Yes Family History Feast 2011 is booked out!  On Monday 1 August the State Library of Victoria will again host the annual Family History Feast during National Family History Week.

It is a day of free information sessions for family historians showcasing how the major government agencies for genealogical research in Victoria – State Library of Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria, National Archives of Australia (Victorian Office) and the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages can assist family historians.

The complete Family History Feast program is now available on the Library’s website .

Has it in fact been a family history revolution?  Are you one of the revolutionaries? Find out what Dr Andrew Lemon,  historian and President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria thinks when he delivers the 2011 Don Grant Lecture . This Lecture will later by vidcast on the Library’s website.

Andrew Lemon

Dr Andrew Lemon in ‘history of horse racing mode’, c2011

 Another highlight will be a presentation by well known author and National Year of Reading ambassador, Hazel Edwards on writing a non-boring family history  based on her recently revised book of the same title.

2011 (Tawny) Hazel

Hazel Edwards, 2011

 For anyone researching Indigenous family history, the session by Dr Sebastian Gurciullo and Edward Storey from the Victorian Archives Centre ‘Knowing who you are : Koorie records in Victoria’ will be of great interest.

Local histories, school histories, theatre programs…learn more about these lesser known gems for genealogical research in the Library’s La Trobe Collection in the presentation by Katie Flack, Collections Coordinator, Australian History & Literature Team.

If you have missed out this year don’t be too disappointed as many of the presentations will be podcast later on the Library’s website. Stay tuned for details of the 2012 event!

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