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but what did they die of?

January 14, 2013

Collections, Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

Death certificates can be a gold mine for family historians. They’re fantastic sources of information and often include the stated cause of death. This can be quite handy for those… Read More ›

Findmypast Australasia now available

Findmypast Australasia now available

January 4, 2013

Collections, Family matters, New to the collection:

We are pleased to announce that Findmypast Australasia is now available at the State Library! Search over 50 million historical records, including directories, gazettes, electoral rolls, cemetery records and other… Read More ›

Salt beef, tinned carrots and haggis – the 19th century ships diet

Salt beef, tinned carrots and haggis – the 19th century ships diet

September 28, 2012

Collections, Family matters:

The current library exhibition Gusto! a culinary history of Victoria, explores the role food has played in Victoria’s history.  One food topic that’s of great interest to many family historians is… Read More ›

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 ›

What’s Brewing?

What’s Brewing?

August 22, 2012

Collections, Family matters, Uncategorized:

If you had an ancestor who worked at the Carlton and United Breweries or if you are simply interested in the history of the Australian brewing industry,  the CUB staff… Read More ›

Happy Australia Day 2012!

Happy Australia Day 2012!

January 25, 2012

Collections, Family matters:

Thursday 26 January – a good day to catch up on your family history research at home as the State Library of Victoria is closed all day.     Sports meeting on… 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 ›

Some new books on surnames…

January 3, 2012

Collections, Family matters, Uncategorized:

Three new books covering different aspects of surnames reviewed by Genealogy Team member Ann Copeland. A dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia, by Alexander Beider This dictionary contains information on over 25,000 names… Read More ›

New books in the Genealogy Centre

December 9, 2011

Family matters, New to the collection, Uncategorized:

Workhouse: the people, the places, the life behind doors, by Simon Fowler Starving families, orphans, the sick, the elderly and single mothers – for over 200 years the workhouse was… Read More ›

findmypast.ie now available at SLV!

findmypast.ie now available at SLV!

December 2, 2011

Family matters, New to the collection, Uncategorized:

We are very pleased to announce that the Irish edition of  the major database findmypast is now available free of charge onsite at the State Library of Victoria. This is a… Read More ›