Articles by: Ann Copeland

Victorian CEDT Index : a new family history resource for Chinese Victorians

Victorian CEDT Index : a new family history resource for Chinese Victorians

March 23, 2022

Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

In 2021 the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria Inc. (CAFHOV) launched a fascinating new resource, the Victorian CEDT index. This online resource indexes three registers of applications for Certificates Exempting from Dictation Test (CEDT), covering the years 1904-1959. Over 90% of the people listed were Chinese, however people with Indian, Japanese or Syrian ancestry are also included.

Coming soon – the 1921 England and Wales census

Coming soon – the 1921 England and Wales census

December 16, 2021

Family matters, Research tips & tricks, Websites:

Great news for family historians. On the 6th January, the 1921 Census for England and Wales will be published online through Findmypast, in partnership with the National Archives UK. The… Read More ›

Portrait of an unidentified young woman, photograph by Louis Grouzelle, (between 1880 and 1890?]

Who’s that girl? Dating a 19th century photograph

July 28, 2021

Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

When browsing through collections of old family photographs it’s not unusual to come across images of unknown people and places. But how do you discover who these nameless ancestors are?

One method is to work out when the photograph was taken – once you have a rough time frame, you can compare the details of the sitter to ancestors in your family tree and hopefully find a match. This can be a complicated task, but every family historian likes a good challenge!

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A taste of home

October 20, 2020

Family matters:

When we think about Victoria’s food culture we usually associate it with the post World War II migrants who settled here. Their recipes, ingredients and food production techniques helped transform… Read More ›

National Family History Month

National Family History Month

August 13, 2020

Family matters:

August is National Family History Month and  there’s no better time to delve into your family history research. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced researcher, State Library Victoria has a wealth… Read More ›

The voyage of the Hercules

The voyage of the Hercules

August 12, 2020

Family matters:

In the 19th century the voyage to Australia was long and arduous. Emigrants faced the constant threat of disease and malnutrition, the danger of storms or shipwrecks, and the possibility… Read More ›

EBooks for Family Historians

EBooks for Family Historians

March 2, 2020

Family matters:

Did you know that the State Library provides access to over 16,000 eBooks on a wide range of topics?  Our eBooks can be accessed by anyone within the Library and,… Read More ›

“Mentioned in dispatches”:    ways to research your military ancestors

“Mentioned in dispatches”: ways to research your military ancestors

April 18, 2019

Family matters:

Anzac Day is often a time when people think about the wartime experiences of their ancestors, and may contemplate researching them.

Bookings open for online family history course

Bookings open for online family history course

September 20, 2018

Branching Out, Family matters:

Interested in researching your Victorian family history? Why not try our free online family history course Branching out.

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Why can’t I find my ancestor?

August 9, 2018

Family matters:

When searching for family history records it’s not unusual to encounter ‘brick walls’ or barriers. Learn strategies for dealing with some of the common obstacles you may face when researching Victorian records.