dawn Davis of Eaglemont Antiques will provide appraisals and advice on preserving precious heirlooms at Mill Park Library on Saturday 13 August from 2.00pm to 3.30pm

• Join us for an introduction to researching family history at Thomastown Library on Monday 15 August from 10.00am to 11.00am.

• Author Maureen Jones will discuss approaches to publishing a family history, including collecting, researching and collating information, at Lalor Library on Wednesday 17 August from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

• People who have already begun researching their family history can take part in a hands-on workshop at Diamond Valley Library on Thursday 18 August from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

• Confident online family history researchers can connect with other genealogy researchers and use the library resources to further their investigations at Rosanna Library on Tuesday 23 August from 10.00am – 1.00pm.

• Daniela Zannoni will talk about her mother’s moving story of migration from Italy to Australia with five children after being widowed at Lalor Library on Thursday 25 August from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library has many resources for genealogy, including historical archives and a subscription to the popular genealogy website Ancestry. Both Ancestry and Find My Past can be accessed from within the libraries. Find My Past is not curently available but will be shortly.
Bookings are required for events. Attendees can book online - or phone or visit any branch - and while you are there pick up the new "Local History and Genealogy flyer".

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