There has never been a better time to undertake a local or family history research project. Increased online accessibility to digitised records, many of which have been indexed through the genealogy giants FamilySearch
, Find My Past
and My Heritage
and archives and libraries around the world.
The Summer period is a good time to delve into these records as we avail ourselves of holidays from employment, education and usual routines. But have you thought about giving back this Christmas? There are online projects available in transcription and indexing in particular but also tagging, content curation through list making and more.
The next meeting of the Heidelberg Historical Society presents Christina Twomey (Professor of History and Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University) who will present her talk:
The Battle Within- POWs in post war Australia.
During World War Two over 30,000 Australians were captured by enemy forces and became prisoners of war.
Almost 22,000 returned home at the end of the war. Most studies of POWs end at the point of liberation, but in this talk Christina will focus on what happened to former POWs after the camp gates were thrown open.
The talk will outline why the Government and the community found it difficult to respond to former POWs with empathy and understanding.
This talk is free and will be held at the Uniting Church Community Centre, Seddon Street, Ivanhoe Tuesday 13 August at 8pm.
To read more about Prisoners of War and the Second World War check out this reading list:
Have you uncovered a secret in your family? A convict, a wartime hero or perhaps the immigration of pioneer ancestor who left their birthplace behind for a new life in Australia?
Winter is the perfect time to discover your own unique family story. August is National Family History Month and Yarra Plenty Regional Library is delivering a program of speakers and workshops to help you connect with your past. From tips for researching, preserving and sharing your family stories to inspiring stories of the past.
The library is a great place to start your research journey with free access to subscription websites such as Ancestry and Find My past and the opportunity to join a genealogy group or get advice from other researchers.
It is important to gather stories from family members, especially from Grandparents, gather family records and identify heritage photos. You will soon be on a path to discover more and with increased digitised and indexed records online, online trees and the DNA revolution there has never been a better time to start your family history journey.
Look for these upcoming events
(note, some events require bookings) and more via National Family History Month
Caring for Family Archives often become the responsibility of the family historian. Personal letters, especially written by hand with first-hand accounts of a life and experiences can invoke a time and place and connect the family history researcher very much to their personal past.
Robert recently inquired at the library about binding his Uncle’s letters which he had recently inherited. We asked him if the letters were in good condition. Potential damage to look out for include: biological infestations, structural damage and adhesive damage and surface damage. Read more about this in this article on Paper Restoration
from Scrapbook.com. If this is the case a professional conservators services may be needed.
I suggested to Robert that in fact binding his letters may not be a good idea. Professional Conservators talk about any treatment to materials should be done so that it can also be undone.
He should digitise his collection and transcribe the letters. Perhaps there is information that would help him understand any heritage photographs that his Uncle may have also left behind.
Each page should be stored in a protective sleeve. These sleeves can then be placed in order in an archive folder with slip case. Use the digital copies as access copies and these can also be freely shared with other family members.
Finally I suggested that Robert attend one of our upcoming events upcoming events at YPRL next month as part of our Family History Month Program.Preserving your Family History
|Ship David Clark Caming [sic] into the Harbour of Malta 1820" courtesy of Lance Pymple
The David Clark was the first ship to bring assisted immigrants direct to Port Phillip in October 1839. All were Scots and many settled in the Kangaroo Ground and Heidelberg districts including the Bell family.
To mark the 180th anniversary, descendants of those passengers are invited to attend a reunion on Sunday 27 October 2019 at Gulf Station
, Yarra Glen.
Gulf Station is an historic farm, now managed by the National Trust, once owned by William Bell, who was one of the passengers.
To receive information as plans are confirmed, email Irene at : firstname.lastname@example.org