National Family History Month August 2015
As voluntary national coordinator of NFHM on behalf of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), I will again be offering my 31 Activities for Researchers and 31 Activities for Genealogy/Family History Societies during NFHM. (I will put the 2015 activities lists up closer to August.) You can do one every day, or a few a week or only one or two over the month. The choice is yours but the activities are designed to assist with your research and to perhaps look at different resources or ways of doing things. There are lots of events across Australia and remember to check out the online events too. Have a great National Family History Month.
What Was The Voyage Like?: A Brief Guide to Researching Convict and Immigrant Voyages to Australia and New Zealand , Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010
Your Family History Archives: A Brief Introduction, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010
(A review of What Was The Voyage Like and Your Family History Archives by Dr Sebastian Gurciullo appeared in Archives and Manuscripts, Nov 2010)
Family History on the Cheap, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010
Family & Local History Resource Directory for Victoria, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2010
It’s Not All Online: A Guide to Genealogy Sources Offline, Unlock The Past, Modbury North SA, 2011
Trove: Discover Genealogy Treasure in the National Library of Australia, Unlock The Past, St Agnes SA, 2012
Finding Ancestors in Church Records: A Brief Guide to Resources, Unlock The Past, St Agnes SA, 2012
Tracing Mining Ancestors: A Brief Guide to Resources in Australia and New Zealand, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2014
My Ancestor was in an Asylum: Brief Guide to Asylum Records in Australia and New Zealand, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2014
Where Do I Start?: a brief guide to researching your family in Australia and New Zealand, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2015
Discover Your Sporting Ancestors: It was not all work and no play!, Unlock the Past, St Agnes SA, 2015
All publications can be ordered online at Gould Genealogy & History
Southern Suburbs Branch Genealogical Society of Queensland seminar, 3 May 2015 – What Was the Voyage Really Like?
Maryborough Family Heritage Research Institute, QLD, 11 Apr 2015, 3 presentations
- Asylum Records: a place to look for missing ancestors
- Google Tools for Genealogy: are you making the most of Google
- It’s Not All Online: where else can you look?
AFFHO Congress 26-30 Mar 2015, two presentations
- Sporting Ancestors: Discovering forgotten athletes
- Bring Your Ancestors to Life: Using Court of Petty Sessions Records
Queensland Family History Society seminar, 7 Mar 2015 Ancestral Dirty Linen in Queensland Courts of Petty Sessions
Moreton Bay Region Libraries, various libraries Feb-Jun 2015 Warning Warning: Tips & Tricks to Avoid Common Mistakes
Caloundra Family History Research Inc, monthly meeting 15 Jan 2015, School Days: Education Records for Family History
Norfolk Island History & Genealogy Conference 29-31 October 2014
- Ancestors in Church: Using Church Publications
- It’s Not All Online: Where Else Can I Look? (a repeat of the Cruise talk)
- Demolishing Brick Walls: Tips and Tricks
- Mining Ancestors: Where to Look
- Online Trends in Family History
Unlock the Past Eastern Australia History & Genealogy Cruise 23-26 Oct 2014
- It’s Not All Online: Where Else Can I Look?
- Online Resources for Victorian Family History
- To Blog or Not to Blog: That is the Question!
- Making the Most of Online Government Archives and Libraries in Queensland
- Carnegie@Pumicestone: The Story Behind the Headstone
QFHS Asylums, Prisons & Hospitals seminar 4 Oct 2014
- Missing an Ancestor? Try Looking Behind Bars
- Family Skeletons or Just Old and Sick: Looking in Asylum Records
GSQ North Brisbane monthly meeting 5 Sep 2014 – Ancestors in Church: Using Church Publications
National Family History Month Moreton Bay Region Libraries – various dates and locations
Caloundra Family History Research Inc, Caloundra 19 Jun 2014 – Google Tools for Genealogy: Making the Most of Google!
QFHS seminar, Brisbane 7 Jun 2014 – Australasian Probate Records
GSQ Annual Seminar, Brisbane 25 May 2014 – 2 presentations
Unlock the Past Researching & Writing History Seminar Adelaide 10 May 2014 – Newspapers: Finding Online Local & Family History News
Inverell District Family History Group seminar 26 Apr 2014 – 2 presentations
Unlock the Past Feb 2014 cruise – 5 presentations
- Mining Ancestors – Follow the Gold!
- Mapping Ancestors in Australia
- Newspapers Online
- Family History on the Cheap
- Lost in Asylums: Missing Ancestors
Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Albany Creek 3 Feb 2014, Online Newspapers: New Pathways to Discovering Ancestors
Moreton Bay Region Libraries, Arana Hills, 17 Feb 2014, Google Tools for Genealogy
Society of Australian Genealogists: Diploma in Family Historical Studies Thesis Below are the two pieces of research that I submitted for my Diploma. It was originally in Word Perfect and later migrated to Word and unfortunately the footnotes seem to have migrated differently but it is all still readable. Of course the illustrations aren’t in the document but if anyone is interested I would be happy to see what I can do. Also since 1992 I have progressed with my research and ideally I should write a sequel. While I ponder that idea, you have the benefit of this 1992 work.
Published Conference Papers An under-utilised resource for local and family history research are the papers of the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO) Victorian State Family History Conferences. In 2011 I compiled a listing of all VAFHO conference papers between 1995 and 2010 and gave each paper a broad subject heading. This list is a useful way of finding papers on specific subjects as well as the usual topics presented at conferences. Below is a list of the papers I have given at VAFHO conferences.
In 2004 I also presented the annual Don Grant family history lecture. Please note that some aspects of these papers may be out of date so please check for current information as necessary. I am currently doing a listing of all papers presented at VAFHO conferences since 1995 to highlight the rich resource these papers are.
VAFHO 2010 Mulwala Family History on the Cheap
VAFHO 2010 Mulwala Online Sources for Queensland Family History
VAFHO AGM 2004 Melbourne (Don Grant Lecture) Family History and the Changing Face of State Archives Since 1974 and Into The Future
Book/DVD Reviews by Me
Robert Jordan, The Convict Theatres of Early Australia 1788-1840, review Apr 2015
Jayne Shrimpton, Fashion in the 1940s, review Mar 2015
Nathan Dylan Goodwin, Hiding the Past and The Lost Ancestor, review Dec 2014
Hazel Edwards OAM, Authorpreneurship: the business of creativity, review Jun 2013
Carol Baxter, Captain Thunderbolt & His Lady: the true story of bushrangers Frederick Ward & Mary Ann Bugg, review, Jun 2013
Cathy Dunn, Norfolk Island Deaths 1st Settlement 1788-1814, review, Jun 2013
Merle D Grinly, Queensland Ship Deserters 1861-1911 – review Jun 2013
Merle D Grinly, Queensland Transmissions of Real Estate by Death 1878-1940 – review Jun 2013
Merle D Grinly, Wallangarra Quarantine Registers 1918-1919 – review Jun 2013
Walter Hamilton, Children of the Occupation: Japan’s Untold Story – review Jan 2013
Goldie Alexander, Mentoring Your Memoir – review Oct 2011
Hazel Edwards, How To Write a Non-Boring Family History – review Oct 2011
Helen V Smith, Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms – review Jun 2011
Lois Sabine, editor, Dr William Bell’s “The Settlers’ Guide” or Modern Domestic Medicine and Surgery Windsor NSW 1849 – review Dec 2010
Kay F Gassan and Judith A Grimes, Tall Ships on the River: Flying Cloud Queensland Voyages 1862-1870 – review Dec 2010
State Records New South Wales, Old Register One to Nine: The Registers of Assignments and Other Legal Instruments – review Nov 2010
Some Victorian Web Sites That I Like Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Ballarat & District Genealogical Society Bellarine Peninsula and Geelong & District History Site Bendigo Regional Archives Centre Central Highlands Historical Association Cornish Association of Victoria Dead Persons Society Melbourne Geelong Heritage Centre Genealogy Society of Victoria Goulburn & Murray Association of Local and Family History Groups Helen Doxford Harris Home Page Lenore Frost’s Homepage National Archives of Australia (Victoria) National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Port Phillip Pioneers Group Public Record Office Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria Rootsweb Victoria Royal Historical Society of Victoria South Eastern Historical Association State Library of Victoria VictoriaGenWeb Victorian Association of Family History Organisations Victorian Gum Inc Victorian Mining Accident Index Western Victoria Association of Historical Societies