Family History

Next Meeting: Monday 16th October 2017

Please find set out below the Agenda for the next meeting of the Melb PC User Group - Mornington Peninsula Family History Group to be held on Monday 18th September 2017.  The meeting will be held in the meeting room at the rear of the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre.  The Centre is located at the Main Street/Elizabeth Street intersection with car parking access from Elizabeth Street.

A second  meeting covering  “Family History – Advanced DNA” will be held on the last Wednesday of each month from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and the next meeting will be held on  Wednesday 27th September.  An Agenda for the meetings will be sent out to all those members who have ordered/purchased DNA tests.  Could other members please let me know if they would like to be added to this Agenda distribution list.
Guests of members and visitors are welcome to attend for up to 3 Peninsula meetings before being required to become financial members of the Melb PC User Group.
Colin A Ackehurst, Convener – MelbPC Club – Peninsula Family History Group

This was the AGENDA: 18th September 2017 at 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

DNA Discussion:
Members are invited to ask questions on any aspect of the use and possible advantages of DNA testing to assist in family history research.  In addition advice of relevant written references and websites will be made available to members.  This will allow them to investigate in more detail the suitability of DNA tests to confirm “paper” family trees and to assist in discovering additional family members.
Q & A Session:
Input from members on any problems or items of interest from a member’s research.  All members are invited to participate in sharing their “Eureka Moments”.
Family History Websites:
Peter Calver who operates the LostCousins website at  circulates a monthly Newsletter which often contains new or updated family history information including websites of interest.  You are encouraged to join LostCousins which includes the Newsletters. Basic membership is FREE.
If any members have knowledge of a "new" or interesting website the Family History Group would appreciate comments on their experience in using the website.  Any suggested websites will be demonstrated "live" on the internet at the meeting.
Returned from the Front project tracks WW1 grave markers: (Follow up from last meeting)
We're all familiar, even if only from photographs, with the Portland stone memorials that are massed in seemingly endless rows and columns in war cemeteries - but they weren't the first grave markers. Typically soldiers who were killed were buried in small local cemeteries, their graves marked with simple wooden crosses - and some 10,000 of them were sent to the soldiers' families after the war.  The Returned from the Front project aims to track down the surviving markers - you can read more about it here and also in this BBC News article.
Note: Members are invited to bring along any relevant images for display on our computer

  • Public Record Office (Victoria) - Despatch September 2017:

“Fire inquest records -Making our collection more accessible”
“Ballarat rate books -
Digitisation underway”
“Upcoming Events -
What's coming up this month?”

Findmypast - Fridays:
“Buckinghamshire, US Marines, Irish wills, British Newspapers”
“Explore a new Canadian census as well as new additions from England, Scotland and Ireland”
“New vital records from New Zealand and assorted English marriages”

  • Ancestry – August Update:

Understanding DNA inheritance
Yearbooks of the Past
“Recently Added & Updated Collections”

 FamilySearch News:
“New Historic Records Week of Aug 28, 2017”
“Free Family History Library Classes & Webinars for Sep 2017”

“UPDATE: FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm


“Charting Companion” Program
Garry Wood will demonstrate how he has used charts from the Charting Companion program to complement Family Tree Maker outputs in the provision of alternate layouts for charts and reports.  

The Family Search Family Tree
Colin A Ackehurst will discuss the use and constraints of Family Search Family Tree which is now being used as “hints” for Family Tree Maker 2017.

Agenda Items for Future Meetings:

    • Workshop on researching Family History Records worldwide prior to Civil Registration e.g. Church Records etc.
    • An updated Presentation on Immigration, Migration Records etc.
    • Guided tours of the Public Records Office and/or the State Library Genealogical Centre


Updated: 19th September 2017