DNA Testing for Family History: Basics and Examples

Don’t miss out – ONLY 38 places available for this event!

Due to the expected popularity of this Geelong Family History Group Meeting on Wednesday 25th July we have opened up bookings via Eventbrite.

GFHG Members who added their names to the pre-event booking list DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN!

Everyone else MUST register – with limited places available, no registration = no entry!

Come and join us for this FREE event – a webinar / online presentation by two DNA gurus – Louise Coakley and Heather Cox – including a Q & A session at the end.

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From Cornwall to the Burra copper mines in South Australia

Here’s your chance to join us at the Geelong Family History Group meeting on Wednesday 27th June 2018 at 7.30 pm – Belmont Library meeting room, High Street, Belmont.

Visitors are always welcome.

This Wednesday Max Beck will be talking to us about his gg-grandparents’ journey from Cornwall to the Burra copper mines in South Australia.

Max wrote his book A Different Earth about this journey.

Our full meeting program is on our web site.

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Getting the most out of TROVE

Here’s your chance to join us at the Geelong Family History Group meeting on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at 7.30 pm – Belmont Library meeting room, High Street, Belmont.

Visitors are always welcome.

This Wednesday our Research Officer, John Stewart, will be showing you how to get the most out of using digitised newspapers on TROVE.

Many people think they know how to use TROVE and the digitised newspapers – you might be surprised at some of the helpful tips from John.

Our full meeting program is on our web site.

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No research rooms but LOTS of research resources

It is more than ten years since the Geelong Family History Group vacated its library and research centre however in that time access to Research resources has escalated.

For our meetings we have access to state of the art facilities in the meeting room at the Belmont Library – WiFi for interactive sessions using the data projection facilities.

It has also meant that our volunteers have been able to put their energy into making resources available online to our members and local history researchers.

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A daytime talk – female ancestors – midwives and nurses

For those members unable to get to our meetings at night, you can come to a free talk on researching female ancestors, particularly Midwives and Nurses on Wednesday 16th May, 2018 at 1.00 pm at Newcomb.

Full details can be found on the Geelong and District Blog.

Attendees will be given access to a surprise / special bonus!

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Searching for records on PROV website

Some people have struggled with the changes to the PROV (Public Record Office Victoria) website – help is at hand.

The blog might refer to searching for Yarrawonga but it could easily be Geelong or Gippsland – just follow these simple steps to search for any place or name.

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GFHG going to VAFHO Family History Expo in Sale, April, 2018

The Geelong Family History Group will be an exhibitor at the VAFHO Family History Expo in April.

Have a look at the options for getting there by train.

Of course another option from Geelong is to catch the ferry across from Queenscliff!

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A daytime talk – Point Henry

For those members unable to get to our meetings at night, you can come to a free talk on Point Henry on Wednesday 21st February, 2018 at 1.00 pm at Newcomb.

Full details can be found on the Geelong and District Blog.

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Australia Will Be There

We have received an invitation from Deakin University:

The Shrine of Remembrance Trustees and Deakin University Library are pleased to invite you to attend the launch of Australia Will Be There, the centenary touring exhibition from the Shrine of Remembrance.

Drawn from major collections and from families of those who served, over 100 photos from the era serve to illustrate the stories and contributions of Victorians to the First World War, and increase our understanding of this critical time in our history.

The event will be held on Wednesday, 7 February at 2pm in the Atrium, Geelong Waterfront Campus. Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australia-will-be-there-victorians-in-the-first-world-war-1914-1919-tickets-42731382716

I hope to see you there!

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GFHG – how to get FREE months of membership

The Geelong Family History Group is typical of most Family History Societies in Australia and around the world – run by enthusiastic and dynamic volunteers.  We think we’re special because we are THE Family History Group in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

The Geelong region is chock-a-block full of history and is the second largest immigration site in Victoria – only Melbourne was larger.  Before and after the discovery of gold, Geelong (through Point Henry) was the mecca of immigrants and activity.  Our region is literally a gold-mine for family history researchers.  Our newspaper, the Geelong Advertiser, has been published continuously since it began in October 1840.

All of that and more are really good reasons to become a member of the Geelong Family History Group.

The BEST reason to become a member?  We run on a financial year for membership – renewals of membership are due on July 1st each year.  If you join NOW, you do not have to renew your membership until 1st July 2019 – that means you get FIVE months free membership.  Join anytime between January and 1st July 2018 and you’ll get a number of months free – the earlier you join, the more months you get free.

Have a look at all the benefits of membership and join us now – you won’t regret it!

The Geelong & District Database which contains more than 1.7 MILLION records is full of hundreds of indexes compiled by the Geelong Family History Group since its formation in 1981, and many more recent indexes transcribed by volunteers from the Family History Group.  The GFHG Research Officer has access to the source of these indexes and much more.

Is this a sales pitch?  You bet it is! Apart from all of those benefits, your membership will help support our group well into the future and we think that is IMPORTANT.

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