Welcome to the GSV

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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2 June 2020
  GSV opens its Fundraiser Campaign 'Help us Keep Making History'   This month we launch a call for donations, to help us cover our operating costs in... Read More
Workers at Kodak ready for the INHALATORIUM, 1919
31 May 2020
Just as so much of our family history resource material is now online, so the GSV has been using these 'distancing' times to develop its online delivery of... Read More
21 May 2020
This week is National Volunteer Week and we would like to recognise, applaud and celebrate the great work our volunteers do at GSV.   There would be no GSV... Read More
Smallpox in Melbourne, 'Illustrated Australian News' 3 Sept 1884 (SLV Access IAN03/09/84/133)
18 May 2020
  I see that in 1897 in the Bendigo City Court my great grandfather was one of six men charged by Mounted Constable Lysaght with having neglected to vaccinate... Read More
5 May 2020
No need to stop your family history research. We have moved our Scottish Assistance service online for 21 May. With the GSV education centre being closed... Read More
Castlemaine Gaol, Vic (Photo. W. Barlow)
23 April 2020
In the present COVID-19 emergency it has been interesting to see how we have reacted to new regulations and the evolution of social constraints. Very quickly... Read More
St James, Haslingden, Lancs UK. Courtesy Google Street View 2009.
11 April 2020
This week I decided to go for a trip and visit the church of St James* in Haslingden Lancashire. I had been finding lots of records of Barnes family in the... Read More
4 April 2020
STOP PRESS (can I have that with a blog?)   Discounted certificates for the months of April and May Due to the success of our March offer for family... Read More
Photo courtesy J. Watson, 2020
28 March 2020
  Our recent Melba story triggered a family memory from one reader and another related how 'Sands & McDougall' is still giving support to their online... Read More
25 March 2020
    Update from Jenny Redman, GSV President   On Monday March 23 it was decided that the GSV Centre, both the library and the office, would close from... Read More
'Madame Melba', Rupert Bunny c.1902 (NGV A70-1980)
23 March 2020
  This is a good time to do some family archiving and sorting. I am isolated in my workshop sorting through tools and jars of nails and screws inherited from... Read More
16 March 2020
On behalf of the GSV Council and staff, I hope this email finds you in good health as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts all aspects of community life.    Given... Read More
14 March 2020
  My mother often wished her brother would self-isolate. Later in life she would often complain that her brother had rung again, but all he ever talked about... Read More
29 February 2020
Discounted certificates for the month of March   Vic BDM has announced that they are offering downloadable uncertified historical certificates for $20 each... Read More
23 February 2020
A coming talk at the RHSV dovetails neatly with my last post about 'Family Secrets' - the new research project looking at interactions between settlers and... Read More
8 February 2020
Genealogical study is a hot topic. Witness the lengths to which some 'historians' and genealogists are presently going to deny Bruce Pascoe's aboriginal... Read More
GIW heading Ancestor Dec 2019
1 February 2020
    Once you have all the certificates - the names, dates and places - and have these imbedded in proprietary databases, and maybe you have graphically... Read More
Two Suburban Street - Chapel Street Prahran, 1889, A.C.Cooke, SLV PCINF AS 03/10/89 157a.
18 January 2020
For many of us, our ancestors arrived ,one way or another, in Melbourne. This was a big city by 1890.  How had it grown by then to be the second largest city... Read More
7 January 2020
Like us at the GSV you've undoubtedly been dismayed and saddened by Australia's ongoing bushfire crisis.    We are particularly concerned about the welfare... Read More
Gippsland, Sunday night, Feb 20th 1898, John Longstaff, NGV.
7 January 2020
Bushfires have shaped this country for millennia. And our human activities have shaped bushfires. I am reminded of reading the history of the white... Read More

Date last updated: 02 February 2020 @ 15:28