Genealogy Blog


Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:06

Microfilm resources held at the library have now been consolidated and can be accessed at Mill Park Library in the J. W. Payne Room for local and family history research. Resources include: The Heidelberg News and Greensborough, Eltham and Diamond Creek Chronicle The Evelyn Observer Kilmore Advertiser 1874 - 1877 Illustrated Sydney News1864-1869 Some of the above titles are available for restricted time periods on . . . more »

Nunawading Anzac stories

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 08:39

As part of the Anzac Centenary the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies is undertaking a project to commemorate the lives of those Australians from the Nunawading area who served in any capacity during World War One. They are seeking descendants of men from the present day areas of Nunawading, Blackburn, Mitcham and Vermont who served in this conflict and who may have stories and photos . . . more »

Poppies for Remembrance

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:59

As part of the 2015 Anzac Commemoration, the 5000 Poppies project will be “planting” a field of more than 5000 poppies in Federation Square Melbourne as a stunning visual tribute to Australian servicemen and women for more than a century of service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Over 9000 poppies have in fact been collected to date. Members of Yarra Plenty Regional Library . . . more »

Trove update

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:46

The following is an update from the National Library of Australia's Trove team: The most exciting news is that a new Trove blog has been launched. The first post is called 'A starting point , which is exactly what we think Trove is. We'll be writing posts about what's in Trove, who works on Trove and how you can get the most out of Trove . . . more »

Teviot Genealogy Lecture tour

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 - 15:18

Federation of UK Family History Societies Vice President Lady Mary Teviot is returning to Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Her March lecture tour will provide valuable tips for your UK family history research at the following sessions: Genealogical Geography Lalor Library Saturday 1 March 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm UK Ancestry - Getting started Diamond Valley Library Monday 3 March 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm Heir . . . more »

Planning a genealogy research trip

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 13:38

This time last year I was preparing for my study tour – first stop was Who Do You Think You Are Live, a major genealogy conference held in London each year. (Follow my blog posts about it here) I have just returned from another (personal) trip overseas – hence the hiatus in blog posts. I hope everyone has a successful year for their family history . . . more »

Sharing Family Stories

Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 23:00

How to Write and Publish your Family Story in 10 Easy Steps How to Write and Publish your Family Story in 10 Easy Steps Stories are often the “kicker” to start a family history research journey. Family gatherings at Christmas time can be an ideal time to collect and record these stories. But consider the following before you sit down to your festive fare. My advice to families wanting to keep their stories is to record them . . . more »

Public Records Office Victoria

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 10:18

Public Records Office Victoria hold a number of records relating to the Victorian State Government. Think about how your ancestor interacted with the government and which department that may have created a record. Records date from 1836. The researcher landing page is a good introduction. Free online indexes include passenger lists, wills and probate, education and more. . . . more »

What’s your Red Cross Story?

Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:54

Write Home for Me Red Cross is celebrating 100 years in Australia in 2014. In recognition of this milestone, they are collecting the personal stories of people helping people over the past century, in preparation for a dedicated website to be launched next year. Australian Red Cross began as the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society on 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World . . . more »

Looking for Pringle Family

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 10:48

Yarra Plenty Regional Library has received an inquiry from a researcher in England trying to locate family of a World War 2 Pilot. Pilot Officer Lawrence James Pringle was a rear gunner who served with 76 Squadron, in Yorkshire, England. He was killed on operations to Kassel 22 October 1943. His parents were Leslie and Zoe Pringle who lived at 67 Yarra St, Heidelberg, Victoria. . . . more »

Newspapers newly added to Trove

Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 14:42

The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce the following newspapers which have issues that have been newly added to Digitised newspapers and more on Trove. Many of these newspapers are currently being added to Trove and further issues will become available shortly. NSW Adelong and Tumut Express (NSW : 1925) Clear Hills Standard and Daysdale and Saverneke Times (NSW : 1914) Country Life . . . more »

Family History in Queensland and more

Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 09:51

For some time Queensland genealogist Judy Webster has provided a terrific free resource with advice and indexes that help genealogists to research local, interstate and overseas ancestors by using historical records. Judy has recently updated and moved her website to Judy Webster Features of the new site include: • 135 pages, and more than 53,000 names (including tens of thousands of people from other States . . . more »


Upcoming Genealogy Events


Genealogy Group
10:00 am Ivanhoe


Upstairs Downstairs
1:30 pm Rosanna


Births, Deaths and Marriages
1:30 pm Diamond Valley


e-Resources for Genealogy
2:00 pm Rosanna


Local Stories: What is Your Story?
10:30 am Mill Park