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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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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Did you have a soldier ancestor in India?

Did you have a soldier ancestor in India?

By Mary Anne Gourley - Convener, GSV British India Discussion Circle and FIBIS representative in Australia. * Did you have a soldier ancestor in India? Which Army? What are the differences? ...
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Victorian workhouses and the new Poor Law

Victorian workhouses and the new Poor Law

By Stephen Hawke The 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act was squarely aimed at driving down the cost of relief for the poor. New purpose-built workhouses would contain and control the ...
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The Keyboard of the President #2

The Keyboard of the President #2

I am very pleased that recent GSV events have received ringing endorsements from members. DNA: Our recent 'DNA for Family Historians' talk followed on from our well-patronised event in December ...
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Historic Somerset records donated to GSV

Historic Somerset records donated to GSV

The GSV has received a very generous donation from a retired member, Rev Dr Warren Bartlett OAM.  Warren has donated around 50 volumes of historic records for Somerset (including some ...
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'The Enigmatic Mr Deakin' - a review

‘The Enigmatic Mr Deakin’ – a review

Alfred Deakin was Australia's second Prime Minister (1903-4) and a founding father of Federation in Australia (with Edmund Barton). He also served as PM for two subsequent terms, 1905-8 and ...
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Note to GSV Members

Note to GSV Members

Automatic Membership Renewal Email   Unfortunately our digital membership system failed to generate the renewal email for those members whose subscription falls due during April. We apologise sincerely and are ...
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Researching in British India - where to start?

Researching in British India – where to start?

With the records of the East India Company, the India Office and the British Government now accessible without having to visit the British Library, the GSV has established the British ...
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The old Poor Laws (pre-1834) and Southwest England

The old Poor Laws (pre-1834) and Southwest England

1547 - the new reign of the boy-King Edward VI was marked with a draconian approach to controlling the kingdom's poor.  Penalties for the purported 'work-shy' such as whipping and ...
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Writing a Morkham history: a member's challenge

Writing a Morkham history: a member’s challenge

I was interested to read an email from John Morkham, sent in response to the first 'Keyboard of the President' article. John has been a GSV Member for twenty-eight years ...
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The 'GSV at the RHSV' Library Collection

The ‘GSV at the RHSV’ Library Collection

As the GSV is building stronger links with RHSV, now is a good time for you to track down the GSV Library Collection at RHSV.  When the GSV moved in ...
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The Keyboard of the President

The Keyboard of the President

From the Keyboard of the President - no 1 - April 2018 Welcome! In this post I want to tell you about some of the recent activities of the GSV ...
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The DNA of Cornwall: talk at SWERD

The DNA of Cornwall: talk at SWERD

South West England Research & Discussion (SWERD) is one of a number of Discussion Circles that the GSV hosts for its members. These are part of the annual membership and ...
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Report from Congress: Bridging the Past and Future, March 9-12

Report from Congress: Bridging the Past and Future, March 9-12

Recently the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) hosted Bridging The Past and Future - the 15th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry, March 9 - 12 in Sydney. This major international event ...
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Have I got my new Ancestor?

Have I got my new Ancestor?

The GSV's Journal 'Ancestor' is now out for this quarter (March 2018, Vol.34:1). If you are a Member you have already got this Issue and you will be well into ...
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New records added to GSV Cemeteries Database

New records added to GSV Cemeteries Database

In this opening article for 2018, Meg Bate, GSV's Assistant Library Manager, gives an update on the recent additions to the unique GSV Cemeteries Database. *** GSV Cemeteries database This ...
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Hunting for a cemetery on FindaGrave.com

Hunting for a cemetery on FindaGrave.com

This is Part 2 of our post on Dec 16 about the revised FindaGrave.com website. Here Ted Bainbridge tells us about finding a cemetery. Don't forget that the Genealogical Society ...
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Get to know the new FindaGrave.com

Get to know the new FindaGrave.com

This week we have further advice from Ted Bainbridge about finding cemetery records using FindaGrave.com. In Part 1 of this article, Ted deals with searching for a person's grave - in Part ...
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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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