August is Family History Month

There has never been a better time to research your family history.  Online tools and digitised content have assisted the research journey for many people seeking to discover where they come from.  Welcome to Family History Month.  Learn, be inspired and share your story. This month, various events will focus on our precious heritage photograph collections. We will […]

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Soldier Settlement

The Last Battle by Bruce Scates documents the opportunities offered and in many cases the difficulties faced by returned servicemen following World War One. Family History Researchers can search their Victorian First World War Soldier settler ancestors at Battle to Farm: WW1 Soldier settlement records in Victoria from Public Records Office of Victoria The War ended in November […]

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New Books for Family History Research

The following new titles have been added to the collection: Australia in the Great War The Basic Genealogy Checklist Brisbane Diseased Brisbane: Squatters, Settlers and Surveyors DNA for Genealogists Family History on the Cheap Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes Harnessing the Facebook Generation Help! Historical and Genealogical Truth Historical Research Using British Newspapers Irish Libraries […]

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Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Family History researchers have access to a brand new resource which is part of the Genealogy Reference Collection at Ivanhoe Library. The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland contains detailed information about the linguistic origins of more than 45,600 common and rare surnames. Each entry also includes how many bearers of the […]

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Google your Genealogy

When it comes to researching your family and local history, and other topics of interest, ensure you get the most out of your new best friend – Google. There are a few tips and tricks to implement so that your search strategies are pulling positive results. Some resources to make the most out of Google […]

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Rootstech 2017

One of the major conferences for the Genealogy industry and associated family researchers worldwide: Rootstech – has just concluded in Salt Lake City, Utah, and by all accounts it was another huge success. The international conference featured four days of seminars, presentations, product promotion and a huge showcase hall and the opportunity for many attendees […]

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Geography of Surnames

The Geography of surnames is a new resource devoted to the study of English, Scottish and Irish surnames and should be of interest to family history researchers. Surnames are examined from a geographic perspective, focusing on their distribution, patterns and origins. Examples are drawn from areas as diverse as Cornwall, Wales, the Borders of Scotland […]

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Ryerson Index update

The Ryerson Index is a free index resource to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers, dating back in some cases to 1831 (Sydney Morning Herald). While most of the entries relate to death occuring since 1970. The index is completely managed and contributed to by volunteers and is said to grow at a rate of […]

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