16 June 2017
ABN 86 947 919 608
Level 6, 85 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
To date the Genealogical Society of Victoria has been represented online by its website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Last year we added a closed Facebook Group for the GSV Writers Circle to share common interests. Now, we are pleased to announce that we have a fully functioning Blog as well.
The website (www.gsv.org.au) is the public face of the GSV. It can be accessed to obtain information about forthcoming events and activities, to ascertain available resources, including the library catalogue and digitized resources, and to explore opportunities for research assistance. There is an enhanced Members’ Area which provides access to an expanded catalogue and other online resources.
The GSV Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/gsv.org.au/) provides frequent updates in relation to events and general genealogical information, while GSV Writers Circle Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/groups/198397623850171/?fref=nf) is a private online forum for GSV members to discuss, share and comment on matters related to writing about family history.
In the past, GSV also provided mailing list forums for members via Ancestry's RootsWeb (GSV mailing list and AUS-VIC-GEN-GROUPS), but these are now little used and are no longer supported. We plan to explore other options for providing an online forum for members, but the new Blog and our Facebook sites provide opportunities for you to easily communicate with us.
Blog – 'Family History Matters at GSV'
We are excited to announce the Blog as the latest digital feature of the GSV. (http://blog.gsv.org.au/) Here you will find a potentially ever-widening range of posts on topics such as book reviews, new and/or interesting resources available in the GSV Library, news from the broader world of genealogy, and reports from and information about the activities of the various GSV groups. We think you will find it a useful and interesting addition to your genealogical world. The Blog posts will all be written by GSV volunteers, so if you have a post that you would like to share, perhaps you might submit it to the Blog Editor for consideration: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Blog is available for viewing by all visitors but only registered users are able to post comments.
It is planned to register all members of the GSV as users. This means that you will receive an email whenever anything new is posted on the blog. This is an easy way to alert you to information that you might otherwise miss. However, if you decide that you do not want to receive these emails, it will be possible for you to remove yourself from the email list. You will still be a registered user, and still able to post comments, but you will not be alerted to any new posts. Once the task of registering all of the members as Blog users is completed, we will publish a Blog post explaining how you can remove yourself from the email list if you so desire.
The Blog can be accessed in the following ways:
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As members, you can help promote the GSV by actively supporting us on social media and by letting your friends see what we do. ‘Likes’ on our Facebook pages, reposting or tweeting Blog posts and your posted Comments on both Facebook and the Blog will be especially welcome.