GSV had a very successful Family History Month in August and events were well attended.
The winner of the AncestryDNA kit was won by Rod Van Cooten, and GSV thanks all those who participated.
There are plenty of special interest groups and discussion circles for GSV members to join and get help with their particular lines of research. And they are all part of your membership. Each quarter, notices from the groups are published in Ancestor journal in a regular feature 'Around the Groups' and now a new page for 'Around the Circles' has been added (September issue). More frequent news from the groups will be posted on this blog and on the website to keep you up to date. Check the GSV website for all Events in the months ahead and plan your Springtime!
British India Discussion Circle – changes to meetings
Beginning in 2019 the British India Discussion Circle will meet each quarter rather than on a monthly basis. We will have set topics for discussion, also members will be welcome to make short presentations (no more than 10 minutes) on their research. These help to stimulate the discussion as many of us are following one area of research – military, as an example.
In August this group discussed BMD’s and where to access information if official records are unavailable including newspapers.
Our 18 September meeting will feature military research: how to use the FIBIS guides and where to access records.
There will NOT be a meeting in October, as the convenor will be attending the FIBIS 20thAnniversary conference in Oxford, England.
This group is also considering setting up an email group which would allow members who are unable to attend meetings to post questions and receive advice. [Mary-Anne Gourley, Convenor].
Classes and Talks
October 5 - 'Starting Irish Family History'. Speakers : Maureen Doyle and Beryl O'Gorman.This class will cover basic information, where to start your research, church, civil and land records, Internet sites and question time. Register via https://www.gsv.org.au/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=995
October 17,24,31 - Australian family history [course]
Presenter: John Bugg. Topics to be covered over three two-hour sessions on 17th, 24th and 31st October:
- Where do I start? How to gather and store information
- Getting here - immigration, convicts, naturalisation and wills
- State records - private lives and public records
- National records - finding families.
Register via https://www.gsv.org.au/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1000
NOTICE - 'Resources in Ballarat' - 27 September. This talk is fully booked, but GSV has received the sad news of the death of the intended speaker, Dr Joan Hunt. Her full life of contribution to academia, to historical research and especially to communities was described in an earlier post about this talk and she will be well-remembered. We are at present contacting a potential new speaker.