So many events, So little time….

Jun 29, 2012 by

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 July at the State Library of Victoria is a free event and if it’s anything like the Family History Feast in 2011, it’s an event not to be missed!

Of course, we’ve got our own Annual General Meeting on July 14th with Professor Janet McCalman from the Founders and Survivors Project and we’re doing our bit for National Family History Week with an Open Day on Thursday 2nd August. You can check out all the events throughout National Family History Week on the website. Events are listed by state and then postcode order making them reasonably easy to find.

And of course, further down the track there’s the South East Victoria Family & Regional History Expo on Saturday 1st September at Cranbourne. It’s going to be a fantastic event so don’t miss it (even if we do say so ourselves) and then there’s History Week 2012 from 21st to 28th October, events are already being listed on the site.

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Pakenham Cemetery Tour

Oct 12, 2011 by

Pakenham Cemetery

Pakenham Cemetery

We’re celebrating History Week (23-30 October) with a tour of the Pakenham Cemetery at 11 am on 30th October 2011.

Gazetted in 1865, this picturesque little cemetery has many stories to tell, so come and hear a few of them with us.

Cost – $5 per person (tea and coffee supplied). Bookings are essential, to book or for more information contact Lynne, our research officer.  If you’ve got family history intersts in the area, you might like to spend the afternoon at our Research Room which will be open from 2pm to 4 pm or the Berwick Pakenham Historical Society, also open on Sunday afternoon.

Address: Thewlis Road, Pakenham. Melways Map ref: 215 G2

There will be many exciting tours, exhibitions and events throughout Victoria during History Week, full details plus a calendar of events are available on the website: http://www.historyweek.org.au

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VAFHO AGM & Seminar 2011

Aug 15, 2011 by

The Victorian Association of Family History Organisations (VAFHO) are holding their AGM on Saturday August 27th (1 pm to 4 pm) at the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) – and you’re invited!

Don’t miss this opportunity to do a little research at either PROV or National Archives Australia on the day and listen to two great guest speakers:

Charlie Farrugia, Senior Collections Advisor PROV, will be speaking on Convicted and neglected: researching Victorian Wards of the State 1864-1960 at PROV. Wardship and how to find information using the Children’s Registers (Ward Books).

Ada Ackerley, PROV Researcher, will be speaking on Finding Treasures at PROV. For 30 years Ada has compiled indexes and has found very interesting and exciting backgrounds to do with estates, family arguements, Naval embarassments, unregistered births, missing wills and the misdeamenours of railway employees. Ada never loses her enthusiasm for research and sharing her finds.

VAFHO look forward to having many of their member organisations present on the day (of which we are one). The event is free but bookings are essential. For further details or to book please contact VAFHO’s Secretary, Di Christensen on 9703 2985 or
send Di an email.

The PROV is at 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne (see events page for map).

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Spreading Branches Issue 89

Aug 13, 2011 by

Spreading Branches Issue 89

Spreading Branches Issue 89

The latest edition of our quarterly newsletter Spreading Branches is out this weekend and again we say “Well done” to our newsletter editor, Pam. But that’s not all we want to say, we’re very excited to be able to say that Spreading Branches has been judged runner up in this year’s (2011) Nick Vine Hall Award for family history group newsletters.

Introduced by the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO), the Nick Vine Hall Award was instituted to promote good practices in the production of family history journals and newsletters and also, to honour the memory of Nick Vine Hall who is remembered for advancing family history and genealogy in so many ways, but especially, for fighting to change the law with regard to the Australian Census and ensuring that name identified forms would be retained instead of being destroyed, in accordance with government policy since the first Census was held in 1911.

So, we’d like to congratulate Pam for the well deserved prize and give ourselves a pat on the back too. A lot of members have contributed content for the newsletter over the years, every piece, whether long or short, serious or funny has its place in contributing to an interesting balance of topics and making a newsletter something that members look forward to receiving. And getting that balance right is the newsletter editor’s job – and Pam has done a terrific job over the past four and half years or 19 newsletters, refining the efforts of previous newsletter editors and adding her own personal style to the mix. Pam added colour, interactive links and bookmarks to the pdf. editions that went out by email adding a little sophistication to the publication.

Sadly, we have to also say that this edition is Pam’s last for the Group, with the next issue of Spreading Branches being produced by our new newsletter editor, Lyne. Or, perhaps, that should be our new old editor or, our old new editor – because, Lyne put Spreading Branches together for the Group in 1998/99, so she already knows what she’s in for and yet, Lyne has put her hand up for the job again and I’m sure members will get behind her too and submit content and ideas continuing the tradition of excellence in both content and production that we have come to expect from our newsletter.

This edition contains all the news and pictures from our 2011 AGM including the presentations made to Jenny for Member of the Year 2011, and Di and Lynne with their surpirse honorary life memberships, as well reports fromt the President and Treasurer, plus news from the Research Room, new additons to resources, new websites, and an article on blogging.

Spreading Branches Issue 89

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A Feast to whet your appetite.

Aug 2, 2011 by

Yes, I know I should have been doing school work or possibly something for the family history group, but yesterday I took leave of my responsibilities (but not my senses) and took myself to the Family History Feast at the State Library of Victoria.

Congratulations to the State Library of Victoria, the Public Record Office Victoria, the National Archives of Australia Victorian Office and the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages – it was a great day!

I was terribly impressed with the black cotton carry bag from the National Archives and the 2 gb usb drive from the Public Record Office with the day’s presentations loaded onto it so we didn’t have to take notes.  We also got a nice little ruler bookmark from VAFHO (Victorian Association of Family History Organisations) and a ruler/magnifying screen from the National Archives, all very handy items indeed, plus a few other bits and pieces.

The day was dedicated to the memory of Don Grant and heartfelt and moving tributes were given by Shane Carmody (State Library of Vic), Patricia Eade (AIGS) and Jenny Harkness, President of VAFHO which were accompanied by a slideshow of various moments in Don Grant’s life, it was a fitting tribute to such a genealogical identity. Don’s wife and daughter were present and must have been very proud indeed.

The speakers were excellent, Hazel Edwards spoke about Writing a non boring family history and then we were given a demonstration of the Early Church Records DVD from VicHeritage. Just like the Victorian Marine Index, the Early Church Records will have the certificate images on the database to view. We will just have to get this DVD as soon as it’s released, hopefully, that will be this year. During the last item on the agenda before lunch we got an insight into Koorie records in Victoria and although I don’t think I’ve got any aboriginal heritage to discover, it was an interesting presentation, none the less.

After lunch we delved into some genealogical gems in the State Library’s collection with Katie Flack who did a wonderful job in opening up our eyes to things we might not be looking at but should be and then the final item on the agenda was the Don Grant Lecture, given by Dr Andrew Lemon, President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. I was worried that it might be boring, but it was both entertaining and enlightening and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

It was a shame to see quite a few empty seats when the event was supposed to be booked out. The Village Roadshow Theatrette has just been refurbished and looks tremendous. I am looking forward to next year – pehaps we should think of organising an Away Day for next year’s Family History Feast.

 

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Our First “Ask Granny” Workshop

Jul 23, 2011 by

Ask Granny LogoThe “Ask Granny” program was developed in Athens and Clarke County, Georgia, USA by Greg Crane and Judy Russell. The program’s focus is to encourage senior citizens to write down their family history and memories before it is too late.

Greg and Judy have developed specially formatted materials that feature large print and are easy to use. The “Ask Granny” workshops are limited to a maximum of 12 participants to ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to participate fully and the experience is an enjoyable one.

The “Ask Granny” program has two stipulations:

  1. the workshop goes to the participants
  2. there is no charge to the participants
Pakenham Arthritis Group's Ask Granny Session

Pakenham Arthritis Group Feb. 2010

The Narre Warren & District Family History Group are proud to be associated with the “Ask Granny” program. We presented our first “Ask Granny” workshop to the Pakenham Arthritis Group in February 2010. A couple of the participants said that they’d been prompted recently by family members to document what they know of their family history and their life but didn’t know where to start and we were very happy to be given the opportunity to help with this.

We are currently looking for other organisations that might to like to hold an “Ask Granny” session for their members. All participants leave with a folder containing the notes and information docmented during the session as well as a list of groups, websites and organisations that may be able to assist with any additonal research required. Please contact us if you are are in the Casey Cardinia area and would like to know more about “Ask Granny.”

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