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Family History Matters

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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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
'Ancestors' in your digital bookshelf.
20 December 2019
    We have received many awards for our quarterly print journal Ancestor; it is highly valued by our members and others.    Of course, being print... Read More
30 November 2019
    Do you have a thorny problem with your family history research?   Do you often feel someone else will have solved this or know a way to find that vital... Read More
23 November 2019
How often do we hear that someone wishes they had asked their older relatives more questions about the family?   Many of your relatives have memories and... Read More
18 November 2019
  If you are quick you can book in to hear from Ken Smith and learn how to go about finding early Victorian land records.   This coming Thursday 21 November... Read More
13 November 2019
CORRECTION to earlier post on 'E partimmo' The coming talk on Saturday 15 November - 'E partimmo. We left' - at GSV International Settlers Group is, of course... Read More
13 November 2019
Mary Anne Gourley tells this research story from the GSV's British India Discussion Circle, of the return of two young boys from India to England in 1857.  ... Read More
11 November 2019
    The International Settlers Group invites all GSV members to a talk given by Angela Scarino and Antonio Mercurio. Their book - E Partimmo. We left- tells... Read More
2 November 2019
  An exciting event has been added to the GSV’s calendar. On 15 November Dr Richard Broome, the President of the Royal Historical Society, will talk about his... Read More
20 October 2019
    Many families arrange get-togethers of their descendants, but next Sunday there is a gathering with a difference.    180 years later descendants of ... Read More
17 October 2019
    When you start researching the lives of ancestors during the Great War you may become embroiled in the complex history of the 'Eastern Question' and the... Read More
6 October 2019
The GSV congratulates the winner and runner-up of its annual Writing Prize 2019 for a family-history article. The successful entrants were announced at the... Read More
16 September 2019
This question of whether convicts were sent to the Port Phillip District (later known as Victoria) often invokes a statement that no convicts were transported... Read More
14 September 2019
Behind what may be the most famous piece of coast in the English world, lies Kent - an ancient English county jutting out in to the sea and around which many... Read More
7 September 2019
A recent report ('The fertility fraud' by Jacqueline Mroz published in The Age 24 August 2019) reminded me of the tricky questions facing the family historian... Read More
25 August 2019
At the GSV Writers Circle we often talk about the need to provide more description of the places our family members lived and worked. Many of us feel the need... Read More
19 August 2019
Hello all members (and soon-to-be members),   Even though it has been a bit wintry, we have been quite busy at the GSV. There has been a lot on, marking... Read More
12 August 2019
  First a reminder that you have ONLY 3 WEEKS TO GO TO ENTER THE GSV 2019 WRITING COMPETITION - CLOSING 30 AUGUST - (See details on our website).   And a... Read More