A year of events, acquisitions and communication :

25 February   Participation in the annual Shake Your Family Tree Day organised by National Archives of Australia

May    Library began subscription for onsite public access to major database findmypast.co.uk . In December we added the Irish edition.

1 August    Hosted the annual Family History Feast at the Library as part of National Family Week 2011

14 November  New librarian Ann Copeland joined the Genealogy Team. Ann’s passion for genealogy was ignited a couple of years ago when she tried to find out what happened to her English grandfather who disappeared from her father’s life in 1923. Her research led to discovery of ancesors far and wide across England and Europe. The State Library of Victoria is Ann’s first non-academic librarian position in 24 years. For the past seven years she worked at la Trobe University as a Humanities Subject Librarian. Prior to that she worked at Swinburne University of Technology and Northern Territory University. Ann is looking forward to meeting you and to being a positive part of the Library’s future.

Monthly (except January)   Finding Families  public training sessions were conducted for the public. All sessions were booked out in advance and received excellent feedback. These will continue in 2012 except for January.

Weekly posts on Family Matters blog continued.

What is in store for 2012?

For those who like to plan ahead Family History Feast will once again be hosted by the Library on Monday 30 July  during National Family History Week 2012  (27 July to 5 August).

From 28-31 March 2012 the 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry  Your Ancestors in their Social Context will be held in Adelaide and the Genealogy Team will be represented. On Friday 30 March I will be speaking on Publicans and public servants, a look at some of the records held at the State Library of Victoria that can help you find out more about the occupations and working lives of your female ancestors.

The Genealogy Team looks forward to meeting you onsite and online in 2012. Best wishes for a very happy holiday season.

 xmas image 2011 A Merry Christmas  [picture] Manuscripts Collection (MS 11281)



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