Research tips & tricks

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 ›

Tales of wonder, love and daring…the story of your family

Tales of wonder, love and daring…the story of your family

October 25, 2011

Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

Family history can be so much more than a list of names and dates. Dedicated genealogists with an interest in the background story of their families often find themselves doing… Read More ›

Finding Cadel or researching your Welsh ancestry

Finding Cadel or researching your Welsh ancestry

September 22, 2011

Family matters, Research tips & tricks, Websites:

Wales is a country which tends to be overshadowed by its larger neighbour England in many ways, and that includes genealogical research. Unlike those of Scotland and Ireland, Welsh records… Read More ›

Life on board a migrant ship

Life on board a migrant ship

August 25, 2011

Collections, Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

I always love speaking with our Rare Books Librarian, as I often learn about remarkable items in our collection. Yesterday, I was introduced to the publication Instructions for the Surgeons… Read More ›

Knowing who you are : Koorie records in Victoria

August 2, 2011

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

An interesting presentation at yesterday’s Family History Feast was Knowing who you are: Koorie records in Victoria, presented by Sebastian Gurciullo, Acting Coordinator, Koorie Records Unit, PROV, and Edward Story,… Read More ›

Hazel Edwards on non boring family histories

August 1, 2011

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

This morning’s Family History Feast sessions kicked off to a great start.  Hazel Edwards was first cab off the rank with her presentation  “Writing a non-boring family history”.  Having read… Read More ›

British parliamentary papers & your family history

June 8, 2011

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

British parliamentary papers might seem an unlikely source of information about your family’s history, but they are well worth digging in to. Bearing in mind how far the British Empire… Read More ›

Scottish Genealogy Conference 2011

April 21, 2011

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

Last weekend I attended the Third Australasian Scottish Genealogy Conference, organised by the GSV’s Scottish Ancestry Group. Arriving at the conference on Saturday morning, I was greeted to the sound… Read More ›

National Trust historian blogs for Heritage Week

April 18, 2011

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

National Trust researchers have found the State Library of Victoria to be an invaluable repository over the years. During Heritage Week, I am happy to share my tips on how… Read More ›