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.

My Publications

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

All publications can be ordered online at Gould Genealogy & History

Guest Blogs

Using Australian Post Office Directories to Trace Ancestors


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

Unlock the Past Eastern Australia History & Genealogy Cruise 23-26 Oct 2014

QFHS Asylums, Prisons & Hospitals seminar 4 Oct 2014

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

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

Unpublished Thesis

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.

Criminal Records: A Guide to Sources in Queensland, 1992

From Iron Chains to Gold Bars: The Story of the Walker family and its descendants including the Evans, Potter, Bullen and Atkinson families, 1814-1941, 1992

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 2004 Mildura Ancestors in Unexpected Places: Exploring Public Record Office Victoria’s Nooks and Crannies

VAFHO 2004 Mildura The Victorian Queensland Connection: Looking for Victorian Gold Miners in Queensland Goldfields

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

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 1861-1911review Jun 2013

Merle D Grinly, Queensland Transmissions of Real Estate by Death 1878-1940review Jun 2013

Merle D Grinly, Wallangarra Quarantine Registers 1918-1919review Jun 2013

Walter Hamilton, Children of the Occupation: Japan’s Untold Story – review Jan 2013

Goldie Alexander, Mentoring Your Memoirreview Oct 2011

Hazel Edwards, How To Write a Non-Boring Family Historyreview 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 1862-1870review Dec 2010

State Records New South Wales, Old Register One to Nine: The Registers of Assignments and Other Legal Instrumentsreview 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 The Nile -Australia's Largest Online Bookstore


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