Family History Month

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National Family History Month is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations. Family history and genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies around the world. Family history is the second biggest subject on the web with sites receiving billions of hits per year. There are over 250,000 Australians who are members of family history related organisations so the month has broad appeal across Australia. YPRL supports this program again in 2015. Check the events link for information on what is happening in your local library.

Highlights include:

Anzac Research Day
Research your WW1 Anzac
Watsonia Library
Saturday 1 August
11.00am – 12.00noon
Military historian Neil C. Smith of Mostly Unsung Military History Research and Publications will provide tips on researching your World War 1 Anzac.

Photo Restoration
Watsonia Library
Saturday 1 August
1.30pm – 2.30pm
Photographs provide an important link to our past. They provide us with an historical record and priceless, irreplaceable memories of family and special events. Photo Restorer Carol Heath will provide advice on how copying and restoring old and / or damaged photographs, ensures they are there for future generations to enjoy.

Anzac Writing Workshop
Watsonia Library
Saturday 8 August
10.00am – 1.00pm
Do you have a local Anzac Story to tell? Have you researched a World War One soldier? Attend our writers’ workshop and learn how to weave your research into an interesting story and learn more about YPRL’s book project.

How To Preserve Your Family Treasures
Eltham Library
Saturday 8 August
3.00pm – 4.30pm

Bring in a family treasure and Conservator Debra Parry from Melbourne Conservation Services will give advice and tips on how to look after it properly.
Please limit your treasures to one piece each.

The Argus: Icon of Melbourne
Rosanna Library
Tuesday 11 August
10.30am – 11.30am
The Argus, once a Melbourne daily newspaper till its closure in 1957 remains a valuable historical resource on Melbourne and Australia. Janet Creed recounts its history, her personal family connection and her own work on the Argus Indexing Project.

Research your German Family History
In partnership with Whittlesea Cultural Heritage Program
Thomastown Library
Saturday 22 August
10.30am – 12.30pm

German represented one of the major groups of arrivals in the early waves of arrivals in the early history of immigration to Victoria. Michael Rumpff of the International Settlers Group special interest group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria will provide tips on starting your German family history.
Following the seminar join the Friends of Westgarthtown and visit one of Victoria’s best preserved German settlements at the nearby Westgarthown Pioneer Precinct.

Family History Software Into The 21st Century
Mill Park Library
Tuesday 25 August
11.00am – 2.00pm

Doug Elms from ViCGUM will provide advice and information on the popular genealogy computer programs used to organize your family history research.

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