'Vires acquirit eundo' - we gather strength as we go

‘Vires acquirit eundo’ – we gather strength as we go

Vires acquirit eundo

With another act of aggression lashing out against civility in our city yesterday, I thought of the city's motto - we gather strength as we go- and I believe we do, as we become a large, truly cosmopolitan city. I would not have known our city's motto except that the day before I looked in on the current exhibition at the City Gallery in the Melbourne Town Hall - 'Emblazon': Melbourne's coat of arms' (7 September - 30 January 2019).

Coats of
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Welcome to the GSV Blog

Welcome to the GSV Blog

At this Blog - Family History Matters - you can find reports about the various activities and groups at the GSV, news about our library and resource collection, book reviews and articles of interest about family history and genealogy.  It is a way to keep in touch as a member or to discover what GSV can offer you as a soon-to-be-member.

To submit a Blog Post, please contact the Blog Editor: blog@gsv.org.au

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FAMILY HISTORY TUESDAYS

FAMILY HISTORY TUESDAYS

Not 'Sweet Thursday'; not 'Friday on my mind' not 'Saturday Night Fever' or 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'... Not even 'Stormy Monday Blues', and unfortunately not 'Pancake Tuesday' - which only comes once ...
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New data added to GSV Cemeteries Index

New data added to GSV Cemeteries Index

  The GSV is regularly adding to its Cemeteries Index with its ongoing project of transcribing records. So you need to check this to see if recent additions can help ...
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Was your ancestor a criminal? : A World-First Survey on Crime History and the Public

Was your ancestor a criminal? : A World-First Survey on Crime History and the Public

Recently the GSV Writers shared their writing about topics such as 'a skeleton in the family'. A number of interesting stories emerged, of forgers and even a murderer. How do ...
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This week hear about 'Bounty and Government emigrants' at GSV

This week hear about ‘Bounty and Government emigrants’ at GSV

GSV is privileged to have Elizabeth Rushen presenting 'Bounty and government emigrants 1836-1840 including Mr Marshall's migrants'. Liz Rushen has written a number of books in this area and you ...
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Discover the '1696 Association Oath Rolls for Cornwall' at GSV

Discover the ‘1696 Association Oath Rolls for Cornwall’ at GSV

GSV has purchased a wonderful new publication to help our Cornwall researchers.  The 1696 Association Oath Rolls for Cornwall lists around 11,500 Cornish men who took an oath in defence of ...
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Back to Bonegilla Migrant Camp Gathering - 2-3 November 2018

Back to Bonegilla Migrant Camp Gathering – 2-3 November 2018

Watching Jimmy Barnes' personal story of his dire early days as a child migrant in Elizabeth, South Australia, (Working Class Boy) reminded me that many family histories in Australia commence ...
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'Australian Family History' - short course Oct 17, 24 and 31

‘Australian Family History’ – short course Oct 17, 24 and 31

Now that we are emerging from our winter retreats, it is a great time to pick up those challenges we set ourselves this year for our family histories. Even for ...
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Together again

Together again

By Karen Mather One of the pleasures of family history research is to uncover the tracks made by our ancestors at a time when travel must have needed exceptional courage ...
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The Keyboard of the President #5 - September 2018

The Keyboard of the President #5 – September 2018

In recent weeks the number of members coming into the Centre seems to have increased. Many come just to attend events but many are also taking advantage of our new ...
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Tribute to Dr Joan Hunt - Resources in Ballarat talk - 27 Sept

Tribute to Dr Joan Hunt – Resources in Ballarat talk – 27 Sept

As mentioned in our last post we have received the sad news of the death of Dr Joan Hunt, our intended speaker for this talk. The Ballarat resources to be outlined in ...
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What makes a family historian tick?

What makes a family historian tick?

Want to be part of a study to find out? In a  project entitled ‘Motives and profiles of family historians', social researchers Doreen Rosenthal (University of Melbourne) and Susan Moore (Swinburne ...
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Australians and New Zealanders in Serbia in WW1

Australians and New Zealanders in Serbia in WW1

Sadly wars produce a wealth of records of the  lives  lost and entangled in these conflicts. 2018 marks the end of the WWI Centenary. This war gave Australia and New ...
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'Resources in Ballarat' talk at GSV

‘Resources in Ballarat’ talk at GSV

For anyone with links to 19th C Victoria, Ballarat and other goldfields will be an important part of your story, if not directly, then in providing background to the growth ...
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The Catholic Heritage Archive

The Catholic Heritage Archive

Today's post contributed by Ted Bainbridge draws our attention to the Catholic Heritage Archive available at Findmypast. Ted has been a researcher, teacher, speaker and writer on genealogy since 1969. He ...
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GSV wins 2018 Nick Vine Hall Award for best family history journal

GSV wins 2018 Nick Vine Hall Award for best family history journal

August is  National Family History Month and we celebrate the finding and telling of our family histories. The GSV is particularly pleased to be awarded this year's Nick Vine Hall ...
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'Finding and Preserving Memories' seminar at Wodonga 1 September

‘Finding and Preserving Memories’ seminar at Wodonga 1 September

  Most of us research family members who lived in various parts of regional Victoria. Many descended from pioneers or from those who took up land after the gold rushes ...
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Maryborough's gold-rush newspapers to go online

Maryborough’s gold-rush newspapers to go online

It's pretty cold in Melbourne so it's good to be reminded of colder places in Victoria, but it's also great to hear of genealogical activities in those places. In this ...
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New material added to GSV's databases

New material added to GSV’s databases

Back in January, Meg Bate, our Assistant Librarian provided an update on this blog about the new genealogical material that had been added to the GSV's digitised databases. This work ...
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DNA Black Friday Sales

DNA Black Friday Sales

The DNA Black Friday Sales are now in full swing. Should you take advantage of any of the sales? Which DNA test should you take? Decisions about accepting AncestryDNA's offer should ...
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DNA for family historians

DNA for family historians

We have been over whelmed by the interest shown in attending our seminar "DNA for family historians" on Remembrance Day this coming 11th of November. We have delayed holding this ...
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