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Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 13:15

Do you have family history research in the UK? Have you looked at the Discovery portal via The National Archives? The public archives of the UK government contains over 1000 years of history with over 5% of its collection digitised. Download images of wills and probates, Army, Navy and Air Force records, Cabinet Records, pictures, photographs and more. British Army war diaries 1914-1922 written by . . . more »

More Victorian World War 1 newspapers have been digitised and are accessble via Trove

Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 - 10:12

Another 47 local Victorian newspapers covering the 1914-18 period are now accessible via Trove. NSW The Newcastle Chronicle (NSW : 1866 - 1876) Saturday Referee and the Arrow (NSW : 1912 - 1916) The Urana Independent and Clear Hills Standard (NSW : 1913 - 1921) Tocumwal Guardian and Riverina Echo (NSW : 1913 - 1918) The Methodist (Sydney, NSW : 1892 - 1954) Mudgee Guardian . . . more »

Have a published a family history?

Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:51

ENTER YOUR FAMILY HISTORY BOOK NOW FOR THE ALEXANDER HENDERSON AND DON GRANT AWARDS The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (AIGS) presents these two prestigious Awards annually. The Alexander Henderson Award is for ‘the best Australian Family History’ and the Don Grant Award is for ‘the best Australian historical biography with a family history focus’ submitted for the awards in that year. If you have . . . more »

Cemetery Records

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:50

This week the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust requested tenders for the task to convert the records of cemeteries across Melbourne's inner and outer suburbs into one searchable database. The trust governs 20 cemeteries from Williamstown to Healesville and is calling for tenders from suitable contractors to create a documents and records management system that covers them all in digital form. Request for tender documents indicate . . . more »

British Newspapers Archive

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:07

There are more than 8 million pages from historical newspapers that were published across Britain and Ireland available to explore on the British Newspaper Archive. One million have been added just this year. In recent months the following titles have been added. Read the local, national and international news printed in Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser between 1858-1860, 1864-1866 and 1869-1870. Browse the beautiful . . . more »

Fancy some family history?

Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 16:43

Fancy some family history? August is National Family History Month. Be inspired and learn how you can explore your family tree at the library with our special guest speakers and events. Banyule Ivanhoe Library FamilySearch Tuesday 5 August 1.00pm – 2.00pm FamilySearch’s Jenny Harkness will introduce this free, popular and growing online resource for your family history research. Rosanna Library Finding family locally . . . more »

Trove in July

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 16:52

The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce that the following newspapers, digitised by the National Library through the Australian Newspaper Plan program, have been recently 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 * The Australian Worker (Sydney, NSW : 1913 - 1950) * Catholic . . . more »

Latest news from Trove

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 - 14:18

New contributors Two new law journals contributing their material to Trove. The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is a peer reviewed journal that publishes research about the challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world. The Victoria University Law and Justice journal is published annually, and includes articles from their former journal DICTUM. Both journals are open access journals; they provide unrestricted . . . more »

Ryerson now has location search

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 - 13:50

Location search has now been added to the Ryerson Index to death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers - search facility. The search is conducted through the normal search page but although the surname is still asterisked as a mandatory field this is not so if one adds a location. In other words either a surname or a location has to be entered. Simply enter . . . more »

More British Newspapers

Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014 - 12:32

Three new titles have been recently added to The British Newspaper Archive. Search news reported by the Daily Mirror national newspaper in 1915, with more editions from the World War One period coming soon. Discover the local, national and international stories that were printed in the Dundee, Perth and Forfar People’s Journal from 1859-1861. Access British Newspapers Archive in the library today. . . . more »

British Newspapers Archive

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2014 - 12:43

The British Newspapers Archive has grown to over 8 million searchable pages. 300,000 new pages have recently been added, including six brand new titles. These include the national newspaper the Daily Mirror, the Lancashire Evening Post and the The Oxford Times. Newspapers are an excellent research tool to learn more about your family history. Access BNA in the library on any computer via the genealogy . . . more »

The Vandemonians in Victoria

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 12:20

Struggletown Professor Janet McCalman will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Heidelberg Historical Society. Her talk is on The Vandemonians in Victoria: a hidden history. Around 30,000 former and escaping convicts made their way to Victoria during the 1840s and 1850s. Many were gold seekers who returned to Tasmania, others moved on. But many stayed and played their part in Victoria’s colonial . . . more »