Research tips & tricks

Stolen butter, a neglectful father and a shoe thief

Stolen butter, a neglectful father and a shoe thief

August 31, 2012

Collections, Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

One of my favourite resources in the Genealogy Centre is the historical set of Victoria Police gazettes.  The police gazettes began in December 1853 and were originally for police eyes… Read More ›

Family photographic albums: the stories we choose to tell

Family photographic albums: the stories we choose to tell

August 10, 2012

Family history events, Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

At this year’s Family History Feast, Susan Long from the library’s Pictures collection, represented the library with her presentation Family photographic albums: the stories we choose to tell. I thoroughly… Read More ›

Pictorial records at National Archives

August 6, 2012

Family history events, Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

In the first afternoon session of Family History Feast, Mark Brennan from the National Archives of Australia (NAA) presented on Pictorial records at National Archives. Mark introduced us to the… Read More ›

Old records, new access at PROV

August 1, 2012

Family history events, Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

In the second presentation of Family History Feast,  Daniel Wilksch, from the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) presented on Old records, new access at the Public Record Office Victoria.

Are you making the most of Google?

July 30, 2012

Family history events, Family matters, Research tips & tricks, Websites:

Shauna Hicks delivered a great start to this year’s Family History Feast with her talk Google genealogy: are you making the most of Google? Most of us use Google but… Read More ›

Inventive ancestors

Inventive ancestors

April 18, 2012

Family matters, Research guides, Research tips & tricks:

Do you have an inventor in your family tree? If so, they may have registered a Victorian or Australian patent for their ‘bright idea’. There are two major online sources,… Read More ›

Good news for South Australian family history researchers!

February 20, 2012

Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

Genealogy SA in conjunction with the South Australian Registrar of Births Deaths and Marriages  has just announced that public domain South Australian Births, Deaths and Marriages Indexes are now available online via… Read More ›

My ancestor did what for a living??

My ancestor did what for a living??

February 3, 2012

Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

Family historians often locate records that list ancestors with unusual and intriguing occupations. Many of these occupations may have originated as far back as the Middle Ages and by the… Read More ›

A ship and its voyage

A ship and its voyage

January 15, 2012

Collections, Family matters, Research guides, Research tips & tricks:

So you’ve trailed through immigration indexes and passenger lists and found your ancestor arriving into Australia. You may have discovered their age, their occupation, their nationality and possibly even details… Read More ›

The importance of orthography in genealogy; or, spelling your way to success

November 2, 2011

Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

An incident in the Genealogy Centre caused me to reflect on the importance of spelling in searching genealogical records. A patron was researching his family in the Centre, but having… Read More ›