Congress 2015 : Librarians Day

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 15:10

The 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry hosted by The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. The triennial Congress is conducted under the auspices of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO). The Conference was also supported by an online research interests’ register, a Librarians day and opportunities for after- hours research at three major local repositories. . . . more »

Researching an Anzac

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:51

Military historian Neil C Smith will be a special guest speaker for Diamond Valley’s Family History Fest program this month at Diamond Valley Library: Researching an Anzac Wednesday April 29 at 1.30 pm. With over 24 years' Australian army experience, Lieutenant Colonel Neil Smith understands military jargon, abbreviations and the various organisational and recording systems employed by the army, navy and air force. He is . . . more »

Genealogy Congress

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 09:10

Ardent genies are gearing up for Congress next week. The 14th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry will be held in Canberra 27 – 30 March. This major genealogy conference for Australia and New Zealand is only held every three years. The hosts are the The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC), under the auspices of AFFHO Australasian Federation of Family History Societies. I . . . more »

Book Review: Not my Father's son by Alan Cumming

Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:49

Not My Father's Son Not My Father's Son Scottish Actor Alan Cumming’ family memoir is quite compelling reading. I had a been a fan of the actor mainly from his work in The Good Wife and was chuffed to learn that he was actually Scottish when his episode of Who Do You Think You Are? was aired a few years ago. (Series seven - episode nine – view it . . . more »

Genealogy Software

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 - 10:07

One of the keys to successfully researching family history is to stay organised. In the beginning a lot of information can be fairly easily gathered in a short time. Blank family group sheets are a terrific first step to document each family, but soon you will be looking for something better. Consider then a software program. A number of options are available. Victorian GUM (Genealogists . . . more »

New Guide to research Chinese Family History

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:11

A new guide has been published on our website to assist people with Chinese Australian family history research. Be sure to talk with family members and and look for records around the home to get started on your research journey. Check out Researching Chinese Family History and other guides we have available. . . . more »

Discover UK records

Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:15

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 - 09:12

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 »

Cemetery Records

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

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 - 11:07

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 »

Trove in July

Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 15:52

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 - 13:18

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 »

Upcoming Genealogy Events


Genealogy Tutoring
10:00 am Diamond Valley


WWI Ancestors Online
2:00 pm Lalor


Researching an ANZAC
1:30 am Diamond Valley

Genealogy Tutoring
10:00 am Diamond Valley


Genealogy Group
10:00 am Ivanhoe