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Have you got a niggling question?

Bill Barlow
30 May 2021
GSV News

Do you ever want to ask a quick question arising from your family history research and see if someone knows the answer? 

 

The GSV launched its membershelpmembers forum for just that purpose.

 

Our members are a great source of knowledge and helpful suggestions.

 

In the last few days three members have jumped online with suggestions to help another locate goldfield place names, Double-O Creek and Banshees Creek. And there have been over 750 posts on nearly a hundred topics so far.

 

It is only for members - but this is yet another good reason to join GSV if you are not a member.

 

This coming Thursday Tom O'Dea will give an overview of the Forum. His presentation will include a demonstration and he will answer your questions.

 

Thursday 3 June at 10.30 - 11.30 am. 

 

Members can log in to register for this Zoom session.

Register on our website HERE

 

So join in the Forum. Ask questions and help others. Share your experience. 

 

What better way to spend part of your present lockdown? (Just joking!)

 

 

Thank you volunteers!

Bill Barlow
16 May 2021
GSV News

This week is National Volunteer Week 17-23 May 2021 and we would like to recognise, applaud and celebrate the great work OUR volunteers do at GSV. 

 

There would be no GSV without our nearly 190 Volunteers.

 

This past year has been very testing, especially for members who have not been able to get out and share their interests with as many happy, smiling people as before. With the help of our volunteers, the GSV changed gear and ran events and other services online. It has been amazing to see more distant members participating from afar, when previously, travel distance would have prevented this. 

 

We can particularly thank our IT-savvy vols who kept the show running and devised ways to proceed with Zoom meetings and talks, often with increased numbers; our membershelpmembers online forum, which we launched before COVID; our Facebook sites and even our digital editions of Ancestor journal. 

 

Thanks to all our conveners, guest presenters and content-producers who had to adapt to online communication - rearranging their home offices to look 'appropriate' (blurring or adding virtual backdrops) and managing small children or partners who suddenly appeared 'in shot'.

 

On top of all this the GSV had to move to new premises - which is now open and welcoming visitors! Despite Zoom, the past year also showed us how important face-to-face contacts are in our lives. We would love to see more of you pop in. 

 

This year, a very big thanks go to our volunteer President and Councillors who had to locate new suitable premises and arrange our move. And our staff also volunteered working from home to keep our Society flourishing. Thank you.

 

On behalf of all our members and everyone in the wider world of genealogy we acknowledge your enormous contribution and thank you.

 

Last year I put on virtual cake, but this year I have found a champagne fruit punch for you! 

 

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If you would like join in as a Volunteer contact Linda or our vols at our reception or go to our website to read more about volunteering with us. 

 

Celebration fruit punch image courtesy of Nagi at RecipeTinEats  https://www.recipetineats.com/celebration-fruit-punch/

Anything for mere show would be worse than useless - Talk May 20

Bill Barlow
13 May 2021
GSV News

 

 

Clothing has much to teach the genealogist.

 

We may have a treasure trove of photos, drawings or paintings depicting ancestors in a variety of modes of dress. Deceased estate records may have listings of the items of clothing belonging to a person and their value. Some of us may even own items of our ancestors’ clothing - a wedding dress, a christening outfit, or perhaps even a fireman’s helmet. Others may have had ancestors who worked in the rag trade, as dressmakers, patternmakers and seamstresses. 

 

Ultimately, the outfits worn and made by our ancestors are more than mere pieces of fabric. Clothing can offer us clues to status and class, changing fortunes, time period, and even the personality of the individual, but do we know how to read and interpret these items? 

 

In a forthcoming talk, Laura Jocic will speak about the things that clothing can tell us about Australian colonial society and the emigrant's experience. 

 

'Anything for mere show would be worse than useless':

emigration, dress and Australian colonial society, 1820s – 1860s

 

Thursday 20 May, 5 - 6 pm by Zoom at GSV

 

Bookings are required (you will be sent an email with the Zoom link). $20 non-members and $5 for GSV members (log in to receive the discount). You can book on the GSV website HERE

 

As Laura states: 

 

Australia was generally reckoned as a country where, for much of the nineteenth century, there was little need for fashionable dress. As late as 1853, The Emigrant's Guide to Australia continued to urge prospective emigrants to pack only the most useful and durable items of clothing.

 

With the steady influx of free settlers from the 1820s onwards, diaries, letters and surviving items of dress paint a different picture of colonial society, one which was often criticised for being preoccupied with fashion. Drapers, tailors and dressmakers advertised the latest goods and styles from overseas, while newly arrived emigrants found a society where the regular round of social activities required a range of appropriate dress.

 

Don’t forget to register for this talk to find out what items of clothing people brought with them when emigrating to Australia and whether their packing lists tallied up with their expectations of the country!

 

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Our presenter

Laura Jocic is undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, researching dress and its role in Australian colonial society. She is a former a curator of Australian Fashion and Textiles at the National Gallery of Victoria where she curated Australian Made: 100 Years of Fashion (2010) and Linda Jackson: Bush Couture (2012). In 2016 Laura curated the exhibition Louis Kahan: Art, Theatre, Fashion for the Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn. Most recently she has been working as a consultant curator on a project at the RMIT Design Archives interpreting the designs of Sara Thorn and Bruce Slorach.

 

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This post was prepared by Dr Kristy Love, a GSV volunteer. 

 

 

Image sources;

The Life of Emigration [jigsaw puzzle], London, c1840, State Library of South Australia.

 

‘Convicts in New Holland’ from Felipe Bauza - drawings made on the Spanish Scientific Expedition to Australia and the Pacific in the ships Descubierta and Atrevida under the command of Alessandro Malaspina, 1789-94, 

Mitchell Library, SL NSW, SAFE /DGD 2, item IE1110200.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My family was from Continental Europe - May 15 talk

Rothenburg on the River Tauber, Bavaria, Germany
Bill Barlow
8 May 2021
ISG

 

Researching European family history can present new challenges. Not only are there different languages to understand, but there can be subsequent problems such as different abbreviations and styles of handwriting to overcome. Naming of people and places can be confusing, and locating the relevant records requires an understanding of the particular country's system of recording and storage of these – often at the local civil and church registry offices.

 

On Saturday May 15 at 1 pm the GSV's International Settlers Group (ISG) will host a talk by Eric Kopittke:

 

My Family was from Continental Europe -

Will DNA Testing help me? 

This Zoom talk is part of the next ISG meeting and is free to GSV members and ISG newsletter subscribers. Bookings are required and can be made online via the 'Register Now' link.  You will receive an email with the Zoom link. More information about the International Settlers Group can be found on our website HERE.

 

Eric Kopittke will present from Queensland, and this talk will be of interest to both researchers with European forebears, and those interested in DNA research.

Eric will help guide you to the resources available in Australia and online, including indexes, databases and gazetteers. He will also discuss how DNA testing can assist in your research, keeping in mind that ethnicity estimates are interesting but can also have a high level of uncertainty.

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Eric Kopittke has a wealth of experience in researching his German family history. He has presented talks, convened the Queensland Family History Society’s Central European Interest Group for over 20 years and is part of the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance. Eric has spoken in Australia and New Zealand and on 10 'Unlock the Past' cruises. He has also authored several books and 'Handy Guides' about researching German family history. Now retired, Eric studied at the University of Queensland and was awarded a B.Sc., B.A. and a Diploma of Education. He retired in 2014 after teaching Physics and Mathematics at St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly for over 40 years. Currently he is completing certificates in German and English genealogy with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies in Toronto, Canada. Probably best known for the series Emigrants from Hamburg to Australasia: 1850-1879 which was completed with his wife Rosemary, Eric received the Queensland FHS Award for Services to Family History (1990); was made a Fellow of the Queensland FHS (2000); and in 2006 was awarded the AFFHO Award for Meritorious Services to Family History.

 

Additional Resources

Eric has published many books about German family history research, published by Gould Genealogy & History, which you can link to from here: LINK TO ERIC

 

 

Locating Your German Ancestor's Place of Origin

Researching in German Civil and Church Records

Introduction to German Family History Research for Australians

Handy Guide: Civil Registration Births, Marriages and Deaths in Germany

Handy Guide: Church Records in Germany

Handy Guide: German Maps and Gazetteers for Family Historians

Handy Guide: German Words for Family Historians.

 

 

Credits:

Image  Rothenburg, town in Bavaria on the Tauber River (photo: Bertholde Werner, public domain via Wikipedia Commons)

Thanks to Jean McConnachie, GSV Volunteer for this post. 

Criminalising the poor - ‘A Most Undesirable Woman’ - May 6 Talk

Bill Barlow
28 April 2021
GSV News

 

 

 

‘A Most Undesirable Woman’ -

Writing about the Criminalisation of Poverty

 

Zoom talk by Kristy Love

7.00 pm 6 May 2021

 

Free to GSV members and non-members. 

Bookings are required and can be made online via the Register Now link. HERE. You will receive an email with the Zoom link. 

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In 2016, I found an article filled with extraordinary amounts of hyperbole about my great-great grandmother, second-generation Irish-Australian, Margaret O’Connor [ref. 2]. The article detailed her involvement as a witness for the prosecution in the 1915 murder trial of one of her Chinese clients. A journalist for the known scandal-rag theTruth, claimed that neither the Russian, British nor American literary greats had given the public ‘more vivid glimpses of what may be called “THE UNDERWORLD”’ than did this particular trial. And yes, the capitalisation was in the original.

 

The article featured hand-drawn courtroom portraits of Margaret; her lover, William Moon (one of the accused men); and the murder victim, her client, Ah Chee. I have to confess, that despite the tragic subject matter, I felt a thrill of excitement at the discovery of this newspaper article. Until that point, I’d known very little about Margaret, other than she was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave in Sydney. 

 

Finding the article led to the discovery of Margaret's string of 64 plus convictions, received between 1914 and 1923. It led to me finding her prison photograph, shown here. I’ve cropped the image because I don’t believe that Margaret’s prison record is all that she was. The nature of her so-called legal and moral ‘crimes’, and that of her younger sister, Annie O’Connor, included smoking opium, being drunk, swearing, being tattooed, doing sex work, and consorting with Chinese men. Both sisters were also arrested and imprisoned multiple times for ‘being of insufficient lawful means’ – a peculiar crime that effectively criminalised people for being poor. [Read more about this in ref 3. below].

 

My forthcoming talk offers an insight into the lives of women who, like Margaret and Annie, were criminalised by poverty over a century ago, and of new ways to write about them. In doing my research, I kept asking myself, how can I best tell the stories of women who were only written about in a disparaging fashion by others? This talk, therefore, arises out research for my historical novel in progress ‘A Most Undesirable Woman’, part of which was written during a residency at 'Frontyard' [https://www.frontyardprojects.org/], Marrickville, New South Wales. A version of the talk was first presented there on 8 March 2020.

 

Kristy Love

 

Dr Kristy Love (formerly Davidson) is a researcher with a passion for family history writing. Her current interest is the historical criminalisation of impoverished women. She recently joined the GSV Volunteers Team and is now assisting with our GSV Blog Family History Matters. Kristy has a PhD in Creative Writing, an Honours degree in Psychology and has worked in university research management for over two decades. She is a member of the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria and assists with their social media outreach. She is also currently undertaking the Certificate of Genealogical Studies through the Society of Australian Genealogists. 

 

Sources:

Photo: Margaret O'Connor, Long Bay State Reformatory for Women, 12/11/1923. ‘Gaol Inmates/Prisoners Photos Index 1870-1930’. Photo No. 608. Series NRS249 [3/6007], page 110. Copyright: State of New South Wales through the State Records Authority of NSW 2016 

Ref 1.'A most undesirable woman' in 'Armidale Police Court - "No Lawful Visible Means", The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser, Friday 7 April 1916, p9. 

Ref 2. 'Horror and Infamy',Truth, Sunday 13 June 1915, p12.

Ref 3. 'Policing the Poor: The History of Vagrancy Laws and the Criminalisation of Homelessness' by Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim, in Lexology[website] 9 March 2021, accessed 28/4/21.

More books about women's stories

Bill Barlow
10 April 2021
GSV News

More books about women's stories

 

We had a good response to our list of books about women's stories.

So another list prepared by Penny Mercer for our GSV Writers is attached here as well. (See PDF below).

 

Liz Rushen's book Single and Free: female migration to Australia 1833-1837 is in the GSV library and elsewhere. See her website for her accounts of four women's stories https://www.rushen.com.au/bounty-womens-stories

 

Barbara Goldfinch let us know of a rare book  'Women of Williamstown' (City of Hobson's Bay, 1990), which includes a piece about her grandmother in WW2 written by her father. This is not in the SLV or NLA (but Prahran Mechanics Institute has a copy), so it reminds us how important it is to ensure publications are put in places for safe-keeping and thus turn up on databases like Trove.

 

Writing stories is one thing but ensuring they can be found is just as important.

 

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STOP PRESS - 28 APRIL

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PREVIOUSLY ADVISED BOOK SALE FROM THE GSV LIBRARY HAS FINISHED. 

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How a picture revealed a woman

Lucrezia Borgia, Dosso Dossi, NGV
Lucrezia Borgia, Dosso Dossi, NGV
Bill Barlow
10 April 2021
GSV News

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

 

This coming week on 15 April the GSV is very pleased to host a talk by Carl Villis of NGV about the revealing of a famous woman, Lucrezia Borgia.

 

Dating of paintings - Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia's portrait - a journey across five centuries

 

15 April 10.30-11.30 am via Zoom.

 

Don't miss this opportunity. Book via the GSV website quickly.

$5 GSV members. $20 non-members. GSV members please log in to register.

 

Carl Villis will relate the journey of discovery that led to the newsworthy reattribution of the National Gallery of Victoria’s sixteenth-century portrait of Lucrezia Borgia, the most famous woman of Renaissance Italy.  Prior to this research, the portrait was believed to represent a young man, but through one discovery at a time, a detailed examination of the portrait’s highly specific technical and visual features led to the conclusion that the painting’s subject could only be Lucrezia. The revelations came about through an interconnected examination of conservation, art historical and provenance sources which may be familiar to genealogical researchers.

 

About our presenter

Carl Villis is the Senior Conservator of Paintings at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. He has specialised in the conservation of Old Master paintings at the NGV for the past twenty-five years. He has also spent several years working in both Italy and the United States. At the Gallery he has conducted major conservation treatments and technical research on paintings by many artists in the collection, including Correggio, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Rubens and Giambattista Tiepolo. He frequently combines his technical analysis of paintings with art historical research and has published studies on works by Poussin, Van Dyck and Bernardo Bellotto, among others. In 2013-14 he was a Craig Hugh Smyth Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Centre for Renaissance Studies at the Villa I Tatti in Florence for the purpose of researching and writing a book on his identification of the Gallery’s early sixteenth-century portrait of Lucrezia Borgia.

 

Image:

Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara (1519-1530)

Dosso DOSSI 

Battista DOSSI (attributed to) 

oil on wood panel

74.5 × 57.2 cm

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Felton Bequest, 1966

© Public Domain 

Photo: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

 

BOOKS TO HELP US TELL WOMEN'S STORIES

Bill Barlow
5 April 2021
Writers Circle

     Last month, for the GSV Writers discussion on 'Telling Women's Stories', some members provided lists of thought-provoking references that delve into the complexities of women’s histories in Australia. Following Women’s History Monthand to encourage wider thinking about women's stories,we thought we would share these lists with you, with thanks to the GSV Writers Discussion Circle.

 

The list can be downloaded HERE https://www.gsv.org.au/sites/default/files/references_womens_stories_.pdf 

 

Dr Kristy Love*,who has recently joined the GSV Volunteers' Team, edited and added to the reference lists and contributes this overview.

 

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In offering this list of references, we acknowledge that it is by no means a comprehensive source of writing about and of women’s histories, but we hope it gives sufficient breadth to encompass a range of experiences. 

 

History books tend to focus ontales of derring-do, royalty, the military, enterprise, exploration, and discovery, primarily by men and about men, often to the omission of in-depth portrayals of the lives of women. We hope this list goes some way to covering those gaps. 

 

The list includes several classics of feminist literature and women’s rights - a must for understanding the changing political and social forces at play in women’s lives. It also encompasses texts on intersectional feminisma termfirst used by the scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, and further developed by other Black feminists. Intersectionality has now come to refer tothe waysthat overlapping identity categories, such as gender,race, religion, ability, sexuality, class, and culture affect people’s opportunities and status in the world. These books are important as they can help us think critically about howwomen’s histories have been told, about the authors of those stories and about what they have chosen to include and omit in histories of women. These references can also help us become more aware of our blindspotsso that we can write more nuanced histories that encompass the complexities of women’s lives.

 

The list includes books that provoke thinking about the Indigenous Australian women whose families were decimated by colonisation and whose children were forcibly removed under racist acts of Parliament. It includes references about sexual and reproductive rights. About the difficult paths faced by single or unmarried mothers, many of whom also gave up their children under duress.About the lives of women who faced perilous journeys as they immigrated here or fled dire circumstances in their countries of origin. About the pioneering women, both free settlers and convicts, many of whom had to endure multiple births from a young age. Many women suffered harsh conditions living on the goldfields and on isolated back-country farms and stations.

 

It includes books about those women who lived lives outside of the norms of the time, such as those criminalised by poverty, or those demonised by differing historical ideas about mental health and institutionalisation. 

 

The list also provides references about the organisations set up by women to support other women, about the collectives of women who fought for equality and changes in legal status - the right to vote, to own property, to work, to education, and for reproductive rights. Otheritems are about individuals, of women’s personal stories of war, as pioneers in their professions, as scholars, as mothers. 

 

We encourage you to explore the list and welcome suggestions for additions.

 

Dr Kristy Love

 

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You can add your suggestions as a comment to this post on the blog or on our Facebook site. There is plenty of interesting reading for autumn to fuel your current research and writing.

 

* ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR

Dr Kristy Love (formerly Davidson) is a researcher with a passion for family history writing. Her particular interest is the historical criminalisation of impoverished women. She recently joined the GSV Volunteers Team and is now assisting with our GSV Blog Family History Matters. Kristy has a PhD in Creative Writing, an Honours degree in Psychology and has worked in university research management for over two decades. She is a member of the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria and assists with their social media outreach. She is also currently undertaking the Certificate of Genealogical Studies through the Society of Australian Genealogists. 

 

Image credits 

In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi (Willam Collins, 2016) - her investigation of her violent father and his new identity as a 'complete woman'.

Margaret Flockton: A Fragrant Memory by Louise Wilson (Wakefield Press, 2016) - the story of Australia's first professional botanical artist.

A Suburban Girl: Australia 1918-1948, by Moira Lambert (MacMillan, 1990) - a memoir of 'the urban, middle-class life of her times'. 

Dear Sun: the Letters of Joy Hester and Sunday Reed, (ed) Janine Burke (Minerva 1997) - a powerful and intimate friendship between two remarkable women in Melbourne's art world of 1940s.

Firing by Ninette Dutton (Editions Tom Thompson, 2011) - an autobiography 'for her granddaughter...who is part of the story'.

Trude's Story: A journey from Vienna via Shanghai to Melbourne, by Gertude Speiser (Makor Jewish Community Library, 2008) - memoir of escape from Nazi Austria and emigration to start a new life.

White Beech: The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer (Bloomsbury, 2014) - memoir of 'an old dog, who succeeded in learning a load of new tricks' restoring sixty hectares of Qld rainforest.

Brian's wife, Jenny's mum, by Judy [et al]: presented by Gwen Wesson (Dove, 1975) - writing of 'ordinary housewives'.

 

 

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Telling women's stories

Three sisters whose stories have not been told.
Three sisters whose stories have not been told.
Bill Barlow
16 March 2021
Writers Circle

By Claire Dunlop

 

At this month's GSV WRITERS discussion 'grid' on Wed 3 March we shared our thoughts around 'Telling Women's Stories'. About 25 of us fitted in the Zoom grid and our discussion covered many of the challenges in researching and writing women's stories.

 

The following observations give a useful overview for us as historians as we choose to challenge ourselves in 2021 to tell women's stories. 

 

Common challenges to finding women's history

 

Changing name to married name particularly if married a couple of times. 

 

Women who were not married but changed their name to that of a man with whom they were then living. Often in records and newspapers a woman will have been referred to as, for example, 'Mrs L Adams' when her name was 'Jane'.

 

No public profile - most history books and historical society websites barely mention women.

 

Invisible undocumented employment. Women earned money in activities but that information rarely appears on the census or electoral roles, such as some farm activities, agricultural labourers in England or egg money from chickens, also taking in laundry and dressmaking, housekeeping and domestic service.

 

Some married women continued carrying on the piecework that they had done before marriage. 

 

Some businesses were really run by women, but their husbands got the credit. Look for clues for this.

 

Documents and sources that can prove helpful

 

Birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial certificates and information– not just hers, but those around her because she may well have helped deliver a baby, witnessed a wedding or reported a death. As well as establishing facts, this information shows the people in the woman's life at that time. Look at all the names and interrogate what they were there for and what they were doing. Use your imagination.

 

Reports relating to community groups and organisations- such as churches, Country Women's Association (CWA), etc. 

 

Relevant to women in Victoria in 1891- Did she sign the petition to get the vote? https://prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/explore-topic/women-archive

 

Relevant to women in Australia- Trove. It can be easy to track teachers in country towns as the newspapers that covered those towns would have a small article on the new teacher. 

 

Relevant to women in the UK -'British Newspapers on line'.

 

Inquestsinto own death, children's deaths, husband's death or death of other near relatives.

 

Government gazettes- After 1883 women passed an exam to enter the public service in Victoria as clerks, telegraphists and later on as telephonists and their name was published.  Also in the late 1880s women who worked as nurses and warders in asylums had their appointments documented in the Government Gazette.

 

Lists of licensees of hotels- Very common for women to manage hotels

 

Family stories- best if person left a diary or letters but also common where the woman lived to be very old and shared her stories with offspring. Can usually be fact checked.

 

Women's health

Information on voyage to Australia - ref. Health, medicine and the sea - Australian Voyages c.1815-1860, by Katherine Foxhall, Manchester University Press 2012. 

Hospital and asylum registers - see Public Record of Victoria collections

Sometimes women were committed to asylums by male relatives against their will, so asylum records could be misleading.

Sometimes death certificates were unspecific about a woman's cause of death i.e. a 19th century English certificate shows a 44-year-old woman dying of 'decay of nature'. Many times this reflects the toll taken by almost constant pregnancy or lactation.

 

Information relating to husbands and male relatives

Women usually had to follow her husband to different locations irrespective of whether they wanted to go. Literate women of slightly higher social positions could obtain work via the patronage of powerful male relatives - matrons of charitable institutions, post mistresses, school mistresses.

 

The group also shared many anecdotes of researching 'our' women, such as ancestors who followed the hereditary role of ladies-in-waiting to the queen and of another's ancestor who had her husband change his name to hers as a requirement of a Marriage Settlement to preserve her assets. 

 

And how to write our stories of 19th century women in the context of the times? By our standards her 'hard life' makes her a strong woman 'because she survived what would probably kill us'.

We reminded ourselves that as historians we need to 'choose to challenge' truisms to better understand and empathise with our ancestors.

 

The challenge to get their stories out there

Penny also challenged us to look for places to publish and preserve women’s stories, such as municipal street naming, local historical societies, or contributing entries to the Australian Dictionary of Biographyor the Australian Women’s Register. The RHSV this week launched their 'RHSV Women’s Biographical Dictionary’ recognising the role of many women in that Society. See https://www.historyvictoria.org.au/search-collection/rhsv-womens-biographical-dictionary/

 

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The photo

Three sisters whose stories have not been told: Norma Holland, Stella Wilson and Vida Marguerite Winifred Ebbott.

One remained single; one a mother of one; and the other a 'Soldier Settler' orchardist's wife and mother of five, whose eldest son died in a Lancaster bomber over Germany. One of their brothers was Nellie Melba's piano accompanist.

(Photo: Courtesy W. Barlow)

 

Lots of DNA coming up at GSV

Bill Barlow
13 March 2021
DNA and family history

Our series on DNA and family history are starting back at the beginning this month.

 

The first session starts on March 30 - Using DNA for Family History.

 

This introductory presentation by Alan Rhodes is intended to help people get underway and start their DNA journey. Alan will give you the essential DNA basics and explains how a DNA test can set you on your way to finding cousins, common ancestors and solving family history mysteries and more. This session and the series over the next couple of months guide participants in getting best value out of their DNA test such as Ancestry and My Heritage.

 

This talk will be presented online via Zoom. 

30 March 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30

 

$5 GSV members. $20 non-members. Maximum 45 participants.

Bookings are required and can be made online via the Register Now link. You will receive an email with the Zoom link.

 

Then the series continues.

 

27 April - Using DNA matches

Your DNA matches are the key to using DNA in your family history.  This presentation demonstrates the essential strategies to work out how you are connected to your DNA matches, to identify ancestors and extend your family tree.  The focus is on Ancestry but the strategies are relevant no matter which company you have tested with.

 

25 May - Ancestry's 'Thrulines'

The 'ThruLines' feature provides you with another way to view your matches and potentially identify new ancestors.  The presentation demonstrates how to use 'ThruLines', verify the suggestions and extend your family tree.

 

It is worth noting that people who have actually progressed a bit will benefit from revisiting theses sessions.

 

DNA webcasts in your own time

A reminder also that GSV Members can listen to the 3 introductory DNA webcasts on our website.

 

And if reading is still your thing...

In our current Ancestor journal go to the regular section 'DNA News and Notes' in which Philip Crane explains how he married conventional genealogical research techniques to his DNA results to make sense of the relationship to one of his ancestors.

 

There is lots of DNA at GSV.