Although we no longer have our own research rooms the Geelong Family History Group has significant resources for both members and researchers.
- Geelong and District Database: The Geelong Family History Group is a major contributor to the Geelong & District Database. As at May 2018 there were more than 1.7 million entries in this database which is free for all to search. See more about this database below.
- GFHG Research Officer: – Has access to all former GFHG resources and all other local resources. The Society offers an efficient and professional Research Service.
- Lookup Service – Any member may request a free lookup of the Geelong & District Database of Church BMD, Directory entries and GFHG Publications.
- Discounted Research Service – For those members who are unable to access the Geelong Heritage Centre or who wish further assistance with their local research, you may submit a Research Request for $10 per query ($20 for non-members). Please complete the Research Request form on our website.
- Subscription Journals: The Geelong Family History Group subscribes to a number of Australian and Overseas journals. Journals are available at meetings for members to borrow. Digital journals are available to all members via the GFHG Google Drive.
- Various Indexes and Resources: available to members via the GFHG Google Drive.
- Midwives and Nurses Registers: Fully text searchable and downloadable PDF files compliments of VAFHO (Victorian Association of Family History Organisations)
- Victorian Schools: Numerical list and Alphabetical list of schools from Vision and Realisation Vols 2 and 3. Fully text searchable and downloadable PDF files compliments of VAFHO (Victorian Association of Family History Organisations)
- Railway Employees: Fully text searchable and downloadable PDF files compliments of VAFHO (Victorian Association of Family History Organisations and Geelong Family History Group)
- Surnames of Interest submitted by GFHG Members
- Guidance with all types of research – not limited to local research
- A variety of excellent Guest Speakers at our Monthly General Meetings
The Geelong and District Database includes the following GFHG resources:
- Numerous indexes compiled by GFHG members over almost 4 decades – many produced prior to the use of computers. Previously visitors to our library would have to search dozens and dozens of typed indexes looking for names – this can now be done with one search in the Geelong and District Database.
- Indexes of scanned documents – the image above is a scan of a Petition by the Geelong Catholic Community for a School 1854.
- Indexes of GFHG publications – this assists people to see if their family features in one of our publications.
- Indexes of multiple local history publications.
- Indexes to early GFHG Pivot Tree journals. NOTE: we are now indexing ALL Pivot Tree journals and adding them to the database.
- Indexes and transcriptions of ‘local’ midwives and nurses from the Victorian Government Gazettes.
- Multiple indexes or transcriptions done by volunteers from the Geelong Family History Group – scanned documents from the Public Record Office Victoria; entries from relevant Victorian Government Gazettes; new resources identified relevant to Geelong and District.
Don’t forget to read the TIPS, WARNINGS and INFO page to get the most out of your database search.
CAN YOU HELP?
We haven’t finished indexing everything on our project list and we keep finding new resources to transcribe or index – if you would like to help, please contact us – we’re always looking for volunteers.