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Casey Cardinia Local History

Details on our Casey Cardinia Collection, Casey Cardinia Combined Index, Casey Cardinia Remembers project and other local history resources.

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Wendy Regina Brock

Wendy Regina Brock
Wendy Brock Today we have the sad task of informing members that Wendy’s long struggle with cancer ended last night (11th May, 2014). Wendy Brock joined the Narre Warren & District Family History Group in 2007 and quickly established herself as a valuable and popular member of the Group. Apart from serving as Membership Officer betw [...]

A tale of two soldiers

A tale of two soldiers
Whether we know it at the time or not, fate and coincidence often play an important part in our lives, this often comes to light while researching our family histories. On Remembrance Day 2012, this is just one story that illustrates this perfectly. from: The Times – Christchurch, New Zealand July 14 1915 A pathetic incident is reported in a [...]

National Archives of Ireland Genealog...

National Archives of Ireland Genealogy website
The National Archives of Ireland has a brand new genealogy website, only launched a few days ago and the doorway to the: Census Records for 1901 Census Records for 1911 Tithe Applotment Books from 1823 to 1837 Soldiers’ Wills from 1914 to 1917. Searchable databases and linked images of relevant pages provide free access to the records and t [...]

Members’ Interests update Septe...

Members’ Interests update September 2012
We’ve just updated our Members’ Interests pages and included: Edward Jones in Delegate, New South Wales Thomas Napier in Ballarat, Victoria James Keith in the Bega district, New South Wales Thomas Edlington in Gippsland, Victoria Samuel Cumming in Gippsland, Victoria This gives us a chance to remind members that forms are on the [...]

Seniors Week 2012

Seniors Week 2012
We’re celebrating Seniors Week this year with two workshops for those just starting out with their family history and also a free research session with some of our very capable members. Our two Beginner’s Workshops will be held on Monday 8 October (10 am to 12 midday) and Thursday 11 October 3 pm to 5 pm. These are stand alone wor [...]

1911 England and Wales Census Collect...

1911 England and Wales Census Collection
One of our vigilant members has just alerted us to the fact that Ancestry.co.uk are offering free access to the 1911 England and Wales Census Collection from now until November. From their site: “The 1911 Census of England, Wales, Channel Islands and Isle of Man was taken on the night of 2/3 April. It collected detailed information on t [...]

Australian Birth, Marriage & Dea...

Australian Birth, Marriage & Death Certificate Petition
Inside History Magazine have a petition going at Petition Buzz that many of our members and visitors may be interested in. In a nutshell, they’re saying that the cost of certificates in many Australian states is too high and that there should be a more consistent approach to pricing and availability across Australia. And in my humble op [...]


I got up this morning and looked out the window to a day that looked a little damp but was still filled with the promise of completing those jobs, of getting things done. But then I found Historypin and now I can’t even remember what those inconsequential plans were for today! Do you ever find something really good and wonder if you’re the on [...]

So many events, So little time…...

So many events, So little time….
July is set to be a big month for family history. There’s the VAFHO Annual General Meeting & Seminar on Friday 20th July at PROV, North Melbourne if you’re a brave soul and don’t mind the Friday afternoon traffic. National Family History Week is from 27th July to 5th August this year, and the Family History Feast on 30th [...]

Certificate costs increase for Victor...

Certificate costs increase for Victoria
So, what were you planning to do between now and Sunday? We’d suggest that if you’ve been thinking about getting some uncertified historical birth, death or marriage certificates on line that you swing into action and do it now! Fees are increasing on Sunday and each one will cost you $20 instead of $17.50. The new fee schedule fo [...]