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Presenter: Steve Pentreath
The Swan Hill Genealogical & Historical Society hold many historical records relating to Swan Hill and the surrounding district. Their experience and skills will assist you to trace your families if their lived and worked in the area.
Topics related to this webcast: Genealogy-and-History-Societies, Swan-Hill
Presenter: Sue Thompson
The presentation describes the activities of the Lilydale & District Historical Society and how they are able to assist with researching families in the area. They have an extensive collection of documents and images especially of Dame Nellie Melba and her career.
Topics related to this webcast: Genealogy-and-History-Societies
Presenter: Cheryl Griffin
It would be fair to say that the stories of many single people have disappeared from history, often because there are no direct descendants to carry the stories to the next generation, or perhaps because the person in question did not have a public profile of any significance. Dr Cheryl Griffin explores the principles and methodology used to identify individuals that do not appear frequently in surviving records. 
Topics related to this webcast: Research-Methodology
Presenter: Judy Hughes
The recorded interview can be used as a primary source of information about a time, an event or a life. Oral histories can also challenge existing collective beliefs. In this presentation, Judy Hughes discusses the techniques used in oral history and how they can add to your family stories.
Topics related to this webcast: Research-Methodology
Presenter: Alan Rhodes
DNA is a powerful tool to help with your family history.  This short introductory webcast describes what the results of a DNA test consist of and how you can start to use them in your family history.  It is an introduction to GSV’s series of genetic genealogy live ZOOM presentations.
Topics related to this webcast: DNA
Presenter: Alan Rhodes
DNA tests result give you information on your ethnicity – but what does it mean?  Why don’t the results match my genealogy?  How do I interpret the ethnicity results and use them in my family history?  These questions and more are discussed in this fascinating webcast.
Topics related to this webcast: DNA
Presenter: Alan Rhodes
A DNA test can help you extend your family tree, finds cousins and perhaps break through a brick wall in your research.  What is involved in taking a test? Which test should you take? What company? Is it safe?  This webcast will provide guidance on all these questions.
Topics related to this webcast: DNA
Presenter: Alan Aberdeen
The presentation discusses the Scots-Irish, the people descended from Scots who migrated to Ireland, principally Ulster, from the 1600s under the scheme known as the Plantation of Ireland. The processes and available resources for tracing Scots-Irish ancestors are also examined.
Topics related to this webcast: Ireland
Presenter: Vicki Montgomery
The presentation examines the famines that occurred in Ireland and the various reports and Poor Law Acts instituted in an endeavour to alleviate poverty during the 19th century. The handout lists the reports and provides a guide to the resources available to research your ancestors during this period of Irish history.
Topics related to this webcast: Ireland
Presenter: Beryl O'Gorman
The presentation provides background information regarding the state of Irish society in the first half of the 19th century. The talk also examines the various emigration schemes that arose during the period of mass migration of Irish peoples to Australia and other parts around the world.
Topics related to this webcast: Ireland
Presenter: Claire Johnson
This presentation discusses and gives examples of Irish Prison Registers and Irish Petty Sessions (lower court) records (mainly 19th century) and explains how to access them. It includes the names of more than 3 million people including the accused, victims, witnesses and others. A brief account of the British Newspaper Archives (available at the GSV) including some Irish newspapers is also given in this presentation
Topics related to this webcast: Ireland
Presenter: Keith Pescod
Dr Pescod examines the lives of some of Irish born immigrants who established Victorian companies manufacturing a very wide range of products. They were part of the growth of manufacturing industries that saw Victoria outstrip the other colonies and become the industrial powerhouse driving the Australian economy during much of the 20th century.
Topics related to this webcast: Ireland