Syllabus for General Meetings – 2019 & 2020

Time: 7.30 p.m. – 4th Wednesday in month [except Public Holidays when it is on 3rd or 5th Wednesday in the month].
Visitors are welcome.
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Belmont Library
163 High Street
[Belmont] Geelong, Victoria 3216There is ample free parking at the side of the library – enter off Roslyn Road.
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Date Speaker Subject
23rd Jan Return of our DNA gurus – Louise COAKLEY and Heather COX – Australian DNA Facebook Page and terrific DNA Blog site DNA Testing for Family History: Part 2 – So you’ve done your DNA test – what now?  A webinar / online presentation with a question and answer session at the end (technology permitting).
27th Feb Susie ZADA Norfolk Island: Its settlements and its cemeteries
27th Mar Peter BEGG The creation of his book – Geelong – The First 150 Years – from his Geelong Advertiser day by day articles.
24th Apr Michael MENZIES Researching your Railway families in Victoria
22nd May Peter MANSFIELD The History of Geelong Cemeteries and the Geelong Cemeteries Trust
26th Jun Mary-Anne GOURLEY FIBIS: Families in British India Society
24th Jul Kristen THORNTON Family History resources at the Deakin University Library (Geelong)
28th Aug Chris GANLY GFHG AGM plus speaker – Chris Ganly and the MERCER family.  Chris is the author of Major Mercer: no ordinary life.
25th Sep

27th Oct


Susie ZADA
Danielle LAUTREC

Searching for BDMs in Australasia online.

SEMINAR: New South Wales Research – bookings essential

30th Oct Rob HAMILTON Rob is a Masonic researcher for local and world wide research accessing Masonic historic records.
27th Nov Member’s Christmas night Short presentations from members followed by supper – please bring a plate.
25th Dec No meeting.


Date Speaker Subject
22nd Jan Susie ZADA Geelong Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum records – an absolute treasure trove
26th Feb Dr Liz RUSHEN Marshalltown and the MARSHALL Family
25th Mar Colin MOCKETT A Condensed History of Geelong
22nd Apr Geelong Cemeteries Trust The present and the future
27th May Colac & District FHG Colac resources for Family History research
24th Jun John STEWART Searching for Wills and Probates in Australasia online.
22nd Jul Gwen THRELFALL Mount Duneed
26th Aug Michael KING GFHG AGM plus speaker – Michael KING – The History of Undertakers and Funeral Directors in Geelong
23rd Sep Louise COAKLEY Practical Tips for Working with Speculative Trees – DNA and non-DNA
28th Oct Lorraine SMITH Author of Journey of a Lost Manuscript – signed copies of her book will be available for purchase at the meeting.
25th Nov Member’s Christmas night Short presentations from members followed by supper – please bring a plate.
23rd Dec No meeting