Research tips & tricks

Victorian will and probate index updated

November 27, 2013

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Good news from the Public Record Office Victoria – they’ve updated their online will and probate index! You can now search for will and probate records from 1841 – 2007.… Read More ›

but what did they die of?

January 14, 2013

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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 ›

Forgotten Australians and former child migrants

November 15, 2012

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Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the National apology to Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. ‘Forgotten Australians’ is a term the Australian Senate has used to describe children who… Read More ›

Australian passenger lists to go online

Australian passenger lists to go online

September 7, 2012

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In a move likely to cause much excitement in genealogy circles, the National Archives of Australia have recently announced a new partnership with Ancestry.com.au, which will see incoming Australian passenger… Read More ›

Stolen butter, a neglectful father and a shoe thief

Stolen butter, a neglectful father and a shoe thief

August 31, 2012

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ›