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.

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Beat the 16 Feb price rise for UK certificates and a new catalogue at PROV

Beat the 16 Feb price rise for UK certificates and a new catalogue at PROV

In this post we pass on some news from our partners -near and far. The UK Federation of Family History Societies reminds us that, if we are quick, we can ...
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'The Married Widows of Cornwall'

‘The Married Widows of Cornwall’

'The Married Widows' is a term describing the wives 'left behind' by their husbands who departed England to seek work and/or new lives overseas.  The men usually intended to return ...
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Free family history software sessions for GSV members

Free family history software sessions for GSV members

A search of the internet for family history software will give you a multitude of programs to choose from. Do some research before you decide on the best program for ...
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The New Poor Laws - post 1834: Talk this Thursday at GSV

The New Poor Laws – post 1834: Talk this Thursday at GSV

Huge new workhouses were built across England and Wales after 1834 to accommodate and control the poor in accordance with the Government's new poor law regime.  The regime was introduced ...
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From the Keyboard of the President - January 2019

From the Keyboard of the President – January 2019

I am slowly getting into my role as the President and it is quite a learning curve. It makes me appreciate the job done by my predecessor David Down. Last ...
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The War of the Roses is over! ... and a preliminary report on what makes family historians tick

The War of the Roses is over! … and a preliminary report on what makes family historians tick

The new year is getting underway at GSV. Before you over-commit to all the things you will be doing in 2019, check the GSV Events program. There is plenty coming ...
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Over 200 current family history journals indexed at GSV - and more

Over 200 current family history journals indexed at GSV – and more

Happy 2019 New Year to all family historians and blog followers! I see we have reached over 100 posts to this blog and I hope you have found them informative ...
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Beyond the web - a research story

Beyond the web – a research story

At the last meeting for the year of the GSV Writers, we considered topics for next year's writing exercise. Members are invited to try writing about a particular topic such ...
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The past year at the GSV

The past year at the GSV

A big welcome to Jenny Redman, who was endorsed as our incoming President at the Genealogical Society of Victoria AGM in October. Our thanks and congratulations are extended to David ...
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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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'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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Oh! The Places You'll Go!

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Louise Wilson One of my favourite Dr Seuss books, Oh! The Places You'll Go!, captures that exciting moment when you embark upon your family history journey: Congratulations! Today is your ...
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Review of 'Evernote for Genealogy' guidebook

Review of ‘Evernote for Genealogy’ guidebook

How to use Evernote for Genealogy: A step-by-step guide to organise your research and boost your genealogy productivity Author: Kerry Scott Publisher: Family Tree Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2015 Review by ...
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