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Researching and Using Australian Marriage, Divorce and Bigamy Records

Rodney VAN COOTEN
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Having trouble find information about the marriage or divorce of your ancestor in Australia? Have you consulted all possible sources of information?

Come along to our Zoom talk ‘How to Research and Use Australian Marriage, Divorce and Bigamy Records’ on Tuesday 21 November commencing at 10.30 am and learn about possible sources you can access. The talk will examine some of the ways that you can find out about the sources relating to marriage, divorce and bigamy to help research your Australian ancestors.

During the talk we will discuss:

  • GSV databases
  • sources of Australian State BDMs
  • State Archives and Record Offices
  • Commercial databases
  • FamilySearch
  • TROVE

There will be time for discussion and questions. Those who are not GSV Members may join this event for a fee of $20 which will be credited against your joining fee if you become a Member of the GSV prior to the end of November.

To join in the event Members should register through the GSV Event system and Non-Members should contact the GSV Office on +61 3 9662 4455 during business hours.

Rod Armstrong and David Down

Irish Day in The Library – GSV Library 23 November 2023

Rodney VAN COOTEN
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SPECIAL EVENT

The Irish Ancestry Discussion Circle together with GSV library staff and research assistants are planning an Irish Day in the GSV library on Thursday 23 November 2023. It is proposed that those who wish to seek support with their research, or who value a catch up with other like-minded investigators can come together and seek direction or guidance in their Irish genealogy.

The library space is limited, so members and non-members need to book to attend. It is a free event for members or $15 for non-members. Members can indicate their attendance by signing into the members section on the GSV website, then clicking Events Booking Page or via this link. Participants can select which timeslot they would like to attend: Morning (10am-12pm), Midday (12pm-2pm) or Afternoon (2pm-4pm). Non-members can call the GSV office to register. Bookings are based on a first come, first allocated basis.

All the usual digital resources will be available in the library, as well as access to GSV printed and film materials. Kindly bring along your supporting information to assist the library research assistants so they can offer their best support. An email containing further information on how best to prepare for the day will be sent to those who register.

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A café is located on the ground floor of 10 Queen Street and it is hoped that on the day a group coffee/refreshment session can take place with participants exchanging information and camaraderie.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 23 November!

IADC Committee and GSV Library staff and assistants

GSV Members: Free event, and register here. (Log into the website before booking.)
Non-members: Cost $15, and register by calling +61 3 9662 4455  

GSV/UTAS 2024 Scholarship Applications close 31-Oct-2023. Complete online application ASAP

Rodney VAN COOTEN
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REMINDER: Applications for the GSV/UTAS 2024 Family History Diploma Scholarship close on 31 October 2023. GSV members interested in applying should lodge or complete the online application ASAP

You may have read on the inside front cover of the latest edition of Ancestor that the University of Tasmania is again offering a scholarship for a GSV Member to study their Diploma of Family History. The article outlines the details of the scholarship that commences in February 2024 and the application requirements.

Alan Rhodes, the inaugural recipient of the GSV/UTAS Diploma Scholarship, has commented that he believes ‘the course is well suited to GSV members who are familiar with the essentials of doing family history research and have made a good start on researching at least some branches of their family history.  The Diploma will stimulate your interest further, provide lots of ideas and resources, and develop your skills to continue your research and writing about family history.’

He writes that whilst the workload is not onerous, ‘it is important to keep up with the readings and activities in the weekly units so that you have a chance to make good use of the resources and to explore the topics fully. The units and resources are broad-ranging, interesting and useful and you also have access to the UTAS library resources and databases of journals and books that you can explore for in-depth research.  The lecturers and tutors are highly knowledgeable, friendly and very responsive to any questions.  You also have access to discussion groups with other students.’

Applications are now open for the 2024 Diploma Scholarship and can be made online through the University’s Scholarship Office: https://www.utas.edu.au/study/scholarships-fees-and-costs/domestic-scho…

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your family history research skills and to expand your knowledge in finding and interpreting information about families in the past and sharing family stories with others.

Do you have Welsh ancestors?

Rodney VAN COOTEN
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Do you wish there was an easy place to go for help with your Welsh research, the language, the place names?

At GSV we have many interest groups and discussion circles but nothing covering Wales (so far).

We are looking for expressions of interest at this stage. Would you attend if we started such a group?

If we have enough interest then we can look at the frequency of meetings, who can help with the group, and who might have special knowledge they can share.

Please email education@gsv.org.au if you are interested.

Your Society Needs You!

Rodney VAN COOTEN
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The Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 7th October at 2pm, and we hope to see as many of our members as we can accommodate. Included on the agenda are the awarding of the GSV Writing Prize (with a report from the judges) and a nomination for the award of a GSV Fellowship, the Society’s highest honour.

We still have a couple of Council vacancies that we hope to fill, so nominations will be taken ‘from the floor’. This could be your chance to become involved.

In particular, we are looking for a member to join Council as Honorary Secretary for the Society.  If you have experience in the role of Secretary for another society, club or company, we'd love to hear from you.

The GSV's Annual Report and Financial Report will be available under the GSV Council tab in the Members area of the website for your information.

Please book online if attending by Zoom, or contact the Society (gsv@gsv.org.au) if you wish to attend in person. For those unable to attend, a form for you to nominate a proxy is available under the GSV Council tab as above.

How do you research?

Rodney VAN COOTEN
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This month's Family History Tips and Tools will be a chance to quiz a panel of GSV members about how they research. Partly a discussion of research strategies, partly a good stickybeak into what others are doing, the session will ask each panel member a series of questions about how they build their family trees and why they do it that way.

GSV members Penny Mercer, Jenny Redmond and Claire Johnson will be there to answer questions like:

  • How do you decide what to research next?
  • How do you decide who to include on your tree?
  • What information or records might we typically find on a person in your family tree?
  • How do you judge that a particular line of inquiry is 'done' (for now at least)?
  • How thoroughly do you flesh out an individual's history before moving on to someone else?
  • How do you determine the validity of a piece of evidence?  
  • How do you use publicly available trees in your research?

If you have questions you would like answered, bring them along with you on Wednesday 27th September at 10:30am. Don't forget to log in before you register here:

https://www.gsv.org.au/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=2424

FHC/GSV Irish Family History Seminar Survey

Rodney VAN COOTEN
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We are very pleased to announce that the Genealogical Society of Victoria is partnering with Family History Connections and the Ulster Historical Foundation to hold a seminar on Irish family history research in February 2024.

The seminar will be held over two days, Sunday 18th and Monday 19th February, with the option to register for either or both days.

Sessions will be presented by expert speakers from the Ulster Historical Foundation on a range of topics covering all of Ireland.

The seminar is open to anyone interested in researching Irish family history.

To ensure the content of the seminar aligns with the research interest of possible participants, we have created a survey to garner opinions. Please have your say on which topics should be covered over the two days. We appreciate your assistance.

The survey is completed online and accessed via the link below. The survey should take under 10 minutes to complete.

If you are keen don't forget to save the dates in your diary.

https://forms.gle/HX2qDULND6Fc8SNY8

Applications for the GSV/UTAS 2024 Family History Diploma Scholarship Now Open

Rodney VAN COOTEN
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You may have read on the inside front cover of the latest edition of Ancestor that the University of Tasmania is again offering a scholarship for a GSV Member to study their Diploma of Family History. The article outlines the details of the scholarship that commences in February 2024 and the application requirements.

Alan Rhodes, the inaugural recipient of the GSV/UTAS Diploma Scholarship, has commented that he believes ‘the course is well suited to GSV members who are familiar with the essentials of doing family history research and have made a good start on researching at least some branches of their family history.  The Diploma will stimulate your interest further, provide lots of ideas and resources, and develop your skills to continue your research and writing about family history.’

He writes that whilst the workload is not onerous, ‘it is important to keep up with the readings and activities in the weekly units so that you have a chance to make good use of the resources and to explore the topics fully. The units and resources are broad-ranging, interesting and useful and you also have access to the UTAS library resources and databases of journals and books that you can explore for in-depth research.  The lecturers and tutors are highly knowledgeable, friendly and very responsive to any questions.  You also have access to discussion groups with other students.’

Applications are now open for the 2024 Diploma Scholarship and can be made online through the University’s Scholarship Office: https://www.utas.edu.au/study/scholarships-fees-and-costs/domestic-scho…

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your family history research skills and to expand your knowledge in finding and interpreting information about families in the past and sharing family stories with others.