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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MELBOURNE TARTAN FESTIVAL - Genealogy Day 20 July

MELBOURNE TARTAN FESTIVAL – Genealogy Day 20 July

As part of Melbourne Tartan Festival come to GENEALOGY DAY at the GSV. FRIDAY 20TH JULY  An introduction to family research with guidance from experienced volunteer researchers from The Genealogical ...
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It's not too late to enter the Victorian Community History Awards 2018

It’s not too late to enter the Victorian Community History Awards 2018

This year marks the 20th Victorian Community History Awards. Your research of a family story may add considerably to our understanding of some part of Victoria's history. You are invited ...
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Are you from up north?

Are you from up north?

The Northern English Counties Discussion Circle will meet on Tuesday 10 July at 12.30 pm. There will be two brief presentations outlining the resources available to assist those researching ancestors ...
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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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Rare Book Week at GSV

Rare Book Week at GSV

We are hosting two free talks at the GSV Research & Education Centre as part of Rare Book Week. This is a good opportunity to visit the GSV Centre and hear ...
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From the Keyboard of the President #3 - June 2018

From the Keyboard of the President #3 – June 2018

As winter descends on Victoria the place to be seen is at the GSV Centre for Research and Education. The Society conducts many talks, classes and other events to assist ...
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We need your help to get better computers for your research

We need your help to get better computers for your research

Announcing GSV's fundraising appeal for new faster computers and widescreen monitors to help your research.GSV is launching an appeal to raise $15,000 to purchase new faster computers for our Research ...
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Family history and DNA focus group - invitation to participate.

Family history and DNA focus group – invitation to participate.

For GSV members only -  25 and 27 July. We need YOU to help us understand how genetics is understood. Have you had your DNA tested for family history? Are ...
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Rebellion in south-west England

Rebellion in south-west England

All that British history you dimly recall from school days can be brought alive as you dig deeper in your family roots. Were your ancestors rebels in the Glorious Revolution? ...
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Did you miss the talk on Victorian Land Titles?

Did you miss the talk on Victorian Land Titles?

When looking for Land Titles and researching land ownership, should you start at the beginning, the end, or somewhere in between? Land Titles span Old Law Titles - between 1837 ...
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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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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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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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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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