GSV is scanning and indexing many of its family history records – progress report

During the recent process of moving, GSV identified a considerable part of its library holdings to be scanned and indexed in order to make this material more accessible for our members. This Scanning and Indexing Project is progressing well, thanks to all the hard work of the volunteer team we have assembled. We would always welcome additional assistance. Below is a brief summary of what we have achieved so far.

Cemeteries Database

We have now indexed 556 cemeteries making a total 780,980 records in the GSV Cemeteries database. We are making excellent progress but we still have approximately 110 cemeteries that have been scanned and are waiting to be indexed.

Family Histories

470 documents have been scanned, checked and the catalogue has been updated.  These digitized records are available to GSV members within the GSV Research and Education Centre.

1494 family histories from the vertical file have been scanned & are waiting to be checked. 313 family history files have been scanned & ready to be added to the catalogue.

 Cemetery indexes with images (mostly transcripts) added 2017

Moroco Station, Mathoura NSW headstones 21/12/1853-28/8/1900

Deaths and burials at Casterton

Pine Creek Cemetery NT headstones -/9/1894 – 4/9/1970

Rupanyup cemetery register 1914-1980 & headstones 1875-1990

Kialla West cemetery register 1886-1985

Coburg: brief history of cemetery and plan

Edi Upper private cemetery

Eurambeen & Eurambeen East private cemeteries: headstones 2/3/1866 – 12/7/1977

Black Heath (Sailors Home) cemetery headstones and receipts 11 May 1879 – 31 March 1930

Jindabyne (NSW) Soldiers Memorial Cemetery headstones 1919-1985

Maldon early burials (church burials) 1854-1856

Walkerville cemetery headstones 1899-1924

Jericho cemetery transcriptions 1868

Freshwater Creek: St David’s Lutheran church cemetery headstones 16/7/1867 to 1/7/1973

Deep Lead cemetery register & headstones 19/4/1859 to 19/1/1992

Mornington cemetery headstones to 1951

Maddingley cemetery register 23/4/1863 – 14/11/1958.

Note: if the library catalogue location states: ‘CEMETERIES DATABASE’ – The  images are attached to records in the Cemeteries database and may be viewed online. ‘INDEXED IN CEMETERIES DATABASE’ – The cemetery had been indexed and our scanned document is only available at the GSV. Check the instructions on the catalogue.

 Genealogical index of names (GIN) – 2017

Bostocks Creek State School register no. 2893 1890-1909 index.


Visit us online at or call in to our new Research and Education Centre to discover your world of family history.


Post expires at 11:32am on Wednesday 9 August 2017

Like this article? Please share:

What’s new…

13 April 2017 – This post commences a new category which we hope keeps you better informed about the resources in our Library that may help you with your family history research.

The GSV receives about 250 family history and genealogy periodicals from Australian and international societies. These are available for members and visitors to access. Articles in the majority of these journals are indexed by our volunteers in the searchable GSV online library catalogue.

Articles of broad interest in recently received periodicals are highlighted quarterly in GSV’s Ancestor journal in the regular column, ‘Jottings…and library news’. Members receive this journal as part of their membership.

Recent periodicals received by the GSV library (March 2017 quarter) include articles on:

  • the diary of Walter Williams, a private soldier in India 1878-1888
  • ‘Dundee: tracing the Tay Valley’s history on ScotlandsPlaces
  • tracing ancestors – Irish, Huguenot, Royal Navy, and Army, as well articles on the ‘1939 register’, on places and families in Buckinghamshire and another containing a good introduction to the enclosure of shared strips of land after 1773.
  • Ancestry‘s indexing of ‘Ireland School Masters and Mistresses 1826’, British Army pension records, pensioners records of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham 1724-1924, Royal Hospital Chelsea 1715-1925 and Pensioner Soldier Records 1760-1920.
  • genetic genealogy
  • a new release online for the first time of over 2.1 million new fully searchable records of individuals; baptisms 1538-1751; marriages 1538-1753 and burials 1838-1865.
  • an interesting article about un-named death records held by the various Australian State registries. The NSW records have over 3000 records for ‘Unknown’.
  • useful tips in ‘Some of our ancestors are missing’ (Buckinghamshire).

You can follow up these in our catalogue – online before your visit.

Post expires at 8:01pm on Friday 30 June 2017

Like this article? Please share: