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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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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