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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'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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'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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Were your ancestors from London, the North of England or British India? New Discussion Circles added this year.

Were your ancestors from London, the North of England or British India? New Discussion Circles added this year.

There is a growing interest in joining others who share and discuss common areas of genealogical research. It's informative and more fun! This year the GSV is launching new Discussion ...
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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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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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